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The Alford Arms

Frithsden, Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom, HP1 3DD
Restaurant info
Opening Information

BAR:
We are open all day, every day from 11am to 11pm
KITCHEN:
Lunch:
12:00-2:30pm Monday to Thursday and 12:00-3:00pm Friday & Saturday
Dinner
6:30-9:30pm Monday to Thursday and 6:00-10:00pm Friday & Saturday
Sunday
12:00-9:00pm (All day)

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Business Lunch

About The Alford Arms

True to the traditions of a great British Pub, the Alford is a real hidden gem that has become a local institution over the last 17 years.

Whilst often described as a gastro-pub, it sits more comfortably in the classic pub mould, that just happens to do great food. So, tables in the dining room are available to book, but there’s also the bar for drinkers with tables available on a first come, first served basis.

The seasonal menu and daily specials balance originality with more traditional fare and we are firm believers in using local and foraged produce wherever possible. Happy to cater for any requirements we are past winners of the national ‘FreeFrom Food’ Eating Out award.
There’s a fab terrace for sunny days and historic Ashridge Forest is right on our doorstep. Ramblers, dog walkers, bluebell admirers, mushroom foragers and cyclists regularly emerge from the surrounding countryside ready to combine their activities with a refreshing stop at the Alford Arms.

Dogs, children and muddy boots welcome!

Cuisine: Gastro Pub
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Too many flies.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 August 2018

Lovely friendly staff with good service. Tasty food and good drinks.

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Shame about all the flies. We had a wonderful time, table available earlier than booked which was great.

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Visited On Friday, 17 August 2018

Great food, terrible service and ongoing issue with flies! We came to dinner and the experience was very disappointing. Whilst the food was - as always - tasty and the understanding of food allergies appreciated, the quality of service was really disappointing. When we arrived at the pub, despite a number of staff members chatting to one another behind the bar and in the restaurant, no one acknowledged us or asked if we had a table booked. I ended up walking into the restaurant area and interrupting a staff conversation to ask if we could be seated at our table. The wrong food order was brought out for one of the parties and it was appreciated - albeit after a debate over who was right over the order - that the correct meal was brought out. A note that the sides were disappointing a the seasonal vegetables consisted only of buttered spring cabbage and the runner beans tough. We finished our main course, waited, stacked the plates, waited some more. Only after calling over a waitress, did we receive menus for dessert and only at the request of one of our party were plates then cleared. No such effort was put into clearing empty glasses. No one asked if we had enjoyed the meal and no one checked through the meal of the food was ok. We ordered desserts after again having to call the attention of one of the waiting staff to take our order. The look on the face of the waiting staff member when it became apparent we wouldn’t be adding a tip to the bill was unacceptably rude in my opinion. Add to this, the constant irritation of the flies which irritated us for the duration of the meal was the cherry on the icing, so to speak. If the restaurant had been packed full, I could understand the lack of attention but we were one of four tables in the restaurant. This feedback was sent by email to The Alford Arms but no reply was received.

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Visited On Thursday, 16 August 2018

Food excellent as usual but very slow to arrive this time.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Too many flies buzzing around which was annoying when trying to eat. I’ve been several times before and this is still a problem!

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Visited On Monday, 13 August 2018

A few flies around which is annoying when you're trying to eat, however I do recognise that this can be difficult to control, particularly this year when the weather has been perfect for them. Food was incredible and service was second to none. Would definitely go here again.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Excellent family Sunday lunch experience

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Our go to place for fabulous food. It’s a 10 from us!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

Brilliant as ever!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

We dine at the Alford Arms because the food is of a high standard, staff are friendly and the location is tranquil. Sad to say on this occasion, the dinning experience was not so pleasant due to a number of flies round our table. The flies not just one or two but several were landing on us and our food which did spoil our dinner. The flies landed on our daughters dinner which she wouldn't eat after. That being said we have never experienced this before at the Alford Arms so hopefully won't happen again if we decide to rebook.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

We had an excellent experience of what a good English gastro-pub lunch should be: good food, good drinks, good service in pleasant surroundings - just like the last visit!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

Always fabulous! Can’t fault it really

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Terrific food and service, as always.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Good food, good beer, lovely setting, and very good customer service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Great evening but did find the noise level high and thus found it difficult to hear across the table our own chatter!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Excellent food, with really friendly manager who was very attentive to the particular needs of our children (allergies and fussiness). Really appreciated the flexibility shown when we rang to say we would be late due to traffic. Overall, can't recommend highly enough.

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Thank you for never disappointing! We love your pub.

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Visited On Monday, 06 August 2018

Meal was amazing and service excellent but it was spoilt slightly by the constant abundance of flies I have never seen so may on one table at one time. Obviously not the fault of the restaurant but off putting just the same.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Amazing as ever but the girl behind Bar was frosty on arrival!!! Unusual at Alford Arms!! The girl who served us was very friendly and engaging!! We r booked in with u again next Sunday!!

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

Great food as always! Little disappointed to eat inside on a hot day but totally understand as you’re always so busy in the sun

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Visited On Friday, 03 August 2018

Thank you for the gluten free menu and tasty gf choices

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

THANKYOU for a wonderful Sunday afternoon- The Bajan’s were suitably impressed- there was only one place I was going to take them when they asked for “the best roast” I knew of. It’s lovely to be able to sit back and remind myself why the Alford is such an institution and holds a special place in my heart xxx

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Visited On Thursday, 02 August 2018

Great ambiance, food a little overpriced

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Unusually we had a very disappointing evening on 31 July. Kate our server was excellent but clearly not able to do anything about the 50 minute wait between starter and main course. When our meals arrived they were cold. The Roast Cauliflower was so dry and we had to get yoghurt to be able to "enjoy" it. The broccoli with the chicken was so bitter it was inedible. The response to our disappointment was very well managed and we were offered complimentary wine however we would rather have enjoyed the usual good standards of food!

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