The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog, Flamstead, St.Albans, United Kingdom, AL3 8BS
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Opening Information

Monday - Closed
Tuesday 12.00 - 15.00, 17.00 - 23.00
Wednesday 12.00 - 15.00, 17.00 - 23.00
Thursday 12.00 - 15.00, 17.00 - 23.00
Friday 12.00 - 24.00
Saturday 12.00 - 24.00
Sunday 12.00 - 21.00

Food served daily at lunch time 12.00 - 14.30
Sunday lunch 12.30 - 15.00

Cafe - Coffeedog 0830 - 1200 daily

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Well Behaved Children Welcome
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Dogs Welcome

About The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog, Located on the high street in Flamstead, nestled at the end of the Chilterns with great walking from the front door. For convenience however it is just of the old roman road of Watling Street and 2 minutes from junction 9 on the slightly more modern road, the M1.

Offering quality, wholesome, freshly prepared lunchtime fare and the best Sunday lunch in the area we welcome walkers, cyclists, business lunches and casual diners alike. We are dog friendly in the front bar and cope well with muddy boots!

Our free-house is different from most with a immediate sense of home and comfort as you come through the door, Claire is an artist so there is much to peruse around the pub. We have a good range of quality wines, first class ales along with draft Guinness, ciders and lagers. We specialise in Gins and have one for every taste.

From 8.30 each morning through to 1200 we open a wonderful cafe - called Coffeedog it has a great selection of cakes, croissant and other delights, and of course superb coffee and tea.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Casual,Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 08 December 2019

Superb. Great food, great beer, great hosts.

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

We recently enjoyed a Wonderful lunch from the Christmas menu. All the food was utterly delicious, the service was good and it was very reasonably priced. BRAVO.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 December 2019

Group of 4 travelled from Harpenden to enjoy our first Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. Table looked lovely with festive crackers and cosy wood burner lit and tasteful Christmas decorations. Feeling Christmassy now! Thank you 🎄

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

I had lovely lunch on Saturday with my kids. We enjoyed the food, staff were lovely as were the locals (and their dogs). We shall certainly return.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 November 2019

Another great lunch, gotta love those fishcakes!

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

I contacted the pub with a booking for 10 and pre-ordered the main courses two days in advance. When we arrived the staff were unaware of the booking, and said ‘it must have ended up in the spam box’. Diners chose alternative main courses because many weren’t available. We were disappointed that only two desserts were offered - ice cream and apple crumble - despite others being advertised on the menu. There were virtually no other diners and no offer of tea or coffee to make up for all the items missing.

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Dear Fiona, we can only apologise again for what seems to have been a breakdown in our communications. We are disappointed that we seem to have fallen short of our usual high standard of food, service and value for money on this occasion (please see other reviews).

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Visited On Sunday, 10 November 2019

I really a lovely meal and good service. A little disappointing that the dessert my mum wanted wasn’t available and we were not made aware until she tried to order it. Service was okay, very friendly staff members although we were squashed in a corner in the bar rather than the restaurant. We were right next to a single glazed window and a radiator which was switched off, making for a chilly dining experience! Great roast dinner very impressed with the amount of veg and the beef was beautifully cooked and generously portioned, however a couple of members of the party felt the roast potatoes were a little stingy with only one and a bit each. Good drinks selection as well and very nicely decorated pub - will be returning however will try and book further in advance and earlier to avoid booby tables and limited menu!

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Visited On Sunday, 03 November 2019

Great Sunday lunch, lovely food, massive portions. Good service, very friendly. Will be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 October 2019

Lovely pub, friendly welcome, great food. We’ll be back soon!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

Lovely lunch

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Another lovely meal at the Spotted Dog. Exceptional scampi, wonderful service. This place never disappoints.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

Wonderful as ever!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 October 2019

What an fantastic little gem of a pub. Great staff , even better food and a lovely atmosphere. 5 stars all round from our little group that had a meeting and a meal ! Thank you so much Dave P

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Visited On Sunday, 15 September 2019

Brilliant Sunday unch with my son and his wife and my wife also. Only pity it is not open more nights in the week

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

I once again had an absolutely amazing picnic extravaganza on Friday lunchtime with friends. Super generous portions of beautifully prepared food all served on an utterly adorable miniature tabletop picnic table. I couldnt Recommend this more highly. If you havent tried the picnic yourself take your appetite up to the Spotted Dog and enjoy yourself. Best to book. Dogs welcome.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 August 2019

I would like to say that yet again, The Spotted Dog has catered for our every need perfectly. Great hosts and real attention to detail. Thank you for supporting us totally for our event last Tuesday.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

BOOM. New picnic lunch is quite fantastic. If you haven't been yet you Must. Get a few friends together and book one. It is a substantial affair so don't plan on eating later. They've completely nailed this. I'm absolutely going to book again! Cant wait!

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Nice quiet lunch on a Tuesday !

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Great food and service. Good choice of drinks. Friendly atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Our first time visiting this lovely pub. We really enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the Sunday Roast was very good

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Visited On Monday, 10 June 2019

I asked whether a private function was possible and was delighted to have a party with a set menu in the Spotted Dog the other day. It was catered very well, and our get together was a success, fun and as Claire said, buzzing. Thank you for accommodating us and giving us such a nice evening.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Great meal

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Visited On Sunday, 09 June 2019

The staff were amazing and went over board to make our visit ( 10 people plus children and toddler and three dogs) as comfortable as possible. We had a truly great day, thank you I wasn't mad on my soup which I found to be a bit sweet, but otherwise everything was fab, thank you

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Visited On Friday, 07 June 2019

Another excellent Spotted Dog Event. Thank you!

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Visited On Thursday, 23 May 2019

Lovely friendly welcome, real feeling of being personal guests rather than customers, a lovely relaxed place to meet up with friends. Delicious food, good service.

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