The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog, Flamstead, St.Albans, United Kingdom, AL3 8BS
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Please note that we are currently closed completely due to the Coronavirus. We are a small intimate venue and cannot trade safely with the requirement to socially distance ourselves. We have to support the cause to limit the spread of this horrid virus.

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 March 2020

Lovely community pub. Great food and atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

A delightful village pub/restaurant. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was delicious! Great for a family or large gathering and superb value for money. Will definitely be returning again. Thank you!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 March 2020

Love this pub, feels so cosy & just like you’re at home. Food is lovely, we had Sunday lunch it never disappoints. Would definitely recommend booking as it gets busy

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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Tasty food, excellent ale, prompt service, good atmosphere.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 January 2020

very nice well cooked food, huge helpings. The best Sunday lunch in the area we feel

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Visited The Spotted Dog for Sunday lunch and was overall sadly disappointed with the service, menu choice and quality of the dishes. The service wasn't very good, a young waitress that appeared inexperienced, unsure about the drinks menu and what was on offer, not overly professional (gathering up plates when at least one of us were still chewing) and not once were we asked during the 3 courses whether everything was ok with the food etc. There wasn't a vegetarian option available on the menu, and some aspects for the Sunday Roast were clearly reheated. Lovely location but sadly won't be returning to this pub.

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Thanks for your feedback. Just remind me, you were the customers that we cooked vegetarian sausages for, the customers who had nothing left on their plates, the customers that we gave 1 litre of custard to and a reduced cost meal as we had no vegetarian option on the menu. You stayed in our pub until 5.30 with no rush for you to leave. Just to note nothing is 're-heated' in our kitchen, I personally prepared food from 9am for our lunch time service. I am glad you wont be returning to our pub.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 December 2019

The best part was the service we were given by the young girl serving. She was very polite. Unfortunately the food wasn't great and for what we paid per head for the Xmas lunch. Starters were lovely but mains and desserts were underwhelming. We did mention that the beef was tough and chewy on two of the mains but nothing was done or offered as alternative which was slightly disappointing. It’s a lovely pub but as a group said we wouldn’t go back for food as it fell below the mark we expected. Sorry for the below par feedback but just wanted to be honest. Thank you for hosting us though.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 January 2020

It was so nice to be welcomed with three dogs, albeit small ones, after a New Years Day walk. I'm sure the reason for the hiccups with the food was low staffing levels, and from what I have heard, the food is usually excellent. We were a bit disappointed with the menu to be honest. My daughter who doesn't like egg, didn't find much she could eat. The portions of chips were rather small and the lunch was served in stages, with many things missing. We had to wait rather a long time for it too. I was pleased though, that the chef was able to make a Caesar salad even though it was not on the menu. Like I said, it was probably due to the fact it was New Years day and they had had a very late night the night before. The staff were very friendly and the athmosphere was pleasant. I'll come again in the summer when they have a full menu.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

Couldn’t have been better, thank you (and already been on trip advisor)! Have a marvellous New Year!

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Visited On Thursday, 26 December 2019

Visited Boxing Day for brunch. Great food and atmosphere

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

Great night. Thank you Claire & Tom

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

We booked early for our Christmas lunch...my friends and I had a wonderful time. From the minute we entered we were greeted by the locals then by the lovely lady who (didn’t take her name so sorry) served us drinks and our meal....the food was beautifully displayed and so delicious. We weren’t rushed unlike some places...we had the best time. Thank you everyone at The Spotted Dog. 110% great.

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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).

Responded On Wednesday, 04 December 2019
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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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