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Saturday 22 March 2014 10:12:45 am
Basically the only pub I use in Hatfield due to:
(1) The quality of it's real ale and home cooking.
(2) The relaxed friendliness and professionalism of it's staff.
(3) The retained atmosphere of what is, in essence still a 16th century traditional English pub.
Unlike elsewhere in Hatfield, there is no over-emphasis on dining as opposed to drinking, the TV is not intrusive and the regulars are a varied and occasionally of a rather exotic nature.
Saturday 24 December 2011 6:23:24 pm
Great pub with a good local atmosphere & more importantly good beer! Since the new landlord has taken over i've noticed there has been a considerable improvement... free bangers & mash night & open mic night has been really enjoyable.
Keep up the good work!
Thursday 27 October 2011 5:26:21 pm
A pub that shines like a shaft of light when all around is darkness - to paraphrase a favourite Monty Python sketch. It's true, this is the best pub not just in Hatfield but for miles in most directions. Sadly the Horse and Groom has been a well-kept secret for decades frequented mainly by diehard locals. That's because its location down a quiet side street in Old Hatfield near Hatfield House, makes it almost invisible to out-of-towners.
But since being taken over in July by Ben Gill who managed the Fairway in WGC for years I have a feeling that this ancient pub's limited popularity is about to widen. The cozy oak-beamed single bar Horse and Groom has been a pub since the 17th century although the building is much older.
What now separates it from any other pub in the area is not just the impeccably kept cask-conditioned beers, but the revamped menu of freshly made classic British soul food courtesy of Gill Wood, who has masterfully managed the kitchen for 14 years.
Ben lovingly tends five hand pumps (soon to be six) currently pouring Greene King Abbot Ale, Fullers London Pride, Sharp's Doom Bar, Caledonian Flying Scotsman and Black Sheep Bitter. Watch out for Fuller's ESB in the next few weeks.
In the five moths that Ben has managed the pub I have not had a hint of a bad pint - and I visit the pub almost every day. I marvel at the way that these carefully kept living beers can subtlely change flavour over the course of a few days as the barrel swiftly empties.
And so to the food: the lunch time menu is classic pub fare made almost exclusively from scratch. How many pubs in Hertfordshire can claim that they make their own steak and kidney, steak and Stilton or steak and Abbot Ale pies on the premises ? I can't think of one. Other favourites are scampi, liver and bacon just like mother never used to make, jacket potatoes and enormous sandwiches on baguettes. My favourite is stuffed with two locally sourced sausages and fried onions. Creamy cole slaw completes this most satisfying lunch. Portions are all very generous and prices most reasonable.
Just when you though it couldn't get any better, from Tuesday November 1 the pub is offering free sausages and mash from 6-10pm when you buy a drink costing 3 pounds or more. Who said there's no such thing as free dinner.
The atmosphere is friendly and inclusive. Even if you've never been in the pub before you are not made to feel like an intruding outsider. And if you want to get swept up in conversations as varied as the best way to cook alligator or the current price of silver, the bar is the best place to be. Worth driving quite a few miles to visit. There's usually parking outside or in the car park behind the pub.
Thursday 06 January 2011 11:25:07 am
we would like you wish you all a very happy new year from all at the horse and groom
now that we have seen the new year in we are now going to be having a party karaoke night at the end of every month and the first one will be on the 28th jan we hope you can all make it ,it will be 60s 70s and 80s music
also we still have the tuesday night specials and on our menu this month starting tuesday
homemade chilli con carne
a choice of pies steak and kidney or chicken and leek both served with mash potatos and veg
The price is now £7.50 with a choice of a pint or a glass of wine.
will update next month
and this evening the (6th january)we will be resuming our fortnightly quiz night tonights host will be the lovely gillian,the true and false now stands at £236,come along if your feeling lucky
Friday 10 July 2009 1:28:12 pm
Horse & Groom (free house)
park street old hatfield close to hatfield house and hatfield railway station
Serving home cooked food from monday to saturday 12-2pm
we now have a NEW specials night night every tuesday evening from 7-9pm which will start on tuesday 14th july with a curry night with this you will recieve a pint of beer of your choice or a glass of wine all for a great price of £6.50
The following weeks
21st july--- pie and mash night which you will have a choice of 2 pies
28th july--- sausage and mash night
4th aug--- chilli night
We also have a quiz night every other thursday with a cash prize and a true and false round which is now upto £390 the next quiz evening will be 23rd july.