The Dukes Head | Pub in Hertfordshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Dukes Head - Pub in Hertfordshire

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High Street Hatfield Broad Oak, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7HH, Hertfordshire
England, United Kingdom

Liz Flodman
+44 (0)1279 718598(landline)

The hens in the garden cluck as contentedly as the guests... and the ales, the menus and the pudding wines are a civilised treat

In the centre of Hatfield Broad Oak is a local loved not only for its great ales but also its food. Inside in the bar, cosy with cottage windows and wood-burning stoves, ales (Doom Bar, Timothy Taylor's Landlord) are on tap. At scrubbed wood tables you can tuck into Justin's hearty menus: crispy oriental duck salad with warm udon noodles; bubble and squeak with bacon, poached egg and hollandaise; Doom Bar beer battered Brixham haddock with thrice cooked chips and pea purée. One law that should be made here is to leave space for pudding. Justin's pastry-training produces elaborate treats. Try honeycomb parfait with chocolate 'soil', toffee pudding slice and popcorn, accompanied by an extensive pudding wine list. There's also a conservatory dining room for groups and a lovely garden in summer, where chickens cluck as contentedly as the guests.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Liz Flodman:

Local points of interest from
Liz Flodman:

  • 5 mins drive from Hatfield Forest, full of interesting, muddy walks for both children & dogs. Pop back to us for a refreshing pint & a bite to eat, muddy wellies off at the door, we do not mind socks! A treat for the doggies await them & fresh water!
  • Used to be called the Duke of Wellington, until it was just called The Duke's Head.
  • Only 9 minutes from Stanstead! A lovely long lunch before picking up someone from the airport or dinner once you have collected them!
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Starters from £5. Mains from £11.75. Sunday lunch from £15.25.


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High Street Hatfield Broad Oak, Bishops Stortford, CM22 7HH, Hertfordshire