Frithsden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 3DD
Gold Winner 2017
Gold Winners - Pub Restaurants 2016
Judges comments - July/August 2017
'The staff were very welcoming and friendly. When we arrived I asked them what I could eat if I wasn't able to have gluten, sesame seeds or tapioca. They immediately took my menu away to the kitchen to speak to the head chef and told me that they would come back with a menu that was specific to my requirements. They even told me how long this will take.'
'The options on the menu were fantastic. Even with my dietary exclusions taken into account I was able to have a choice of about six starters and about eight main courses. When it came to dessert I had the option of four desserts. The whole menu was printed out on one single sheet of A4 paper. When I told the waitress of my requirements she took that piece of paper away and came back with asterisked dishes that were suitable for me and also the chef had written in suggestions for alternative versions of some of the dishes. The same waitress served us throughout the meal. Our plates were all kept separate and she explained that I was unable to eat from my friends plate because there were things in that meal that were not suitable for my allergies.'
'The food was brilliant. My guest's soup, her main course and desert were all delicious. Likewise, all three of my dishes were really fabulous. The waitress also made the effort to bring my coffee with my dessert and the coffee was a very good coffee.'
'Great value for money both because of the excellent food and the really wonderful service we got.'