The recent absence of blogposts might have been making you think that married life has put an end to our usual weekend trips out and pub exploration. Not so. In fact we’ve no less than three recent discoveries to bring you.
The Swan, Ley Hill, nr Chesham
This pub was recommended a few months ago. We decided to pop over there on the August Bank Holiday, not realising that it’s a time when many villages and towns hold special events. Ley Hill was no exception, with live music and stalls set out around the Swan as part of the Ley Hill Festival 2010. Fortunately we decided to call ahead, so did have a table secured, although were completely bemused by the level of activity greeting us on arrival! Despite being so busy there was good food and service to be had.
The Waffle House, St Albans
We visited the smart town of St Albans in late September. Offering no shortage of tempting eating options we were enticed by the prospect of the Waffle House, located in a historic watermill.
The Old Orchard, Harefield
We heard about this pub through a flyer in the post. We don’t normally pay much attention to junk mail, but the Old Orchard’s menu was in a classy, vintage style with an enticing menu that caught our attention. What’s immediately striking on arrival at this Harefield hostelry is the location – commanding superb views over the local lakes and the nearest you can get to a Lake District style of view in these parts.
The interior is old fashioned pub combined with a comfortable layout and a bar that features an amazing compressed air tube system that delivers orders to the kitchen. The meals were brilliantly presented, including the Sunday roast, below, and a rustic ploughman’s lunch. Thoroughly recommended.