Recent culinary discoveries

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 Swan, Ley Hill

Inside the Swan, Ley Hill
Ley Hill music festival, outside the Swan

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.

A sweet option from the Waffle House in St Albans

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.

The Old Orchard pub, Harefield
Inside the Old Orchard, Harefield
The view outside from the Old Orchard pub
The menu from the Old Orchard pub, Harefield
Sunday roast in Old Orchard pub, Harefield
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4 thoughts on “Recent culinary discoveries

    1. It’s recently reopened as the Old Orchard, under new management. We never visited its previous incarnation, but I think someone else mentioned it used to be called Edwin’s Brasserie. Don’t know what that was like, but it’s now certainly worth a visit.

    2. As a Harefield resident I can indeed confirm it was until mid 2010 called “Edwins”, some years prior to that it was formally named “The Old Orchard” where they held dinner dances etc, it has late 2010 opened after another company bought it as “The Old Orchard” once again—-nb The Orchard is a pub restaurant in nearby Ruislip

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