The best restaurants in Hertford

Looking for the perfect meal out in the Hertford area? Then fear not, as we’ve rounded up our favourite foodie destinations to make it even easier than ever to choose.

Something fancy?

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You can’t live in Hertfordshire without trying the group of Independent Lussmanns fish and grill restaurants, which can be found in St Albans, Harpenden, Hitchin, Tring and of course, Hertford. With the goal of making sustainable dining a success, Lussmanns serves up ethically sourced food that will make your mouth water. Pop into the Hertford restaurant in The Egyptian House, rumoured to have been a meeting place of the Knights Templar and part of Hertford’s Heritage Trail, to enjoy a meal to remember.

A quick pit stop for coffee and cake?

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Looking to grab a quality coffee, salad, sarnie or melt or sharing a huge chunk of cake with a friend? Then there’s no better destination than the Hertford Coffee Lab. These guys know how to make a good coffee and feature Chemex, Nitro, V60, Matcha, dairy alternatives and even roast their own beans. A great stop for any coffee aficionado or one in the making.

A meal for the whole family?

There’s a reason Rigby’s in Hertford keeps winning awards including TripAdvisor’s certificate of excellence in 2017 and that’s because it quite simply serves up quality food, with great service. A great destination to take the whole family, this restaurant offers British and Mediterranean dishes using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. They offer an a la carte, breakfast and fixed price menu, so you’ll be sure there’s something for everyone.

Meeting up with the girls?

There’s nothing better than an authentic Italian meal with great food served in a welcoming atmosphere and that’s exactly what Il Vino Restaurant in Hertford does.  This family run restaurant is popular with locals, with diners returning weekly to enjoy everything this restaurant has to offer.

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Drinks & Nibbles?

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Pop into The Snug, one of four found across the county, to enjoy unique cocktails and satisfying nibbles. The Hertford location is certainly true to its name: cosy, welcoming and a great stop for everything from breakfast and lunch through to cocktails and nibbles. Enjoy their sunny garden when the sun peeks through the clouds.

A romantic dinner out?

The Salisbury Arms Hotel in Hertford dates back to the 18thcentury and is steeped in history. Food here changes seasonally and covers everything from breakfast and snacks through to a set menu and a la carte. They even have a separate menu for gluten free, making life easier for any Coeliac.

Hankering for an adult afternoon tea?

Head out to Chapmore End near Ware to enjoy a relaxing and tranquil visit to The Buttercup Tearoom. Tuck into light lunches and three course Sunday lunches as well as delicious freshly baked homemade cakes. For those looking for an afternoon or lunch away from their children, then this is the perfect destination, as children must be over seven years old to eat there…so you’ll have a few hours of peace and quiet!

Feeling like a food challenge?

Amico Di Amici in Stanstead Abbotts near Ware is set within one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back to 1538. Serving up authentic Italian cuisine, there’s a huge range of dishes including Sunday lunches, set menus, gluten free offerings and even a ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ menu. What sets this restaurant apart, however, is their food challenge. Simply order one of their 12-inch Calzone Pizzas for £24.95 and if you finish it within 45 minutes, you’ll get it for free as well as be added to their wall of fame and walking away with the coveted ‘challenge winner’ t-shirt. Gather your friends and head down to take on the challenge!

A meal with a view?

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Set in the centre of beautiful countryside, Three Lakes at Westmill Farm in Ware is set atop a hill and overlooks beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with views of their three fishing lakes. With a varied breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, there’s plenty on offer. They’ve also started offering afternoon tea, so why not pop along to try it out.

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