Reviews & Awards


It’s very easy to shout about yourself from the rooftops, but it’s not our kind of thing. Fortunately, there are a few people who are happy to do it for us…. so a big thanks to all our supporters! To see what folk say, just click on the logos below to read the full review.

We are pretty chuffed to have just been awarded the Hertfordshire Dining Pub of the Year for the 12th time for 2021 from the GOOD PUB GUIDE.

Another award we are very proud of was the pub restaurant gong at the inaugural FREEFROM EATING OUT Awards back in 2014. The mystery judge enthused: “As someone with multiple serious allergies, I have NEVER been so well fed and cared for!” Of course, then going on to win gold awards again jointly with sister pub The Royal Oak in 2016/17 & 18 is also pretty special.

Plus we can’t ignore the great users of RESTAURANT GURU who have given us their ‘blessing’ for great food and also our wonderful outdoor seating!

Thanks as well to all the Muddy Stilettos (@muddyhertsbeds) fans who voted us the best Destination Pub in Hertfordshire for 2018 and 2019.

Last May (2019) saw us win the county award for Herts from PUB & BAR Magazine and TRIPADVISOR welcomed us to their Hall of Fame for 5 successive Certificates of Excellence in a row.

Safe to say, your ongoing support has helped us to this recognition and we will continue to work tirelessly to deserve your affection.


January 2022

“What can I add to a 5 star review? Firstly, wonderful ambience, tucked away in the heart of Herts; the staff are the tops, friendly efficient & very nice; & then the food is simply delicious – and plenty of it. Don’t change a thing!!”

Katherine – ResDiary Guest

October 2021

“My husband and I went recently on the eve of our 30th wedding anniversary. When booking our table I stated that I had a few food intolerances – 5 to be precise. Some restaurants panic and offer up only one option but they came up with a whole menu just for me. That was just brilliant! The food was absolutely brilliant too for both me and my husband. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.”


October 2021

“The food was absolutely delicious, but what really kicked this review into a 5 star rating was the fast, friendly service. I would go as far as to say best service we’ve had in a long time. Well done Alford Arms, you gave us a great night.”

ResDiary Guest

“An indulgent choice of wines accompanies small plates and main meals - imagine mulled rosé sorbet on a sun-drenched terrace in the summer.”
“What a discovery, hidden away in the beautiful Chilterns! You feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere, when in reality it’s only a 40-minute drive from London"
“A pleasant garden overlooks the village garden and the traditional menu has a strong British stamp which follows the seasons closely."
“Thriving dining pub with a chic interior, good food from imaginative menu, and a thoughtful wine list."
“WINNER of Best Destination Pub 2019 for Herts & Beds - The Alford Arms."
"The terrific staff work hard, stay positive and makes this place great."