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.


Awesome evening at the Alford Arms! October 2020

Fantastic service throughout (particularly the excellent Evie), stunning food and drinks. It’s been a while since I was last here, but the journey was worth every bit of the effort. The endless awards for the team at the Alford are fully justified, we had the squid and bubble and squeak to start (OMG), both had the blade of beef with amazing sides (try the honey courgettes and yoghurt), washed down with a cold bottle of Sauvignon (note to self, must come back to explore the wine list and beers!). We will be back!


July 2020

“Excellent Covid-19 awareness and food/drink is legendary as always so lovely to be back — thank you 🙏”


October 2020

“Amazing food, atmosphere, service and experience. Thank you so much for a lovely lunch”


“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."