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An attractive Victorian pub beside the village green. The menu follows the seasons and offers a broad array of dishes, so alongside British classics yo...
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A fab, little white-washed pub, nestled on the edge of beautiful Ashridge Forest. Warm and welcoming, our country dining pub has been going strong for over 22 years and has one of the happiest and most professional teams around! The Alford is a delightful escape, where you just happen to be able to get great food, as well as everything you have come to expect from a quality bar. You can book in the dining room or our cosy terrace, with the bar and garden on a first come, first served basis. We are firm believers in using local produce wherever possible and the inventive menu changes weekly. Alongside is the village green and historic Ashridge Estate is right on our doorstep. Ramblers, dog walkers,
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Gastropub
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A while since we have eaten here. The outside area was attractively lit but a little too cold we ate inside where there was a welcoming open fire. We enjoyed our meal from a good menu selection although one item was sold out. The problems...occurred when we had just finished our deserts when a noisy vacuum cleaner started up, which was being employed nearby. Shortly after this a nearby rear door was left open produced a cold draft. We left at this point.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a lovely place. Heated area outside which is very comfortable. Table service outside too. Nice selection of beers that always taste fresh. Had the bubble and squeak for lunch. A must have. A lovely pub with great food/beer. Staff always helpful and hosts very...friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been recommended this pub for Sunday lunch and read favourable reviews, we were very excited to secure the last available table in their bar area in time for lunch on Sunday. Sadly, the meal was a total disappointment. We were largely ignored, and when...we did order food it took almost an hour to arrive. We had asked that our two toddlers have their meals ASAP as they were cranky and hungry, but this wasn’t honoured and their food took an hour. When it arrived the chicken ‘goujons’ (nuggets) were incinerated and inedible. Sent back and five mins later a fresh plate delivered to our weeping 2 year old. Not sure why we had to wait an hour when it took just 5 mins to re-make? My partner’s steak (also 5 mins prep surely) arrived well-done when he asked for medium rare. My vegetarian lentil dish was so salty it was almost inedible. Barely an apology from staff, although they did take the kids’ meals off the bill. Such a huge shame as it seems to be a really lovely village pub with a good menu and loads of potential.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 6 October 2021 via mobile

Love this pub. Friendly service and the food is excellent. Great atmosphere in the pub and a lovely outdoor space all lit up with fairy lights.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 20 September 2021 via mobile

We were a party of 4 people who visited the restaurant for a Sunday roast dinner. The food served was very poor. The pork was so fatty it was not edible, the roast potatoes were hard in the middle, under cooked and the dinner was...served barely warm. The member of staff who served the dinner did not come back to the table to make sure everything was ok. The whole experience was very disappointing.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2021

A lovely spot in Bucks. This is very popular especially at weekends so booking advisable. We didn't and were still given a choice of tables which they reserve for walk ins. There is parking off road but when busy this fills up and the road...is used. The outside garden is luxurious with sheepskin to sit on and while on the road, this is very quiet and next to the village green. Inside tables are reasonably distanced, very clean wood and it is bright. Having met a local who extolled its virtues for food (admittedly with no nearby competition) , we were a tad disappointed at the end of a delightful walk. The food is certainly more than OK and there is a real effort to make it interesting but... Our Welsh Rarebit had little cheese flavour so became dull. The fried bream was much better, juicy fish with excellent tabule - shame it was still heaped from the form rather than under the fish. One vegetable only. The vegetarian curry was unimpressive, basically warm beans with a pile of yogurt on the side. The idea was there but not in execution! The shared desert of apple tart was "french" style with Ice cream. It looked bought but tasted fine. However at £7.75 for a small slice, a bit much. Wine by the glass was huge as it should be at £9. Service was slow to start, perhaps they were busy although I counted at least 6 front of house so they should cope easily. But once off, the pace was ideal and they made up for the slow start by being very jolly and friendly - exactly as a local pub should be. We would go back, less for the food perhaps but certainly for the location and ambiance.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2021 via mobile

The Alford Arms manages to be classic yet modern in terms of styling, food and atmosphere. Love the flowers and candles on the tables. The food is made with locally sourced produce (and that they care so much as to tell you exactly where ingredients...are sourced - as shown on the back of menus). The staff are friendly, warm and efficient. I really enjoyed the sweet potato and chickpea curry with garlic prawns on this trip. Top gastro pub.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 1 September 2021

If you're looking for traditional pub food, this isn't for you. If you're looking for a fabulous meal, THIS IS THE PLACE! The Alford Arms was recommend to us and we first went in July, 2021. We drove out from London, and all agreed it...was wonderful. They know how to cook. The flavours meld together perfectly. This visit my 13 year old had the duck leg, followed by the pork belly, and his eyes literally rolled back into his head. I've already reserved for my birthday in November. We've driven out form London both times, and look forward to our next visit. It's worth the drive. Our server, Jen, was personable, knowledgeable, and helped us make a new lead for our dog form Saran Wrap as he'd bitten through his. :) I think the food is worth every cent.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 30 August 2021

Picture postcard pub in a delightful rural setting. It is clean, bright & airy, promising to deliver so much. Yet it fails. The food & especially the drinks are grossly over-priced. The menu is not terribly expansive, so your choice is condensed. The actual cooking...is quite nice, but not considered value-for-money. The landlord & his staff were all pleasant. However, my major gripe concerns the wine we ordered. As I said previously, all wines here are OTT. A good example is Vinho Verde (£6 retail) yet at £26 on their wine list ! We ordered a bottle of French Sauvignon Blanc at £25.50 & it wasn't until we were about to pay the bill discovered it was a totally different wine to which we'd ordered, a mixture of Sauvignon & Picpoul from a totally different winery/region of France ! When questioned about this, as we were charged the same price, the waitress was very vague, not apologetic & said "they replaced it on occasions when the Sauvignon Blanc ran out." Should have told us though as I think we were over-charged !More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

Great food in a wonderful location, where all the staff were really friendly and provided great service. Our server, John, was not only super efficient, was great in recommending food, and also super fun to chat to! He made sure we were enjoying our ourselves...which just adds more to the evening. The bubble and squeak was delicious and really filling too! Overall, great place for a nice evening out with an amazing menu and brilliant staff!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Response from Vivvy1 | Reviewed this property |
No private room and not sure if they could accommodate 30, best to call them direct.
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Hi, the fire was very serious and the current estimate is that the Alford Arms will re-open at the end of August 2016 after a complete refurbishment of the trading floor and rebuild of the living accommodation - which is... More
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Response from Cheryl G | Reviewed this property |
The Alford Arms is one of the most popular Sunday Lunch destinations and booking is essential. The dining room is appropriately sized to ensure customers who have made reservations are properly attended to. And they are... More
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5