Hertford’s Autumn Ale Trail – Saturday 25th November

Written by Les Middlewood

Saturday 25th November 2017

South Herts CAMRA’s annual tour of Hertford town pubs gives beer drinkers a choice of approaching 40 real ales – from near and far. And many of the pubs offer real cider or perry.

Saturday 25th November is the day, the tour commencing at 1pm and continuing into the early evening. Our itinerary provides an opportunity to visit many of the best real ale outlets in Hertford. Local members will be there to help you with directions, town information and brewing or pub histories.

We hope to see you somewhere along the way for a pint or two or perhaps a few halves!

  • 1.00pm – Hertford Club, Bull Plain (c) (f) – Free of tie – 3 real ales
  • 1.45pm – Old Barge, The Folly (c) (f) – Free House – 5 or 6 real ales
  • 2.30pm – Duncombe Arms, Railway Street (c) (f) – Greene King – 4 or 5 real ales
  • 3.15pm – Salisbury Arms Hotel, Fore Street (f) – McMullen – 4 real ales
  • 4.00pm – Quiet Man, Fore Street – Free House – 3 real ales
  • 4.45pm – White Horse, Castle Street (c) – Fullers – 6 or 7 real ales
  • 5.30pm – Black Horse, West Street (c) (f) – Free House – 6 real ales
  • 6.30pm – Old Cross Tavern, St.Andrew Street – Free House – 5 or 6 real ales

Pubs offering real cider are marked (c).
Many offer food (f), but please check times for availability.

Other pubs in central Hertford of note: The Blackbirds – 9 (Stonegate Pub Company) in Parliament Square has three to four real ales. The Six Templars – 10 in The Wash (Wetherspoon) (c) (f) usually has around six. For more McMullen beers try Baroosh – 11, Fore Street (f), Woolpack – 12 in Millbridge (f), White Hart – 13 in Salisbury Square (f), Dog and Whistle – 14, Fore Street (f) or Lord Haig – 15 in South Street.

Hertford hosts a Saturday market and has a full range of cafés, coffee shops and restaurants for those arriving in the morning, when a visit to Hertford Museum in Bull Plain might be in order. It has displays of brewing artefacts and holds information on Hertford’s rich brewing and pub history. Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hartham Lane uniquely incorporates a McMullen brewery museum – just beyond its cafeteria area.

Transport: Hertford has two railway stations. Hertford East is reached either direct from Cheshunt, Tottenham Hale and Liverpool Street or via Broxbourne for travellers from Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge. Hertford North has trains direct from Stevenage or Enfield Chase, Finsbury Park and King’s Cross. The 724 Green Line bus connects Hertford to Ware and Harlow in the east (all day and all evening) and Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans and Watford in the west (note: the last westbound 724 leaves Hertford Bus Station at 7.55pm).

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