Hertford Autumn Ale Trail – Saturday 1st December 2018

Written by Les Middlewood

“It’s a beer festival on the move!”

South Herts CAMRA’s annual tour of Hertford town pubs gives drinkers a choice of over 35 real ales – some from local breweries and some from far and wide. And many of the pubs now offer real cider or perry.

Real Ale Itinerary

Our route provides an opportunity to visit many of the best real ale outlets in Hertford. Local members will be at hand 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)
1.45pm Old Barge, The Folly (c)(f)
2.30pm Duncombe Arms, Railway Street (c)(f)
3.15pm Quiet Man, Fore Street
4.00pm Black Horse, West Street (c)(f)
4.45pm White Horse, Castle Street
5.30pm Woolpack, Millbridge (f)
6.30pm Old Cross Tavern, St.Andrew Street

Or maybe you could go off-piste and try the Practitioner (formerly Baroosh), Salisbury Arms or Dog and Whistle, all in Fore Street offering food (and all McMullens) or the Six Templars in The Wash (Wetherspoon). There is the Blackbirds in Parliament Square offering some Hertfordshire brewed real ales and food – and at the west end of Fore Street is the newly-opened Hummingbird, a gastro pub with two handpumped ales.

Cider and Food

Pubs offering real cider are marked (c). Many offer food (f) – but please check times for availability – and there is 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. The Museum opens at 10am and includes displays of brewing artefacts and information on Hertford’s brewing and pub history. The town hosts a Saturday market.


Hertford has two railway stations. Hertford East Station is reached either direct from Cheshunt, Tottenham Hale and Liverpool Street or via Broxbourne for travellers from Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge. Hertford North station 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 (beware: the last westbound 724 leaves Hertford Bus Station at 7.55pm).

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