Fifteen years ago Pints of View printed an article about the pubs that have been lost in Hertford since 1950.
It conjured much misty-eyed discussion in the town pubs as it demonstrated that over 30 pubs had closed.
Whilst closures had not always been for economical reasons (Hertford’s road improvements claimed a few by itself), the loss in numbers had also coincided with the dwindling number of people using their Community Pubs or Locals. We suggested that maybe this was acceptable so long as there was another pub just up the road but what happens when that one closes?
Since that article the pub has continued to have to compete with the rise of other pastimes and activities and now we have the unknown long-term effects that will be caused by Covid-19.
The pub still holds a place dear to most drinkers` hearts and more than ever we need to give it our support.
Look out for our positive 2020 Autumn Ale Trail of Hertford’s current real ale pubs, soon to be printed on this website.
The updated list below is a tale of what has happened to the town’s pubs – maybe cause itself for friendly nostalgia, over a pint, in a Hertford pub.
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Pub closures since 1950
|Pub||Closed||Last Owner||What’s There Now|
|Albion, Railway Place||1966||Allied||Housing|
|Bear’s Ear (Gt.North’n), Cowbridge||1955||McMullen||Offices|
|Bell and Crown, Cowbridge||1990||McMullen||House|
|Black Swan, West Street||1959||Allied||By-pass|
|Brewery Tap, Millbridge||1958||Wells & Winch||Community gardens|
|Cold Bath, North Road||1962||McMullen||Flats|
|Cranbourne Arms, St Andrew Street||1954||Wells & Winch||House/office|
|Dimsdale Arms, Fore Street||1994||McMullen||Pizza restaurant|
|Dolphin, Railway Street||2004||McMullen||Flats|
|Flower Pot, Salisbury Square||1972||Allied||Shop|
|Foresters Arms, Ware Road||1959||Benskin||Shop|
|Gladstone Arms, Castle Street||1965||McMullen||By-pass|
|Globe, Bengeo Street||1961||Allied||Housing|
|Green Dragon, Maidenhead Street||1952||McMullen||Shops/flats|
|Greyhound, Port Vale||1979||McMullen||House|
|Harts Horns, Hornsmill Road||2014||Pub Co.||Indian restaurant|
|Hummingbird, Fore Street||2019||Pub Co.||Short-lived – empty|
|John O`Gaunt Pegs La.||1994||McMullen||Nightclub/demolished|
|Kings Head, St Andrew Street||1955||McMullen||Shop – vacant|
|Lion’s Head, Railway Street||1961||Free House||Flats|
|Little Bell, St Andrew Street||1958||McMullen||Hairdresser/shop|
|Nag’s Head, Ware Road||1994||Whitbread||Flats|
|Old Oak, Hertingfordbury Road||1983||Allied||By-pass extension|
|Plough (Warehouse), London Rd||1990||Allied||Offices|
|Punch Bowl, Railway Street||1980||McMullen||Shop|
|Prince Regent, Bull Plain||2003||Pub Co.||Late night venue|
|Queens Head, Fore Street||1956||Taylor Walker||Mexican restaurant|
|Red Lion, St Andrew Street||1961||McMullen||By-pass|
|Reindeer (Hillside), Port Hill||2009||Allied||Veterinary surgeon|
|Rising Sun, Balfour Street||1958||McMullen||House|
|Salisbury Tap, Church Street||1970||cMullen||Hotel extension|
|Sele Arms (Bridge Hse), North Rd||2015||Building co.||Homes being built|
|Ship, Old Cross||1974||McMullen||Shop|
|Sportsman, Fore Street||2007||Free||Bar – temp. closed|
|Talbot Arms, Fore Street||1966||McMullen||Italian cafe|
|3 Tuns (TBrandon’s), St Andrew Street||2003||Pub Co.||Thai restaurant|
|Unicorn, Hartham Lane||1984||McMullen||Supermarket car park|
|Warren House, New Road||2009||Free||Flats|
|Warren House, Railway Street||1982||Allied||Shops|