Restaurant review: The Bricklayers Arms, Flaunden

This cosy country pub nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside is the perfect place to pass away a wintery evening. The ivy covered building and swinging sign make this inviting and unstuffy, and the bar area at the front is the perfect place for a pre-drink. I opted for a G+T and was impressed with a. the range of decent gins available and b. the abundance of cucumber ready and waiting behind the bar to garnish my Hendricks and tonic.

The menu is a pleasant combination of French classics, modern British twists and some decidedly ‘old school’ treats. (The calvados mushroom starter was like the best bits of the seventies reinvented for the modern day, and the creamed spinach in particular has to be the richest vegetable side dish I’ve ever had).

For the main course I went for the ‘duo of duck’ – breast and confit leg served with a rich cider jus. The bird was cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. My companion went for the pork special, which was similarly rich and beautifully presented.

The wine list is extensive and well presented, without the tedious requirement to spend the whole night reading. There’s plenty to please Old World and New World fans alike, with lots of great options under 25 quid.

Certainly not the place for a meal on a strict budget – there’s too many things that’ll tempt you to push the boat out. But for an intimate meal for two or entertaining guests in the countryside, this is perfect.


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