Open all day
The Clarendon Arms has been a public house for over 400 years. Three miles from Watford and a similar distance from Hemel Hempstead.
The Arms has had two extensions, one in the 50's and another in the 70's. You can see the different stages from the three different roof pitches! It has remained unspoilt by the passage of time, though a revamp in 2008/9 has spruced it up.
They serve bar food between the following times: 12-8.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12-5.30pm Sunday and Monday. Vegetarian meals are available. Food is reasonably priced too.
The bar is air conditioned and there is a beer garden so you can drink your beer outside on sunny days.
If you enjoy the traditional atmosphere of an English pub, the Clarendon Arms should go to the top of your list of places to visit. The friendly atmosphere, the warm, attractive surroundings and the excellent food are bringing in customers from far and wide.
The Clarendon is at Chandlers Cross, just a few minutes' drive from Watford or Rickmansworth, and there's plenty of parking space. The area is delightful, so the pub is a favourite with walkers: it's a lovely place for a stroll before your meal.
Inside, you can be sure of a warm welcome. There are no fruit machines, and loud music is banned, except on Thursday evenings.
It's a free house so traditional beers are always on tap like London Pride, Speckled Hen and Tetley Cask, plus a guest beer, all well kept in perfect condition.
The Clarendon Arms has recently been taken over by new management (Nov 2004). Since then they have changed the menu to be entirely cooked to order. There is something for everyone and there are daily specials. The food is traditional pub with a slight twist. A welcome change to the same old same old. They are still a free house but now have Speckled Hen, Bombardier, Courage Light Ale and a guest from around the local neighbourhood. There has been a recent spree of events ranging from food and wine fairs and real ale festivals. The new management inform me that there will be some sort of event every month from now until the end of summer. Enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the bantering between staff and customer. Can't wait until the summer days are longer to spend outside! (14/4/05)
Moreland Old Speckled Hen