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trea­cle tart and even a vanilla ice cream cookie sand­wich.

The menu may seem fa­mil­iar — The Fox is owned by the same pub com­pany as sis­ter out­lets, The White Horse at Shen­ley, The Arkley and St Al­bans’ Wicked Lady, all of which have that classy, coun­try pub feel.

If you pre­fer an in­de­pen­dent White Horse, then try the one in Chor­ley­wood ( This White Horse is owned and run by brother-in-law team David War­ren and Robert Beck­ley, who also pre­side over Bushey Vil­lage’s King Stag.

Al­though War­ren de­scribes the White Horse as a work in progress in terms of the dé­cor, it has the same cosy feel as its sis­ter pub: wooden and tiled floors and sim­ple wooden fur­ni­ture with quirky art­work on the walls, as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion of a lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher. Ser­vice is at­ten­tive and friendly.

The bowl of pump­kin-seed soup ar­rived on a wooden board with slices of bread. Fish of the day — pan-fried sea bass — topped a stack of grid­dled veg, while a side of creamed spinach was rus­tic in style. We by­passed glazed lemon tart, crum­ble of the day and dark choco­late ganache with roasted figs and hon­ey­comb ice cream and chose pep­per­mint tea, in a vin­tage china pot. The pub at­tracts more din­ers than drinkers and is al­ready be­com­ing a lo­cal favourite since War­ren and Beck­ley took over last year.

Also worth a visit are The Crick­eters at Sar­ratt ( and The Al­ford Arms (

in Friths­den, just out­side Hemel Hemp­stead.

Re­lax­ing, retro set­ting at the Three Com­passes, Alden­ham

Olive salad and brownie at The White Horse

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