Say goodbye to those winter blues and come and join us for lunch at one of these cosy gastro-pubs or restaurants just about a half hour’s drive away. We offer a return journey from Potters Bar (leaving 11.45am) to our destination and a 2-course set lunch (not including drinks) for £40.

January

Lussmans, Harpenden

Wednesday 22nd January - Depart: 11.45am

£40

Situated in an 18th century former coach house overlooking Leyton Green, Lussmanns in Harpenden has a delightful rural character and feel, with a charming walled garden. The restaurant is described by Open Table as a pretty restaurant, with a good ambience, excellent food and friendly staff. The restaurant also appears in the Sunday Times’ list of the 100 Best Places to Eat in the UK.

Read more about Lussmans, Harpenden here

The King Stag, Bushey - Watford

Wednesday 29th January - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The King Stag was built with a Tudor-inspired style in 1866, keeping most of its original features and later re-built in around 1900. It was completely refurbished in 2013 and opened by experienced chef Robert Beckley and his brother-in-law. Their ethos is to focus on locally sourced, high quality, fresh food and drink served in a friendly and professional way. Keeping it local, most of their suppliers are within twenty miles of the pub and their food is freshly cooked on site.

Read more about The King Stag, Bushey - Watford here

February

The Marchmont Arms, Piccotts End

Wednesday 5th February - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The Marchmont Arms, just outside Hemel Hempstead in the picturesque village of Piccotts End, is a stylish pub and restaurant offering relaxed drinking and dining which includes vegetarian and vegan options. The Marchmont Arms is a beautiful, converted stately home that will allow us to dine and socialise in truly memorable surroundings.

Read more about The Marchmont Arms, Piccotts End here

The White Hart, Puckeridge

Wednesday 12th February - Depart: 11.45am

£40

A family run village pub set in the Hertfordshire countryside, it offers all you would expect from a country pub. A warm welcoming atmosphere with well kept real ales, serving fresh home made food with specials and traditional favourites. There’s a large garden for summer dining and a lovely fire in the winter.

Read more about The White Hart, Puckeridge here

The Beehive, Epping Green - Hertford

Wednesday 19th February - Depart: 11.45am

£40

Food is an integral part of The Beehive's success, with fresh fish and seafood delivered daily from Billingsgate, but there are also meat options, sandwiches, light bites, jacket potatoes and vegetarian options. Hanging baskets and window boxes adorn the frontage all year round, and inside it’s traditional to the core, with black beams, a log burner and ornamental brasses but with a modern touch. This popular and cosy pub is now included in the 2018 Good Pub Guide and other similar publications.

Read more about The Beehive, Epping Green - Hertford here

King Harold’s Head, Nazeing

Wednesday 26th February - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The King Harold’s Head is a recently refurbished restaurant & pub in the village of Bumbles Green, Essex. It is believed that King Harold himself had passed through Nazeing stopping at the King Harold Head pub for an ale, hence the name. The owners offer a warm welcome, with food that is freshly cooked every day using quality ingredients. Their set menu even offers the ladies a complimentary glass of Prosecco!

Read more about King Harold’s Head, Nazeing here

March

The Horns, Datchworth

Wednesday 4th March - Depart: 11.45am

£40

If you are looking for a traditional British pub with all the trimmings then this is the place for you! Set in the heart of rural Hertfordshire, the owners pride themselves in offering everything a great British pub should: a warm welcome, delicious food, real ales, a beer garden or an open fire (depending on the weather), a ‘classy’ wine selection, and even their own ghost! A must visit to experience the Horns’ unique atmosphere and history oneself!

Read more about The Horns, Datchworth here

The Gables Restaurant, Hertford

Wednesday 11th March - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The Gables restaurant offers a wide range of modern Mediterranean cuisine, using only the finest and freshest ingredients all sourced by its ambitious head chef who strives to deliver the highest culinary standards. The restaurant is the social hub within the community where the atmosphere is always warm and friendly, yet the quality of food and service are never compromised, and where the staff aim to provide efficient, sincere, caring and exceptional service for all.

Read more about The Gables Restaurant, Hertford here

The Rusty Gun, St. Ippolyts - Hitchin

Wednesday 18th March - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The Rusty Gun is a great country pub in St Ippolyts, Hitchin that combines three great elements : local beers from The Old Cannon Brewery, great wines from The Burch family and a cosy atmosphere with their great passion for food. Their lunchtime menu includes pub classics like local sausages and mash or a home-made pie, with ingredients being sourced as locally as possible.

Read more about The Rusty Gun, St. Ippolyts - Hitchin here

Gilbey’s, Old Amersham

Wednesday 25th March - Depart: 11.45am

£40

Situated in the beautiful 17th Century former grammar school building in the heart of the historic Chiltern’s market town, Gilbey’s boasts a stylish yet intimate restaurant, a stunning first-floor private dining room and an attractive garden. Their team is dedicated to delivering the very best quality and value to their customers, together with a very warm welcome. The restaurant has Two AA rosettes for culinary excellence (2017).

Read more about Gilbey’s, Old Amersham here

April

The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross

Wednesday 1st April - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The Three Oaks is a contemporary Award Winning pub restaurant in the heart of Gerrards Cross, near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. Their kitchen changes the menus daily with the seasons and what’s best from the market, and also offer real ales, draught beers and 30 wines by the glass. The restaurant features in both the Michelin Guide, having been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the last 5 years, and is also in the Good Food Guide.

Read more about The Three Oaks, Gerrards Cross here

The Fox, Harpenden

Wednesday 8th April - Depart: 11.45am

£40

Situated on the edge of Kinsbourne Green and Harpenden, The Fox is a stylish pub, bar and restaurant that prides itself on being a pub for people with great taste. With its traditional stone building filled with stylish modern interiors, this friendly establishment offers the perfect destination to indulge in its glorious food and ambience. If it’s a warm day, we can enjoy the pub’s stylish outdoor patio space with some al fresco dining!

Read more about The Fox, Harpenden here

The Rose & Crown, Chorleywood

Wednesday 15th April - Depart: 11.45am

£40

This is a quaint country pub where the focus is on quality dining, but where, nevertheless, a comfortable bar has been retained to complement the spacious modern restaurant area. The food is locally sourced and freshly cooked by the pub’s team of chefs. The building dates from the 17th century and there are extensive gardens with beautiful views.

Read more about The Rose & Crown, Chorleywood here

The White Horse, Hatching Green

Wednesday 22nd April - Depart: 11.45am

£40

The White Horse is a delightful pub in Hatching Green, five minutes from the bustling centre of Harpenden. This gastro-pub has a lovely country setting, surrounded by a large leafy garden & terrace. The bar is warm & cosy, with old parquet & low beams, while the dining room is light & fresh, its French windows opening onto a sunny terrace. The White Horse belongs to the Peach collection of pubs, serving “good quality, fresh, honest food in a relaxed, welcoming environment”.

Read more about The White Horse, Hatching Green here