As you’ve noticed from my many many previous reviews I love a good Country Pub, and on the menu today? The Red Lion Hatfield
An inspiring pub, and a former hotel and banqueting suite, in a historic location that’s been with McMullen since 1934.
Located a short stroll from the grounds of Hatfield House where history states that news of Queen Mary’s death on 17th of November 1558 reached Elizabeth, where she was said to be out in the park, sitting under an oak tree. Upon hearing that she was Queen, legend has it that Elizabeth quoted the 118th Psalm’s twenty-third line, in Latin: “A Dominum factum est illud, et est mirabile in oculis notris” (“It is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.”)
Our fayre offer includes freshly spit-roasted chicken, fabulous ice cream sundaes, locally crafted real ales, hand selected and personally tested (hic!) wines – all to be enjoyed by our roaring fires or alfresco when the sun has his hat on.
If you looking are for a cute quaint pub this isn’t the one for you. It is on a busy road, very near to one of the many entrances to imposing Hatfield House. It has a great space for parking to the rear, and is very large on the inside. It looks like it has been recently refurbished and the decor is quirky and to a high standard.
Being a veggie I was pleased by the offerings on the menu and I chose to have the Garden Burger. The prices are reasonable and I was very happy to see a gluten free menu. When it arrived it was presented well but nothing innovative, the usual wooden chopping board the fries in a little bucket. I found the burger sadly quite greasy, but still edible.
Was the meal memorable? no, was it reasonably priced fare? yes, this is very much what you see is what you get. If you are planning to impress this isn’t the place. However if you want decent quality hearty food to share for friends or catch up with over brunch, you could quite easily lose a few hours and few beverages here quite comfortably.