The Kings Arms Pub with rooms in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Character inn; beams, bricks, blazing fires
  • Real ales, craft beers and cocktails.
  • Seasonal menu; ‘build your own’ pizzas
  • Kids and dogs welcome overnight
  • Stylish bedrooms; sparkling bathrooms
  • Town centre; great shops and cafes

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsGood for WalkingOutdoor Pursuits90 Minutes from LondonNo Car Needed15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Kings Arms Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3HL

The personal touch

In the heart of Berkhamsted, The Kings Arms has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years, including infamous local author Graham Greene, who seduced his younger sibling’s nanny here! Since then, new landlords Oakman Inns have given this wonderful 18th century coaching inn, creaking with history, a wash and brush up. Their light and stylish touches have retained the unpretentious character and charm of this community hub, where loyal locals, visitors and business guests can be found supping pints of London Pride in comfy chairs by vast crackling fires in winter. Classic Mojitos and French Martinis can be sipped in cosy corners with open beams and deep green walls but for the more adventurous, Mediterranean Negronis set the tone for an evening by the inn’s notorious Neapolitan pizza oven! In the central, airy, restaurant tempting aromas waft from a lively open kitchen, serving up fresh, seasonal dishes. In summer, diners and drinkers spill out on to the narrow terrace for sundowners and a natter but for those staying, the inn’s hospitality extends to stylish boltholes with sparkling bathrooms – a calm retreat from the buzzy bar and restaurant. Where better place to flop after a lazy amble by the river or curl up with room service and a Graham Greene novel…?

Sticky fingers

There’s a basket of children’s books in the bar to keep small people entertained. Little fingers will also love the pizzas here. Annexe bedrooms with sofa beds and z-beds are ideal for families with an additional charge for kids.

Muddy paws

Furry friends are welcome here – there’s even a special ‘02’ water barrel with tap and shiny bowls to greet them! Inside they can roam the bar and stay overnight in the annexe rooms.

Alfresco

Cocktail lovers drift outside with sundowners to the long alley terrace in summer with its posh umbrellas and tables – it’s also a great spot for tucking into the delicious and extensive menu.

What’s the damage?

14 rooms (3 character suites; 4 executive doubles; 5 doubles; 1 twin; 11 single room): £100 – £130

What else?

All credit cards are taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (seats 70)

Disabled access on the ground floor and annexe bedrooms

No parking: free parking at Tesco’s (6pm – 8am)

Sleep

The Kings Arms Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3HL

Do not disturb

Away from the babble of the bar, guests can retreat to restful rooms featuring deep soft colours of mushroom, olive, mustard and indigo, with crisp white linen, retro touches in lamps and chairs, striking patterned blankets and scatter cushions. All rooms have a stocked mini bar, free superfast Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee machines and teas for a decent brew. Bathrooms are sparkling, with power showers, fluffy towels and indulgent Noble Isle smellies. Three rooms at the front of the inn are particularly characterful with open brickwork, original fireplaces and a fabulous four-poster for that extra special night away. For families with dogs or those needing disabled access, the annexe rooms are perfect places to rest you head. With all rooms named after a character featured in local author, Graham Greene’s, novels there’s no excuse not to dip into a good book with a nightcap and where better place to kick off your shoes off after walking the local Graham Greene trail..!

Pampering

Energetic guests staying at The Kings Arms have free use of the gym at The Fitness Society across the road.

What’s the damage?

14 rooms (3 character suites; 4 executive doubles; 5 doubles; 1 twin; 11 single room): £100 – £130

What else?

All credit cards are taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (seats 70)

Disabled access on the ground floor and annexe bedrooms

No parking: free parking at Tesco’s (6pm – 8am)

Eat & Drink

The Kings Arms Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3HL

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4.50-£9; Main Courses: £11-£26; Desserts £6-£8)

Oakman Inns gather loyal followers not only with their cask ales such as London Pride, craft beers and extensive cocktail list, but with their fresh seasonal menu. In the bar or the airy restaurant, with its large windows overlooking the terrace, why not start with a colourful plate of sautéed king prawns with garlic, chilli, white wine and tomato sauce, artisan Italian puccia bread, washed down with a chilled Veritiere Pinot Grigio. Sunday Roasts are hugely popular – tuck into succulent slow-roasted rump of beef, Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roasted potatoes, roast carrots & onion, broccoli, kale, horseradish sauce and gravy, washed down with a silky Laudun Chusclan Côtes Du Rhône. For the pizza crowd, the Neapolitan bases with ‘choose your own’ toppings fail to disappoint, so too the ‘build your own’ salads, sharing platters and tempting vegetarian options. Come summer, the outside terrace is perfect for long lunches and brioche summer pudding with Madagascan bourbon vanilla ice cream and summer berry compote, would leave even Graham Greene, with something to write about!

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 11am

Food all day: 11am – 10pm (9pm on Sundays)

Time at the bar

7am – 12 midnight (1am Friday & Saturday; 11pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

14 rooms (3 character suites; 4 executive doubles; 5 doubles; 1 twin; 11 single room): £100 – £130

What else?

All credit cards are taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (seats 70)

Disabled access on the ground floor and annexe bedrooms

No parking: free parking at Tesco’s (6pm – 8am)

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Kings Arms

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Windsor Farm Shop, Datchet Road, Old Windsor SL4 2RQ

Situated on the edge of Home Park, this well-established farm shop sells a range of products from the Royal Farms on the Windsor Estate, including quality beef, pork, lamb and seasonal game from the estate shoots. Gerry at The Inn sources venison, pheasant, partridge and hare from the Estate. The farm shop also sells produce from small local specialist suppliers.

3

Frithsden Vineyard, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1 3DD

Frithsden is home to a boutique English vineyard and winery set in the foothills of the Chilterns, near the beautiful Ashridge Estate, a few miles north of Berkhamsted. Approximately 6000 vines grow on the site and the wine is pressed and bottled on site and sold in the vineyard shop. Enjoy a tour of the vineyard, taste the wines, browse the shop or just relax in the winery café.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Kings Arms

Activities

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Racing at Ascot SL5 7JX

Dating back to the 18th century and one of the best-loved racecourses in the world, Ascot is renowned for its thoroughbred racing. Royal Ascot Week in June is one of the country's key sporting and social events, attended by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

Shopping

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Bicester Village, Bicester OX26 6WD

One of the south of England's best-known and most popular retail centres, Bicester Village is where you can explore a wide range of chic boutiques stocking stylish lifestyle brands that are at the heart of world-class fashion.

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Windsor Royal Shopping SL4 1RH

Splendidly located opposite Windsor Castle, in the striking Grade II-listed Victorian railway station, this is where you can visit up to 40 individual retail outlets and an array of continental-style restaurants, cafes and bars. There’s also an arts and craft market open daily.

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Home & Colonial, High Street, Berkhamsted HP4 3AT

Often described as the “Liberty’s of Berkhamsted”, Home and Colonial is a collective of over 35 specialists, offering inspirational and unique pieces; all beautifully displayed over 5 floors. Allow time to visit the Black Goo Cafe too.

Places to visit

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Windsor Great Park, Windsor SL4 2HT

Open all year, Windsor Great Park stretches for an incredible five miles and offers vast stretches of tranquil countryside and parkland in one of the busiest parts of the country. One of the park's best-known landmarks is the Savill Garden, consisting of 35 acres of woodland, magnolias, rhododendrons and herbaceous borders.

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Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5NQ

The present Jacobean house dates back to 1611 and was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to James I. Take a tour and you’ll find the estate includes extensive grounds and surviving parts of an earlier palace.

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Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX

This former rectory was the home of the celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950. Shaw wrote many plays at the house, now owned by the National Trust, and in the garden is the revolving hut where he could think and write without noise and interruption.

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Windsor Castle SL4 1NJ

Founded as a fortress by William the Conqueror, the dominant feature of Windsor Castle is its Round Tower, built by Henry II and visible for miles around. Parts of the castle are open to the public.

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Berkhamsted Castle, White Hill, Berkhamsted HP4 1LJ

Visit the substantial remains of a strong and important motte-and-bailey castle dating from the 11th to 15th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. Richard Earl of Cornwall added a 13th-century palace complex

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Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted HP4 1LT

The National Trust Ashridge Estate is a huge area of woodlands and downland near Berkhamsted with many walking and cycling routes and a visitor centre with shop and cafe. There is a year-round programme of guided walks and events.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From the A41 between Watford and Aylesbury, follow signs to Berkhamsted. The King’s Arms can be found on the High Street, near the crossroads in the centre of town

By Rail: Trains run regularly from London (under an hour) and Berkhamsted station is 10 minutes walk from the Kings Arms

Address:

147 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3HL

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