The Farmhouse at Redcoats Pub with rooms in Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Hotel, bar & wedding venue
  • Farmhouse oozes period charm
  • Fabulous restored barn
  • Funky Cowshed Bar & Lounge
  • Good modern British cooking
  • Passion for local produce
  • Landscaped gardens

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Overview

The Farmhouse at Redcoats Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR

The personal touch

The Nye family embarked on their biggest project to date in 2017 when they acquired the rambling 15th-century Farmhouse at Redcoats, a traditional hotel and restaurant set in four acres with stunning views across rolling Hertfordshire countryside. Adept at successfully operating very different venues with style and panache, the Farmhouse has become their first wedding and events venue following the magnificent renovation of derelict 18th-century barns, which have been transformed into fabulous dining area (120 seats), a funky Cowshed Bar and Lounge, 15 stylish rooms upstairs, and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Cowshed Bar has become a destination bar in its own right locally, opening from 4pm Wednesday to Sunday and offering a great selection of gins, whiskies and cocktails. By contrast, The Farmhouse oozes 15th-century period charm, with character upstairs bedrooms (soon to be refurbished), and the opportunity to experience genuine farm to fork dining in the Old Kitchen, replete with vast fireplace, tiled floor and laden dresser, or in one of the former panelled sitting rooms, or choose the light and airy conservatory restaurant with views across the garden. There’s an informal bar serving Adnams beer and a decent list of wines, and the atmosphere throughout is very relaxed and friendly.

Muddy paws

Families are very welcome; smaller portions are served for children and extra sofa or z-beds and cots are available and can be accommodated in some of the rooms (extra charge).

Sticky fingers

Dogs are allowed in the bar at The Farmhouse and overnight in the courtyard stable rooms.

Alfresco

Make the most of the cottage garden to the side of the Farmhouse on sunny days – a relaxing spot for a pint of a light lunch overlooking the rose and flowerbeds. Equally, spill out from the Cowshed Bar on warm evenings and enjoy your cocktail on the terrace or at benches by the old barn and savour the views across fields.

 

What’s the Damage?

27 doubles/twin £85 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Wedding venue (barn)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

 

Sleep

The Farmhouse at Redcoats Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR

Do not disturb

Rooms are split between the rambling old farmhouse, where there are four traditionally furnished rooms oozing period charm (beams, timbers and fireplaces), eight rooms converted from the original stables and coach house in the courtyard, and 15 stunning contemporary new rooms in the magnificent barn, which opened in May 2018. The latter, reached via a fine oak staircase, are decorated in country style with dramatic floral wallpaper, modern wooden furniture, super-comfortable beds with bespoke wooden headboards and topped with quality linen and down, and smart tiled bathrooms with walk-in rain shower and posh Aromatherapy toiletries. The biggest are the two suites up in the eaves, one for families, and one special room (with weddings in mind) with thick oak beams and timbers, a king-size bed, and a vast bathroom with deep tub and separate walk-in shower. The ‘farmhouse’ breakfast, with cereals, juices, fruit and pastries laid out on a big pine table in the conservatory, will certainly set you up for the day. The period rooms in the Farmhouse are soon to be refurbished in contemporary style, so watch this space…!

 

What’s the Damage?

27 doubles/twin £85 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Wedding venue (barn)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

The Farmhouse at Redcoats Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6.50-£9; Main Courses: £12.50-£27.50; Desserts £7; set lunch 2 courses £19; 3 courses £24; full afternoon tea £22)

Having put the Fox Inn at nearby Willian on Hertfordshire’s culinary map, South African chef Sherwin Jacobs has moved down the road to The Farmhouse to head up the kitchen at this fabulous new venue. Since the opening in late 2017, he’s been cooking up a storm and developing a fine dining evening menu that showcases his farm to table ethos and the best local and regional ingredients available. Meats are sourced from surrounding farms, game from local shoots and the fresh seafood comes straight from the Norfolk coast, often in the boot in James Nye’s car en route home from the White Horse, namely Brancaster mussels and oysters, and crabs from Cromer. A typical summer supper may take in roast Norfolk quail, caramelised shallot, fermented baby turnip and radish and black garlic, followed by plaice with shellfish and tomato fondue, baby spinach, basil and roasted garlic puree and cucumber, and lemon verbena bavarois with compressed strawberries, black pepper and strawberry ice cream for pudding. Lighter lunchtime dishes include a sharing charcuterie board, garden salads, salmon and smoked haddock fishcakes, and club sandwiches on toasted sourdough. The set lunch is a steal at £19 and £24 for 2/3 courses. Soon you will see Sherwin and his team of chefs harvesting homegrown fruit and vegetables from the extensive kitchen gardens that are being developed in a currently used acre of land.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.15am – 9.30am (8am – 9.30am Saturday & Sunday)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (4.30pm Sunday)

Afternoon tea: 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (6pm – 9pm Sunday – bar food only)

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday); The Cowshed Bar & Lounge 4pm – 12 midnight Wednesday to Sunday

What’s the Damage?

27 doubles/twin £85 – £150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Wedding venue (barn)
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

 

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.

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The Cricketers Damask Green Road, Weston SG4 7DA

Cracking community local serving up pizzas, pints and playgrounds – everyone is welcome from families and dogs to walkers, cyclists and cricketers. Good fresh pub food served all day, best enjoyed in the sheltered garden with country views.

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Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant 20-21 Hermitage Road, Hitchin

Expect to be wowed by the bar and dining space hidden away above a coffee bar (all-day cakes and bagels) and gift and homeware store (Hermitage Rd & Co). Stripped back in New York loft style, the cavernous space offers a cool bar for some great drinking, and delicious modern British food is delivered from an open-to-view kitchen.

Out & About

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Activities

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Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford SG5 3UA

This farm visitor attraction has about 25 miles of lavender rows, which you can walk through, picking your own fresh flowers as you go. There’s also a 17th-century barn offering lunches and homemade cakes.

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Lee Valley Park EN2 9HG

10,000-acre, 26-mile long linear park running through the northeast of Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire, from the Thames to the town of Ware. Among the highlights are the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Letchworth Golf Club SG6 3NQ

Established in 1905, Letchworth Golf Club lies in picturesque, undulating countryside. This is a classic parkland course with firm, fast greens and tight, tree-sided fairways. Regarded as a fair challenge for golfers of all abilities and skills.

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Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road, Letchworth SG6 4JN

Situated in Letchworth Garden City, Standalone Farm is where you can find all your farmyard favourites, including sheep, cows, goats, pigs and ducks. Expect regular feeding, cow milking demonstrations and tractor-trailer rides. Great fun for the whole family.

Shopping

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So Unique, High Street, Stevenage SG1 3DW

Independent ladies fashion boutique in Stevenage Old Town’s High Street. Expect fashion accessories, handcrafted giftware, arts & crafts, fragrances and fair trade products.

10

Rosita Lollipop Gift Shop, 2 Payne’s Park, Hitchin SG5 1EH

Hard to beat, Rosita Lollipop in Hitchin is where you’ll find beautiful vintage-inspired clothes, gifts for men and women, whimsical jewellery, handbags, shoes, greeting cards, books and toys. Rosita Lollipop is also an independent label and designer of children’s and women’s clothes.

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Ruby Room, 23-25 Railway Street, Hertford SG14 1BA

Situated in Hertford, Ruby Room is a women’s fashion boutique based on the ethos of offering quirky, independent shopping, fun fashion accessories and gifting in an artistic, inspiring yet personal style.

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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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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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Cambridge

One of Britain’s finest cities and a world famous seat of learning, Cambridge lies on the River Cam. University colleges include King’s, noted for its choir and splendid Gothic chapel, and Trinity, established by Henry VIII. If time allows, take in the museums with their exhibitions on polar exploration and the history of science and zoology – among other themes.

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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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Greensted Church, Chipping Ongar CM5 9LD

The oldest wooden church in the world and possibly the oldest wooden building in Europe, St Andrew’s, near Chipping Ongar, is still used for services every week. The church was featured on a British postage stamp in 1972.

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Howard Park, Letchworth SG6 1RY

A popular venue for picnics and very pleasant walks in the shade of tall trees, Howard Park is situated in the heart of Letchworth. The park was part of Ebenezer Howard’s plan to create the world’s first garden city.

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Waterford Heath, Vicarage Lane, Waterford SG14 3LU

Former sand and gravel quarry near Hertford, work was undertaken in the early 1990s to restore it and create a community nature park. Expect a range of habitats, including grassland, scrub, plantation woodland and a small area of ancient, semi-natural woodland.

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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.

Walking

www.walkinginherts.co.uk
Hertfordshire is not perhaps the most obvious destination for walking, but take a look at the map and you’ll find a county packed with potential for enjoying the great outdoors. There’s everything from hidden valleys and large country estates to quiet villages and secret riverbanks.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
Hertfordshire is up there with the best of them in terms of cycle trails and off-road routes. Beyond the northern fringes of Greater London is a network of easy tracks and trails to enjoy. Try the off-road canal path between Broxbourne and Ware or St Albans northern route via Harpenden.

Events

www.visitherts.co.uk
Hertfordshire’s many festivals and events stretch right across the cultural calendar. There’s the Hitchin Beer Festival with over 100 ales; Rhythms of the World, when Hitchin plays host to musicians the world over for a very special festival; and world-class performances at the Cambridge Corn Exchange

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From the A1M (Junction 8) for Stevenage, follow A602 towards Hitchin, then at turn left at the first roundabout to reach a T-junction. Entrance to The Farmhouse is directly opposite
By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Hitchin (3.2 miles) and Stevenage (3.4 miles), 40 minutes from Kings Cross, and easy taxi rides to The Farmhouse

Address:

Redcoats Green, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR

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