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Leather Bottle, Hemel Hempstead

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The most publike establishment in the vicinity. Four handpumps but only Speckled hen, GK IPA and Rocking Rudolph on. Ale was okay - at least it isn't another brat filled feeding hole like the others in these parts.
Snarling_Mallard - 2 Jan 2019 13:19
The real ale served to us was of poor quality, cloudy, flat and expensive, the open mic Sunday evening was the last straw so we left without even finishing our over priced pint
youround - 29 Jul 2013 19:24
Four of us called on a sunny Sunday evening and parked in a car park that resembled the surface of the moon. It is on a busy road and junction with tables facing it. It also has a small concreted area to the rear with 2M high fence surrounding it. Two real ales on tap, Timothy Taylor and Dounbar both of which were served in glasses coated in dishwasher salt. The men considered both to be poor quality, both were warm and the TT in particular was flat and cloudy. When we asked for a J20 we were served a small glass from a tap which did not taste like J20. I wasn't aware that J20s came on tap although they said it did. Apart from what we considered to be poorly cellared beer we were forced from the pub by the Open Mike Night squeals from both the 'musicians' and the play-back from the microphones, it was a horrendous noise. Whatever have they done to this place? The whole pub is in need of a lick of paint and overhaul, it was virtually empty both inside and out at 8.30pm, now we know why.
Merrymakers - 29 Jul 2013 12:54
This ought to be a super pub - but it isn't. It is a local footballers pub.
I tried the sunday roast. Pretty good, but I simply cannot and will not eat in a place with dogs running around. So, a waste of money.
Give it a miss until sorted out for customers without dogs.

BeerEnthusiast - 16 Oct 2012 19:38
First visit for a very long time. Nice atmosphere, although was quiet (~4pm on Sunday afternoon). Sat outside and watched the cricket while quaffing a Tring Brewery offering (Side Pocket). Will visit again and maybe try the food.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 17 Jul 2011 22:17

This very attractive local village pub, has been taken over by new owners.
The landlord (Ian) and landlady (Claire) are very welcoming and introduced themselves on arrival with my wife.

Very friendly atmosphere and the food is fantastic, all cooked from fresh in a tiny kitchen !! I have eaten here 3 times and each time the food has a 'WOW' factor. A large choice and loads of veggie options.

I would recommend everyone that remembered and loved the 'Old Leather Bottle' to re visit, you will not be disappointed !!
hemveg - 23 Apr 2011 10:51
OH dear, whats happened to this pub? A few years ago this used to be a very good boozer. I would take customers here for lunch and sometimes an evening meal if they were from abroard and wanted to try a typical English pub. Went in here on the evening of 22 June with a European visitor. The beer was horrible with a hint of vineger, it was changed for a beer equally as nasty. The manageress said she did not drink this beer so did not know what it tasted like!!! Rough bunch of customers and children in the pub. Seems to a CHAV overspill from the pub next door. Won't be going again and have informed everyone in my company that would use it.
rpf1955 - 24 Jun 2010 21:17
Why is this pub not better than this.
Such a great looking boozer but something is just sooo wrong with it.

On this occasion, the pub had a couple of kids running up and down the bar area.
My wife thought they were the Landladies, but could not vouch for it.
The kids ran back and forth between the end of the bar with the TV screen... up to a group of fairly well-oiled folks at the far end.

Their was one bar staff on duty ... and er well sort of strange!
She was wearing some sort of hat indoors.... and her cheery welcome when I approached the bar was to just stare at me over the top of her eyes!
I waited a few seconds then she said "can I help?" in a sort of Catherine Tate, 'whatever' way!

The choice of real-ales were just the standard fair. Just 2 available when I visited. The others were off-sale! What happened to the Timmy Taylor Landlord?!
The taste was well, sort of a little strange... The pint was clear, but just had a sort of sharp twang to it, my wife thought it had a smell like a-hint-of-bleach!

Oh well, suppose I will have to drive to the Six Bells and stick to just to the one pint...
Mind you, I only had the one pint on this visit and left!

Shame... I want this pub to work... its in walking distance, but every time it just seems to disappoint.

Nottoofussy - 17 Apr 2010 00:08
Bombardier, London Pride, GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen, not very exciting at all really. However, Hobgoblin is the guest ale at the moment. I have had better, but it was in pretty good nick. Food is OK, and the service, for both food and drink, was first class. Well worth a return visit.
Phantom_Pigeon - 22 Oct 2009 14:15
Freindly pub opposite large Green sevrving 4 uninteresting real ales - Bombardier, Pride, GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen. Live music Fridays including ex members of the Barron Knights!. Bombardier fine. Would use again if in area
davewat - 10 Sep 2009 20:49
Nice pub, 2-4-1 on lunch meals last time I was in there as well!
anonymous - 18 Feb 2009 23:05
Does anyone know what happened to Anna, she was once the Manager. My family & I called in last week & we asked after her but as we only pass thru ocasionaly, we seem to have lost touch - was suprised to see a big change there. Still very pretty pub though.
twigamber - 15 Oct 2008 01:41
Very lovely pub, especially the staff, Nicky is a wonderful person, so good looking as well as ultra professional
Tanmoul - 14 Sep 2008 06:35
The pub is pleasant, especially since the smoking ban.
...but on my last 3 visits the beer was just horrid. The landlady changed it no problem, but on 3 consecutive occasions, says to me that there is a bigger problem.

Someone posted that he food was good value, I found it quite expensive for simple pub grub...

I do like the pub, and i will give it another go, but it needs to be better for me to give it more than 5 marks.
COLSLAW - 7 Jul 2008 23:40
18th century roadside pub of considerable charm - overlooking the village green where cricket can be watched through the bottle glass windows. Five casks: IPA, Hen, Black Sheep, Bombardier and Adnams. Sunday lunches under 9.
Pleasant village atmosphere. This is a very nice place - well worth making a detour if in the area.
SilkTork - 31 May 2008 18:46
although I don't live near this pub, I was driving by one day and looked so good from the outside had to go in, was in the evening and was driving so couldn't stay long. A realy nice pub but the person who seemed to be the manager was a bit in your face but the pub was realy nice and will try it again....
wildrover - 12 Jun 2007 10:08
Very nice little place , popped in there for some lunch , good atmos and nice food , would go back !

Thehood - 11 Oct 2005 13:09
Most impressed on my first visit - proper old pub with loads of character. Really good value proper food (which tasted good too!). Mind the ceiling, however!
gilesd - 31 May 2005 12:24

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