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Rye House, Hoddesdon

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My pint of GK Abbot was far too warm, well over the ideal temperature.
Next up was Adnams Southwold Bitter, again too warm but also on the turn (end of barrel I suspected).
I mentioned it to Gloria, the bar person. She said it was the first pint from a new barrel - I didn't agree with that.

She poured another pint through. That also tasted like vinegar.
Not satisfied, she ask the manager to try both pints. He agreed they were off, due to end of barrel (as I thought).

The replacement was London Pride, slightly warm but passable. Unfortunately it did taste like London Pride. I daren't complain as I would get chucked out.

When I did leave I noticed the Adnams bitter was still being served.

fugglehops - 28 Jun 2014 23:03
Handy pub for lunch and a pint before visiting the nearby Rye Meads Nature Reserve.

Good choice of food including two meals for a set price.
Very good quality and good size portions.

As for the pint......... The range of beer does not seem to change over the years.
Bombardier was off, leaving London Pride (yawn) and Greedy King IPA (double yawn).

Anyway, best stay sober for the birdwatching.

fugglehops - 1 Mar 2014 21:54
Pleasant enough pub by the River Lea if you are out for a walk. Black Sheep bitter was good on my recent visit. It is possible to sit outside, although the noise from the motosport at the nearby Rye House Stadium was pretty intrusive on this occasion.
beermann - 22 Mar 2011 15:31
Nice location by banks of River Lea. Local geezers pub. Full of builders and scaffolders who congregate around the bar with shoulders back and crotches out clutching their lager tops.
Friendly atmosphere nevertheless.

Decent pint of Abbot. Nice garden overlooking river. Pub a bit shabby looking but seemed popular with locals including families.

Not really my sort of pub but obviously meeting a local need.
davewat - 21 Aug 2010 10:41
Great pub by the river and right next to the station - will be back
welling01 - 7 Oct 2009 14:17
I really like the strict policy on children in The Rye House.They are only allowed into the pub if eating with their parents and must stay seated with them at all times.All children out by 9pm ,and food orders for family groups will not be taken after 7.30pm.If brats want to run around and cause mayhem ,then they and their parents must be based in the garden.If only more pubs would be this strict and stop the "creche" mentality spoiling so many pubs.Well done.(BTW I have two childen in case you thought I was some moaning single.)
Bucking_Fastard - 8 May 2009 13:33
Efficient food service with very reasonable pricing including 2 for 1 deals.Pub clean but dull choice of real ale in Greene King IPA and Abbott. However IPA well kept .Clientele reflect the area but doesnt lead to any unfriendliness.
Bucking_Fastard - 7 May 2009 12:44
Went here recently after got off at wrong train station, have visited before so came inside instead of waiting outside at the station in the rain! Very dark pub, menu slighlty off putting. lots of young staff who didnt know what they were doing...wont be going back this side of christmas
lucy2008 - 17 Nov 2008 13:37
Chose this pub as destination for a bike ride up from London on the Lee as it was across the road from the station for an easy trip home. We were lucky with fine weather and where made to feel most welcome and allowed to wheel ours bikes thru into the very large riverside garden. All staff very capable and friendly and the range of beers seemed well kept. Food was quite acceptable and extremely reasonably priced. There were a few interesting looking locals in but most had kids with them so we didn't attract any unwanted attention.
In summary, a better pub than first impressions.
danrkelly - 3 Jun 2008 18:10
very nice pub, always reasonably busy which says it all, nice beer garden, my fav pub for a lazy sunday afternoon for ages. only ever had 1 not so good time, xmas meal, about 9 of us crammed around 2 tables whilst a big round one next to us laid empty all night. oh hum.
rhysdude - 15 Apr 2008 18:38
Nice windows. Right opposite a pretty ancient gatehouse, and good location on the banks of the Lea.
Greshon - 6 Nov 2007 09:52
Food is very good here - go as a meal out and you won't be disappointed.
kevbaggs - 21 Aug 2006 23:59

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