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The Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead - pub details

Address: Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3AT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34889) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Hemel Hempstead (2 miles), Apsley (2.6 miles), Berkhamsted (4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.7/10 (rated by 7 users)
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user reviews of the Marchmont Arms, Hemel Hempstead

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

A very nice old building that has been re-furbished, and now, unfortunately, has a rather clinical feel to it. However, the food isn't bad, if a tad expensive, to my mind anyway, but the service was attentive. Quite a few lagers on tap, and two proper beers. On our visit, Adnams Bitter and Hobgoblin, both in excellent order. A return visit? Probably.
Phantom_Pigeon - 2 Nov 2010 15:03
Lovely buildling, excellent ambience and attentive service. Food was good and at reasonable price. Brought my colleagues there and they all fell in love with the place at once.
hiker888 - 14 Apr 2010 00:20
I am the hardest to please.

The former deputy manager was brilliant - bring her back and put her in charge. Lovely building, same old menu as all other M&B 'gastro' pubs delivered by attentive staff.

Go, even though it's a bit formulaic.
Pubspymaster - 11 Mar 2010 18:07
Another Mitchells & Butler (Vintage Inns, Ember Inns etc) 'Project S' (they call it something else now but I forget what) conversion and a stunning building to put it in. You can't fault them for their attention to detail, the refits are generally of good build quality (if a little heavy handed with some of the original features) and they never do half a job, but when you've been to quite a few of them they do all start to look the same (albeit a fairly attractive 'same' if you like a bit of modern design in an old building and I do). If you want to see what I mean try The Royal Saracens in Beaconsfield, The Apple Tree in Gerrards Cross, The Wicked Lady in Wheathampstead et al, ad infinitum (no more Latin, I promise).
These are all branded outlets that want to appear un-branded but if un-branded is the look you want why not mix it up a bit more? It's a discussion for their board however, not a pub reviewer.
I digress.

The first Peronis we had came in the right glasses, the rest in a mixture of Amstel and Heineken. I understand the motivation to want to put the beer in a glass that looks most like the one it should have been in (in this case tall and slim) but in a site that must be turning over 20k+ a week, if you don't have enough - JUST. BUY. MORE.
(Itís an existing condition, I'm getting help)

The food was ok (just ok) but a worry was mains being mis-sold as 'rotisserie'. I had Peri-Peri chicken and it could very well have been spit-roasted and then jointed before it came out but the 'pork loin' was actually a thick pork chop. Either there's a medieval kitchen in the back with a serf turning whole pigs on a spit or, more likely, there was no pork loin and someone thought that because the loin runs through the eye of the chop that they could get away with it. Tenuous at best, more accurately deceitful, a grilled pork chop is not, nor ever will be 'spit loin pork'.
However, we were fed and they brought it out promptly.

The service was the high point, particularly the (I want to say Aussie but Iím not sure) chap behind the bar. He was pleasant, multi-tasking effectively and clearly understood what was important and what wasn't. If it hadn't been for the glassware error he would have got a 10.

All in, a decent place to catch up with a cold one and a great-looking garden for sunny days, you can take my word for that, however on the matter of M&B's branding you'll have to make up your own mind.
De gustibus non est disputandum.
(sorry)


Harthill72 - 27 Aug 2009 14:02
Refurbed about a year ago and has a nice big garden which is really nice in summer. Landlord and Adnams currently on tap along with various lagers and good food selection. Very kindly reserved space at short notice for a few of us to have a beer or two after me and 'er indoors got married recently.
lilchris - 8 Oct 2008 22:18

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