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The Farmers Boy, Brickendon - pub details

Address: 1 Brickendon Lane, Brickendon, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8NU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39507) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bayford (0.9 miles), Hertford North (3.2 miles), Hertford East (3.2 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

Bakers Arms, Bayford (1.0 miles), Woodman, Wormley West End (1.5 miles), Beehive, Epping Green (1.9 miles), Whistling Duck, Hertford (1.9 miles)

user reviews of the Farmers Boy, Brickendon

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The Farmers Boy is an attractive 150 year old village Inn with a wonderful setting on one corner of the large green that the village of Brickendon used to be named after, before the Green was dropped from the village name.
Like many other fairly isolated village pubs it has had to move more towards dry sales than wet sales to keep going and now the large area to the right and behind the bar is now permanently set for dining and functions as a restaurant section. But fortunately there remains two traditional beamed and half wood panelled and floored areas around the bar just for drinking, including the smaller section to the left which houses a flat screen tele and looks like it was probably the small public bar in the days when this was a multi roomed pub. And then there is a very pleasant patio and garden area out the back of the pub and the green verges opposite the pub also have many bench tables for al-fresco drinking.
The pub is now a free house and on the beer front the small bar section has three pumps and then there are four further ale pumps on the larger bar section. Four ales were available with GK IPA, TT Landlord, and St Austel’s Tribute being doubled up, and then the remaining pump had Old Seadog IPA from the Caledonian Brewery. The Tribute and Landlord were well kept pints on this very warm day , so no issues there.
Have not eaten here as we historically utilise the large green for family gatherings and it is traditional for the women of the clans to pack enough picnic scoff to feed a small third world country. And as this is usually at the detriment of the beers, again yesterday the Farmers boy was well utilised for a pint and a check on how Murray was doing in the tennis. At least in years to come when people say can you recall where you were when the first British man since Fred Perry won Wimbledon, I will have no problem remembering I was in the Farmers Boy with a very passable pint of Landlord.
As a place to eat I can’t pass judgement but as a pleasant village pub for a countryside pint, the Farmers Boy ticks all the boxes for me.

Gann - 8 Jul 2013 11:18
In response to the other reviewer i would like to state the following - firstly i do not work at the farmers boy. Secondly i only posted a comment as i came across your review by accident and felt that it was rather unfair.

Thirdly, yes i did have a fabulous Christmas day meal thank you. My family and I will probably book in again next year all being well. The atmosphere was truly marvellous, food delicious and even an appearance by Father Christmas himself with presents for all the children.

I would suggest if you don't like it there don't go there. I'm sure the wetherspoons pub is lovely!
lovetoeatalot - 4 Feb 2011 23:14
Was too early for an evening meal so just stayed for a drink.
I'm not sure if the previous reviewer was working here tonight (beware of a solitary review).
Four beers to choose from including; TT Landlord, Harveys Sussex Bitter and Buntingfords Tettnang. I had a pint of the latter. A light hoppy ale, which tasted like vinegar.
I asked the barman (Rob, I think his name was) If the beer was off? "No", he informed me "it is a new barrel - it just tastes crap."
Give credit where credit is due, he did offer to change it for a different beer. The Sussex bitter was ok. I was reading the Tettnang pump-clip which said it was brewed with German hops, when Rob turned the pump-clip round. Why? Was it off?
Glanced at the menu on the way out, far too expensive.
Enjoy your Anniversary and xmas meal, "lovetoeatalot".
fugglehops - 3 Oct 2010 17:34
What a fantastic pub! Food was superb - you really can't get better food in the area. We had a great time - staff were attentive without getting on your nerves and the food is really good value for money. It may look expensive but the portions are certainly generous. We recently went to a dinner and dance night too which was brilliant - danced the night away to Tom Jones - soundalike! I can't understand the comment previously posted as i have been here several times and just love it. I will definately be booking my Christmas party and even my Christmas dinner here this year!
lovetoeatalot - 4 Jul 2010 08:23
I suggested this pub five months ago and it has only just been included on this site. My review is for September 2009.

I have wanted to try this pub for many years now and had the opportunity one Friday evening. There is a large car park opposite the 150 year old country pub, just outside Hertford.
There were plenty of drinkers outside on a pleasant summer's evening, even though it had just turned 6 O'clock.
Can't complain about the choice of real ale on offer. Hop Back Summer Lightning, T.T.Landlord and a nice drop of Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter. There was a decent choice of food - but it doesn't come cheap.
Fish and Chips 10, Burger and Chips 10 see what I mean? Rib-eye steak 17. I chose the pork steak with stir fry vegetables and soy, all for a modest 12.
At least at the prices you know you are going to get decent tasty grub - not like your cheap run of the mill 'spoons fodder.
You do tend to get pestered by staff a lot while waiting for your food to arrive, asking if they can get you anything. Yes - my pork steak thanks.
Eventually it makes an appearance. The waiter carries the plate with his white cloth. I presume this prevents his fingers from getting frost bite. I don't like food served on a cold plate. How difficult is it to warm a plate in the oven?
The pork steak looked only slightly superior to a pork chop. The stir fried vegetables consisted of red peppers, green peppers and ..........yellow peppers. I did not realise this until I had added some ground pepper for seasoning, of course. Oh, and it was all floating in a deep pool of soy. Great.
I think you can guess what it tasted like? After two mouthfuls my tongue was on fire. Where is the staff now when you want them. Another pint over here and make it quick?
If I was thirsty and passing by I would drop in for a pint or two. If I was hungry I would drive past and try the Hertford 'spoons, The "Six Asbos". At least you know what you are going to get.

fugglehops - 27 Mar 2010 11:18

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