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The Old Transporter Ale House, Henlow - pub details

Address: 300 Hitchin Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire, SG16 6DP [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Arlesey (2.2 miles), Letchworth (4 miles), Hitchin (4.5 miles)

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Bird In Hand Hotel, Lower Stondon (0.1 miles), Crown, Henlow (1.6 miles), Sugar Loaf, Meppershall (1.7 miles), Engineers Arms, Henlow (1.7 miles), Three Tuns, Arlesey (1.8 miles) - see more nearby pubs


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The Old Transporter Ale House is a micropub on a parade of shops just off a roundabout near the RAF base. It's quite a large premises for a micropub. But seating is well spaced out. Ales are all served by gravity from casks behind the bar. The selection was Potbelly Ground Hog, Tring Pale Four, Wychwood Hobgoblin & Young's Winter Warmer. Ciders can be found in the fridge. There was Lilley's Gladiator, Crazy Goat & Apple & Blackberry & Broadway Press Original & Elderflower, both iced ciders. The latter were both fairly pleasant. This is a friendly drinking environment where families are welcome until 7pm. CAMRA discounts are only on the ales. My favourite new pub in Bedfordshire on Saturday. But unless anything has changed, the Engineers Arms remains the best pub in Henlow.
blue_scrumpy - 3 Dec 2019 20:07
It's in Henlow Camp as opposed to the village (a good mile and a half away). Had five barrels behind the bar served by gravity along with some keg lagers.. Tried a Studland brew which was okay if a little sweet tasting for me
Snarling_Mallard - 31 May 2017 01:53
Somewhat stretching the definition of a micropub: it's quite big, has a TV and sells lager & spirits.
Nice enough place with four ales on all in good nick and fairly priced if a little unadventurous (all bitters in the 4-5% range). Well worth a look if in the area
baxterfish - 1 Jun 2016 18:33
A micropub which used to be a video store. Opening hours have been gradually extended in the 19 months they have been open, so I took the chance to pop in for a lunchtime pint. It’s an easy place to miss, sat on the roundabout after you drive past the dog track. Apparently the sign outside has helped to bring in passing trade. Managed to park almost outside, although given the location I imagine that parking would be difficult at busier times.

Eight barrels, of which four were either resting or empty. Of those on, they ranged from a 3.8 per cent session beer to 5.5 per cent. I went in the middle and had a pint of Duck Soup, from the Warwickshire Beer Company. It was £3.30 a pint and, as you’d hope from something straight from the barrel, tasted in decent nick. Apparently ales shift pretty quickly so no chance of going off. Wine also advertised and I noticed Warsteiner for the lager drinkers. Sandwiches etc for sale too. Although the four ales on when I visited were from further afield, they try to support local breweries like Ampthill, Buntingford and Tring too.

The pub itself is one room with the bar at the back as you come in. Two sofas, otherwise tables and chairs and there are also a few zinc tables outside, but the licence means you have to have a plastic glass if you’re drinking outside. Large windows so loads of light coming in. Maybe it was that as well as the layout which meant it didn’t feel too pubby.

That said, I can’t fault the place and I applaud then for opening in what is a bit of a desert for decent drinking holes. Sounds like trade is pretty steady, so that’s good, and things like live music (which was advertised) will help too.
duchyjim - 20 May 2016 15:05

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