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Nascot Arms, Watford

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Backsteet Greene King pub that shares its premises with a Thai restaurant. Ales were not just from the Greene King range - Greene King IPA & Abbot, Morland Original, Westerham British Bulldog, Joules Slumbering Monk & Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted. The pub has a small bar area, which has a cosy feel and a larger area beyond for diners. Most of the customers were here for the football, including a fair few people I knew. Live football was showing. The Southern Cross is a short walk away. So this is probably the best area for drinking in Watford and not too far from Watford Junction station.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2016 19:20
This (my local) pub recently redecorated and restaurant area expanded. Serves Thai food (except Monday). The food gets rave reviews, but to me is just big portions. I go there to drink.

Beer is Greene King (and its' various other labels), always on: IPA, Abbot, Morland. Three other guest beers usually contain one interesting brew.

Friendly staff and Craig the landlord is an affable Kiwi.

Busy when football is on, good mix of locals and incomers. No children in bar after 8pm.
Watford_Alehound - 6 Nov 2014 17:56
Nice back street boozer. Good range of well kept Greene King ales and guests. Thai food was the best I've had in a pub for ages. Nice friendly service.
Alfnoax - 7 Oct 2012 09:04
My fav pub in Watford. Greene King but not tied so has about 6 ales on with 3 at least always changing. Great old fashioned seating. Sports screens galore. Tiny bar and always busy. Does Thai which seems popular but never tried myself. Although a 'local' its one you feel welcome in. My suggestion - pub grub at Southern Cross, then session here.
busker999 - 6 Jun 2012 20:09
When we visited on Sunday there was a power cut, but fair play to them, they were still serving.
Six ales on tap - we tried the Rocking Rudolph (H&H) and Iceberg (Titanic) which were both on good form and £3.20 for a pint.
No food, due to the power cut - and anyway, we'd arrived too late in the evening. Will go back for a fix of Thai.
Friendly staff, very welcoming atmosphere and nice decor, with plenty of football memorabilia around the walls.
It is a bit hidden away, but makes seeking it out all the more worthwhile.
duchyjim - 20 Dec 2011 22:27
This is without any doubt the best little pub in Watford, tucked away in a side street just up the road from Watford junction it is easily accessed by the traveller. A Greene King pub it is stacked out with guest ales as well as the usual IPA & Abbot also top notch pub grub.
If you fancy getting steamed up off the beaten track then this is the boozer for you.
Grogmonster - 27 Sep 2011 10:42
Visit cut short by a private party but the London Glory was spot on. Will have to visit again to get a better impression.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 21 Aug 2011 15:11
Smashing place - hadnt visited in over 30 years, but was well-pleased. Miss Fred and Reene (sp?), but wait-staff were top-notch.
FranksBrosso - 6 Jan 2011 19:23
A few of us headed for the Nascot in advance of the Watford v Leeds game, guided by someone with local knowledge. What more could you want in a match day pub if you like beer and pleasant surroundings (and not to be treated as sub-human, always a bonus!)?

We got there at 11.30am, half an hour before opening, which was disappointing, but withing two seconds of us looking through the window the doors were thrown open for us. They say first impressions last, and as first impressions go that was a good one!

Hand pulled ales were, in no order of merit, Greene King IPA, Abbot, Royal London and St Edmunds. There were two other ales, Joseph Holts' Humdinger and a sixth which I've forgotten. There were no complaints at all about any of the pints, so thumbs up!

Service was pleasant, and the interior small, but comfortable.

It was a decent enough day so we sat out and watched the sport on the screen in the small beer garden. Some of our number had plates of the Thai food which is served from a pretty extensive (but not exPensive!) menu.

A £6 taxi ride to Vicarage Road, a scrappy 1-0 win and we headed straight back. It was much busier than at lunchtime, and I was disappointed that, beered out as I was, they didn't serve coffee. A small criticism overall though.

I had the spare ribs (fell off the bone) and the duck with steamed rice for around £12. Complementary Thai crackers as well! You'd be pushed to get as good value in Leeds let alone down south.

If/when our paths cross again then this bunch of Leeds fans will make the short journey from Watford Junction for sure.


Cell - 30 Aug 2010 18:25
Was in here before the Watford - Posh match yesterday.

I echo all the above comments. Good range of ales, very welcoming and surprisingly, not too busy.

Maybe not too many people are aware that this pub exists, which is very much a good thing.

I shall certainly return if I am ever in Watford again.
sound69 - 14 Mar 2010 17:04
Was in here before the Watford - Posh match yesterday.

I echo all the above comments. Good range of ales, very welcoming and surprisingly, not too busy.

Maybe not too many people are aware that this pub exists, which is very much a good thing.

I shall certainly return if I am ever in Watford again.
sound69 - 14 Mar 2010 17:04
Very nice little local boozer. Geat range of ales including a very quaffable porter. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Will certainly visit again when I am next in Watford.
paulbeckett - 1 Nov 2009 15:29
Visited on a Saturday evening recently and had a pint of Old Speckled Hen and a pint of the seasonal guest Rockin' Rudolf. Both perfectly kept and served. Very friendly and welcoming pub.
mtgriffin - 7 Jan 2009 18:09
There arenít many decent real ale pubs in Watford but the Nascot Arms is one of them. Although all the beers are from the Greene King stable they usually have a good selection. Itís a fairly small pub and has a number of regulars who, along with the bar staff, are very welcoming to the casual visitor.

Millay - 8 Dec 2007 18:06
Best pub in watford. always has been, and I guess always will be.
anonymous - 14 Nov 2007 23:28
an excellent little boozer. Even better now the smoking ban has come in.
oldboy6 - 18 Sep 2007 13:23
Lovely pub. Been run by a Kiwi couple, Craig and Olivia for about a year. The lager is excellent (as I'm chuffed they dropped Stella for another 5% lager, but disappointed it was replaced with Heineken!), the guinness likewise, and is one of the few pubs in Watfrod to have any sort of range of decent Ales. Recently they have had LBW, GK IPA and Ruddles. Always a guest ale too. The patio area had been caopied as a new smoking area and seems very polular - but as a non smoker, I'm just happy to be able to get a seat, as its very poular on Fridays and at weekends.

I'd love to see a wheat beer in there, or some other continental lager, a Budvar or Star would be lovely. And full size bottles of magners would be nice, or else it costs about £5 for a pint from 2 little bottles.

They have just extended the food service to 8pm on Fri/Sat/Sun, and while it's no gourmet chef, the food is still better than the fare on offer at the local rivals - the Bedford or the Southern Cross.
Pilsner - 7 Aug 2007 16:33
Good beer and always a decent mixed crowd. Highly recommended..
anonymous - 29 Mar 2007 17:42
I used to go to this pub decades ago when it was run by Fred & Rene Bannagan. Guess you can figure out some of the puns that were made on that name. It was a cracking little 2 bar boozer back then. I glad to hear that it still is, and long may it remain so.
cellarbuoy - 27 Feb 2007 23:31
Greene King pub but still very enjoyable.

There's not a hole of real ale in Watford so this place is very nice to have. Quite a few real ales when we went in there, the normal GK IPA and Ruddles along with a quite a few others - all in excellent condition.

TV was showing Watford, when we went in there. Staff friendly enough. Decent local.
dyyony - 3 Feb 2007 11:34
So Watford DOES have one or two decent pubs after all! Hold the front page! Friendly welcome, good choice of beers and a good lunchtime menu.
onemorefortheroad - 26 Dec 2006 17:35
Really great local pub, excellent beer, friendly locals and staff, good community spirit - close to perfect as a local pub. The best in Watford by far

Ignore the tedious moaning about smoke, it's no worse than any other pub and won't be an issue for much longer anyway - this is a great pub
dodgy - 18 Apr 2006 11:00
In winter this pub raises passive smoking to a new level! When the doors and windows are open it becomes bearable but otherwise... carcinoma city! It could be so great - it's really a shame. A typical local, with good beer and a consistent customer-base. Redecorate, replace the carpets and furnishings and separate the chain-smokers from those who don't want to die quite so young (or unpleasantly)and there'd be an irrestible little gem here.
paul_the_foot - 6 Sep 2005 01:19
cracking boozer,one of the only pubs in watford worth going to
Henners - 1 Sep 2005 18:20
Its my local and I love it. Recently under new management and they are cracking.
heimi - 6 Jun 2005 12:58
Brilliant pub - couldn't have wanted a better local when moving to the area
anonymous - 13 Oct 2004 11:53
Top little pub. Very friendly staff, far enough away from town not to be frequented by the riff raff, nice little garden for those warm summer evenings. A great little local.

(tel: 01923 231336)
Toby - 9 Aug 2004 21:35

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