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Amble Inn, Harpenden

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How up for sale by the owners.
IMG1975 - 26 Jun 2013 22:51
Had three ales on which were Jenning Cumberland, Doom Bar and St Austell Tribute.
IMG1975 - 9 Apr 2012 14:37
Food tasty, if a little over priced for what you get. Real ale is above average. Service was good.
IMG1975 - 9 Apr 2012 14:35
The Amble Inn rising out of the ashes (figuratively speaking) of the Dolphin was a good concept. Sadly though it fails to deliver. Food rather average making it overpriced for what it is. Usually have some decent real ales on but starting to remind me of the Dolphin. Best to amble on by!
StephenM123 - 11 Mar 2012 12:43
oh, and its full of teenage drinkers, if you like that sort of thing!

ilovedrinking - 27 Dec 2011 13:22
pub looks good, shame they never seem to have more than 1 or 2 real ales on, dont know why, maybe they just dont sell much......
they are also advertising local produce..... i had a look at their menu, and i can only assume they mean the local cash & carry!
ilovedrinking - 27 Dec 2011 12:27
Under new ownership (again). Seem friendly - certainly a very active Facebook page! Beer and general ambience good. Unfortunately the pretty rubbish-for-veggies menu has carried over to new owners so we'll drink there but not eat.
Joffee - 8 Oct 2011 12:20
Has anyone been here since Christmas Day 2010?
IMG1975 - 21 Jul 2011 15:56
I went to the Amble Inn with my partner on Xmas day 2010 for a Xmas dinner. The atmosphere was ok, it was kind of quiet in there but the person behind the bar was pleasant. However, the food was absolutely awful. We paid £50 each for the dinner but it was hardly worth £10 each. The potatoes were so overcooked, black in colour and hard that we could not even cut them in half (that's probably why we were given steak knives and why the potatoes were covered in so much gravy and hidden underneath the turkey) the vegetables were very very soft and did not taste fresh (tasted like they were cooked the previous day and just warmed up in the microwave), there were no Yorkshire puddings and the only bit that was edible was the turkey. We chose rhubarb crumble for pudding. It was not sweet at all, it lacked crispiness and sweetness. You could describe it as sour and soggy.
I emailed and wrote to the pub but to my disappointment did not get a reply to either.
Guys, if I was you I would not bother! A decent pub would at least reply to your emails and letters and apologise. Disappointing!!!
aya123 - 20 Feb 2011 20:15
Went here for sunday roast a few days ago. Lovely people working behind the bar and the best roast I've had in a while. Nice selection of four ales on as well, glad to see they had my favourite doom bar!
ard34 - 20 Oct 2010 22:31
.. hand painted pub sign as you approach (hand painted as in 10 year old's effort to paint the letters on a chalk board) and am not sure what the aim is with the interior... not reminsicscent of a pub or a restaurant that's for sure. Quite a kids orientated garden yet has a notice in the bar stating that they are not welcome after a certain hour (down to the council - quite rightly so... take your bloody kids to McDonalds where they belong). Had four ales on - Doom Bar, Taylors Landlord, Hobgoblin and unusually Woodforde's Wherry. Went for the Wherry which seemed okay at first but soon became a struggle to drink ( and NO that isn't what it's supposed to be like I was drinking the stuff in Norfolk last Saturday and it was an eminently drinkable beer in it's homeland) . I'll give them marks for trying ..but what it is they're trying for I'm not quite sure - not a proper pub, not a proper restaurant..it is better than it's previous incarnation but then a bus shleter next to a chip shop could have done that.

anonymous - 30 Jul 2010 23:55
Good range of beer, we were hoping to use some vouchers we had but shame they only had half of what we wanted. Beer of decent quality. Service was reasonable. Not much of an atmosphere (we went on a sunday afternoon).
IMG1975 - 23 Aug 2009 17:26
Paid my first visit to these premises for about four and a half years (when it was called The Dolphin and I vowed never to return) Sunday lunch time.

A massive improvement, friendly staff and other customers who don't give the impression they want to kill you.

There is a lack of atmosphere but yeah I'd probably go back.
Stella_mad_Martyn - 9 Feb 2009 14:48
nice place and decor - but somehow its cold - there is no pub feel at all.
if you go for a bottle of wine with friends it feels like you are disrupting people sitting nearby who are eating. needs something to make it more cosy/private, plus maybe there needs to be bit louder background music or something.....
mcgroa - 19 Dec 2008 11:02
6 reviews and only one by someone who has commented on any other pubs – that should set the alarm bells ringing.

A group of us went there to eat there recently, and despite it being 8pm on a Saturday night, we were the only people eating. One other group came in at 9ish but that was it. A handful of drinkers (4 or 5) hardly helped to create any sort of atmosphere.

Not sure how to describe the decor, I suppose some would call it minimalist, but that implies some sort of conscious styling decision. I’d suggest that the owners just haven’t bought enough furniture.

Despite the lack of competition for the waitress’s attention, we still had to go to the bar for the first round of drinks.

Three of our group ordered steak, only to be told that they only had one left even though no one else was eating and the menu was already quite limited.

The food we were able to order was actually okay. Service was slow, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

But overall a really, really disappointing evening given the reviews on here, and one that has knocked my confidence in BITE as a reliable source of opinion.

Always prepared to give a place a second chance, but this place was so comically poor, and the town has so many decent alternatives, that I won’t be rushing back until someone else (whose opinion I can trust) tells me they’ve had a good night there.

Chop - 11 Nov 2008 21:21
A relaxed grown up chill out zone for relaxed grown up people. A great selection of food and drink for such a small place. Thoroughly recommended for all grown ups or those with ESPECIALLY well behaved children, if not, don't spoil our day, get a baby sitter!!!
ikati - 24 Oct 2008 22:00
Very friendly pub, with fantastic food. A reall hidden gem in Harpenden.

nocnoc - 16 Oct 2008 18:23
best pub in harpenden by far - great staff, good atmosphere, wide range of beers.

like having a beer at home but only better.

harpendens best kept secret
simonandkaren - 4 Oct 2008 22:27
I come here to get away and meet new and friendly people. I am always looked after here and Its right in my doorstep making perfect for the amble home after a few drinks.
andrewkronen - 3 Oct 2008 17:41
I feel the Amble Inn is a friendly welcoming pub that offer excellent food and great refreshments. These include one of hertfordshires finest ales, Red Squirrel, along with Timothy Taylor Landlord and other great beers. Theres plenty of spirits to choose from, as well as non-alcoholic drinks and great coffees. Families are always welcome! There was recently a bbq where the outside bar opened. This was a delightful evening to see all ages enjoy a night out and have fun. I definately recommend this pub to everyone!
maxhessey - 14 Jul 2008 17:07
Recently discovered this pub, and we can't believe how lucky we are to have it on our doorstep, great real ales - especially the Hertford brewed Red Squirrel, and after the Sunday Roast we had last week I can say the food is pretty decent too.
punk - 2 Jul 2008 17:33

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