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Crabtree, Hemel Hempstead - pub details

Address: 2 Leverstock Green Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4HG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14021) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Apsley (1.9 miles), Hemel Hempstead (2.3 miles), Kings Langley (3.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.6/10 (rated by 17 users)
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Interesting range of ales including (on a recent visit) Purity and Rebellion breweries. Good, reasonably priced food and friendly, helpful staff.
skatalite - 2 Jul 2012 19:20
We've been pretty much every Thursday for two and a half years and rate this pub highly. It gets busy due to the quiz night and we get in before 7.30 else it can be hard to find a table. The pub had a makeover last summer and looks better for it, although the two TVs that went in for the World Cup don't show sport and I've only seen one on since and that was news with subtitles. They serve a range of well-kept ales* with up to three guests, although these can sell out quickly leaving GK IPA and Pride as standard. There's a good mix of ages and no chavs except a few in the summer when the beer garden's busy. The bar staff, with the exeption of the newer ones, aren't the most cheerful or efficient in the world but of late they have been quicker in coping when it gets busy.

The food is enjoyable if a bit unimaginative. Avoid the poppadoms: they come glistening with oil and when we asked for some dry ones they came back exactly the same. The chef's, sorry, cook's excuse was that they're deep fried as if the dry crispy ones are abnormal. For some reason, the gents toilet floor is permanently wet from leaking urinals which will, over time, make the new carpet in the toilet lobby stink. My gf says the ladies have most of the traps out of order and the sinks gurgle and emit bad smells. They really need to sort this.

*My mate and I both had beer squirts on one occasion during the summer when the pub had cellar temperature issues and the manager was away. We had to return several different beers and the barman seemed unconvinced that we knew what we were talking about but changed them anyway.

The Crabtree is a decent pub with only minor niggles so I've given it an 8/10.
soulfella - 13 Feb 2011 17:00
Around the time of weareleeds post I was barred from this establishment for requesting a drink, my second after I had just spent �25 on a round because I was standing next to someone at the bar who I knew and was drunk - as such I was told I could not have any more drinks, I had less than 2 units of alcohol in my system - proper ridiculous. Went in last weekend, seemed a little quiet for a Saturday but comfy and warm, food was good, beer was clean, no arseholes behind the jump - happy days
rimmer69 - 20 Nov 2010 22:36
Another Ember Inn, but totally different from the Fishery Inn, Boxmoor, just a few miles away. Timmy Taylors Landlord on one of the pumps, and very nice too. The food was served efficiently, and was pretty good. If in the area, worth a look at.
Phantom_Pigeon - 8 Oct 2009 11:44
Reply to We are Leeds- In fairness though, they stop food at 9.00pm and you admit you tried ordering after that time. Yes, it's only 5 minutes, but where would they draw the line? What if you were 15 minutes late? 30 minutes? An hour?

Where would it end? You can't expect them to leave grills/ovens/fryers on any longer than needed just on the off chance someone might be running late. On top of that, what about the chefs/kitchen staff, are you expecting them to unneccessarily extend their shifts just in case someone happens to walk in late?

Would you complain if you rocked up at Tescos 5 minutes after closing and demand they unlock the doors? I doubt it.
Spoony - 12 Jan 2009 12:56

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