Six Hertfordshire restaurants have achieved recognition in the esteemed Michelin Guide for their tasty offerings.

The restaurants, situated in quaint Hertfordshire towns and villages, vary in their culinary style but share a uniform standard of quality, according to the universal criteria for Michelin guide recognitions.

While none of the restaurants achieved a Michelin Star, to feature in the guide is considered just as notable, adhering to the same five criteria, namely quality of ingredients, flavours' harmony, culinary techniques, the personality of the chef in the cuisine, and consistency.

Michael Ellis, international director at the Michelin Guides, said: "A restaurant in the selection without a star is the sign of a chef using quality ingredients that are expertly cooked; simply a good meal."

This year, the list of eateries exhibited a few changes.

A new entry was welcomed from Harpenden, making there six noteworthy Hertfordshire locations.

The Fox

The Fox, in Letchworth, is a cosy pub located in the heart of the village of Willian with its friendly, country-like aesthetic charming the Michelin Guide inspectors.

According to the guide, it's concise monthly menus offer well-presented dishes with bold flavours and interesting textural contrasts.

It adds: "Service is sweet and friendly, and contemporary country bedrooms await."

Fox & Hounds

Fox & Hounds in Hunsdon offers a rustic atmosphere with low beams and wooden furnishings.

The Michelin Guide adds:, "Classical dishes form the basis of the extensive menu, with tried-and-tested combinations like asparagus with hollandaise sauce proving a success.

"There's also a Mediterranean influence to the hearty cooking, plus the option of rare breed beef cooked over the Josper grill."

Alford Arms

Alford Arms, nestled in Frithsden, is a charming Victorian pub and was noted for its "imam bayildi".

The menu changes with the seasons and offers a blend of British classics with dishes inspired by global cuisine.

The Silver Cup

The Silver Cup, a new addition to the guide this year, is located in Harpenden.

The former Victorian pub, established in 1838, offers modern British cuisine in a traditional setup, highlighting a comforting ambience.

With two locals at the helm, this Victorian pub offers "assured modern British dishes delivering bold flavours.

"Sunday lunch is an event", says the guide.


Crockers Chef's Table on Tring's High Street offers an intimate experience with head Chef Scott Barnard, always present to interact with the guests.

Seated around a U-shaped counter, diners enjoy creative seasonal tasting menus in the room enveloped by copper walls.

"Seasonal tasting menus feature creative, eye-catching dishes; arrive early for drinks in the dive bar", the guide advises.


THOMPSON in St Albans, named after its chef-owner Phil Thompson, showcases contemporary dining rooms, featuring bold artwork from the local galleries.

Diners can enjoy "good-looking" dishes either from an à la carte, or a seven or nine course tasting menu.

"The kitchen’s skills are evident across the accomplished cooking, while the friendly and efficient service team run the place well", the Michelin Guide attests.