When Oakman Inns gets its hands on a venue it promises to deliver a ‘new concept of the modern public house, offering a high standard of food, drink and service within a contemporary and comfortable atmosphere’.
At the Kings Arms Berkhamsted Oakman has certainly been true to its word.
The company’s first venture was the successful Akeman in Tring and it later added The Red Lion in Hemel’s Water End to the portfolio.
Such was their popularity another Dacorum project was launched with the £1.25m redevelopment of Kings Arms in Bekhamsted and it has been worth every penny.
The Kings Arms is historic – it first entered history books in the 18th century, but was most famous for being frequented by Berkhamsted-born author Graham Greene, who wrote about his hometown in one of his more prominent works, ‘The Ministry of Fear’. But it now embodies the Oakman concept of a modern public house, combining tradition with contemporary design and a host of exciting and delicious food choices.
The former historic coaching inn benefits from a bar and restaurant, 15 boutique style bedrooms, and an elegant function room available for weddings, functions and events – they even had the World Cup showing in their Greene Room.
Service is attentive and very much five-star without being overly fussy or intrusive for diners.
There is a wide and varied wine list to complement the extensive menu, from which even the nibbles like fried halloumi stand out.
The Kings Arms Platter is a must for any party over two and both the steak and house burgers are great value – just make sure you are plenty hungry. Whether its an occasion or casual last minute night out or even just to have a pint and watch the football, The Kings caters for all.