The Alford Arms in Frithsden wins vote to become ‘best gastropub in Britain’

General manager of the Alford Arms Darren Johnston
General manager of the Alford Arms Darren Johnston

A pub in the sleepy village of Frithsden has been voted Britain’s best gastropub in a poll by The Times and restaurant reviewing firm Harden’s.

The Alford Arms was described as ‘beautiful’ and ‘tucked away’ by the people who helped it secure the number one spot.

The results were published yesterday alongside an article in The Times that said the watering hole is not actually that keen on the term ‘gastropub’.

The piece said: “It doesn’t get much more British than a pint of real ale sipped in a pretty pub garden overlooking a village green with a few muddy ramblers emerging from the wooded valley and Chiltern Hills beyond for good measure.

“Apparently, they’re not so keen on the term ‘gastropub’ here, but if the renovated-pub-with-great-grub cap fits then where’s the harm in wearing it?

“The interior has been tastefully decorated in Zoffany, antique artwork, vintage furniture and has an open fireplace. The food conforms to the essential gastropub ‘local and seasonal’ mantra with poultry from nearby Tring and sausages from Stockings Farm in the Chilterns.

“The menu includes the obligatory scotch egg, served warm with crispy pancetta and smoked tomato ketchup, and pub classics such as steak and local ale pie, but they also look farther afield to the Med for inspiration for dishes such as pan-roast hake fillet with crab brandade, chargrilled fennel and Bloody Mary dressing.”