‘The best pub in Hertfordshire’
Price: £20 approx. for a three course meal
Overall rating: 4.5 stars
Location: Arkley, Hertfordshire
The Gate is my favourite pub of all time. It is exactly what you could expect of a great English pub: delicious food, a cosy, relaxed atmosphere, and exceptional service. Having been a regular visitor for the past 10 years, I can safely say that the food quality is always consistently excellent. I have never had a bad meal.
The Gate is situated in the leafy suburb of Arkley. Its recent renovation has only improved the décor, to make one feel at home. Features such as a warm fireplace, the odd bookshelf, exposed wooden beams and wall paintings create a cosy, homely environment perfect for a cold winter’s evening. Conversely, during the summer their garden area provides the perfect space to relax with a cool drink. The service is exceptional: the staff are friendly and polite and you won’t have to wait too long for your food.
The menu features ‘traditional pub grub’ including fish and chips or a steak and ale pie, alongside a wide variety of other meat, fish and vegetarian dishes to suit all tastes. Look out for their ‘blackboard specials’ which regularly change. The portions are large and filling and are definitely value-for-money. Having sampled most of the items on the menu I can safely say that whatever item you chose will be enjoyable, as all food options are consistent in their high quality and taste, and always served at the perfect temperature. A must-have dish is the breaded mushrooms to start, served crispy and warm alongside garlic mayonnaise. For any chip-lovers, I would definitely recommend their chunky chips that are served with many of the main course dishes. The restaurant is family friendly, with an excellent children’s menu.
Unfortunately, bookings are not available, and the restaurant can get very busy at peak times during the weekend, so it is best to arrive early for dinner. However, if there is a wait for a table you can always enjoy a drink by the bar in the meantime. The pub has a small car park, though this can get full very quickly during peak periods, however, parking is available on Barnet Road just outside the pub, if the car park is full.
Overall, I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to The Gate. It is the perfect setting for all occasions, a family meal out, or a dinner with friends. The food, service and ambiance all contribute to a fantastic dining experience, and it is always a reliable treat.
Arkley EN5 3LB
Tel: 020 8449 7292
Monday to Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12 noon – 10:30pm
Food service times:
Monday to Saturday: 12 noon to 10pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12 noon to 9pm