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The Brocket Arms

4 Self rated

Ayot St. Lawrence, ,, Ayot Saint Lawrence, AL6 9BT

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Welcome to The Brocket Arms. This delightful country inn was built in the 14th century and retains all the traditional features one would hope to find therein. The bars and restaurant with their low ceilings, oak beams and inglenook fireplaces are full of character, where guests can enjoy delicious, seasonal, good quality food, together with a wide range of real ales and wines.

Lunch is served every day 12pm to 2. 30pm. Evening Meals are served from 6. 30pm to 9pm every day (except Sunday evening). Traditional, charming, high quality accommodation is available with 5 double ensuite rooms and one twin room with its own bathroom. Large Family Garden with Play area for Children. The History Ayot St. Lawrence is one of the loveliest and historic villages in Hertfordshire. The Brocket Arms was originally the monastic quarters for the Norman church until the Reformation. Legend has it that a priest was tried and hanged in the building and that it has been haunted by the affable character ever since. In the village the attractive georgian Ayot House was once famous as Britain’s only silk farm. The ruined Norman church was replaced in 1778 by the existing Palladian church. Ayot St. Lawrence is well known as the home of George Bernard Shaw, who lived there for 40 years until his death in 1950. His house, Shaw's Corner, now belongs to the National Trust. All enquiries to The Brocket Arms. Ayot St. Lawrence is only 25 miles from Central London and is accessible from the M1 and A1M motorways, as well as by rail from St Albans, Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City stations. Our accommodation is finished to a very high quality. Each room has a wealth of exposed beams reflecting the age of the property and all include TVs, DVDs, MP3 connection, tea/coffee making facilities and hair dryers. We serve modern British Food simple and elegant with exquisite flavours.

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Showing Tuesday 6 December 2016 to Wednesday 7 December 2016

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Car parking available onsite
Restaurant, Bar
Limited Hours Room Service, Wake Up Call Available, Childrens Facilities - Indoor
Wi-Fi Available In Public Areas

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Up to 8 years old
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Pets are not allowed

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100% would recommend it to a friend


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  • Linda B

  • May 2016

Something different

Booked a night here between visits to Various relatives, Friendly welcome on arrival, not sure who to check in with or where but all became clear when we went in The Bar.

Car Parking fairly limited but plenty of off street available, however we were lucky and got the last space. Shown to our room on 1st floor, very quaint with large bathroom. It is a very old building, floors are uneven and Windows small with drafts in places but they have made the best of it although with some quirky ideas,like using an extending walking stick as a hanging rail in a cupboard. The bed was very comfortable and everywhere spotlessly clean, ample tea/coffee etc supplied in room. Our room was above The Restaurant which had been noisy with a small party during the evening but the Owner was quick to reassure us that all would be quiet when we went to bed and it was, as the party dispersed whether that was a natural course of events of by her intervention we do not know. We ate in The Bar and enjoyed a pleasant meal although there is not a wide menu choice, but we did enjoy what we had. In the morning breakfast was served in The Restaurant, there was much choice , good and cheery service and a good start to the day. We will no doubt return here next time we are doing the same visits to relatives, as it is in a convenient location for us but by luck it is also in a lovely quiet & rural village and we enjoyed our stay overall.

  • Ged Brennan

  • December 2015

The Brocket Arms experience

Very nice country inn with rooms tastefully decorated.

The menu looks to have a good selection and at a reasonable price. Watch out for the ceiling beams, I bumped my head on one of these, even though well signed, the beams need to have some padding on protection. I spent four hours at a local hospital for stitches in a cut in my head. Spoiled the night and left bad memories.

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