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The Half Moon

57 Queen Street
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Half Moon

I really enjoyed my visit here.Not much to look at from the exterior but a most genuine and friendly welcome within,this is a premier real ale boozer.The side entrance leads directly to the bar and there are three sections to the lounge interior.To the left is a slightly raised seating area with a real fire and to the right of the bar is an arch leading to seats by a front window.The main body of the pub contains more circular tables with farmhouse style chairs and a gas effect fire while the bar itself is surrounded by a number of bar stools.The whole area is carpeted and while lacking original features and slightly overlit ,the atmosphere is positive.
The highlight is the ale selection with regular house beers Adnams Bitter and Youngs Special augmented by four rotating guests on my trip in Tring Blonde,Earl Soham's Jolabrugg,Nethergate Umbel Ale and an excellent Oakham Citra served in a branded glass.Besides being welcoming,the barmaid was very knowledgeable about the beers on tap and the ale condition was superb.
Home made bar snacks,both hot and cold, are available every lunchtime and until 9pm on Thursday - Sunday, were great value for money,as was the beer around £2.80 per pint for a 4% ABV.Weston real cider and perry also available.
The pub holds occassional quiz nights and some evenings features different styles of cooking ie Tapas,Moroccan,Burns Nite haggis,tatties and so on.It has rightly won many CAMRA awards and has a loyal band of ale drinkers ,the more mature client base a welcome change from so many town centre venues.
I only wish I lived a lot closer,this GBG guide regular would always be my drinking choice in Hitchin.

On 7th January 2011 - rating: 9
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Yvan Seth left this review about The Half Moon

The Half Moon is a permanent mini beer-festival. If you're robust enough to work through all of the six hand-pumps (halves I say!) often there will be a new beer on by the time you're finished!

There's also great food on offer here, made at the pub. The homemade burgers are excellent value for money, I recommend the Stilton one myself.

This pub was the North Herts CAMRA pub of the year for 2009 - they certainly have the beer to back that up.

On 29th December 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 5 recommendations about 5 pubs]

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train man left this review about The Half Moon

Evidently care for their beer and seemed to be getting a visit from a micro-brewer when I was there yesterday. I love the idea of a gov'nor with the freedom to discuss hops & what's next off the press and order accordingly. Four bitters when I visited were Oldershaw Flag Fen, Adnams, Youngs, Banks & Taylor Shefford, also Old Rosie, Sheppy, & a Perry for the cider lovers. Looks newer inside than out, but I liked this pub.

On 31st May 2007 - no rating submitted
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 07 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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