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The Bricklayers Arms, Hitchin

29 Queen Street

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Komakino . left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

1st Sept
Slightly out of the town centre, I had the fortune to walk into this pub whilst it was holding its yearly "Brickfest" music festival in its cosy courtyard out back (and great not to hear any cover versions). This has a small entrance hall which opens into a staple-shaped room with similarly shaped bar. Bench seating around the periphery with standard tables and chairs and carpeted to the right and bare-boarded to the left with a tiled bar apron extended out towards the entrance. Various trophies on a high shelf above the bar, tankards hanging from hooks from two ceiling beams, wall-mounted, glass-fronted shelf displays of miniature bottles and old beer bottles on high, near ceiling, shelving. Young's Bitter, Directors Bitter, Bombardier Gold, Wychwood Gold and an excellent Adnam's Ghost Ship (£3.80 a pint) served by hip, but efficient and friendly bar staff. Three further pumps were unclipped. I took a big shine to this place as there was a happy mix of young and old. I hope the ambience extends to weeknights.

On 17th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

The Bricklayers Arms is a plain looking town pub that is situated on a busy road just off Hitchin's town centre.
Once inside the bar faces in an L shaped room,the right side of the room is carpeted and the left side bare boarded,there is bench seating and chairs and normal tables and chairs for seating.
There was a decent choice of real ales on the bar,which was a surprise as i thought this would be a Charles Wells tied house,i had a drink of Wychwood Drop Head,which was a decent drink,the other real ales noted were Fullers Sticky Wicket,Bombardier,Bombardier Gold,Youngs Bitter and Courage Directors.
There was a TV to the left which was showing vintage music videos which i like to watch.
I thought this was a decent enough pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 17/6/2017

On 27th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

Yes, further to BF's update we found a bit of a mixed bag. They had three different sorts of Bombardier on, Young's Special plus from Banks & Taylor, Plum Mild which sadly was a bit thin and disappointing. The other handpumps must have gone unless I was mistaken and didn't see any others. A central bar, the room wraps around either side, carpeted each side but tiled sensibly in front of the bar, red ceiling. Button backed banquettes to the perimeter, miniature spirit bottles in a wall mounted case, 70s beer trays on a shelf and trophies (for what?) on the bar back where stone jars live in a glass shelved cupboard. Pewter tankards hang from a beam and a framed map of old Hertfordshire took some of my attention as a map geek. Other decor has old brewery ads.
There is a rather unusual outdoor area to the rear, totally divergent to the pub, all I can say is take a look.

On 12th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Bricklayers Arms

Never judge a book by it's cover.I normally associate Charles Wells insignia with the sign of the devil,but they have recently leased this pub to B&T of Shefford,who have installed 12 handpumps featuring a wide selection of their ales together with a number of Locales from nearby micros.Up to three handpumps are reserved for CW beers,but I found it easy to ignore both the Bombadier and "Courage" Directors on my visit.The B&T Plum MILD I ordered was spot on.
The building itself has a rather harsh town centre pub exterior ,but far more interesting interior which is open plan,but has retained traditional furniture and a Victorian fireplace to the right.No muzak,gaming machines,flatsreens or town center detritus to put you off your stride.There was a friendly welcome from behind the bar,and we were informed that there was an annual beer festival taking place with a choice of another dozen real ales,the list looking solid rather than spectacular.
This pub will push the Half Moon very hard,and may challenge the formers rightful position to date as the top real ale venue in Hitchin.A great double header if you are in town,I was impressed by what B&T have done to this former CW tied house.I will be back.


Oh dear ! A recent visit found a lot of handpumps unclipped with just two (non Charles Wells ) guests in Belhavan Scrum Down and Elgoods Straw Bitter.There is a flatscreen but playing a commercial radio station which destroyed any ambiance and several of the beer we tried were out of condition. The pub had very few customers inside and when the barman tried to sell the quality of Bombardier Gold ,which he said was his best seller,we knew the game was up.Dont both ,just keep walking to the Half Moon.

On 7th April 2016 - rating: 4
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