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The Bricklayers Arms

29 Queen Street
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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
[User has posted 6105 recommendations about 6105 pubs]

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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27th Aug 2017, 23:37
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27th Aug 2017, 18:05
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Annually in September - last updated 04 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : No last updated 13 March 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
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Last inspected: June 13th 2014
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