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The Half Moon, Hitchin

57 Queen Street
Hitchin
SG4 9TZ
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Half Moon

Around a 15-20 minute walk from Hitchin station, this is perhaps the town’s most well-known ale house. You enter through the front door directly into the bare boarded main bar, with the servery running down the right-hand wall. The bar has a brick counter front and typical dark wood bar back and the room has been furnished with standard tables and chairs plus a few benches, mostly arranged around the perimeter. Décor is relatively straightforward, such as bottle collections and a mix of old paintings and a brick arch to the rear leads through to a carpeted dining room with rows of basic tables and chairs running from front to back. The current pandemic situation meant that I was asked to exit the pub and instead approach via the driveway to the left, where a table had been set-up for track and trace details to be captured. From here I was escorted up the moderately steep slope to the pub’s beer garden, where is was seated at one of the many picnic tables that occupy what I assume was previously the pub’s car park. This involved passing at least one smoker’s shelter with more of the same picnic benches inside, whilst at he very rear of the garden, a pleasant grass area can be found with proper bench seating, a willow arch trellis and some colourful flowers and shrubs. There was a good post-work crowd soaking up the last of the day’s sun rays in the garden but the pub itself was empty and I was only offered a seat in the garden, so I couldn’t quite work out whether they were actively trying to minimise indoor drinking where the weather permitted.
The lady who greeted me listed a decent ale selection, of which I can recall St Austell Proper Job, Taylor Landlord, Oakham Citra, Matchless Mild and maybe two or three others from smaller breweries. I opted for the Matchless Mild, having not had the chance to drink Mild for some time now, and thought it was in excellent condition, if perhaps a bit thin and lacking in flavour. The staff I encountered were all very friendly and the place seemed to be very popular with a mixed crowd – I can imagine there would be a great atmosphere if everyone were actually sat inside the pub.
There’s a reason why this is the only pub in Hitchin I’d heard of prior to my visit – it’s clearly a well run and much respected ale house that does a lot of the basics well. It’s a bit of a shame I didn’t get to experience the pub properly, but I’d definitely be straight back here if I ever found myself in town again.

On 2nd June 2021 - rating: 8
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Half Moon

Good Beer Guide 2019 entry.

traditional single roomer that has two regular (enjoyed the youngs special) and six changing beers.

I came in on Tuesday when the pub quiz was in full flight. Not a seat to be had anywhere.

A sign of its success. I will return.

On 9th September 2019 - rating: 8
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Komakino . left this review about The Half Moon

A super place, apart from a couple of annoying students. House ales Adnam's Southwold Bitter and Young's Bitter were joined by eight(!) guests and four ciders and one Perry. My Farr Brew Chief Jester was superb as I thought it might be and this place is almost a Camra member's wet dream, only let down by some discernable background muzak.

On 1st September 2018 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Hitchin, 0.89 miles, 17 min walk (show)
Letchworth, 3.6 miles, 1 hr 9 min walk (show)
Stevenage, 4.98 miles, 1 hr 36 min walk (show)
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2nd Jun 2021, 20:49
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9th Sep 2019, 14:53
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 June 2021 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Darts : No last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 04 September 2014 by Bucking Fastard
  • Function Room : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 07 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 March 2017 by Malden man
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 September 2018 by Komakino .
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