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Monks Inn, Hemel Hempstead

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31-32 The Square
Hemel Hempstead
HP1 1EP
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about Monks Inn

A former bookmakers that is now a micropub in the town centre, with convenient pay and display nearby, just over a small river.

The single room has the bar on the right-hand side with plenty of seating to be had.

5 real ales were being dispensed on our visit, 2 by gravity and 3 by handpull. The choice was Leighton Buzzard Black Buzzard, Tring Death Or Glory, Wantsum Well Drawn Providence, Twitchell Gloriously Golden Ale & Eyam All Fall Down. In addition, there were 7 real ciders - Lilley's Lemon & Ginger Cider, Somerset Scrumpy Medium, Red Rabbit & Bee Sting Perry, Sandford Orchards Devon Scrumpy & The General and one I hadn't seen before - Bearded Brew Co. Suicyder. The latter was 7.3% and unbelievably sweet.

The pub seems to have a fairly loyal following. A CAMRA discount is offered. But we happened to visit on a Tuesday when all real ales are £3.50 a pint. Ciders may also be included in the offer, but sadly I was driving and had to make do with a half.

Just about the best new pub of the day, in my opinion, during a day's crawling of Hertfordshire.

On 12th January 2022 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Monks Inn

A top class micropub that was so friendly and welcoming from the bar staff and fellow drinkers, so as you can imagine a difficult one to leave. There was a choice of 5 beers on handpump and 5 served from gravity, along with a choice of five ciders. We went for the Chiltern Pale Ale on handpump, served from the back of the bar, the prices were also very reasonable.

On 4th November 2019 - rating: 9
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Clive Thompson left this review about Monks Inn

Fantastic new micro pub opened November 2018 in the old Market Square. It is run by two brothers from South Africa who are passionate about real ale and have finally bought this dream of opening a micro pub to fruition. There is room for 5 beers on handpull and 5 on gravity, and with quality uppermost in their minds you’re unlikely to be sold a pint that isn’t near perfect. During my visit three local brewers delivered beers, including one guy who runs a nano brewery out of his garage nearby. So there is likely to be some interesting stuff sitting alongside old favourites – Titanic Plum Porter was on for the grand opening, which was replaced by Rudgate Ruby Mild.

There is a bespoke cider cooling cabinet housing 6 still ciders, plus a sparkling wine and a craft lager (from Windsor & Newton) on tap. Spirits and soft drinks also available. Cold bar snacks are planned, those that complement the drinking experience rather than interfere with it. Similarly there may be live background music some evenings. This is still a project in development but Clint and Des are both seeking and acting on feedback and I can see this being a very successful venture. I’ll certainly be paying regular visits.

NB – for anyone looking for a bit of nostalgia, the gravity racks and some of the furniture were donated by the now sadly-departed Bree Louise pub in Euston.

NNB – I was the fellow PuG contributor mentioned by BF in his review.

On 16th November 2018 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Hemel Hempstead, 1.49 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Apsley, 1.82 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Kings Langley, 4.29 miles, 1 hr 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Monks Inn, Hemel Hempstead
12th Jan 2022, 11:53
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
11th Apr 2021, 15:18
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 50p per pint - last updated 22 February 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until early evening - last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Darts : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Function Room : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Hot Food : No - Cold bar snacks available - last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Karaoke : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Live Music : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Micropub : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Pinball : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Pool Table : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
  • WiFi : Yes - Ask for password - last updated 14 November 2018 by Clive Thompson
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