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“Popular family-run country free house”
EPPING GREEN, HERTFORDSHIRE
Weatherboarded under a tiled roof, this family-run pub has held a liquor licence for over 200 years. Hanging baskets and window boxes adorn the frontage, while the interior feels traditional to the core, with black beams, a log-burner and ornamental brasses; outside is decked and grassed. Fresh fish is a speciality – maybe poached fish pie; sea bass fillets; or conventional fish and chips. Among the meats are chicken, ham hock and leek pie; lamb shoulder in minted gravy; bacon and brie beefburger; steaks and specials. Vegetarians and coeliacs have a good choice too. On the beer pumps are Greene King and a changing guest ale.
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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