Inglenook Cottage is a period property 1/2 mile of the village shop, and restaurants. Consisting…
The Greyhound Inn
“A traditional village inn offering good food in a relaxed atmosphere”
The village’s ancient stocks and duck pond are popular with film-makers who frequently use Aldbury as a location, allowing the pub’s customers the chance to witness every clap of the clapperboard. In the oak-beamed restaurant, the comprehensive menu includes salads and platters, as well as pan-fried sea bass fillet with potato wedges and salad; Thai chicken curry with long grain rice; or local venison steak, fondant potato and redcurrant jus. Among the desserts are chocolate and brandy torte; and cherry Bakewell sponge and custard. The bar snacks are a local legend, especially when accompanied by Badger Dorset Best or Tanglefoot 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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