The Tilbury

“Lovely country pub serving exciting food”



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This pub in a little village south of Stevenage goes from strength to strength thanks to brothers James and Tom Bainbridge and a very experienced and welcoming team. The self-taught and award-winning head chef is passionate about sourcing the best ingredients for his exciting modern British dishes. You could opt for a pub classic such as game cottage pie, or look to the à la carte choices – pheasant breast, wild mushrooms and pickled mustard seeds; braised rabbit, carrot cake and jus; or goats’ cheese fondant, kale, braised baby onions, peas and lettuce. A set menu is available at both lunch and dinner, and there is an extensive wine list.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Tilbury
Watton Road, DATCHWORTH, SG3 6TB


About the area

Discover Hertfordshire

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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