Whether you’re looking for lively canal-side beer gardens for when the sun’s shining and the weather’s warm, or a cosy traditional pub to retreat to during the colder months of the calendar, our nightlife guide offers up great options for every discerning drinker.
Nightlife in Hemel Hempstead
At opposite sides of the canal near our Hemel Hempstead West hotel, you’ll find the first two of our favourite local pubs, The Three Horseshoes and White Horse. First up, The Three Horseshoes is a 16th-century pub, which boasts bags full of rustic character but softens it with contemporary touches. All in all, it’s a delightful pub that’s so close to the waterside that you may want to watch your step while carrying your shandies back to the beer garden. The food options are homemade and pretty decent if you get peckish, but you can find better places to eat in Hemel Hempstead.
On the other side of the canal, the White Horse is a local McMullen brewery tap with wonderful oak-beamed charm, a stellar selection of real ales and fine wines, plus a fantastic food menu that stands head and shoulders above the competition, particularly on Sunday when the roast is straight up out of this world. The pub may not look as nice as The Three Horseshoes, but it makes up for it on the food front.
The Oddfellows Arms is a popular gig pub just a mile away from our Hemel Hempstead Central hotel. There’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. The pub books a range of rock, ska and acoustic bands and tribute acts. If you go on Tuesday nights, you can even take part in the open mic night. All events are absolutely free so don’t worry about tickets.
You can’t go wrong with a visit to The Post Office Arms. It’s a smart Fuller’s pub just off St John’s Road. It’s been in business for more than 150 years, formerly under the moniker The Patch. You don’t stick around for that long without knowing how to run a watering hole. It’s a great place to go for a casual pint or to watch whatever sport’s on the box. A word to the wise, the pub doesn’t serve food. However, it does have a popular poker night on Mondays.
If you’re staying at our Kings Langley hotel and you’re looking for a nearby pub, The Paper Mill is less than a five-minute drive away. It’s a picturesque canal-side pub perfect for sipping away a sunny afternoon. It’s another Fuller’s pub so you can expect a perfect pint of London Pride. As you can tell from the name, the characterful building was once a paper mill. The decor is a delight; it’s rustic but also cosy, and there’s a heartwarming menu of pub grub favourites to devour too.
Towards the top of the town is where you’ll find The Marchmont Arms. It’s beautiful and stylish and offers a wide range of fine wines, real ales and tantalising cocktails. The food looks the part; don’t be surprised to see people taking pictures of their dishes before they wolf them down.
Pubs in Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead nightlife
If you’re looking for late-night dancing after final orders at the pub, a couple of popular nightclubs in Hemel Hempstead include Mode on the Marlowes and the subterranean Redz Bar and Nightclub on the High Street.