Situated just off Brickendon Green and a stone’s throw from Broxbourne Woods, the Farmer’s Boy is the archetypal country village pub. The ‘Dogs Welcome’ sign in the window drew us in and a gently burning open fire was the first hint that we’d make a good choice, boosted by a warm welcome extended by the bar staff.
The lunch menu is fairly compact but offers a selection of traditional favourites and a small range of sandwiches. I opted to have a starter instead of a main meal and jolly glad I did. The very generous portion of garlic cream mushrooms was accompanied by toasted ciabatta and a crisp rocket garnish and well washed down by some rather lovely Pear & Elderflower lemonade. The Cider Rarebit ordered by the other half though looked a bit mean, lacking in colour and was apparently dry to taste, but the straw fries that came with it were piping hot and perfect to the bite. Service was faultless – quick, efficient and very friendly.
There is an extended dinner menu which looked very appealing and they serve traditional Sunday Roasts from just £12.95.