There is a great range of bars & pubs in Bishop’s Stortford from your traditional old boozer to slick cocktail bars. Here are some of my favourites:
Bars & Pubs in Bishop’s Stortford
Peach is a cosy but vibrant café and bar in the heart of the town which opened its doors for the first time on 4 July last year! It is designed to be a fun and exciting place for brunch, bubbles, coffee and cocktails. I loved their neon light signage, memorabilia and, of course, their awesome cocktails. The menu features Peach’s signature cocktails as well as the classics but the team is happy to mix what it can to please the customer.
2. The Star
The Star on Bridge Street is a great choice for affordable drinks and food in Bishop’s Stortford. It also has a late night licence to 2am (fingers crossed no more curfews). The 17th century pub has plenty of space inside and a courtyard outside with a handful of covered booths.
We were pretty chuffed with the 2-4-1 cocktails offer (even at weekends) and the extensive gin menu. The food menu is typical pub grub including sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. The Star has different offers throughout the week for a meal and drink for around £10 – what a bargain.
The Twisted Cellar is easily one of the best bars / pubs in Bishops’ Stortford with its vibrant, beautiful interiors and wide selection of wine and gin. There are three separate seating areas indoors split into the front area, main area and inside garden.
There is an extensive wine list which the staff will happily take you through and recommend according to your taste. You can also ask for a mixed wine flight selection of white, red and rose which is a great way to try out a few bottles. Oh and you can also buy wine cases & gifts to take home.
The Bishop’s Cave, situated on North Street, specialises in cheese, wine and craft beer. It operates as a cafe during the day with evening sittings starting at 5.30. As expected, there is a wide selection of wine available, together with a small bar menu including charcuterie, bread, olives, and several cheeses.
I haven’t had the chance to visit this pub yet due to the pandemic but wanted to flag it as a late night live music venue. The pub dates back to 1642 where it used to be a coaching inn (a resting point for people and horses) and was refurbished in 2018. It offers regular live music events from original musicians and touring artists, as well as cover and tribute bands.
Host was one of the first venues I noticed in Bishop’s Stortford with its large outdoor terrace area in the centre of town. It doubles up as a restaurant offering modern European food (not tried the menu yet). We sampled a few cocktails including frozen strawberry daquiri, espresso martini, lychee martini and negroni which were all great (around £7.5).
The Dog’s Head is a great spot for watching sport in Bishop’s Stortford with most main events shown. Combine that with local beers from The Hertford Brewery and hearty pub grub and a few hours can easily pass by!
8. Ace of Lanes
If you love sports or a bit of competitive activity, then Ace of Lanes is for you. It has bowling, interactive darts, golf simulator and pool all under one roof, situated right by The Empire Cinema in Bishop’s Stortford. Burgers, pizzas, hot dogs and more are available on the food menu, as well as a fun selection of cocktails.
9. The Cock Inn
The Cock Inn is situated on Stansted Road, opposite Ruby’s Indian restaurant. It is a traditional pub, with a selection of beers, ales and gins. It shows sports and the owner Adam is welcoming – they also have an outdoor courtyard which you can book.
The Three Willows is a traditional country pub in Birchanger, on the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford.. Serving great Sunday Roasts and with a huge beer garden for all to enjoy, it is the perfect place for a weekend walk and pint!
11. The Three Horseshoes
The Three Horseshoes is located in Spellbrook, just a short drive from the south of the town, and right near the River Stort. The picturesque thatched-roof country pub and former coaching inn boasts a huge beer garden and plenty of space inside too.
Food wise, it’s your typical pub grub with sandwiches, burgers, pies and (of course!) fish and chips. We had a sharing board of lamb & rosemary koftas, Korean BBQ chicken strips, crispy salt & pepper squid, garlic & coriander flatbreads with houmous, dips, relish.
East London Girl: Pubs and Bars in Bishop’s Stortford