Our review of The Hummingbird pub in Hertford

by Natalie
Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

Update: I’m sad to hear that The Hummingbird pub has now closed. Such a shame!

The Hummingbird pub

The Hummingbird is a brand new pub in my hometown of Hertford. Hubby and I both grew up in Hertford and it will always be a significant place for us. Although we’ve since moved away, it’s always nice to go back and visit so when I was invited to have lunch at The Hummingbird, I said yes straight away and asked my Mum to join me (she buys me a lot of lunches, I definitely owe her one!).

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

You’ll find The Hummingbird on Fore Street, right in the town centre, in the building that used to house Loch Fyne. It’s an Aspley pub and has only been open for about a month, so it is very much the new kid on the block. However, for a new kid it is already doing pretty well – General Manager Jan told me that they have already taken 2000 bookings for the Christmas period. Not too shabby!

First impressions

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

The Hummingbird is lovely inside and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into the design and look and feel of the pub.

The first half of the space has more of a lounge feel, with comfy chairs and a fireplace, and is designed for more casual walk-in diners.

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

On the right-hand side, there are some lovely booths which are quite intimate and perfect for a catch-up with friends.

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

The bar is pretty fancy, with lights that change colour. 

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

The far end of the pub is the more formal dining area and is reserved for bookings only. You’ll find plush comfy seating, plump cushions, stylish decor and a friendly atmosphere – you could happily spend a couple of hours here!

Upstairs, there is a private function room complete with honesty bar and TV.

The food

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

The food and drink menus offer good choice – there is even vegan wine! (To be honest I didn’t realise wine wasn’t vegan!)

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

Mum ordered the prawn and mussel linguine, and I chose pan-fried sea bass fillet with mushroom risotto and tempura broccoli.

We had to wait a little while for our food – it was quite a busy lunchtime. Mum and I didn’t mind though – we were warm and comfy and just had a chat.

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

Our meals were both really good – very tasty, fresh and good sized portions.

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

For dessert, we chose the lemon tart and chocolate brownie which were both delicious.

Mums Off Duty, The Hummingbird Hertford

Our meal came to £46 which included olives, two main meals, two desserts, and two drinks. I’m not used to having a big lunch and didn’t need to eat much at all for dinner!

There is also a children’s menu available.

Our thoughts

The Hummingbird is really lovely. It’s smart yet comfortable. I want to make a special mention of the staff because they were brilliant. So friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Launching a new pub in a town that is full of eateries is no mean feat yet GM Jan seems to be doing a fantastic job. Manager Xavio looked after us and made us feel very welcome. 

I would definitely recommend The Hummingbird for a long, lazy lunch or dinner. You won’t want to rush here. Take your time, enjoy the lovely surroundings and the tasty food.

We will definitely return!

Find out more

For more information, please visit The Hummingbird website.

Disclaimer: Mums Off Duty received a complimentary lunch for two for the purpose of review. My reviews are always completely honest.

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