Hertford has always been a “go to” destination to socialise and meet friends and family, any hour of day. With a fantastic foodie culture, multitude of pubs, bars and a wide range of eateries to satisfy just about every taste. Hertford is hard to beat for a good meal.

Times are changing though. A few years back Hertford was home to many more generic chain type restaurant brands. In 2020 (thank’s in part to the pandemic) all but one big name chain remains in Pizza Express. In place of these chains we are seeing many independent, unique restaurants popping up and thriving. 

So whats your taste? Feeling Hungry? 

Allow me to show you why Hertford is fast becoming a foodie paradise ….

Mr Tanaka's

This is a real hidden gem and a favourite amongst locals in the know. Mr Tanaka’s offers Japanese fusion dishes from their little eatery on Post Office Walk just off Fore Street. A number of mouthwatering dishes and specials are available for eat in or takeout. The best Katsu Curry your will ever taste.


Centrally located in Hertford’s iconic and unique “Egyptian House”, a grade 2 listed building rumoured to have been a meeting place of the famed Knights Templar no less. Hertfords NEW TAPAS restaurant in the centre of Hertford.

Old Siam

Authentic Thai cuisine situated on Parliament Square. All the fittings inside the restaurant came direct from Thailand. The teak tables, chairs and panelling came from reclaimed timber from old Thai houses. This timber is all over 100 years old and came from the old Thai capital Ayutthaya, about 100 miles north of Bangkok. Truly an authentic experience.

Chloe's Pie & Mash

REOPENING SOON in a NEW location in the centre of town! Arriving soon to Hertford is Choe’s Pie & Mash shop for take out or eat in. Traditional Pie & Mash – Salt Beef & Brick Lane Bagels in the centre of town. 

Mudlarks Charity Cafe

Mudlarks provides training and paid work for adults with learning disabilities, enabling everyone to take a full and active role in our community. Freshly made breakfasts, salads, soups, hot and cold savouries are available every day. This is an amazing place and the food is delicious I would urge anyone visiting Hertford to support this great charity.

The Woolpack

Foodie pub on the river, perfectly situated opposite Hertford Theatre for a pre show bite to eat. They claim to serve “Hertford’s Best Burger” They are very tasty … as are the milkshakes. We love the terrace in the summertime with the water flowing alongside.

The Hertford Cake Co

If you are visiting you really must try these cakes! Don’t take my word for it, just ask people in the que outside. They are the best!

Dinnio's Mediterranean Kitchen

A recent addition to Hertford’s foodie line up. Dinnio is the result of a lifelong passion for food and family. The team here serve up exceptionally tasty yet simple food, beautifully presented in comfortable, contemporary and stylish surroundings. 

Baan Thitiya

Baan Thitiya Thai restaurant has a simple philosophy.. “We want to give you the very best experience of our Homeland’s world-renowned cuisine. To achieve that, we will use only the very finest, authentic Thai ingredients, exquisitely prepared for you and served by our unfailingly charming and attentive staff.”

Hertford House

A stunning Georgian Townhouse. Hertford House Hotel is home to a classic brasserie style eatery open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Such a beautiful iconic building situated on Parliament Square. Fantastic food and atmosphere.

The Veg Heads

Brand new to Hertford. The Veg Heads have taken over the kitchen at the Saracens Head on the Ware Rd (Next to Tesco). Offering up a delicious fully Vegan menu with many unique and intriguing dishes… one comment on our facebook read “I was sold at the Marmite fries.” Hoping to give this a try real soon!

The Hummingbird

New to Hertford is The Hummingbird Gastro Pub on Fore Street. This is a beautiful building with stunning decor. Inside you will find a feast for the senses as well as the tastebuds. Check out the huge “Cherry Blossom” centerpiece “inside” the main restaurant area.


LOMO is a funky bar and grill located on St Andrews Street in Hertford. They serve up some lovely dishes in beautiful surroundings. The garden area is hard to beat during the summer sipping a cocktail and enjoying one of  many signature dishes.

Ginger Hertford

Ginger Bar and Restaurant on Hornsmill Rd offers delicious Indian delicacies to the people in busy Hertford. A short walk from town, they also have a bar too. The restaurant offers a unique cocktail menu featuring unusual ingredients by chefs innovative cooking.


Proove Pizza opened on Parlinment Square recently to rave reviews! Serving authentic Neopolitan Pizza from their huge trademark pizza oven with dining inside and out.

Ilvino Italian

A small, family run restaurant dedicated to providing incredible Italian dishes all lovingly prepared within this fabulous St Andrews Street restaurant.

Oishi Sushi

Hertford’s sushi specialist! “We pride ourselves on great preparation, beautiful presentation, and delicious food accompanied by a welcoming, friendly service to ensure that you enjoy an authentic Japanese restaurant experience.” Highly recommended.

Ruby Hertford

Top notch Indian cuisine with fantastic dishes and a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. They even have an authentic “Tuc Tuc” outside! 

Veyso's Hertford

Beyond the Veyso’s doors, in the heart of Hertford, lies an opulent hide way for bold Turkish cuisine, crafted cocktails and thrilling entertainment.

Rose Cafe

Thinking that this list was too posh to include Rose Cafe? Absolutly not! One of Hertford’s most popular eateries serving honest tasty grub and of course a great Full English Brekkie. Its no wonder they have over 100 reviews on Trip Adviser and are rated in the top 10 places to eat in town.


Famous for mouthwatering Chicken, Oven Baked, Ribs, Hot & Cold Side Orders, Baguettes and Desserts plus more besides. Great for a lunchtime baguette .. pulled pork & pickle or torn chicken great options for lunch. 

Dirties Mexican

Dirties say that food is all about layering flavours. They create dishes that assaults the taste buds in the best possible way. This is a super cool venue serving super tasty Mexican inspired dishes on Fore Street.

Ellie's Kitchen

Fresh and seasonal Asian fusion cuisine lovingly brought to Hertford by Ellie. Celebrating cooking in Hertford for 20 years this is a really vibrant and funky place to sample delicious dishes. 

Turkish Kitchen

At Turkish Kitchen Hertford, a wide variety of delicious mezes, juicy grilled meats, fish and vegetarian dishes are served all day long with famous Turkish hospitality! Meals are prepared with carefully selected ingredients and special recipes.

The Raj

The Raj of Hertford (on the Ware Rd) has been serving unique, high quality and memorable South East Asian cuisines for more than 25 years.

“We keep it simple- Freshly cooked food prepared with an unique blend of eastern spices served with traditional Indian hospitality.”

The old BarGe Pub

A traditional family pub in an idyllic riverside setting in Hertford. They have a delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef’s specials. Generous portion comfort foods in a tradional cosy great british pub. Perfect.

Pizza Express

Hertford’s only chain restaurant and I am definitely going to give them a shout. As a much loved fixture on the highstreet occupying an iconic old building on Fore Street. Family friendy and always provides atmosphere.


Lussmans is a multi award winning restaurant and has been a Hertford favourite for many, many years. They recently moved to a bigger premises on Fore Street and have been featured in The Sunday Times 100 Best Places To Eat.

Hope Cafe

The people have spoken! We had lots of recommendations that Hope Cafe needs to be on the list …. they do a top notch breakfast. One comment insisted that Hope serve up the best coffee in all of Hertford. 

A feast for your taste buds!

So there you have it 27 examples of our foodie offering with more to be added and I’m sure, more to open through the year.

Did we miss any? Is your favourite missing? Don’t be shy, get in touch, let us know and we will get them added.

Support our local eateries, eat local, Love Hertford 🙂