In the heart of Pride and Prejudice country, this buzzing 16th-century coaching inn is more generous with bed than board
A quaint village in possession of an ancient church and several fine houses must be in want of a hostelry. But however universally that truth is acknowledged, commercial reality sees many rural communities in Britain languishing publess. That fate befell Hertingfordbury, near Hertford, in 2014 when the Prince of Wales closed, followed in 2016 by the White Horse.
“The village had lost its heart: we no longer saw our neighbours,” one local tells me. “We were so delighted when Alastair took over this place.”