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a landmark pub in this historic town
A proper, old English Free House with all the informal, rustic charm of its 300 year history. It’s warm and cosy in the winter, with a comforting, open log fire and a secluded beer garden and patio for the summer. And, of course, there’s a well-chosen selection of wines and beers - including locally brewed cask ales.
Charlotte and Eric make sure you’ll always find a warm welcome here – along with their irresistible menu! Classic English dishes with a French touch. Mouthwatering sandwiches. A tempting daily ‘Specials’ board. Traditional Sunday lunches. And many of the dishes available for children - smaller portions at smaller prices.
The Prutton family has run this wonderful Hitchin pub for over 30 years. And now a new generation has taken the reins. Charlotte Prutton and Eric Ransinangue, recently returned to the town after several years in the French Alps, are busy investing all their youthful energy, culinary skills and savoir faire in shaping something special for the Highlander’s future.
The Anglo French magic is working. The new Highlander is an exciting fusion of traditional English pub and charming French bistro. All the food is home-made, much of it from locally sourced ingredients.
The wine list, already tantalising, has something for every palate and every pocket. Do ask for a recommendation after you’ve selected your meal; French wines have traditionally been developed to accompany food and we’ve taken great care to ensure we have something we like to take with our dishes! Then, of course, there’s our beer. The Prutton family has years of experience in keeping cask ales and we do our very best to ensure every pint is a pleasure. Alongside East Anglia’s Greene King ales, you’ll also find an exciting selection from the excellent Tring Brewery & Buckinghamshire's Hopping Mad Brewery amongst others.
We're absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a place in the 8th annual edition of Alistair Sawday's Pubs and Inns of Great Britain
This is an unpretentious local that moves with the times and there's an informal Gallic Bistro feel to the place. Behind the immaculate bar, wines are enticingly displayed beneath old-fashioned beer mugs. Eric's delicious food fuses the best traditions of France and England, from tasty ploughman's to beef bourguignon - and Sunday lunches worth missing breakfast for.
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