• High Wych Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. CM21 0AY
  • 01279 725892

Welcome to The Hand & Crown

Welcome to The Hand & Crown

Our 16th Century Inn is the oldest Inn in Hertfordshire and is famous for it’s warm welcome and delicious home-made food.

The site of The Hand & Crown was popular with King Henry VIII and his then wife, Anne Boleyn.  They were both avid falconists.
Our logo represents the hand “Gauntlet” and Crown “Falcon Hood”.

Read more about the history of The Hand & Crown.

The Hand & Crown earns 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

November Desserts at The Hand & Crown


Choose from some fabulous desserts this November.  Honeycomb Chocolate Cheese Cake, Spiced Plum Crumble or why not try our Banoffee Tart, served with Cream or Ice Cream. Download our full menu

November Desserts Menu

Breakfast at The Hand & Crown


Come along and try our new Breakfast menu, choose from classic favourites and explore new exciting breakfast dishes like our exclusive Hand & Crown Doom Bar Sausages.  9am to 11.30am.  Booking Essential.

Sundays at The Hand & Crown


Our delicious seasonal Roasts are served from 12 till 6pm with Mandy’s awesome Yorkshire Puddings.  Served as a Special, our Roasts change each week.

Saturday ‘Lighter Bites’

From Saturday the 12th May, and every Saturday thereafter, we are offering our Saturday ‘Lighter Bites’menu between 3 and 6pm.  Join us for delicious Baguettes, Scampi, Salads and Ploughmans.  (Full menu not available).  Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our Home Cooked Food

We pride ourselves on our delicious and freshly cooked home-made food.  Our finest meat and freshest fish is sourced daily to the delight of our clientele.  Our team is waiting to welcome you to The Hand & Crown.  Booking highly recommended.

Our Menu

Food Served Monday to Saturday 12 Noon to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Sundays 12 Noon to 6pm.

Our Menu

Try Something Different!

Our Specials

  • £6.45

    Smoked Mackerel Pate & ToastSpecial

    (Starter) Served with a Horseradish Crème Fraiche and Beetroot Dip

  • £12.95

    French Trimmed Pork ChopSpecial

    Served with Braised Red Cabbage, Mashed Potato and Cider Jus

  • £14.45

    Japanese Katsu CurrySpecial

    Topped with Breaded Chicken Breast Strips and served with Rice

  • £15.45

    Lamb Rump Sheesh SkewerSpecial

    Served with Pickled Slaw Salad and Cous Cous

  • £6.95

    Wild Mushroom & Mozzarella Risotto BallsSpecial

    (Starter) Deep fried served with a Rocket & Parmesan Salad

  • £11.95

    Japanese Vegan Katsu CurrySpecial Vegan

    Topped with Breaded Sweet Potato Strips and served with Rice

For Reservations Call: 01279 725 892

Try Something New!

Manager Recommended Wine

  • £4.75/£18.00

    Nandu Merlot

    • 175ml - £4.75
    • 250ml - £6.50
    • Bottle - £18.00

    Soft and supple easy drinking Merlot with juicy red fruits of plums and berries with soft spice and tannins.

  • £5.10/£19.50

    Jean Julien Shiraz

    • 175ml - £5.10
    • 250ml - £7.05
    • Bottle - £19.50

    Soft black fruits and pepper spice, this medium bodies red is smooth and fruity with a good balance of tannins and structure.

  • £5.50/£21.50

    Lodez Pinot Noir

    • 175ml - £5.50
    • 250ml - £7.75
    • Bottle - £21.50

    Soft and juicy light bodied red from sunny Southern France.  Fresh cranberries, ripe raspberries and a light savoury twist.  Hints of brambles on the finish.

  • £5.69/£22.00

    Monologo Rioja Crianza

    • 175ml - £5.69
    • 250ml - £7.75
    • Bottle - £22.00

    Redcurrant, sloes and cherries, coupled with notes of vanilla, pepper, toast, tobacco leaves and a light smokiness from its time in barrel.

  • £5.85/£23.00

    Benjamin Malbec

    • 175ml - £5.85
    • 250ml - £7.95
    • Bottle - £23.00

    Ripe berry fruits are abundant, whilst gentle spice adds dimension.  It’s weighty with soft, gentle tannins and an enduring fruit charged finish.

  • £6.50/£25.00

    Lambisque Cotes du Rhone

    • 175ml - £6.50
    • 250ml - £8.75
    • Bottle - £25.00

    Made mainly from the Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah grape varieties, are deep, fruity and well-balanced with a fresh hint of liquorice.  Light ageing in oak adds a touch of complexity.

From Our Blog

Latest News

Where did the Doom Bar Sausage come from? Unique to The Hand & Crown Breakfast Menu, created by The Churchgate Sausage Shop.

Where did the Doom Bar Sausage come from?

Where did the Doom Bar Sausage come from? by Darren Grover We knew that when we launched our Breakfast Menu, we want to use quality, locally sourced ingredients!  I knew…

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Della's Desserts. Our Della is cooking up some fabulous new dessert recipes, tantalise your taste buds with old favourites and new pudding ideas.

Della’s Desserts

Our Della, who has been with us for a number of years, has taken over the role of Dessert Chef.

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What Our Clients Say


The nine of us were made to feel so welcome. Food was freshly cooked, excellent and plentiful. Service was friendly and attentive. Prices very reasonable. Absolutely first class experience. Thank you.


I popped in here for a quick lunch on a Thursday and was surprised how busy it was. It soon became evident why it was so busy – the food was excellent, very reasonably priced and the staff were so welcoming. You will not leave here hungry. The food was fresh and delicious. The specials were fish heavy which is a real treat for all fish lovers – we had the sea bass which was amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

Teresa W

This was our 4/5th visit here – service is just fab even when you call to book a table the staff are so helpful and very accommodating. Menu is vast and and food just superb . The service is effortless by the team . Defiantly one of my top locals to visit

Linda L

WOW. Staff very friendly. A warm welcome from all. Starters above average size. The Brie and Leek puff was divine. The scampi was plentiful and the steak was good. Left in a food coma. Will definitely go back. Nice to leave a restaurant feeling full up. Well done to the owners and chef. Keep it up


Food is excellent, great selection, large portions and good value for money. Great outside seating area and friendly staff.

Pi X