• High Wych Road, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. CM21 0AY
  • 01279 725 892

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

Breakfast at The Hand & Crown


We will be shortly introducing our new Breakfast menu, choose from classic favourites and explore new exciting breakfast dishes.

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 meat and fish is sourced daily to the delight of our clientele, fish from Billingsgate and our meat selection direct from Smithfield.  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

Our Favourite Dishes

From Our Menu

  • £15.75

    Neapolitan Chicken au Gratin

    Sliced Chicken breast served in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, garlic and white wine topped with Mozzarella and grilled.

  • £15.25

    Stir-Fry BBQ Chilli Pork

    Strips of Pork fillet, stir-fried with Onions and Peppers in a traditional Texan Hickory Smoked Chilli Sauce

  • £18.50

    BBQ Chilli Beef

    Beef stir-fried with Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers and BBQ Chilli sauce.

  • £13.50

    Western Style Chilli-Con-Carne

    Served with Rice, Tortilla Chips & Sour Cream

  • £14.25

    Steak & Ale Pie

    Home Made Steak braised in Beer and topped with Puff Pastry.

  • £15.95

    Hand & Crown Fish Pie

     White Fish and King Prawns cooked in a creamy sauce on Mash, topped with Puff Pastry.


For Reservations Call: 01279 725 892

From the Grill

Chef Recommended Specials

  • £16.95

    Char Grilled Lamp Chops

    Served with Cabbage, Carrots, Onion, Mashed Potato and Mint Gravy

  • £14.95

    Char Gilled Pork Loin

    Served with Bubble & Squeak, Stuffing and Mustard Sauce.

  • £18.95

    8oz Sirloin Steak

    Served with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Onion Rings, Chips and Peas

  • £16.95

    10oz Rump Steak

    Served with an Egg and Home Made Frits

From Our Blog

Latest News

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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Festive Meals this December. We love you join us for a Christmas Lunch of Dinner this December. Expect all the trimmings! Booking Essential

Christmas at The Hand & Crown

Christmas at The Hand & Crown   Christmas comes but once a year, join us for some holiday cheer.   Throughout December, we would love you to join us for a…

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What Our Clients Say


Proper Pub Food.  Recently visited the Hand and Crown for the first time after hearing recommendations from friends and family. The food was great. Large portions, freshly made and tasted amazing all for a very reasonable price. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating and even though we arrived close to the kitchen closing, they still rushed our order through so we didn’t go hungry. Will definitely be returning to work my way through the menu.

Pete W

My Favourite Restaurant! I have eaten here several times, every dish I have is better then the last. The Nachos and Mozzarella bites are amazing!! The portions are MASSIVE! great value for money. Staff friendly and very helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them. It is a small restaurant, so book in advance to avoid disappointment as if wanting dinner or Sunday lunch you probably won’t get a table. By far my favourite restaurant.

Lauren W

Sunday Lunch.  If your looking for a cosy pub with a warm welcome that has built a reputation locally for great food (and drinks) then this must be on your list…. dont tell everyone tho’ .. as getting a table will be difficult!


Sawbridgeworths Best Kept Secret.  This lovely pub/restaurant was recommended to me by a friend.  I loved the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere as soon as I walked through the door.  I had the fish of the day. The portions are huge and so delicious.  The staff are attentive, but not intrusive.  You won’t be disappointed.  On a personal note I like the fact they have a gluten free menu available too (for hubby).


The Best Steak and Ale Pie in town!

Dave Rowland

The Scampi is delicious, i dont get to try anything else as I just have to have it every time 🙂

Debs Snook