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

Welcome to The Hand & Crown

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.

We are proud to have achieved

en-US-UK 2x

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

The Hand and Crown Re-Opens

We’re delighted to announce that we will be open from 4th July. Following the latest Government advice, we are ready to safely open our doors. Health and safety is at the forefront of our priorities and to keep you safe whilst enjoying our warm and welcoming experience we have implemented some important changes. Click here find out about opening times and changes.

Desserts at The Hand & Crown


Choose from our mouth watering desserts from homemade Lemon and Blueberry Pavlova, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake, Strawberries and Cream Sundae or Sorbet, Trio of Ice Cream or Cheese and Biscuits.

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.

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

For Reservations Call: 01279 725 892

From Our Blog

Latest News

The Hand and Crown Re-Opens

We are delighted to announce that The Hand and Crown will be open from 4th July. Whilst we’ve been closed, we have been busy behind the scenes making changes, renovating,…

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New menu launch taking our food offering in a new direction!

We are always excited when we give our menus an update here at The Hand and Crown. Our seasonal changes give us an opportunity to keep our food offering up…

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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

The Hand & Crown

Sadly, with effect from Saturday 19th December, we are now required to close again due to government tier 3 restrictions. 

We look forward to reopening and welcoming you all back as soon as we are allowed to. 

In the meantime - we wish you all a safe and very Happy Christmas! 

The Hand & Crown team xx