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

Welcome to The Hand & Crown

The Hand & Crown

In light of recent events with COVID-19 and government advice the health and safety of our team and guests is our number one priority. With this in mind we are now closed until further notice. If you have a booking with us and have paid a deposit please contact Donna at donna@thehandandcrown.co.uk to arrange a refund.

We would like to thank our amazing team and our fantastic customers and we hope you all stay safe and healthy through this difficult time.

We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Matthew and Darren


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.

Book online for our exclusive ‘Dome Dining Experience’

Get cosy in our garden and spend a few hours wining and dining in the comfort of your very own Dome. It’s the ultimate atmospheric space to relax.

Online bookings for our Dome Dining Experience is now open. For more information click here

February Desserts at The Hand & Crown


Choose from some fabulous desserts this Feburary.  Choose from our Malteser Cheesecake, Sticky Toffee Pudding or Raspberry Tart served with Sorbet or why not have all three and go for our Trio of Mini Desserts. Download our full menu.

February Desserts

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

  • £19.95

    When Land Met SeaSpecial

    6oz Fillet Steak served with Juicy King Prawns, Macaroni Cheese and Red Wine Jus                                                                                                             

  • £10.95

    Not Mushroom For Two In Here (V)Special

    Mushroom Lasagne served with a Dressed Mixed Salad                                                                                                                            

  • £13.45

    Fondant My BellySpecial

    Pork Belly served with Braised Red Cabbage and a Fondant Potato                                                                                                                

  • £16.95

    Pretty In PinkSpecial

    Salmon Supreme topped with a Crayfish and Caper Butter served with Colcannon

  • £17.45

    Coq Au VinSpecial

    A French Inspired Dish of Chicken cooked in Red Wine with Shallots, Lardons and Mushrooms

  • £12.45

    The Lady and The TrampSpecial

      H&C Meatballs served with Linguine in a Chunky Tomato and a Courgette Sauce

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

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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The Hand and Crown brings an exclusive Winter ‘Dome Dining Experience’ to Sawbridgeworth.

At The Hand and Crown, we are best known for our warm welcome and delicious home-made food. As the weather gets colder, it’s time for al fresco ‘Dining in a…

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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