The Victoria, Hitchin

WELCOME TO THE VICTORIA HITCHIN

.... a community pub with a big heart in the historic market town of Hitchin, Herts. 

FRESH FOOD - REAL ALES - BANGING BURGERS - NEAPOLITAN PIZZAS 

- DOG FRIENDLY - BIKE FRIENDLY - FAMILY FRIENDLY

All this & so much more packed into your cosy Victorian pub....... everyone's favourite local!

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VicFEST - Bank Holiday weekend

VICFEST … OUR LEGENDARY 5DAY MUSIC & BEER FESTIVAL IS BACK, SLIGHTLY SMALLER BUT PERFECTLY FORMED FOR YOUR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND PLEASURE.
** OPEN BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY - FOOD SERVED 12-5PM - LIVE DJ'S & MUSIC 2-10PM **
BUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS DIRTY DOUGH PIZZA CO VicFEST

RE-OPENING NEWS // TUES 13th APRIL // 4pm

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Bookings are live via our app. If you haven't yet downloaded our app then you can follow the link below as you will be the first to hear of all of our upcoming events and most importantly, our bookings. See below for our full opening hours.

WALK IN'S // JUST DRINKS // GROUP RESERVATIONS

We are only taking bookings for dining tables, if you wish to come down for drinks then we have plenty of tables available on the door on a first come basis. You can of course eat at theses tables too and there is no time limit on these tables. Please don't call us ahead of your visit, we can't tell how busy it will be ahead of time. We're not currently taking any group bookings of more than 6.

FOOD // DIRTY DOUGH PIZZA CO LAUNCH // BUN LOVIN CRIMINALS

BUN LOVIN CRIMINALS our popular burger menu will be served every day we are open.

DIRTY DOUGH PIZZA CO LAUNCH - Thurs 15th April. It's been in the making for the best part of a year, we've run a few trial nights over lockdown and now we'll be opening up to serve in-house next week. Pizza will then be available every week THURS to SUNDAY.

NO SUNDAY ROASTS ... The big news is that these are our main food options now and we won't be serving Sunday Roasts alongside these menus whilst we get to grips with the new set-up, this is not to say that they won't be making a comeback though. SEE LATEST BLOG POST below for more info.

BARN HIRE // PUB HIRE // EVENTS

We've had a lot of enquiries regarding barn hire or full pub hire, we regret that we won't be offering barn hire currently. We've had to hugely adapt our operating procedures and once we can use the barn again it will be used for additional seating. We're also not taking any large group enquiries. Regarding full pub hire, this isn't something we have ever offered or plan to. We do have some exciting events coming up though so please keep an eye on our events page as these will be updated around general day to day tasks and our two tiny rebel children.

UPDATES

Our instagram page is the best place to follow us for up to date information as we update this regularly.

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Thank you for your continued support, your takeaway orders & messages of support really have helped. We look forward to welcoming you all again soon Hitchin.

Stay safe & eat well!

Cheers, Vic, Tom & all the Crew.

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OPENING HOURS from 19th APRIL

MON / CLOSED

TUES / CLOSED

WEDS 3 - 11 / FOOD 4-9 (BLC)

THURS 3 - 11 / FOOD 4-9 (BLC & DIRTY DOUGH)

FRI 12 - 12 / FOOD 12-3 & 5-9 (BLC & DIRTY DOUGH)

SAT 12 - 12 / FOOD 12-3 & 5-9 (BLC & DIRTY DOUGH)

SUN 12 - 11pm / FOOD 12-5 (BLC & DIRTY DOUGH)

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SOME HISTORY...

The Victoria Public House was purpose built to serve it's community in 1865.

Back then it was previously known as The Cricketers, but there was another pub situated on the Bedford Rd with the same name, naturally this lead to confusion, so the two Landlords decided to settle the matter by meeting on neutral ground between the two premises, this was Butts Close. Some say the matter was settled by simply tossing a coin, although others suggest a duel. Either way The Cricketers on the Bedford Rd won, sadly a pub no more, and in Victorian times it was very popular to choose Royal titles so this pub was re-named and The Victoria was born.

Originally it was a “Spit and Sawdust” pub and earlier in the twentieth century the barns at the back of the buildings were used for selling feed for animals such as pigs, hens and rabbits.

Victoria Kevans took over as Landlady in 2006, daughter to her predecessor Cilla Kevans, The Vic has featured heavily throughout her life, as a social hub and workplace. During her 13 year reign Victoria has gradually extended and modernised things to create the comfortable surroundings you are welcomed to today. The pub has undergone a recent refurbishment acknowledging it's Victorian roots with sympathetic decor amongst modern amenities and touches. The spacious beer garden has an impressive sheltered area, the old barn has been transformed from a storage area into a function room available for private hire, live events and free community use. The Victoria is the true meaning of a public house, everyone is welcome and made to feel at home.

In a climate where 28 pubs are closing down every week, we can proudly say that The Victoria pub is still serving it's community and will do so for many years to come.

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