The Victoria, Hitchin

WELCOME TO THE VICTORIA HITCHIN

.... a community pub with a big heart in the historic market town of Hitchin, Herts. We host an impressive events calendar including live music, quiz nights, themed food evenings, charity fundraisers, St Food Fridays, VicFEST & Sunday session acoustic nights. We’re as famous for our Sunday roasts as we are our epic gig nights. We have a great big beer garden, a barn for hire & a real fire.

FRESH FOOD - REAL ALES - BANGING BURGERS - SUNDAY ROASTS - DOG FRIENDLY 

 BIKE FRIENDLY - FAMILY FRIENDLY

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

WE ARE NOW OPEN, OPERATING UNDER TIER 2 REGULATIONS...what does this mean? See below

PUB - BARN - SUBSTANTIAL MEAL TENT - FIRE PITS - SHELTERED OUTDOOR TABLES 

OPEN WED - SUN | BUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS MENU WEDS - SAT | SUNDAY ROASTS

BUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS

TIER 2 ...???

We are OPEN but we must now operate as a restaurant. This means whether you sit inside or outside, you're in bubbles, mixed households or illicit affairs, basically if you wish to consume alcohol then each person must order a substantial meal. 

What qualifies as a substantial meal? At the minimum, two side dishes or a bowl of our house Dirty Sriracha fries or a banging BLC burger.

How do we visit, do we need to book? Booking is highly recommended via email, we are accepting walk-in's with availability which isn't of course guaranteed.

I'm coming with friends, where can we sit? Mixed households must sit outside, we have external heat sources, fire pits, gas heaters but we can't guarantee heated tables so please wrap up warm. We also have a hot, boozy, mulled drinks menu to help out too!

I'd like to book a family lunch, can we still sit inside? Yes of course, as long as you are all one household you are welcome to dine with us inside.

How long can we stay for after our meal? You have a two hour time slot per booking

If friends join our table can we have another two hours? I'm afraid not, you would all have to order food again and that's only if the table wasn't rebooked.

 This is a whole new way of operating or us, again, so please do bear with us. Ultimately, our priority is for your experience to be as relaxed as possible whilst offering a safe, comfortable & welcoming environment for you all to enjoy. And it may all change again in a couple of weeks time!

BAR OPENING TIMES:

WEDS - FRI 4 - 10pm | SAT 12 - 10pm | SUN 12 - 8pm | 

FOOD TIMES:

WEDS - FRI 4-9pm & SAT 12-9pm | BUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS. dine in or takeout

SUN 12-5pm | SUNDAY ROAST MENU

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Stay safe & eat well!

Cheers, Vic, Tom & all the Crew.

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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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