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 Victoria pub....... everyone's favourite local!

OPEN from Thurs 16th JULY

It's been far too long but it feels so good to be back Hitchin. Quite a lot has changed since we last saw you so we have some new house rules that we would really appreciate if you read before visiting (see below). The main changes are that we ask you to only use the side entrance gate, there is no bar service, operating full table service both internally & externally, there is now a unisex toilet, max of 6 people per table and no moving tables. We are only taking bookings for Sunday roast this week to dine internally, otherwise walk-in's are welcome for all food whilst we have available space for you. We'll be taking a lot from this reopening weekend so please feel free to pass on constructive criticism. Ultimately we want the whole experience to be as relaxed as possible whilst offering a comfortable, safe & welcoming environment for you all to enjoy.

OPENING WEEKEND BAR OPENING TIMES:

WEDS 4 - 11pm | THURS 4 - 11pm | FRI 4 - Midnight | SAT 2 - Midnight | Sun 12 - 10pm

FOOD TIMES:

Bun Lovin' Criminals Burgers, fries & sides ... THURS 4 - 9pm | FRI 4 - 9pm | SAT 2 - 9pm ... available to eat in (no bookings) or takeaway, please call for takeaway pre-orders 01462 432682

Sunday Roast ... SUN 1 - 4pm ... available to eat in (bookings internally only) or takeaway, please call to book or to place a takeaway order 01462 432682

We look forward to seeing you.

Cheers, Vic, Tom & all the Crew.

House Rules

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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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