A TRADITIONAL ENGLISH PUB STEEPED IN HISTORY, the hand & heart is built into SANDSTONE CAVEs that date back to saxon times.
Famous for our fantastic selection of real ales & ciders, a carefully chosen cellar of fine wines, and an extensive range of whiskeys, our pub is full of character and quirks: from the cave restaurant to the garden room conservatory, piano snug and more.
Since opening in 2008 We've won numerous CAMRA awards and become well known for our hearty home-cooked food and traditional Sunday lunches that have been described by some as "legendary!" and "epic!"
a long history OF BEER
The Hand & Heart started its commercial life in 1866 as a brewery. The building was originally comprised of a Georgian House with stables to the back and a cave below. The beers were brewed in the converted stables and dropped through a hole carved out of the ceiling of the cave for storage. Soon after, the Victorian shop front was added and it started to retail beer as a public house. In the early 60’s, the roof terrace was replaced by a glass conservatory. And in the 80’s a huge amount of neon lighting was installed (ahh! the 80’s).
After trading for many years, in 2004 the pub was closed and left almost derelict. Then in 2008 the building was finally bought by Dawn Underdown, a publican and restauranteur with many years experience of turning unloved pubs into buzzing locals. Dawn and her family spent the next six months fully renovating the pub, removing all sins of the 80’s and sourcing reclaimed antique furnishings to restore the pub to its former glory. Over the next few years a Victorian dining room - with a real wood fire - and a sheltered, green, smoking terrace were added.
These days the Hand and Heart serves as a dependable haven for locals and tourists alike, always offering the best variety of locally sourced beers and British fare.
THE HOUSE BREW
With our history it seemed only fitting that we should have our own, in house ale. So we asked award winning brewster Rachael at Dancing Duck to make us something special. Heavy handed is a deliciously well rounded copper coloured bitter, an all season winner and well balanced at 4% abv. And for our Tenth birthday we added a new brew, Light Hearted, A well hopped pale with a light bitterness.
The garden room & private dining
Upstairs at the hand and heart we have the perfect location for parties, meetings, and large dining groups. We've hosted weddings, birthdays, retirement celebrations, sword dancing and barbecues!
Our versatile space can be reserved or hired to suit your needs, with a capacity of up to 100 people, optional bar, bespoke buffet service.
We have a fantastic bunch menu that's perfectly suited for making meetings that little bit better . You can book a table and pre order a selection or order from the menu. We also do take away and delivery for our locals.
JOIN OUR TEAM
We're always looking to meet people as passionate about food and drink as we are. Our pub has a great working atmosphere thanks to our dedicated, sociable, and good humoured staff! Check here for our latest vacancies.
Christmas Eve – Open 12-6pm
Christmas Day– CLOSED
Boxing day - CLOSED
New Years Eve – 2nd Jan - CLOSED
Christmas Menu For 2018
Please note many of our dishes can be prepared Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian. Let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
This menu will be available from 1st December 2018 (excluding Sundays)
Booking and a deposit of £10 per head are required.
Please telephone (01159 582456) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an enquiry or reservation.