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"Pubs the Way They Used to Be"

We’re a town centre free house pub with Hertford’s only microbrewery. 

Created out of a former antiques shop front, The Old Cross Tavern opened in May 1999 with a desire to maintain the classic traditions of British pubs both in atmosphere and serving real ales in top condition. 

Our slogan is: “Pubs the Way They Used to Be”.  There is no piped music, TV or gaming machines - just great ale and good conversation.  And, the heartbeat of the Tavern is our customers and locals making it a friendly, stimulating and welcoming place to socialise and relax.

The Tavern is a multiple winner of CAMRA awards and a regular entrant in the Good Beer Guide since 2000.

Two open fireplaces and courtyard.



Pub: 01992 583 133
Office: 01992 558 061



8 St. Andrew Street
Hertford, Herts
SG14 1JA



Mon-Thurs 4:30pm–11pm
Fri 4pm–midnight
Sat Noon-midnight
Sun Noon–10:30pm



It is best to pop in and see what beers we have on offer.

Our beers come from an amazing wide range of British breweries brewing ales of an exceptional quality and diversity of styles. 

There are 8 hand pumps with 6-7 in use most of the time.  Our beers usually change daily with beers of differing tastes, styles and strengths available on any given day.

You name it and we’ve served it:  beers that are light, hoppy, bitter, malty, fruity, chocolaty, spicy, gingery, herbal and coffee flavoured with colours across the spectrum (pale, golden, copper, chestnut, amber, brown, ruby and dark).   There is something for everyone to sample from sessionable pints of English bitter, green hopped IPAs, elderflower brews, and dark milds to imperial stouts.

A beer from the Old Cross Tavern’s microbrewery is usually a regular offer.   Our brews include:  Brewers Gold, Cascade, Elderado, GERTCHA!  and many more.  

Timothy Taylor’s Brewery award winning ‘Landlord’ beer - classic ale with a golden amber colour (abv 4.3%) is a regular fixture on the bar.  

There is almost always a dark beer (milds, stouts, porters) on the hand pumps for those who like to sample the dark arts of brewers.

Check our ‘Coming Soon’ display of pump clips of beers that are on the premises and in the queue for ‘next up’ on to the stillage and then the hand pumps.  

On offer is also a collection of bottled beers.  These include Belgian, German wheat and non-alcoholic beers.  In the Belgian beer range, the choices cover Trappist, traditional, honey, dark and fruit beers (cherry, mango, strawberry, and raspberry). 

  • Aspall Suffolk Cider (5.5%) on tap
  • Lagers – Bittburger (4.8%) and Becks Vier (4.0%) on tap
  • Wines (red, white, rosé) and Prosecco
  • Malt Whiskies and Spirits
  • Soft Drinks and Juices 
  • Bar Snacks:  Pork Pies, Scotch Eggs, Pickled Eggs, Crisps, Nuts 

Where to find us

A 10 minute (approx) walk from Hertford East or Hertford North train stations.

Junction of Old Cross
8 St. Andrew Street
Hertford, Herts
United Kingdom SG14 1JA


Contact Us


Office : 01992 558 061
Pub : 01992 583 133