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Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel
Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel

Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.redcoats.co.uk
  • Email: sales@redcoats.co.uk
  • Phone: 0143 872 9500
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:15am - 9:00am; Saturday & Sunday: 8:15am - 9:30am;
    Morning Coffee: Monday - Sunday 9:00am - 11:00am;
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Afternoon Tea: Monday - Saturday 3:00pm - 5:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: English, French, Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Scott Liversedge
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are very selective about our suppliers and work closely with them to ensure that our high standards are maintained.

    Where possible we source locally – for example partridge, pheasant and free range eggs all come from a ten mile radius. We choose to go to Scotland for our beef and to Northern Ireland for our Finnebrogue venison as we believe both of these meats to be exceptional.

    In the spring and summer our poly tunnel provides the kitchen with herbs, lettuce and tomatoes. Our raspberries, apples, pears, plums and wild blackberries feature regularly in our dishes.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have three dining rooms which can all be used as private dining rooms - the Conservatory seats up to fifty, the Victorian Room seats up to twenty-four and the Oak Room seats up to sixteen.

    We cater for a wide variety of functions including parties, meetings, wedding receptions, christenings and funerals. All of our rooms are licensed for wedding ceremonies.

    Please speak to Liz for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Liz Storer 0143 872 9500

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Stevenage and Hitchin Railway Stations on the Kings Cross to Edinburgh line.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: We have two car parks one on either side of the hotel.
A word from Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel
Redoats Farmhouse is a 15th Century Family run Restaurant with rooms and has been in the Butterfield family since the early nineteen hundreds.

In many ways we haven’t changed much over the past 40 years – we still believe in old fashioned hospitality, high quality modern-style food and good times.

From the moment you arrive at Redcoats we try to put you at ease and allow the welcoming atmosphere to envelope you.

We put much thought, care and passion into everything we do. Our Head Chef, Scott Liversedge and his team produce award winning, seasonal menus using the very best ingredients. Scott has managed to achieve a prestigious AA rosette award for his food and retain this for 8 years running. We are working very hard to achieve our second one.
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Redcoats is in a wonderful country location. It has a more more 'mature' clientele than the central Hitchin restaurants and the service was attentive and traditional (think white tea towels over forearms). What really shone was the food. Our meal was faultless...tasty, and perfectly cooked. Considering I had the vegetarian option this was even more impressive. Can't wait to return.."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Delicious food, lovely small dining rooms so everyone had their own space. For the quality, the price was less than expected. Lovely atmosphere and very good service."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "The food at this restaurant is excellent, interesting choice of dishes and nice variety of tastes on the plate, however the staff are not very attentive and this lets the whole establishment down. Otherwise excellent value for money and the food is of good quality and i would recommend it on this basis if they can sort out their staff to pay attention to all diners rather than just the people they know!"
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Excellent experience. Normally preferring red meet, I like to choose fish if it looks like it could be well cooked. I took the risk here and was well rewarded. Scallops are a particular favourite of mine but rarely are they cooked to my taste, usually being cooked too long and losing their appeal. Here they were cooked to perfection and started the meal well. I decided also to go for fish as a main course as the menu description attracted me and I was not let down, with the fish again being cooked just enough. I am normally not a desert person but induldged on this ocasion and again it was very good. Nice surroundings excellent attentive staff and a feel of a establishment clearly trying to make sure their guests have the best experience."
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "It is becoming a tradition - my other half will insist on having her Birthday on the same day every year! So, it's off to Redcoats with our collective of five (adult) kids, their partners and sometimes a couple of others. The staff are always friendly, the food superb (recommend the chateaubriand) and the wine list more than adequate."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "great food, great atmosphere, attentitive staff well worth every penny."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Redcoats has the worst service I have ever received. Our 3 course lunch took almost 3 hours (there were 5 of us in the party), no one checked back on us at any point, and the wait between courses was ludicrously long. No one apologised for the wait and when I did mention it upon paying I was given an unpleasant look. I have emailed Redcoats to complain and was told (by the sales team) that I would be contacted by the manager. 12 days went by and nothing, so I emailed again, and was told the same thing again. That was 5 days ago. No wonder the waiting staff are so terrible, as the managerial team obviously don’t care about their customers, and that is the example they are setting to their staff. Such a shame as the food was delicious."
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "Lovely character building with nice food to match. Not cheap but worth a visit"
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Excellent and innovative food.Service rather slow as they had a very large party in."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "My partner and i went for our anniversary and the beautiful setting and truly amazing food really made it a special evening. However, it was a little on the pricey side!"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to our meal here as we had been before many year's ago. We felt the tables were to close together to enjoy our meal. I decided to order one of the recommended steaks, which was also one of the more expensive ones. I was extremely disappointed with the steak, it was tough and very difficult to eat. All in all an expensive evening without the quality I was expecting."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "Food was good although limited menu, we were seated in a side room which was very pokey and lacking atmosphere it would have been better in the conservatory"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "The food and overall service were excellent, food arived in a timely manner and was well presented. Enjoyed the experience and cant understand why I have not been back before, my last visit was thirty years ago but this time I WILL BE BACK SOOONER!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "This was our third visit. We love the chance to sit by the fire with pre-dinner drinks and the food is very good. Only two things could make it outstanding. 1. Vegetarian options that don't involve cheese. There's lots of interesting vegetarian food these days. It would be great to see the restaurant do something innovative. 2. The music didn't fit the surroundings. Jazz, classical, easy listening, chill out, anything relaxed would add to the ambience. Also the volume was set very low."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Enjoyed a great lunch at the Redcoats. Service, food and ambience was just about perfect and lunch was outstanding value for money given the high quality of everything on offer."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "Short and sweet - Arrived to a pleasant roaring log fire in the lounge, greeted and offered drinks there. Chose our food and dining drinks. Sat back and relaxed as best as poss before being called through to the restaurant. Shame that there was a reception desk in the lounge though. Not too private for the guest to relax in. The food was sublime and service was pleasant indeed. Only negative in restaurant was that every now and then, in the wonderful settings, strange music would be played into the restaurant. Eg I was there celebrating a romantic evening with my wife at Redcoat Farmhouse hotel when suddenly Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel would get played. Amazing value. Can't wait to return."
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "My cousin and I wanted something a little special for her birthday. Her mum (my aunt ) died in February and my mum (her aunt) died on boxing day. Between us we had a pretty awful year. My cousin likes beef as long as it is pretty rare. The waitress explained that the beef came medium but was cooked rare. A request for it to come out that way was met. The waitress explained that would be a 20 minute wait as I had requested partridge, carved by the chef. Food come out piping hot and beautifully cooked. Wont even mention the fresh bread (yes I will) . Baked on the premises. My cousin said olive bread was the best ever and the beef nothing like she had had for a very long time. The ambience was relaxing. very relaxing and enjoyable experience"
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "We stayed under the dinner, bed and breakfast rate and it was an exceptional experience from start to finish: a very warm welcome from the manager/owner, drinks by the fire, delicious food and wine, a comfortable room and a very good breakfast. Service outstanding and friendly. We will certainly go back, thanks!"
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "We have eaten here about 2 or 3 time a year for most of the last 20 years when we moved to Hitchin as it was then known to be THE place to eat locally. And it still is despite Hitchin now having a plethora of chain restaurants but not one compares with Redcoats in ambience, presentation and the choice of food and wine. Taking this into account Redcoats offers real value for money despite its slightly higher prices than the competition. It is naturally still very popular, especially for the bargain Sunday lunch when an early reservation is essential. Of the several dining areas our preference is for the Conservatory with its views of the attractive gardens especially when in season."
    dined on 19/01/2014
  • "We have been to Redcoats many times and 90% of the time it has been excellent. Friday 13th wasn't. The starter was excellent. My wife's chicken wellington was excellent - the only criticism was that there was too much on the plate. My roast turkey was not so good. Compressed reformed turkey is not what I would expect of Redcoats, it was also dry and had very little taste. There was also far too much on the plate. After the mains were cleared we were given the dessert menu and left alone to choose. After a 20 minute wait (during which time there was a noticeable absence of staff in the restaurant) we decided enough was enough and forego dessert and coffee. Still no staff in the restaurant so we went to the bar, paid and left"
    dined on 13/12/2013
  • "Never fails to impress. The food is great. The real ale is brought up from the cellar in a jug. This is a great place for an infomal lunch with friends or business associates. Highly recommended."
    dined on 03/12/2013
  • "We had lunch and stayed overnight, having breakfast. Lunch offered a good choice, the ambience and the service was friendly and of very high quality. The food itself was delicious, and the breakfast, which provided an excellent choice, in the morning incredible - filling and tasty to put it mildly. The overall impression was of a charming place with very friendly staff. And they are dog-friendly too."
    dined on 29/11/2013
  • "Though my food was very nicely presented and well cooked, my wife's choices were not, with the staff uninterested in why so much was left on the plate. The food was adequate, though we were charged full fare rather than the meal deal that we should have received. The service was very poor. we had to wait over an hour to be seated and were thereafter poorly attended, even though there were only five other groups of diners in the room."
    dined on 15/11/2013
  • "Quirky bar and waiting area. Lovely to sit by an open fire whilst waiting for table and choosing your meal. Restaurant is bright and airy and tables are not crammed together."
    dined on 16/11/2013
  • "delicious shared pate starter followed be steaks that were tasty, tender and cooked to perfection. We look forward to the next such special night"
    dined on 13/11/2013
  • "We went to 'Redcoats for their Wednesday night steak evening. You can have an 8oz rump with excellent chips for just £15 or pay more for a different cut. Before the meal is served a small, beautifully presented taster of two other rare cuts are served as a starter. They really know how to cook steak well at Redcoats and I recommend the steak night as good quality and good value."
    dined on 13/11/2013
  • "It was a 1 year wedding anniversary , so we hoped for impeccable service, ambience, romance and to feel special. we got this at Redcoats. after a welcome glass of champagne by the open fire, we reminisced about our wedding, once we ordered our meals from the very extensive although i would say slightly expensive menu. we were offered a taster which as lovely. the Wine was superb and we were not over serviced. the room was a little cold, being the conservatory and would have benefited from some heaters but with all the food we soon warmed up. the Dessert of cherry cake was divine and we had a lovely meal."
    dined on 02/11/2013
  • "Absolutely wonderful meal - food outstanding, a warm welcome and friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended if you would like to eat somewhere that is that little bit special. Lovely cosy, intimate atmosphere. We look forward to our next visit!"
    dined on 03/11/2013
  • "This was a Birthday Sunday lunch for my wife and it was outstanding . I would recommend this for any special occasion or event."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "We had a wonderful evening at Redcoats celebrating my Husband's 50th birthday. Right from our arrival we were made to feel welcome, and when one of our party of 10 was delayed, the Staff were understanding and even brought out some canapés to eat with our drinks in the bar - a very nice touch we thought. Dinner was piping hot, delicious with excellent service. A relaxed and enjoyable evening was had by all with great compliments from our guests!"
    dined on 05/10/2013
  • "This is a great place for a treat. It's our third visit and it is always special. Guests are treated well and the restaurant is just that little bit different. A classy, country feel to a lovely old building of distinction. I had delicious Chicken and Wild Mushrooms en croute with rosti. Splendid. The owner was thoughtful enough to telephone me in advance to advise us of road works and to take an alternative route. Highly recommended."
    dined on 03/10/2013
  • "Very nice selection on the menu - difficult to choose. We liked the relaxed atmosphere- no need to dress up unless you want to. Very friendly and helpful staff. We thought it was a bit on the expensive side, but everything was nice"
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "Having been referred by some of my Canadian friends I was prepared to be impressed, and I was. Seating was prompt and friendly as was the service, the food was excellent and arrived piping hot ( a personal measure of quality). It truly was a wonderful dining experience, and the comprehensive wine cellar was certainly appreciated."
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "We returned here in June for my wife's significant birthday - Having first dined here 25 years ago. We had a fantastic birthday evening with friends and we vowed to return for lunch. Our meal from the lunch menu was everything we expected - Lovely quality food that was very well presented, attentive service without being rushed, and a great view of the beautiful gardens from our table in the conservatory. Excellent selection of wines - We had the South African Pinotage which complimented our meal perfectly. Looking forward to finding another excuse to return soon."
    dined on 25/09/2013
  • "I booked this restaurant as were were feed-up with restaurants offering good quality food out of a packet! From the pictures the place exudes ambiance and we were not disappointed it was a special lunch for my mothers birthday. She was really taken with the artifacts that adorn the rooms, many of which brought back many memories to her and took great delight in reminiscing her past encounters with them. The food was of exceptional quality, the presentation was excellent and the staff were attentive and helpful. The best meal we have had out for a long time. We Shall be coming back."
    dined on 25/08/2013
  • "Really nice location and bulding has a touch of class with out being over the top. Service very good as is the food and the wine list. Real ale very good for a restaraunt too. Good selection to choose from all round. A very nice evening all round i think a little on the dear side if im honest but will go again im sure a a speciel treat at £169.00 for two all in not something i could make a habit unfortunatly!"
    dined on 21/09/2013
  • "Visited Stevenage for a business meeting with 2 colleagues. Happened upon Redcoats with no prior knowledge thanks to Top Table. Really excellent meal - helpful efficient service, great choice of food, terrific value. Sophisticated food in traditional quantities. Could only manage 2 courses and if I had room would have eaten the starter again (mixed wild mushrooms with garlic and cheese on toast) as a dessert it was so good. Or maybe not, because the desserts looked great as well. I had to stay on after the meal for a couple of hours and I just sat and worked in one of the cosy lounges - was even given a free espresso to keep me going. Can't wait for the next meeting!"
    dined on 10/09/2013
  • "The staff were very welcoming and attentive, not overbearing though. It was our 10th wedding anniversary, so just the two of us, for a romantic evening. We ordered from the 'A La Carte Menu'. We ate in the conservatory, which overlooks the garden. The food was fantastic, worth every penny. We have already recommended to friends and family and even though we live a couple of miles away, are thinking about possibly booking a room and staying over. We had booked a cab to take us home afterwards, but unfortunately someone else took our cab!!! The owner offered to drive us home, which was very sweet and unexpected!!! But really, we cannot do the food justice by comments, it has to be tried!! We will definitely be going back!!!"
    dined on 06/09/2013
  • "The weather was favourable, the ambience was relaxing and the food was exquisite."
    dined on 03/09/2013
  • "Excellent food from sensible menu, access for disabled not obvious."
    dined on 21/08/2013