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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Ware

This pretty riverside town has oodles of character, and great independents. and as they say, it's very much 'on the up' right now. Find out why... Top 200 Places to Live series.


The Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live 2017’. A leafy town with around 18,000 residents, Ware is known for its peaceful riverside setting and its beautiful Grade I listed Priory. Wander along the towpath to find buzzing bars and restaurants and a sort of mini Docklands, where many of the old maltings have been converted into cool contemporary flats.


For coffee and cake etc. pop into family bakers, Simmons, Café Truly Scrumptious or the Ware Coffee Lab. Depending on the time of day, you can enjoy coffee or Cab Sauv at The Exhibitionist Cafe/Bar, which also offers art exhibitions as well as live music and comedy. The Saracen’s Head bar and restaurant is a favourite riverside haunt and for evening drinks and dining, why not try the Quiet Man, Brewery Tap or The Snug Bar (kitchen & cocktails) for drinks. The Sea Tree is also a great shout for posh fish and chips. 


Great independent finds include Clock Cards; The Book Nook (complete with tearoom); furniture maker and seller, Wood Bros; Silver 54 Jewellers; and the delightful Crate of Wool. If it’s country pursuits you’re into, why not trot on over to Red Rae Lifestyle and Country Store.


Ventura Wildlife Park. The kids will love the unusual animals – like kangaroos, zebras and emus, and, the Van Hage Garden Centre is on the same site – complete with a miniature railway. Cute.


For a large Victorian detached property in Ware, you’re looking at £1 million +, but there are lots of cool apartments and terraces available for a quarter of the price. A few great estate agents in Ware include Elliot Heath, Dreampad and Fine & Country.



Great local independents include: Bishop’s Stortford College,  Haileybury (co-ed, senior), St Edmund’s College (co-ed, Senior & Prep reviews and St Joseph’s in The Park (co-ed, prep).


The Ware Festival. Held each July, this bright and cheerful community event involves decorated boats, raft races and live music.


22.3 miles. The station provides commuters with easy access to the capital, with connections to London Liverpool Street and Tottenham Hale taking between 30 and 45 minutes.

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