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Kite at the Red Hart, Hitchin

Looking for a gastropub with a bit of a buzz? You’ll find the best of both worlds here, where excellent food and a thriving nightlife go hand-in-hand. We’ll be at the bar!

This lovingly refurbished 16th century coaching inn is handily located just off the main town square in Hitchin, and ticks all the boxes for a traditional pub – rustic charm, cask ales, bustling beer garden – but with a menu that goes well above and beyond your average pub grub.

Head Chef Matt Long brings his 16 years of experience to Kite, (having previously worked at award-winning venues like Luton Hoo and St Michael’s Manor).

Don’t worry, you’ll still find good old-fashioned British fare here, including a cracking Sunday roast, but with Matt’s contemporary twist. Expect gourmet burgers, posh sarnies and small plates at lunch time and modern classics like slow cooked beef suet pudding or pan roasted sea bream with shellfish tortellini on the dinner menu, as well as specials from their very own Fogarty charcoal oven.

What’s more, all ingredients are sourced locally where possible and during the summer they grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruit in an allotment at the back of the beer garden, meaning there’s always garden-fresh seasonal produce on the menu.

By night the place comes alive with live music from DJs and bands in the bar or beer garden. Plus there’s a fab wine and cocktail menu as well as a regularly changing craft beer list.

And if you’re planning an event, check out the dedicated function room on the second floor with its own private bar. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party buffet or three-course corporate dinner, Kite at the Red Hart will have you covered.

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