Berkhamsted is a charming historic town located in Hertfordshire, England, known for its picturesque setting along the Grand Union Canal. The town features a mix of architectural styles, with a blend of ancient buildings and modern amenities, making it a popular destination for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful, scenic getaway.
If you are visiting the town of Berkhamsted and are looking for restaurants, this guide is for you!
These restaurants are ranked in no particular order, and it is not an exhaustive list.
Lussmanns Sustainable Kitchen
Lussmanns is an independent, multi-award-winning restaurant group built on the core principle that it is possible to be ethical and profitable. Since 2002, Lussmanns have pioneered sustainable dining, advocating for local sourcing, promoting organic, high-welfare farming and serving MSC certified fish. Additionally, their restaurants run on green energy and they recycle 100% of all waste. Notably, they have earned a spot on the Sunday Times’ roster of the 100 Best Places to Eat in the UK.
The Highwayman is part of the acclaimed Heartwood Collection, a series of award winning pubs and brasseries. They are committed to building a sustainable menu in collaboration with partners who share a deep enthusiasm for premium food sourcing, quality and exceptional culinary skills. Indulge in their seasonal menus that honour the fresh, vibrant flavours that the times of year bring.
Herb-crusted lamb roulade
Tabure is a family run restaurant, drawing its inspiration from the owner’s childhood in Turkey, where age-old recipes have been handed down and perfected through generations. Tabure serves a diverse variety of flavours from the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asia, using fresh ingredients from local, sustainable sources.
157-159 High Street
The Fat Buddha
The Fat Buddha is a multi award winning Indian restaurant, being voted the nation’s best Curry Restaurant at the 2021 prestigious Curry Life Awards. Their Indian dishes are all freshly prepared to order, offering the authentic flavours and aromas of India.
Tandoor king prawns
Situated in a beautifully restored cinema from 1938, The Gatsby provides a relaxed and sophisticated setting, adorned with 1930s art-deco. They serve modern European cuisine, prepared using the highest-quality ingredients. You can unwind in the ambiance, accompanied by live piano music.
97 High Street, Berkhamsted Hertfordshire
Indulge in authentic Italian food, beneath the enchanting ambiance of a 200-year-old olive tree decorated with twinkling fairy lights. Zaza serves hand prepared dishes, made with fresh ingredients and products thoughtfully imported from Italy, including authentic buffalo mozzarella and artisan meats. With its contemporary decor, matched with mouthwatering food and extensive wine list derived from Italy’s twenty regions, Zaza is an unforgettable dining destination.
Lamb ragu fettuccine
The Olive Tree
Inspired by the owner’s grandmother and her belief that ‘fresh works best and what the earth provides, you supply’, The Olive Tree serves fresh, traditional Greek food. While dining here you will feel like you’re stepping into the ambiance of Greece, with white-washed panelled walls, imported Greek stone feature walls and the bougainvillaeas.
Per Tutti, meaning ‘for everyone’ is a small, family run restaurant that specialises in serving authentic Italian dishes. All food is lovingly prepared, using fresh seasonal produce, sourced from local suppliers and specialist Italian importers. A visit to Per Tutti promises an exceptional dining experience.
The Meating Room
The Meating Room provides a quality focused, gourmet burger dining experience. Their 100% traceable British Beef burgers are hand pressed daily and are made using fresh, ethical ingredients. Additionally, The Meating Room focuses on providing a nutritious children’s menu, while allowing for some treats.
The house burger
Rosanna's Sicilian Kitchen
At Rosanna’s, you’ll enjoy authentic Sicilian cuisine. Their recipes have been shared and passed down through families and friends in Sicily for many years. From their colourful breakfast and brunch menu, to their daily-prepared fresh pasta dishes and delectable homemade cakes, you will experience some of the true flavours in Sicilian cuisine.
Risotto ai funghi
Head chef and founder, Andy has accumulated extensive culinary expertise through years of cooking in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore before moving to the UK. Andy now hopes to introduce a fresh and inventive approach to Oriental Fusion Cuisine, blending tantalising flavours to make exquisite dishes. SZEN menu is built around the changing seasons, and only uses fresh and quality ingredients in their dishes.
Salt and pepper squid
Thai Cottage offers a traditional Thai dining. The restaurant’s interior is adorned with antique furnishings imported directly from Thailand, including teak tables, chairs, and panelling. The Head Chef previously held the position at Bahn Khanitha restaurant, a six-time consecutive winner of the title ‘Best Thai restaurant in Bangkok.’ Your dining experience here is guaranteed to be truly mouth watering, authentic experience.
One of the pivotal events that solidified 1066 as the most renowned date in English history occurred in Berkhamsted. It was here that Saxon leaders extended the English crown to William the Conqueror following his triumph in the Battle of Hastings and his devastating march, which strategically encircled London.
Berkhamsted is home to Berkhamsted Castle, a well-preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castle, and the Ashridge Estate, a beautiful area of woodlands and parkland managed by the National Trust.
Berkhamsted is situated on the West Coast Main Line.