The Crooked Chimney, a country pub in Welwyn Garden City

We’ve got everything you need from a country pub near you. 

Serving the Lemsford community for more than 200 years, the building was originally a farmhouse called Hornbeam Hall. Its use as an inn dates back to 1756 when it was called The Chequers. In 1777 Searanckes Brewery of Hatfield acquired the building which remained as The Chequers until 1968 when it was renamed The Crooked Chimney after its distinctive crooked brick chimney.

Our menus are full of hearty favourites and country pub classics, as well as our seasonal dishes, and we’ll be ready with a well-stocked bar, including cask ales, fine wines and British gin to suit very taste - which will taste all the better when enjoyed either in our beautiful gardens or by our crackling log fires.

Charming country pubs in lovely locations

Serving the local community for more than 250 years, our pub is near Stanborough Reedmarsh, a magnet for bird watchers. There's a nature trail that follows the River Lee and two scenic lakes.

Whether you’re out walking your dog or just exploring the local area, there’s always plenty to do around The Crooked Chimney.