Three Horseshoes

Spellbrook Lane East, Spellbrook, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM22 7SE

Summer is turning to Autumn and our thoughts are turning to cosy nights by the fire with friends and maybe a glass of wine or two. Our delicious new menu celebrates the best of season and some new classics for a hearty supper. There is always a warm welcome waiting for you at Three Horseshoes.

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Located in leafy Spellbrook on the old London turnpike road, close to the River Stort, The Three Horseshoes is a picturesque thatched-roof country pub and former coaching inn. Originally a Tudor farmhouse of fairytale appearance, this Grade II listed inn dates back at least to the 16th century. Sited at a strategic location on the road from London to Cambridge and East Anglia, close to the vital river crossing at nearby Bishop’s Stortford.

The establishment of the Hockerill Turnpike Trust in the 18th century led to improved coach roads and the introduction of a mail coach service in 1785, but it was the development of the shallow and meandering River Stort into a ‘Navigation’ in 1769, allowing long barges filled with grain and malt to reach London, that transformed Bishop’s Stortford’s flourishing malting industry.

Passing close to The Three Horseshoes at Spellbrook Lock, today the River Stort Navigation is a tranquil haven, and the five mile stretch from Bishop’s Stortford railway station to the pretty market town of Sawbridgeworth is an attractive riverside stroll past water meadows, locks, weirs and thatched cottages. The remains of Iron Age Wallbury hill fort overlook the river on the banks opposite this historic pub restaurant.

Set in the tranquil Stort Valley, The Three Horseshoes offers a warm welcome to all who visit this historic thatched-roof 16th century inn. With an extensive pub menu and seasonal specials, it’s the perfect way to savour traditional pub food and leisurely Sunday lunches.

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  • About the Three Horseshoes

    Enjoy traditional pub food in Hertfordshire at the stunning old English country pub, The Three Horseshoes on Spellbrook Lane. Located just 2 miles south of Bishop’s Stortford, yet in the heart of the countryside near the banks of the Stort Navigation, we offer warm hospitality and an excellent pub menu.

    Whether dining indoors amid exposed beams and low-slung ceilings or sipping a cold pint in our beer garden on a balmy English summer day, this 16th century former farmhouse is an enchanting place to enjoy traditional pub food and drink.

    Family Friendly

    All the family is welcome at The Three Horseshoes. We’re a child-friendly pub with high chairs and baby changing facilities, as well as a tasty Chef & Brewer children’s menu. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed inside the pub however we do have a lovely beer garden, situated next to a brook, where they are welcome to join the family.

    Coaches Welcome

    If you are planning a trip to Spellbrook, Bishops Stortford or Sawbridgeworth, we will be happy to welcome your coach party at The Three Horseshoes. Simply contact us in advance so we can make your visit as pleasurable as possible. Call us today.

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    • Car Parking
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Family Friendly
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    • Meeting Rooms
    • Wifi
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