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A 19th century former inn, the Battle Axes pub has a spacious terrace for outdoor dining, as well as a warm and inviting interior with hidden nooks and crannies, ideal for romantic dinners. Overlooking the majestic grounds of Aldenham House, home to the famous Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, and just a ten minute amble to the beautiful Aldenham Country Park, this charming country pub is conveniently located five minutes from Junction 4 of the M1, and less than 18 miles from Central London. Nearby Borehamwood is home of the famous Elstree Film Studios, where TV shows as diverse as The Tweenies, A League of Their Own, Strictly Come Dancing and The Saint have been filmed. Indeed, in 1968, The Battle Axes pub was featured in an episode of The Saint. With its rural location and spacious terrace, The Battle Axes pub is ideal for al fresco summer eating, whilst inside diners and drinkers will find plenty of period charm, including exposed beams, open fires and cosy nooks and crannies, the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening meal. Visit any day of the week and enjoy a tantalising menu of delicious pub food, including traditional Sunday roasts and seasonal dishes, complemented by a fine wines and hand-pulled real ales. The Battle Axes pub’s history is intertwined with that of the Aldenham House Estate, and can be traced back to 1840, when it was known as The Wrestlers. The estate was one of the broadest in Hertfordshire, stretching all the way from Aldenham Village, past where Elstree Aerodrome now stands, and beyond to the Aldenham reservoir. The landowner at the time was Henry Hucks Gibbs, the 1st Baron of Aldenham. Mr Gibbs was an ambitious and successful man. He made his fortune trading guano, a type of fertilizer, during the middle part of 19th century.