Start the year off with one of the best Sunday Roasts in Hertfordshire, at neighbourhood gastropub The Silver Cup, set on a village green and perfectly placed for a rural New Year walk, with river rambles, nature reserves and ancient woodland nearby.
The flavour-packed Sunday Lunch menu is priced at £36 for two courses or £45 for three courses. Starters include a hearty Lamb Scotch Egg & Sriracha Yoghurt – using whole lamb bought from a local farmer, and Chicken Parfait Choux Bun & Apricot. Then for the main event, there’s the popular 42 Day Aged Sirloin of Beef – sourced from the Rare Breed Meat Company in Essex and Finclass in Smithfield – with Salt Baked Carrot & Watercress, and the Stone Bass, Bouillabaisse, Stuffed Courgette Flower & Ratatouille for something lighter. Mains are served with a Yorkshire Pudding, Duck Fat Potatoes & Market Greens. Sweet tooths can enjoy sweets such as Chocolate Delice, Caramel, Peanut & Milk Ice Cream or the Amarena Cherry & Almond Tart.
Head chef Matthew Reeder has worked in some of the top restaurants in London and Hertfordshire including Auberge du Lac, The Galvin Brothers and Anglo in Farringdon, where he was head chef.
Matthew and his team serve quality modern British dishes, praised for their imaginative flavour combinations, and they uses local produce sourced direct from ethical and sustainable producers wherever possible, including game from local farms and estates, wild food foraged in the countryside and seasonal fruit and vegetables.
They make their own bread, stock, and ice creams and they preserve the best fruit and vegetables by fermenting, pickling and curing to keep waste to a minimum. They buy whole animals and butcher them in the restaurant using every part of the animal. Fish and seafood is sourced as sustainably as possible, including hand-dived or picked scallops and oysters.
The Silver Cup is set on the edge of Harpenden Common and is minutes from the village High Street and the station, with high-speed links from London St Pancras (25 minutes).