The Sword Inn Hand - A countryside retreat for drinking, dining and relaxing.

The Sword Inn Hand is a 14th Century free house nestled in the beautiful rural Hertfordshire village of Westmill, a mile south of the market town of Buntingford. With bar, dining room, mature landscaped gardens and charming country inspired guest rooms, it is the perfect countryside retreat for drinking, dining and relaxing. Seasonal produce is delivered to us daily by our fantastic local suppliers, and we pride ourselves on serving delicious fine food and traditional ales. Our friendly yet professional customer service and warm, relaxing atmosphere inspires our lovely customers to return week after week, and welcomes new visitors from far and wide.

Delicious Fine Food

At The Sword Inn Hand our talented team of chefs create fine, tempting seasonal dishes created from fresh locally sourced produce. Our menu is varied to offer something for every taste, please take a look at our sample menus for inspiration.

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Four Country Inspired Guest Rooms

We have four available rooms with one premium featuring a roll top bath and four poster bed.

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Picturesque Rural Village Location

Our location in the beautiful cottage-lined village of Westmill, has views of the 13th Century Church of St. Mary the Virgin and out into the rural open countryside.


Landscaped Gardens & Outdoor Dining

Set in just over an acre of land, The Sword Inn Hand has the luxury of mature landscaped gardens and two patio areas for 'al fresco' dining. With a beautiful wisteria and grape vine canopy offering refreshing sun shade on our side patio, parasol covered seating to the rear patio, and more relaxed bench seating in our rear garden with views of the rolling fields beyond.


Charming Country Pub

The Pub

Our Story

Hannah and Jeremy
Hannah & Jeremy

Back in 2002, Jeremy joined the team as a young potwasher, working alongside his soon to be childhood sweetheart, now wife, Hannah. Jeremy worked his way up through the kitchen, and then out into the restaurant as a member of the front of house. After managing the pub, he became the landlord in 2012.

Since then, he has built around him a team of incredibly talented individuals, some coming through the ranks from an early age - recognised for their fantastic customer service, hardworking attitudes, friendly smiles, and all round knowledge of the hospitality industry.


Previously named "The Old House", The Sword Inn Hand was a private dwelling owned by the noble Scottish Bellenden family until 1800, when local blacksmith Thomas Jackson rented the building from the Greg family, converting it into to a public house. The inn got its name from the imagery in the Greg family crest. Now a public house for over 200 years, The Sword Inn Hand has been the mainstay of the local community for generations, and remains the choice for many local residents, whilst attracting visitors from further afield.



Room at the Inn

At The Sword Inn Hand we enjoy calm, peaceful and well appointed surroundings and, as our guests, you can take pleasure in the unique quality and charm of our luxury, en-suite guest rooms. Renovated at the beginning of 2020, each room is individually styled with splendid views over the garden, open countryside and the village church.

In our four stylish, country-inspired guest rooms, Ash, Beech, Chestnut and Oak, you will be able to relax and unwind in comfort. Whether you are on a well deserved weekend break or staying overnight on a business trip, spending the night in one of our rooms will leave you feeling bright and refreshed.

Our double guest rooms; Ash, Beech and Chestnut, include complimentary WIFI, Freeview television, Nespresso coffee machine and en-suite bathroom supplied with toiletries and fluffy towels. If you are looking for something a little extra-special, then our Oak room is for you. It is the largest of our four guest rooms with a beautiful king size four poster bed. The en-suite bathroom has a full size roll-top bath where you can soak away a busy day.

If you are staying with us during the week (Monday-Thursday) we offer a light breakfast in the comfort of your room which includes, bread for toast, butter, fruit preserves, a selection of cereals, milk, orange juice and tea/coffee. If you are staying with us on Friday or Saturday night, the next morning we invite you into the pub for a cooked, full English breakfast at 8.30am or 9.00am.

Please note: The pub closes on Sunday evenings at 6pm, so we kindly ask guests to check in before then.
Strictly no dogs allowed.

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