Run by co-owners Aude and Laurent Brydniak since 2008, The Waggoners offers a selection of classic pub meals as well as a seasonal à la carte menu.
The kitchen, run by our head chef, has created a menu inspired by quintessential French dishes with a modern twist. We also offer an extensive and well balanced wine list.
Our beautiful dining space, made up of 4 interconnecting rooms, fits around you. Our outside space comprises large outdoor seating and a private petanques (boules) pitch. A marquee is also available on request. Whatever the occasion, The Waggoners is the perfect setting for your function.
From intimate private dining for a special occasion, we have the facilities to accommodate larger parties of up to 90 guests, with a car park for up to 70 cars.
Private use of the Waggoners on Sunday evenings and Mondays is now available, price starting at £180.
To book a table, please use our online booking service. For special requests or large parties of more than 8 guests, please call us on 01707 324 241. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.Book A Table Now
The Waggoners has not changed its use for over 400 years, although when first built it is believed to have been housing for workers at Brocket Hall. It has always served drink and food but the custom that visits the area has changed as it was primarily used as a coaching inn, hence the name.
The Waggoners, along with The Shoulder of Mutton (The Red Lion) was the last pub at the top of the Mountain Slow. During its oldest period The Waggoners would have been the more dominant of pubs catering for commercial transport of the times. The Waggoners was built on level ground enabling waggon drivers not to labour their horses immediately after their rest by pulling loads up-hill from a standing start especially after still being worn out from the long drag up Mountain Slow.
Infamous brothers, the Fox twins would drink in The Waggoners, well remembered as poachers, they looked so alike their best friends could not tell them apart. The story told about the two characters is whenever one was summoned to appear at the police court the other would present himself to answer the charge. Needless to say they were invariably able to prove ones innocence every time and consistently made the prosecution look foolish.
The Waggoners is a favourite with local walkers, being situated on various fantastic routes, including the Centenary Walk.
The Waggoners can also be reached from Welwyn Garden City by taking a relaxing stroll through Sherrardspark Wood, a local nature reserve.
Just a few minutes walk away, Brocket Hall also offers a lovely walk through its grounds and is, of course, an excellent golf course.
For those wanting to enjoy other activities, the Waggoners boasts its own petanque (boules) pitch and invites you to come and enjoy one of our tournaments in the summer.