Ware, a market town set in the English county of Hertfordshire, is 25 miles north of central London. Trains from Ware Station to central London’s Liverpool Street Station take around 45 minutes. Traces of Ware’s human occupation go back more than 5,000 years, to the Middle Stone Age, and the Romans were certainly there later. Now, the town has many buildings dating back as far as the 16th century. Ware has one hotel and one inn, with other lodging choices in the surrounding countryside and towns.
The Tap Bar
A family-run bar, cafe, restaurant and hotel with four bedrooms, the Tap Bar in Ware occupies a former coaching inn. The hotel’s main bar is to the rear of the building and leads onto a courtyard garden. The on-site restaurant serves dishes from around the world, including choices from Britain, Mexico and Greece. Other nearby dining options include Jacoby’s, set in 16th-century Churchgate House and serving a British and Mediterranean menu, and the Temple Bar & Restaurant, offering dishes from India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
The Roebuck Hotel
Occupying a converted 19th-century townhouse with modern additions in Ware, the Roebuck Hotel has 49 guest rooms. The hotel has a bar, and the on-site Hamilton’s Restaurant serves an international menu. Other restaurants within a few minutes’ walk include the family-run Sala Thai Restaurant and Sfizio, which serves Italian food. For a traditional English pub experience, try the half-timbered, 17th-century Albion on Crib Street, a three-minute walk from the Roebuck. The pub serves hand-pulled ales like Adnams and Flowers, and a bar menu.
Fanhams Hall Hotel
Set in a splendid Jacobean manor house with 77 bedrooms and many original features, Fanhams Hall Hotel is a five-minute drive from the center of Ware. Formal English gardens featuring topiary, fountains and flowerbeds surround the hotel. The on-site restaurant serves a modern British menu and offers traditional afternoon teas that include scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The small museum in the town of Hertford, a 15-minute drive from Fanhams Hall, has a collection of artifacts illustrating the history of the local area.
The Feathers Hotel Wadesmill
Housed in a 19th-century building with 31 bedrooms and a beer garden, the Feathers Hotel Wadesmill was originally a 17th-century coaching inn with stables for up to 100 horses. The on-site bar and restaurant, with brick walls and an open fireplace, serves British dishes with Mediterranean influences, bar snacks and a choice of traditionally brewed ales. The Whitehill Golf Club’s 18-hole course, a 10-minute drive from the Feathers, welcomes visiting players. Ten miles from the hotel, the Paradise Wildlife Park’s animal collection includes tigers, camels and penguins.