The Wellington at Welwyn

Welcome to The Wellington! Serving freshly prepared food, cocktails and coffee with an exciting wine list and a friendly team who are always happy to see our regular guests, and surprise and delight someone new by showing them what makes us special.

The Wellington is run by General Manager Ellie and Head Chef Rob who share a vision to offer the local community freshly prepared, authentic and delicious food that has something for everyone. They are both so excited to bring a new menu to The Wellington this Autumn and showcase everything this charming pub has to offer.

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Book a luxury boutique room with us today using the online booking system.

We have 6 beautiful hotel rooms here at The Wellington. Each room is different and has it’s own original features such as historic beams, vaulted ceilings, stunning views of the church, king size beds and roll top baths.

Room rates include cooked breakfast in the morning and all rooms come with modern facilities.

We are located in the heart of Old Welwyn, perfect for a weekend getaway, but also close to the following venues and attractions:

Hatfield House, Tewinbury Farm, Brocket Hall, Mill Green, Knebworth House, Coltsfoot Country Retreat, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Transport links to Central London.


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This is our go to place good food great Sauvignon Wine and nice atmosphere look forward to going and never disappointed Thanks for such great service. I chose off the Main Menu, friend chose of the Specials – both happy with our choices

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A powerful marriage of old and new

The Wellington at Welwyn (commonly known as ‘The Welly’) offers a powerful marriage of old and new, tradition and contemporary, proper and fresh. This is evident in the architecture, the food, the drink and the service. The setting is rustic & the service without pretension and of the highest standard.

Enjoy alfresco dining on our rustic and charming sun terrace or drinks in our riverside garden, with beautiful views over Welwyn village and St Mary’s Church grounds. Then retire inside in the evening to enjoy a real open fire, in our warm and welcoming candle lit restaurant.

Sundays are for Relaxing!

Whether it’s a delicious breakfast and fresh coffee to start you up, a Sumptuous Sunday roast with friends or loved ones, all paired with some fantastic wine and friendly service. We serve a selection of roasts from 12-6pm every Sunday alongside our A La Carte Menu and Chef’s Specials.

Part of The Community

We are proudly family friendly and community friendly. We love to get involved in local events, support the village and ensure there is something for everyone.

Car Park

Our restaurant and hotel has car parking for up to 40 cars, and is free to use for visitors of The Wellington. ANPR controls do operate in our car park Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm, visitors of The Wellington must register their number plate on the tablet at the bar on arrival. For our overnight guests, please request an overnight permit upon check in. 

Large Groups Welcome!

Big parties are welcome, just let us know in advance and we will ensure we can cater for your special event. Pre orders for food choices are required for tables of 12+ and must be submitted 7 days in advance.


We have won numerous Rosette Awards for Culinary Excellence. We are also certified with a 5‑star AA rating recognising our range of services, quality, bedrooms, bathrooms, cleanliness & cuisine.

Steeped in History

Once a longer building, The Wellington is assembled from three older buildings. To the North was the Boars Head, a 14th century Beer House. To the South The Swan a 13th Century Beer House and, perhaps, from the 11th Century, a Medieval Hall House. The Swan was licensed and we have a list of all the licensees since 1325!

Guests staying in Room 3 sleep under 11th century oak timbers and the cobbled access to the (now demolished) stables are still below the wooden floors in the centre of the restaurant, as are the flints of the Roman Road below the bar which led to a Mimram river ford, at the bottom of The Wellington’s gardens.

Why Welwyn?

Welwyn and The Wellington were detailed in Samuel Pepys diary during his 1664 travels when it was known as The Swan in Welling where he took supper and a bed for the night.
Welwyn is steeped in history and retains the Welwyn Roman Baths, which are open to the public.
Welwyn has been twinned with French village Champagne-sur-Oise since 1973, through the Welwyn Anglo-French Twinning Association.
Vincent van Gogh walked from London to visit his sister who stayed in Welwyn – a milestone celebrated by a blue plaque in Church Street.
St Mary's church in Welwyn dates back to Saxon times.
The River Mimram flows through Welwyn – the name of which means ‘willow’ in Old English, referring to the trees lining its banks. In Roman days the Mimram was navigable up to Welwyn.
Welwyn became an important stop for coaching inns, some of which are still pubs and restaurants.