The Old Guinea

4.5
386 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
In the village of Ridge, set between Shenley and Potters Bar and dating back to 1826, The Old Guinea offers outstanding views of Hertfordshire countryside, with 150 garden and 50 internal seats- all offering good social distancing. Our varied menu offers choices to satisfy every taste with our famous pizzas, made with traditional fresh dough every day, Al forno dishes, salads and delicious ‘special’ options. Gluten-free and vegan choices are available and a children’s menu is offered. A large selection of good wines, beers and real ales complete our offering. Families are welcome and the garden is a dog friendly area.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 386 people are saying
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User2467
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing as always, some very loud guests at another table but can’t be helped, staff friendly

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sueF
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food good value and quality .Very busy for a monday lunch. Staff friendly and accommodating. Quite noisy as busy . Will definitely revisit

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Surge
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Halloumi Sticks and Veggie Calzone, both amazing!

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Foodie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Too loud and average food. Not sure what all the fuss was about this place from friends

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Roger
London
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great night out with friends, the food was tasty and service good. Cant fault anything, looking forward to my next meal here.

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reenz001
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply a beautiful place to have brunch! The team were welcoming and extremely attentive. I am a vegetarian and the menu selection was good with the staff accommodating substitutes when asked. Views in the garden section are simply stunning!

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FrancesC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service , food was delicious
Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and wonderful staff

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KetanG
London
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and selection of alcohol. Prices a bit high but the service was great

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HayleyJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice food and lovely staff every time
Shame they added peppers and cucumbers to the bruschetta. Onion tomato and pesto was fine

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IdeF
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden away in Ridge, with no passing trade and yet this little gem is always packed. I always make sure I book at the beginning of the week to get a Friday night table, pasta hors d’oeuvres and a pizza main also superb, the whole experience is five star. Ide’F. Ian

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered pasta and both dishes were delicious! The place is lovely, with great view. We will definitely go again.

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HelenF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

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JackieB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Lovely setting and nice menu but service was very rushed literally just put fork on the plate from finishing and they took the plates and straight away asked about desert. I had to ask them to slow down and give us a break and it wasn’t even really busy. A lot of waiting staff walking around waiting to ounce as soon as you finished which was very off putting. We had a 3 course meal in just under an hour, not what I was looking for for a late Saturday afternoon dinner.

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PaulP
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have lived within 10 minutes of the Old Guinea for 10 years, never visiting. Made our first visit on Saturday lunchtime, and thoroughly enjoyed. Friendly and helpful staff, great food, can’t wait to return with family and friends

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Gadgetsearcher
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast for 5 and. a small dog in the bar. Very nicely served.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to The Old Guinea and it was quite amazing. The quality of food and friendliness of staff was outstanding. I have never had Italian food as good as this outside of Italy.

We will return. No doubt about that!

I would wholeheartedly recommend The Old Guinea

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lollypop
London
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely service and quick deliverance of hot food

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RekhaD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was great but it was cold in there which really makes it uncomfortable. We did ask the heat to be turned up but did not notice a big difference. Diner was eating in their coats!

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RichardL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very easy to book online, easy to find, in a quaint lovely setting. Very cosy inside , an excellent menu and very nice food. Staff were friendly and polite

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vipLarryB
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, service, lovely staff everything is fantastic.

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OliviaW
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great as always. However the service left something to be desired sadly There was no explanation on the site about a breakfast then lunch menu difference and a switch over where you couldn't order anything, so it was very confusing when we arrived because we got a few different explanations from the staff. We then got asked to move because a big table was coming in but i feel like we should have been sat somewhere else to begin with so we didn't have to move with a small child. Lastly, the wrong meal was brought up for myself so I had to wait for a new one to be cooked. Overall just a few little things that overall just left us a bit frustrated.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all levels, looked after so well by Porsha and Sebastian

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vipJohnH
Hertfordshire
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is my first visit and the place obviously has been made into a very nice restaurant , the staff are very attentive and pleasant , the food is very good .
However it is just an Italian pizza and pasta restaurant and doesn't offer much else .
It appears to be a vibrant place and very popular .

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viprogerc
Hertfordshire
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely time with little grandsons,
Food great as usual, really enjoy coming here

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LindsayB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Italian restaurant. We went to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The food was great in taste and value. Service was brilliant. We will definitely go again. Highly recommended.

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Emma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch in convienient location close to M25/A1 interchange but with a rural feel. Easy parking, great place to meet friends travelling from different places. Pizzas were good, service friendly if a little on the slow side (don’t go in a rush) decent value for money. Will be returning!

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HayleyJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Portia and maybe Jasmine were so lovely. Our food was perfect. We prefer to not have cucumber and peppers on our bruschetta, we like tomato onion and pesto. We had plenty of food

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KateM
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place although prefer being outside to inside. Fast service and good food! Price is great and able to get a table on the day (though it can be quite busy).

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KeithR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice location, good food and fair value. Service was ok, missed a spoon for a dessert but luckily we had a spare on the table, but a small point from an overall good experience.

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Stepho
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place to eat and so accommodating to our kids! Amazing good with friendly staff and gorgeous views :) highly recommend

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rupalj
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We booked for a birthday celebration, I did put it during my reservation, I was not asked, when I got there,
Then the staff kept asking if we wanted to order, it felt we were rushed, my order was wrong and was not advised if I substitute beef to spinach, there will be a charge,
My coffee was really cold, it then we got a extremely hot coffee

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Anonymous1
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

If you think that the pandemic is over - you can go there. Food is average though service is friendly.

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LollyD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious food. Helpful, friendly staff. Lovely atmosphere, if a little noisy. Only slight downer was they should have waited until all our meals were ready before bringing them out.
Definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant & food was absolutely gorgeous…

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Nina
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We were disappointed as our table was booked for 8.00pm although we arrived early and were given the table early no one mentioned to us that the kitchen closes at 8.30pm. We were told this at 8.15pm and then rushed to order and eat quickly. We wanted to order another pizza but didn’t get a chance. Quite disappointed

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JohnT
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good beer, extensive menu, polite staff and a good mix of pasta, pizza and others.

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LawrenceI
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd visit and food is impeccable as ever. The thinnest of thin crust pizzas was especially good. Certain beers were not available on the menu but overall would definitely recommend

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Range78
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was so busy, which is the only reason I have marked them down. Service was a little slower and disorganised than their usual excellence.

Food was, as always, excellent.

We go regularly. It is my favourite restaurant.

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BrigitteN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This is my second time at The Old Guinea. Taking my boyfriends mother somewhere different for lunch. We were accommodated at a lovely table. Food was over all quite average compared to our first visit. My boyfriend’s beef lasagne lacked flavour and was extremely cheesy. His toffy pudding was cold and just then re-microwaved, not to impressed regarding this. Overall staff is great, and atmosphere is good. My pizza was lovely as well as my boyfriend’s moms mushroom truffle dish. I will be back to enjoy The Old Guinea and still recommend it to family and friends.

FAQs

The Old Guinea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01707 660894.

The Old Guinea is rated 4.5 stars by 386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.