The Rusty Gun

 Just for lunch Monday to Friday 12-6pm

2 Courses £12.95, 3 Courses £15.95_

Small Plates

Soup  Of The Day(v)

With Bread

Potato Skins

With Bacon, jalapenos, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole

Breaded Brie

Served With Chutney & Side Salad

Crispy Duck Dumplings

Teriyaki Slaw with Cucumber, Hoisin and Plum Sauce

Crunchy Squid & Whitebait

Wasabi Mayo & Side salad

Large Plates

Sausage & Mash  

Our own Rusty Gun Sausages, Creamed Mash, Season Veg and Port Wine Jus

Fish & Chips (GF)

Served with Hand Cut Chunky Chips, Creamy Peas & Tartar Sauce

Pie of the Day

With Creamy Mash Potato, Gravy & Seasonal Veg

Calves Liver & Bacon +£2

Served with  Bacon, Creamy Mash, Seasonal Veg and a Rich Red Wine Jus

Double Stack Burger

 with Bacon, Onions, Mushrooms, Lettuce, Paprika Mayo, Oregano Ketchup, Smoked Cheddar, Side Salad and  Hand Cut Chips

Plant Based  Burger (v)

    Sourdough, Mushroom, Caramelised Onion, Chilli Jam, Ketchup  and hand Cut Chips

Classic Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad

Baby Gem, Bacon, Parmesan, Croutons


Ice Cream Pots –  Vanilla, Chocolate,, Strawberry, salted caramel

Chocolate Brownie –  Ice Cream

Cheesecake of the day – Cream


I had the best carvery in here. First we’ve been here with friends and then we took back our parents as well because we really liked the place, the atmosphere. The staff are very kind and accommodate any request. The food is so delicious and made it to perfection. Especially the carvery on Sunday which is a buffet type and you can eat as much as you can!

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A great country pub...

The Rusty Gun is a great country pub in St Ippolyts, Hitchin. We work hard to combine three very important elements to make your experience indisputably enjoyable. Our local beers from The Old Cannon Brewery, a selection of superb wines from The Burch family and an unrelenting passion for providing outstanding food in a warm & cosy atmosphere.

Feel free just to come and have a drink and a look. We promise you’ll be tempted to eat with us next time!

The Twin Foxes - Infamous Poachers!

The Rusty Gun is so named after two 12 bore shot guns were found and placed over the fireplace. The guns belonged to the notorious ‘Twin Foxes’ – Albert Ebenezer and Ebenezer Albert Fox who were identical twins. They were infamous poachers who lived in the area in the 1800s.

The full story of these guns and their owners is to be found in the pub by the fireplace.

18th Century Building

The original building that is the heart of the Rusty gun is 18th century and was probably a blacksmiths home and forge feeding from the toll road that passed between Welwyn and Hitchin for travellers passing North or South from or to London.

Supporting weary travellers

It became a petrol garage in the 1930’s and a food led pub in the 1980’s. It has clearly always existed to support weary travellers. The business still offers refreshment and pleasure for all ages with unique elements; a farm shop, its own piglets and a covered fire pit for the winter and chillier summer days.

Beautiful Pub Garden

The garden has always been an important part of the Rusty Gun and is a great place for relaxation with its chance for all to feed the piglets, its fire pit and its fish pond.