The Rusty Gun

Dear Guest

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus crisis, it’s with great sadness we’ve had to temporarily close our doors. We are now in Hibernation.

  • Our reservations are currently closed for bookings for the months of April, May and June 2020. This will be reviewed regularly based on government updates on guest and staff safety.
  • For pre-planned events, we will be in touch 4 weeks prior to the date of your event to help plan, should we be in a safe position to reopen for business. We will continue to review this ever-changing situation and act accordingly.
  • For important enquiries, email us. Our offices are unmanned and the boss is looking over emails received as and when possible.

Best wishes, stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

We are missing you, please consider buying a missing you voucher.

The Rusty

£50 Missing You Already Gift Voucher

The Coronavirus has us closed but we would like to think that you would have come out if you could have…

Give the gift of a future meal out to friends and family. And, we could do with knowing you miss us…

Buy a £50 voucher now and this will be worth a £100 in the first month of our re-opening!

This £50 voucher, if not used when we reopen, is worth full face value and will be valid for your use on high days and holidays for two years.

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Testimonials

Excellent carvery with a good choice. Nice ambience and very good service. Very reasonably priced and would recommend.

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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.

Dog Friendly in The Bar

We’re a country pub – surrounded by the beautiful St Ippolyts countryside. So we’re the perfect destination to fill up and recharge following a ramble, with (or without!) the dog.

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.