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Welcome to the Motte and Bailey! We are a beautiful countryside pub complete with a front garden overlooking the village green. We are ideally located for local walking and biking groups as we are set along many bridleways with routes that run through Pirton and onto the chilterns.

We love dogs, and they are very welcome to come and enjoy a fresh bowl of water and a doggy treat from the bar!

We have styled the interior with charming decor, and an open fireplace with a beautiful mantelpiece perfect for cold winter nights.

For the warmer months, we have an extensive outdoor garden complete with a pergola and grass area perfect for marquees for weddings and parties, as well as a children’s play area.


The Motte and Bailey has been the site of a pub in the stunning village of Pirton, Hertfordshire since the late 1800s.

Formally the (old) White Horse, it was demolished in 1900, and then rebuilt much as it stands now in 1901.

The name was changed to The Motte and Bailey in 1978 after the castle that once stood on the bury just behind the pub.

After a huge refurbishment in November 2018, Jo and Elliot opened the doors to welcome guests old and new to experience a relaxed friendly atmosphere.