Welcome to The Engineer

Harpenden Hertfordshire

Welcome to The Engineer!
If you wish to book a table in the bar or garden, please call 01582 460478.
You can book online for a table in our restaurant.

Welcome back to the Engineer.

We thank you for your continued support whilst the pub has been closed, and we look forward to seeing you again.

We have some changes in place, and we ask you to bear with us while our staff get used to a new way of service.

We have also introduced a limited menu. Following government advice, our tables are now spaced apart to allow for social distancing, there are many hand sanitisation points in the pub and outside, we have a clear one way system, and a new app for ordering food and drink to your tables.

Tables can be booked by calling to make a reservation. We have a selection of tables inside and outside available for walk ins daily, so don’t worry if you haven’t booked a table in advance and fancy popping in for a pint!

Our outside bar, ‘The Engine Shed’ is still open Thursday – Sunday for your take away drinks.

Built in 1862/1865, The Engineer was originally called “The Bird in Hand” but has since been known as The Engineer when the railway from London to Bedford was built in 1868. 

With a lively and sociable atmosphere, The Engineer boasts a main bar area, dining room, family room suitable for children and dogs, sports bar and large garden and smoking area. 

We have a wide range of lagers, cask ales, ciders and craft beers on draught. With an extensive wine, gin and spirit list too, we’re sure you’ll find something just for you here at The Engineer.

We have an incredible menu full of lovely dishes including starter sharing boards, a selection of different burgers and homemade pies.  Don’t forget to swing by for our Sunday roasts, served with all the trimmings.

Eat and Drink


Drinks Menu



Food Menu

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Booking online is for the Restaurant tables ONLY, for Bar and Garden bookings please call the pub directly on 01582460478

Forthcoming Events

At The Engineer

Fleetwood Town v Everton (EFL Cup)

Fleetwood Town v Everton (EFL Cup)

Joey Barton's Fleetwood Town welcome Carlo Ancelotti's Everton to Highbury Stadium in round three of the Carabao Cup. This is the first ever meeting of these sides.

Lincoln City v Liverpool (EFL Cup)

Lincoln City v Liverpool (EFL Cup)

Lincoln City take on Premier League champions Liverpool at the LNER Stadium in the third round of the 2020-21 Carabao Cup. Both sides are looking to continue perfect starts to the season.

Wycombe Wanderers v Swansea City (Football League)

Wycombe Wanderers v Swansea City (Football League)

Wycombe Wanderers host Swansea City at Adams Park in the Sky Bet Championship. The Chairboys are looking to turn around a losing start to the new campaign after a 5-0 defeat at Blackburn.

West Brom v Chelsea (Premier League)

West Brom v Chelsea (Premier League)

Newly promoted West Brom welcome Chelsea to The Hawthorns in the Premier League. Frank Lampard's Blues will be looking to respond after defeat to Liverpool.

Burnley v Southampton (Premier League)

Burnley v Southampton (Premier League)

Burnley face Southampton at Turf Moor in the Premier League. The Saints will be looking to kick-start their campaign after back-to-back defeats to start the season.