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

Atalanta v PSG (Champions League)

Atalanta v PSG (Champions League)

Atalanta and PSG meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Estadio da Luz. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the match will be settled with a single-leg qualifier.

RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid (Champions League)

RB Leipzig meet Atletico Madrid in a single-leg Champions League quarter-final. Atletico have always progressed against German opposition in the competition's knock-out rounds.

Barcelona v Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Barcelona v Bayern Munich (Champions League)

Two of Europe's heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich meet in the Champions League quarter final. Bayern have won all eight of their Champions League games so far this season.

Man City v Lyon (Champions League)

Man City v Lyon (Champions League)

Manchester City face Lyon in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon. City have lost just one of their last 17 UEFA Champions League games.