Situated in the picturesque Hertfordshire village a few miles noth of London and affectionately known to locals as 'The Shoes', The Three Horseshoes oozes the timeless charm and character of a bygone era. Proudly overlooking the village green and duck pond and surrounded by rambling countryside favoured by walkers and those of a canine, equestrian and generally outdoorsy persuasion, the pub's open fires provide cosy shelter from the elements during the colder winter months whilst the extensive outdoor frontage and abundant gardens offer the perfect backdrop for al fresco drinks and dining when warmer summer months resume. As befitting an antique drinking establishment located in the wilderness of yore, The 'Shoes has a long and colourful history with no shortage of glitz and glamour befalling her near and distant past. She has certainly seen her share of the spotlight, making numerous TV & Film appearances due to her unique character and idyllic setting, as well as being in close proximity to Elstree TV & Film Studios. Having provided the setting for hit 60's cult horror flick 'The Village Of The Damned', she has featured in episodes of Minder and The Avengers and also provided the backdrop for Little Britain's 'I'm the only gay in this village' scene.
It is said that, when asking for directions to the nearest ale house. locals told prospective customers to follow the three horseshoes. That would be a logical explanation as many of the horses, having lost a shoe and hence creating a three horse-shoe trail, would have diverted towards the known workplace of a farrier or blacksmith adjoining the ale-house.
The first specific formal use of the current building as a pub was in 1803, when the current main bar was built adjoining two of the three bays of the original building, which are thought to have been first built in an L-shape.
Another explanation, that being the farrier having the three different sizes of shoe available i.e. pony, horse and cobb or shire, nailed to the doorway is an equally plausible though somewhat less romantic explanation.
Present Landlord, Danny Williams, is a third generation publican and has a long-standing relationship with both the local area and The ‘Shoes, having lived and worked close by and frequented the Pub over the years.
His parents, veteran publicans Graham & Pam, had the extremely popular Foresters Arms on Bushey Heath for many years before initially retiring to Mallorca and Spain. More recently they returned to take on another village pub, The Merry Fiddlers in Epping, Essex, before retiring once more.
It was during his parents tenure at ‘The Foresters’ that Danny cut his teeth in the pub trade, having already earned his pocket money ‘bottling up’ before school and collecting glasses at weekends at their previous pub in Islington. After various spells working for his parents, Danny pursued various business and career interests before his main passion, rugby, made a career in the fitness industry an obvious move.
He played his rugby for Harrow RFC in Stanmore and then for local side Tabard RFC, just down the road in Radlett, before injury forced his retirement and a brief return to Harrow RFC for a spell as player-coach.
As a personal trainer he worked at the nearby David Lloyd Club in Bushey, becoming Health & Fitness Manager with a personal training clientele that included many celebrities, sports people and high-profile business clients. Danny even made an appearance on The Vanessa Show but feels having a face more suited to radio stopped his TV career in it’s tracks.
Following a thirteen year sabbatical to Putney, South West London, where the pursuit of a career in property culminated in his owning a couple of High Street estate agency businesses, Danny returned to his previous stomping ground in July 2015 to take on The ’Shoes.