Town Centre Shopping

There are over 200 shops in the town centre - a mixture of high street chain stores, specialist shops, restaurants, hairdressers, estate agents, banks and other retail services.

One of the attributes that distinguishes Hertford from its' larger neighbours is the number of independent traders and specialist shops in the town. Many of the town's stores have long histories, such as Botsford's - where you can still buy loose screws. There is a shop selling wicker and wooden baskets, a sportswear shop, jewellers and a couple of healthfood shops. A greengrocer's stall can be found in Salisbury Square during the week and an antiques shop nearby. There are also three supermarkets - Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Tesco. Aldi are also expected to open a store in 2020/21 after planning permission was granted for a store on Castlemead.

Several well-known national stores have shops in the town, including Specsavers, Poundstretcher and Monsoon. W.H.Smith have a branch in Bircherley Green, as do Holland & Barratt and the Boots. Halfords, Hinds and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill can also be found in the town centre.

Hairdressers and restaurants can be found in abundance in the town. At the time of writing there are 13 ladies hairdressers and eleven gents barbers. The number of eateries is in excess of 40, ranging from Thai, through Indian, Japanese and Italian, to fish & chips and Kebabs.

There is also no shortage of estate agents and banks, with all four major players in the centre of town, together with the Nationwide Building Society. There are 18 estate agents.

Just out of town, but within walking distance, you'll find Matalan, Wickes. Majestic Wines and Pets At Home.

Communication links are excellent with Hertford East railway station on the edge of the town centre in Railway Street and a multi-storey car park next to the main A414 through town, as well as other short and long stay car parks around the town.


Man and Women's Fashion

There are a number of clothes shops for women of all ages. Boutiques such as Monsoon, Ruby Room and The Womens' Society cater for younger women, whilst the Edinburgh Woollen Mill is aimed at the more mature customer. There are also shops for fashionable young men, including Azir and Roberto Gerrard.

Gift Shops

The range of gift shops in the town is growing, with the sector currently served by Eye Mind Heart and Five & Dime in Fore Street, and Clock Cards in Railway Street.

Second Hand

Like many towns Hertford has a range of charity shops, including the British Heart Foundation, Mind, Keech and Saga. The Oxfam shop in Maidenhead Street stocks a range of books and a selection of vinyl records.

Saturday Market

As befitting a market town, every Saturday there is a charter market in the town centre. Amongst the many stalls in Maidenhead Street, Salisbury Square and Bircherley Green you'll find an olive stall, bread stall, cheese, eggs, furniture, flowers and more.

There is also a farmers' market every second Saturday of the month.

Fore Street

Panoramic photo of shops in Fore Street

Fore Street is traditionally one of the town's older shopping areas and is now home to a number of restaurants and bars as well as retail establishments.

Stretching from Parliament Square in the west to Ware Road in the east, Fore Street is the longest of the town's shopping streets.

Shops include Italian delicatessen and café Giambrone's, 1409 Hair, Sheffield pharmacy, Iron's dry cleaners and Pretty Lavish womenswear.

And if you're looking for marmoleum or a dyed wool twist pile, then Hertford Flooring is the destination for you.

Retail services based in Fore Street include estate agents Steven Oates and Simply Homes, banks HSBC and NatWest, solicitors Jameson Hill and independent electrical retailer Albany Radio.

Restaurants in Fore Street include the award-winning independent Lussmann's, as well as chains Prezzo, Pizza Express and ASK Italian. Gastropub The Hummingbird has recently opened at the eastern end of the street. There is also a restaurant at the Salisbury Arms Hotel.

Of the many bars and pubs in Hertford, Fore Street hosts The Dog & Whistle, McMullens' The Practitioner, The Salisbury Arms Hotel and The Hertford House Hotel, which has a popular bar.

Fore Street businesses

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Maidenhead Street & Bull Plain

Photo of Maidenhead Street

Maidenhead Street is a pedestrianised shopping street that runs from The Wash to Bull Plain and Salisbury Square. There are a selection of shops including Mr.Simms' traditional sweet shop, Poundstretcher, Hinds. Monsoon and Accessorise can be found in Salisbury Square, opposite Nero's coffee shop.

Nestled away in the adjoining Honey Lane is an antiques shop with a snooker bar opposite.

At the eastern end of Maidenhead Street is Bull Plain, the former site of the town's cattle market, where you'll find Fred & Ginger ladies stylist, a pair of nail bars, an art shop and coffee shop, along with popular nightspot Popworld and Hertford Museum.

Maidenhead Street takes it's name from the former Maidenhead Inn, which now forms part of Poundstretcher.

Maidenhead Street businesses   Bull Plain businesses

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Railway Street

Running from Bull Plain and Salisbury Square to South Street, Railway Street runs parallel to Fore Street and was formerly known as Back Street. The town gaol was once located here.

Some of the town's smaller boutiques and retailers can be found in Railway Street, including womenswear shop Ruby, mobile shop shop EE and Roberto Gerrards menswear.

Service retailers in Railway Street include Barclays Bank, David Perkins commercial estate agency and Toni & Guy hairdressers.

A pair of traditional English cafes can also be found - Hertford Café and Rose Cafe. Pubs and bars on the other side of the street include The Duncombe Arms and The Snug, both of which have outdoor seating.

Railway Street businesses

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St.Andrew Street & Old Cross

At the western end of the town is St.Andrew Street, once famed for its antique shops, of which only two remain.

Along St.Andrew Street you'll find beauticians, a chemist and vape shop. On the other side of the road is a hairdresser, photographer and a home interiors shop.

Restaurants at this end of town include Il Vino (Italian) and Baan Thitiya (Thai). Real Ale enthusiasts flock to The Old Cross Tavern, an award-winning free house.

St.Andrew Street is also notable for a Georgian letter box and a pair of pear trees.

Old Cross is another of the town centre locations that once hosted a cattle market, hence the junction with Cowbridge. Shops in Old Cross include ladies hair stylists Dead Swanky and Guiseppe's, an opticians and florist The Flower Bar. On the other side of the road are Galos, Leaf Café, and The Good Food Centre, which also offers complimentary treatments in The Natural Therapy Centre above.

Remains of the ancient church of St.Mary The Less stand nearby, having been unearthed during the construction of the town library in 1887.

St.Andrew Street businesses   Old Cross businesses

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Parliament Square

You'll find a number of smaller shops in Parliament Square, including Gents' hairdresser Seven and men's boutique Azir.

Much loved Botsfords is an old style ironmongers shop that still sells loose screws and nails, as well as a vast range hardware, tools and other accessories and equipment. You can even pick up a broomstick or Turkish sythe.

You can also pick up a wide range of Chinese Herbal Medicines in The Wash nearby.

Service retailers include a couple of estate agents, Churchills and Ashwoods, as well as two letting agents St.Andrew Bureau and Sage Ward.

Restaurants in Parliament Square include the popular Café Rouge, with their outdoor seating, Old Siam (Thai) and Elle's Kitchen (Thai).

There are a number of popular nightspots in the square, including The Blackbirds, Hertford House Hotel and Deco.

Parliament Square businesses

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Market Street & Market Place

Leading off from Fore Street, both Market Street and Market Place feature a small number of retail premises.

In Market Street, a pair of charity shops join County Cobbler and Lanes estage agents. Barclays Bank is on the corner with Railway Street.

Over in Market Place you'll find Intersport and Gingerlillie.

Nearby Evron Place is home to Sovereign dry cleaners and hairdresser Ahead Of Time.

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Just outside the town centre in Ware Road are Concord Trophies and a branch of Simmons Bakers. Close by, you'll find the town's Tesco supermarket, and a couple of hundred yards to the east is Madford Retail Park, home to Wickes and Matalan.

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This page last updated on 30th July 2019.