This park, with it's two large ponds, is an lovely spot to chill out on a weekday lunchtime . If the sun is out get yourself to the park with your lunch and enjoy a peaceful time on one of the numerous park benches.
As well as plenty of wildfowl, there are squirrels galore. You should also see plenty of ducks, swans & Canadian geese.
There are a couple of play areas for small kids and also an outdoor gym for those more energetic amongst you.
Unlike the neighbouring village of South Mimms (which features in the Domesday Book of 1086), Potters Bar is a fairly new town with few old buildings.
Its only real claim to architectural fame is the impossible-to-spell Wyllyott's Manor - a Grade II listed building in a little close adjacent to the ill-fated railway station. It is thought to date back to the turn of the 17th century, with the heritage listing suggests that it was possibly constructed for a gentleman called Robert Taylor between 1594 and 1603. It comprises a heavily restored house and barn complex with exposed timber beams and tile hipped roofs.
To paraphrase the current occupant's website, apparently the Manor of Wyllyotts has an older history than that of the current buildings and dates back to the 13th century when the estate covered 2000 acres. There is some suggestion that the original complex may have been moated, although there is no evidence of a moat structure today. The first reference to the Manor of Wyllyotts is in 1268, when Sir Roger Leukenor was Lord of the Manor, and although the family held the property until 1562, they did not live there. The first known occupants were the Pouns family in 1387.
The Manor and Manor house descended through many families until in 1687 James Hickson, a London Alderman and member of the Guild of Brewers, bequeathed the estate to the Guild for the upkeep of his almshouses nearby. For much of the 18th and 19th centuries there was a farm on the site but the tenants who farmed the land let the buildings fall into neglect.
It was extensively restored by Hugh Seabrook who purchased the property in 1925 and the Potters Bar Urban District Council became the owners in 1937. In 1973, it was sold to the Goodhews restaurant chain and for the last couple of decades, Wyllyott's Manor has housed a succession of restaurants and bars which have met with varying degrees of success. Today it is known as The Old Manor Bar and Restaurant.
However, when I was a child, it more prosaically housed the rates office, and I vividly recall accompanying my Mum here to pay the rates bill!
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A working mans cafe in the style that Ray Davies lamented the passing of in one of his songs. The place is clean, the staff ate friendly and the tables and chairs are bolted to the floor.
A traditional cafe of the type that we are running short of in England.
Favorite Dish: The usual was two poached eggs on toast washed down with a proper cup of tea, but I had the delicious liver & onions with mash and peas the other day. It may not be fine dining but it's tasty and unlike some other restaurants, that we have all been too, you get your money's worth.
An oft frequented place at lunchtime. The queues can seem long but you are usually quickly served. The friendly staff serve up a tasty selection of baguettes, rolls and sandwiches in an Italian deli style.
Eat in at one of their small tables or takeaway back to your desk.
Favorite Dish: I like a bit of tuna mix in a sundried tomato ciabatta, although I am also partial to the bacon and avocado mix.
This is a lovely Italian restaurant and quite up market for Potters Bar, fine dining if you will. I have been here for lunch on a number of occasions, most of the time somebody else is paying for a business lunch, although I have been for Christmas or birthday’s if I’m feeling flush.
Saying that, it doesn’t have to be that expensive, and you can enjoy a tasty plate of pasta for a reasonable price.
I think it has changed owners recently, but the high standard has still been kept up.
They have a celebrity picture wall and this used to be mainly divided between Tottenham players on one wall and Arsenal on the other. The previous owner used to ask which team you supported before showing you one to one of the walls.
Favorite Dish: Their specials are very good.
I had the spaghetti with lobster on my last visit. The sardines for starters are also very good. Leave some room for the dessert trolley.
There are loads of places to get your hair cut in Potters Bar.
I always get my hair cut at this local establishment. Mario and his team are really friendly and it's always a pleasure. He serves great coffee and biscuits. Also look out for his fancy dress outfits at Christmas.
Address is 3 High Street, Princes Parade, Potters Bar, EN6 5AE. Telephone 01707 853900