New pub puts the ale in grail

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Templar knights will be back in Hertford when a new pub opens on Monday, after a £3million revamp.

Herts-based pub chain JD Wetherspoon has spent the past 12 months converting the building in The Wash into the new-look pub, called The Six Templars.

The pub takes its name from the town’s strong connection with the Knights Templar, reputedly the custodians of the Holy Grail. When the order was forcibly disbanded in the early 1300s, a number were imprisoned in the nearby Hertford Castle.

But modern day Templar Ben Acheson, of Ware, wasn’t convinced about the combination of ‘Grail’ and ale. He told the Herald: “I’m not sure a restaurant or pub is the most appropriate acknowledgement. At least it’s an improvement on ‘Don’t mention the Temple’!”

He added: “You’re probably aware that the name of the pub was changed to The (Six) Templars from the Five Bishops because somebody within the Temple pointed out to Wetherspoons that the Templar heritage was much more relevant.

“But personally I question the wisdom. A library or church perhaps would have been more fitting.”

Pub manager Christina Venables, of Cheshunt, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming customers into The Six Templars.

“I am confident that they will be impressed with the transformation of the building and that the pub will be a good addition to the town’s social scene.”

The pub will open from 9am to midnight Sundays to Thursdays, and 9am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.