The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Bar

Hitchin hosts with the most, and farewell sloe Ginuary

6 Feb 2017

I mopped up January with two stellar awards’ events, both hosted in Herts. On Monday I headed off to Hitchin, where Hermitage Road bar and restaurant was hosting the Top 50 Gastropubs awards. And on Tuesday, in Frithsden, the idyllic hidden pocket in the west of the county, it was the sloe gin competition at the Alford Arms where I was one of the judges. It’s hard work, believe me, tasting over 20 gins in one evening, but I bore it bravely.

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Al fresco lunching, Art Deco style

21 May 2016

There’s something glorious, I think, about eating outdoors. I’m a big fan of that whole European thing of pavement cafes and big umbrellas and so on. The chance to get that whole feeling closer to home is not to be turned down, so on a recent sunny day, I grabbed my sunglasses, headed over to The Gatsby in Berkhamsted for a working (honest…) lunch and reveled in a spot of al fresco dining with my Dhrooti, who works with me here on Muddy Herts…

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