The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: EAT OUT

Muddy eats: Auberge du Lac, Welwyn

29 Mar 2017

Auberge du Lac has a new chef. His name is Matt Edmonds and he arrived three weeks ago. I have come to review the lunch menu, and my mum is my date for the afternoon. She’s under strict instructions to behave and not to look at the tasting menu. If you know Auberge du Lac, you’ll know that it’s a restaurant with a few tales to tell. If you don’t, well, let’s keep things simple for now.

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Yomp, slurp and chomp through the glorious Chilterns

20 Mar 2017

At last! The Chilterns Food and Drink Festival! What took them so long? As with all the best ideas, you wonder why nobody had the idea before. It’s an area that has rich pickings, so much so that back in the day, the Chilterns were known as the larder of London. So, where to start? The festival opens this Saturday and runs from 25 March until Sunday 2 April. You are invited to celebrate the bounty of Bucks, Herts and Beds in a series of deliciously greedy events.

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Mothering Sunday ideas for the best mum!

15 Mar 2017

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. Choose from talks about the history of Mother’s Day at the Museum of Brands in London, or go for the complete clotted cream and bubbly guilt-free overload afternoon tea in an old post office, or a newly restored vineyard.

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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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Fromage-free Valentine delights

1 Feb 2017

In relationship terms, whether you’re a lifer, a newbie, or something in between, 14 Feb can be excruciating. Even if you vow to ignore it, it’s impossible to ignore. The confection of romance can make you wince. Far better to grasp the nettle by doing something different that won’t make you feel like an extra in a rom com. Thanks to this Muddy guide, there’s no need to curl up inside – help yourself to some of these crackers – without cheese.

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