The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Pubs

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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Don’t be sloe (sorry) getting your gin started…

3 Oct 2016

I’m something of a fan of sloe gin, having properly discovered it a few years ago — courtesy of my lovely friend Lucy, who always manages to rustle up a super selection of sloe gin, damson gin, and more. So I’m not-very-quietly excited at the prospect of the return of the Alford Arms’ Sloe Gin Competition…

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