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Top places to live in Hertfordshire Hitchin

I'm just going to come out and and say it - I am in love with Hitchin. This super convenient commuter town has everything you could possibly want, and more. Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Hip Hitchin is a beautiful market town in North Herts, built on the banks of the River Hiz. It’s historic – with narrow winding streets, gorgeous architecture and a traditional market square – but also oh-so-trendy. There’s also plenty of green space in which to sit with your high-end coffee and watch the world go by. Oh, and the commute to London or Cambridge is a cinch.

EAT

You won’t go hungry in Hitchin, that’s for sure. For the coffee connoisseur, there’s the Hitchin Coffee Lab, Wakelin and Son (part of a vintage shop) and Fussey and Baer. If it’s a stronger drink you’re after, there’s The Snug cocktail bar, The Speakeasy (accessed through a cleverly disguised door), the Beer Shop. If you’re after a pub, try the Kite at Red Hart, Muddy Award Winner 2021 – The Vic or The Radcliffe Arms. And, if you make it to dinner (after all those cocktails/craft beers), why not try Los Reyes or Bar Azita for tapas, Lussmanns for stylish European cuisine, Cantina Carnitas for Mexican street food, Bosphorous or Mevan for delicious Turkish food, or, another Muddy Award winner, Hermitage Rd, set in an old BALLROOM. As you can see, there’s oodles of choice.

SHOP

The town is home to an exciting number of great independents, including funky gift shop (and, yep, another Muddy Award winner!) Treat yo’ Self; Wilde Jewellery; Allingham’s Butcher; the awesome Quotidien Bakery, two-time Muddy Award winner, Rubarb Boutique, the quirky and colourful Riot Lounge and crafter’s dream, The Haberdashery. Hitchin also offers a large collection of trendy East-London-style vintage stores (e.g. Jolly Brown and H-town Rags), plus two fab vintage emporiums, including Vintage Bay. And for wine, head to the wonderful Wee Vinoteca which runs tastings and events too. Regular events are also held in the Market Square throughout the year – so there’s a good dose of community spirit in the air.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The nearby Hitchin Lavender for a Provencal hit, or the Hitchin Lido for a delightful summer dip.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

The average price for Hitchin property stands at a very fair £392,289. So, you’re looking at £400-500k for spacious terraces and £700,000 + for the grander properties. Not bad at all for such a happening place.

HOT PROPERTY

Grade II-listed renovation project, £895,000

SCHOOLS

Hitchin-area independents include Kingshott School (co-ed, prep) and St Christopher School (co-ed pre-prep to senior). And there are some great comprehensives, such as Hitchin Boys and Hitchin Girls.

BEST KEPT SECRET

The Garden Gate Tea Room, at Oughton Head Farm. Take a gentle stroll through the beautiful Oughton Head Nature Reserve and you’ll stumble upon this charming summer (not open in winter) tea room, offering delightful cakes, sandwiches and refreshments all to be enjoyed in the large garden.

COMMUTE

37.2 miles. Trains take 30 minutes to Kings Cross (every half hour during peak times) or St Pancras (every 15 minutes).

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