• My very own chef! For one night, anyway…

    It feels like there’s something properly decadent about having a private chef. And, to be honest, it feels like something that’s a bit out of reach for the likes of me. But you know what? It’s really not. And it’s brilliant….

  • Retro cheese with Jack and Alice

    The prospect of a fondue night at Jack and Alice, the new wine bar on Tring High Street, had me and a good few of my friends all in a tizzy. Retro? Yup. Cheesy? Yup. Delicious? Oh yeah…

    Determined to re-live the delicious fondues of my 70s childhood – only this time without my siblings threatening to throw me in the lake if the bread fell off my fork, and with the addition of a decent bottle of wine – I grabbed two of my best lovelies and we headed off, fondue-wards, into the night…

  • Perfect ways to spoil your mum — or to be spoiled…

    I know, I know, we shouldn’t wait for Mothers Day to show the love to the mums in our lives – but it is good to have an excuse. (You listening, kids…?) There are all sorts of treats you could choose from lovely local businesses round the county. Let the pampering begin….

  • Hellooooo, Jack and Alice…

    Excitement is running high in Tring. The opening of Jack and Alice – a new wine bar (hoorah!) – on the high street last night has wine-drinking Tring-ites all a-flutter. And yes, I count myself among that number, for sure. So much so that I elbowed my way in yesterday lunchtime, while they were still setting up, and had a good old nosey around. The things I do for you, my lovelies…

  • Destination dining you’ll want to drive to

    It was a grey old day when I rocked up to the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, but the fire was blazing away and the pub was warm and welcoming as I waited for my friends to arrive. One of those pubs you could quite happily sit in all afternoon reading the papers on a Sunday…

  • Upstairs Downstairs at Water Lane

    I don’t know Bishop’s Stortford and area very well yet, but I’m definitely enjoying having a bit of an explore over that end of the county. And I know where I’ll be getting my lunch when I’m over there from now on….

  • Getting SNUG on a rainy day in Ware

    I’m all for multitasking (I’m probably doing at least three things right now) and the SNUG Ware seems to have it down, too. Cocktails, coffee for mummies (and treats for the ankle-biters) in the mornings, lunches, drinks for thirsty commuters heading home in the evenings, the lot. All in a neat central location, perched on a busy corner of the High Street….

  • Hertford heartthrob

    I’ve driven up the A10 and past Pearce’s Farm Shop several time and always thought, “ooo, that looks good – I must pop in.” And my Cambridge-area friend Kate has driven down the A10 many more times and done the same. It was far too easy to drive past, but now, having finally popped in – Kate and I met there last week – neither of us will be able to resist a return visit….

  • Gem of a gastropub on the South Downs

    I popped down to the South coast recently to catch up with my friend Fran, who I’ve known since, er, 19-something-other when we were both barely knee-high to a grasshopper if we stood one on top of the other. Lots of chat, lots of wine, you know how it goes. We took the opportunity to try out the Earl of March in Lavant, near Chichester – and what a treat that was….

  • Welcome to your new home, Porters!

    There had been a load of speculation about who would end up in the glass-walled corner unit of the recent development on Berkhamsted High Street. After Costa and M&S took the other two units, it looked like another chain (yawn) might be on its way. Imagine the excitement, then, when Porters, an independent restaurant that had been cooking up deliciousness in the heart of London for more than 35 years, announced that it was relocating to the town….

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