• London dining on a Herts weekend

    The Buntingford Kitchen has only been open for 8 months so far, and has already attracted lots of praise and customers who are prepared to drive a long way to eat there. Intrigued, and always up for dinner out, I called my foodie friend Helen and we met there to check it out…

  • Ashridge House: fine dining, great setting

    Ashridge House, best known perhaps as a business school, started offering ‘dining events’ last Autumn – and last week saw the first of this year’s evenings: a tour of the house, an interesting menu paired with fine wines, and live jazz. I passed Mr C his smartest jacket, dug out my heels and off we went…

  • Cocktails, coffee and casual dining

    Hearing that the Beech House had just won Best New Pub/Bar at the national Publican Awards was excuse enough for me, so I asked my friend Lucy to join me (she needed so much persuading…) and we booked in for lunch…

  • Duende pops up in Herts

    Duende have been popping up their pop-up restaurants around the Chilterns for a while.  Now they’re popping over the border into Herts, and very glad about it I am too.   I went along last week, just to check it out, and I’m now marshalling friends and hoping that there are tickets left for the two […]

  • Wellies on! Perfect pub for the end of a walk

    If you’re looking for a great pub where you can park your wellies at the end of a bracing walk and fill up on food that isn’t just your average pub offering, The Fox and Duck in Therfield would be a fine choice. It’s right in the middle of some gorgeous, very walkable countryside, and even […]

  • Lovely restaurant for a lunch date

    I actually managed two amazing things the other day.  First, I persuaded my husband to take half a day off work and come out for lunch with me – and second, I bagged what I think was probably the last available table at The Fox and Hounds in Hunsdon.  A food-loving friend of mine had […]

  • Sushi? In Berkhamsted? Yes please!

    Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend Kate. And if there’s food involved, then it’s probably sushi because it’s just about my […]

  • Brilliant new place for a burger

    Let me get this out on the table before we start: I’m not a big fan of the burger. But even though my eldest barely eats meat, and never really has done, he’s still been thoroughly seduced by the idea that a burger is really the only food that a wannabe teenager should ever want…

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