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  • The White Hart, Welwyn

    Steamed buns with crispy hake, I can't get you out of my mind!

  • Gotta have it

    A crafty mix of fine fino and effervescent elderflower, Croft Twist is THE summer sparkler. Highballs at the ready!

  • Yomp, slurp and chomp through the glorious Chilterns

    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? […]

  • Hitchin hosts with the most, and farewell sloe Ginuary

    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 […]

  • Eat here: Muddy Herts at Water Lane

    I'd been to Water Lane in Bishop's Stortford for lunch a while back -- and thoroughly enjoyed it -- but they've taken on new chef and a brand new general manager recently, so I popped back to check out any changes. Y'know, it would have been rude not to...

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

    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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