EAT OUT

  • Hermitage Rd, Hitchin

    Am I the last person on the (Herts) planet to eat at Hermitage Rd? Possibly. And I loved it. I’d also love to know what you think of Hitchin’s former ballroom.

  • Auberge du Lac, Welwyn

    The new chef at Auberge du Lac has barely put on his apron before I arrive to try the lunch menu. Made to make your mouth water. Tuck in!

  • 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? […]

  • Ideas for the best mum!

    Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and is it just me or is time suddenly going at a gallop? If you’re looking for something a little bit different to do with your mum this weekend, or if you feel the need to give others a steer with the planning and booking process, here are some ideas. […]

  • Talk of the town: Black Goo

    Black Goo makes its way upstairs to the top floor of Berkhamsted’s Home and Colonial. After only a week, it’s already looking and feeling very much at home.

  • 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 […]

  • Fromage-free Valentine delights

    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 […]

  • A warm welcome at the Juice Pharm, St Albans

    How d’you fancy a slice of guilt-free cake in St Albans?

    • Muddy Eats: The Russell Arms, Butler’s Cross

      Mr C took me to The Russell Arms in Butler’s Cross on my birthday earlier this year, so I was keen to read that Hero, her of Muddy Bucks and Oxon, had been there too — and to see what she thought. Think she’s got it just about spot on…

    • Fancy a night away? Get Foxy!

      Don’t tell anyone, but me and Mr C just got back from a sneaky mid-week overnighter in one of the new rooms at The Fox at Willian. And it was bliss. (The room, people — the room! What are you like?) Big cheers to grandma for looking after the Mudlets — and huge love for our new favourite place to eat-and-stay…

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