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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.


It’s been open since March, but had a massive refurb just after it opened ready to launch itself properly into the world of Ware.  And it’s busy already.  The refurb has made the bar into a very comfortable space.  Feels a bit like an old-fashioned pub – wood panelling, that sort of thing – but very modern at the same time.  It’s kept the best bits of what old-fashioned can be, and made it a comfortable and, er, snug place to be.


I love a good cup of coffee – and I’m loving the SNUG for this because not only was the coffee decent, it came in great big mugs.  Little cups?  Don’t bother me with those.  I like something I can properly get my hands round.


Lunch is a total bargain.  I had a pulled pork and jalapeno sandwich with sweet potato fries – not very summery, but it was chucking it down outside – and Lisa, who joined me there, had a grilled halloumi sandwich.  And they were great – big, hot, delish.  There’s a choice of classic burgers, sandwiches, and a couple of salads – all of which looked great.  The all-day menu is more of the same, as well as huge great breakfasts, sharing platters, and some yummy looking desserts.  There’s a kids menu, too, with enough choices for your fussy eaters – and kids’ milkshakes, too.


And the cocktail menu?  Well, I had to look, didn’t I?  After all, it won ‘Best Cocktail Menu’ in this year’s Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards.  There are all the classics, of course, and some I’d never heard of but would definitely like to have tried had it not been lunchtime on a working day….  They’ve got sensible ones, too, for whoever draws the short straw driving-wise.


The Muddy Verdict:

Great for: relaxed cocktails, quick drink on the way home, cheeky nights out with the girls (or boys), casual lunches, that sort of thing.  Quite like the idea of trying their Full English, too, having been there.  It’s all very chilled, but buzzy – in a good way.

Not so good for: it’s probably not a ‘special night out’ sort of a place, but it’s great for pretty much everything else.

£: It’s great value all round: breakfast for £7 or £8, lunch for £6.50, burgers between £7 and £12, desserts for £4.  The kids menu will set you back £5.75 for lunch and a drink. Cocktails are all around the £8 mark, although they’re 2-for-1 every day between 3 and 7pm (oh, go on then).

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