Where to: Eat Out in Herts & Beds
With government scheme offering 50% off (up to £10 per diner), it's time to get out there and support your favourite (or perhaps your new favourite) restaurants and cafes.
Lussmann’s is a Hertfordshire fine dining institution, dishing up sustainable and totally delicious dishes daily. Giles Coren and Marina O’Loughlin named it as one our their top eating spots in the UK in The Sunday Times Magazine. So it’s got a good rep. And quite rightly. Now, with the Eat Out to Help Out discount, you can get the three course set menu for £10, at the Harpenden, Tring and St Albans restaurants. Best get booking.
George St Canteen
The George St Canteen, situated just off St Alban’s most exciting street, is THE place for brunch, lunch, coffee and cakes in this historic city. Using locally sourced ingredients, the husband and wife team, whip up gorgeous dishes in a super chilled environment. Oh, and the George St Canteen previously won the Best Cafe title in the Muddy awards – so they’ve very much got our seal of approval.
‘Brunch Me Up Baby!’ is the super-appropriate inscription on Black Goo’s menu. Their signature ‘Bottomless Brunch’, with unlimited Mimosa, Prosecco, craft beer or G& Ts for 90 minutes is a real crowd pleaser. Both the Tring and Berkhamsted branches have eclectic Shoreditch’esque styling and a lovely vibe. The cakes and afternoon teas are fab, too. Support this Muddy fav with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Not only is the Copper House an utterly gorgeous cocktail bar, but it also has a mean menu. So, while the Eat Out to help Out scheme is running, why not swing by for a special-post lockdown dinner celebration. A seafood and champagne bonanza would be my order tight now (obvs), but if it’s burgers, posh sarnies and salad you’re after, then there’s plenty of that, too. And don’t forget the awesome cocktail menu. Who’s for a Moet Melon on the Rocks?
The Prae Wood Arms
The beautifully located (on the edge of the Gorhambury Estate, a few fields away from St albans) Prae Wood Arms is the perfect mid-week meal destination. I took a few mates there this Tuesday for a gorgeous dinner. We tucked into Sea bass, King prawn tagliatelle, steaks and burgers, all washed down with chilled Sauvignon, Malbec and pints of shandy (for the drivers). The GORGEOUS, roomy terrace is perfect for an al fresco drink or, if it’s raining, there’s a huge beautifully appointed indoor area. Just don’t forget to book.
The team at Hermitage Road has transformed a beautiful unloved BALLROOM into a huge (perfect for social-distanced-dining) sleek industrial set up – think exposed brickwork, stainless steel lighting and aged zinc chairs. And no matter what time of day it is, the Hermitage Road menus will keep you fed and watered, with everything from coffee and bagels to oysters, champagne and late night bites available.
Kite at the Red Hart
Beamy and aged on the outside, sleek and modern on the inside – The Kite at the Red Hart, is a wonderful local pub. Chill with a pint in the beer garden – maybe paired with a scotch egg or fries – or plump for something more substantial with a Kite Burger, Schnitzel or an oh-so naughty Truffle Mac n Cheese. And for pudding? We fancy the Salted Caramel Tart. Delish.
Having been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for five-years-running, and with the (much more important. LOL) AA Notable Wine List Award, under their belt, the Tilbury Team is very, very hot right now – scalding, in fact. Snack on White Chocolate and Peppercorn Hummus on Anchovy Toast or Grilled Sourdough and Whipped Roast Garlic Butter with a cold glass of rose on the terrace, before settling in to the full, fantastically experimental, menu. This place will really shake your tastebuds up, and now’s the perfect time to try it.
Fratelli Cucina Italiana
Ampthill family favourite, Fratelli, is the perfect place for a mid week outing. Everyone needs a good local Italian in their address book, and, even better one with a gorgeously modern interior and a fab atmosphere. Fratelli is also a fantastic family owned restaurant, with the three brothers behind the name, Carmelo, Mario and Antonino Di Giorgi, hailing from Sicily itself. Bellissimo.
The White Hart, Ampthill
Another great Ampthill institution is The White Hart – a gastro with rooms. This place is pure class, with breakfast, brunch, woodfired pizzas and bistro classics done very, very well. This 18th century coaching inn has been superbly re-designed inside in a quirky, laid back and luxurious (can it be all those things at once? Well, it is, and it works) style. We would suggest booking in for dinner and taking one of the equally (if not more gorgeous) rooms. Time for a night away from the kids, we think.
Brewhouse and Kitchen
Sometimes you’ve just got to go all out – with ribs, nachos, cheeseburgers or Mac ‘n’ Cheese and a cold beer. Luckily for you, when that indulgent craving strikes, you an head to The Brewhouse and Kitchen, Bedford. Support this super cool set up by taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, and once things return to normal, why not try one of their experience days. Get hands on in the brewery – learn more about Craft Beer, or even discover beer and food pairing.
The FatCap Smokehouse
Continuing on with the smoky theme – the FatCap Smokehouse is another super-cool Bedfordshire option for Eat Out to Help Out. And here the offering is slightly different, with the focus on low & slow cooked brisket or the FatCap Pulled Boston Pork Butt (!), clawed & tossed in house BBQ sauce and served with fries. Wash it all down with a FatCap cocktail of your choice
The Crown, Henlow
This cosy pub with rooms is the perfect place for a week-night treat. Eat al fresco in the spacious beer garden (useful right now), or sit up smartly on one of the bright, beautifully upholstered chairs inside. The Buttermilk Chicken Ceasar would be my choice for lunch, and a 10oz Ribeye (rare) and triple cooked chips for supper. Oh, and why not book one of the super-cute rooms and make a night of it.
The picturesque village of Woburn has more eating establishments than most British towns can boast, including the lovely Paris House, and Loch Fyne. However, it’s the Woburn Brasserie that we’ve picked out for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. This friendly establishment has something I LOVE – a properly chilled brasserie style menu – spanning everything from Eggs Florentine to Steak Frites. Head on over for laid back, but delicious dining.
This Woburn Sands institution deserves all the support we can give it right now – and I don’t doubt that the local community will be embracing this gem with Eat Out to Help Out. Perfect for a slap up, high-end Italian supper, with a slick cocktail menu to spice things up, and also a cosy family lunch (there are really good kids menus). Although based on traditional values, Nonna’s also has a great vegan menu. All in all, this is one step up from you trad local Italian – so get booking and find out for yourself.