Food

  • 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? […]

  • Deliciously Ella recipe: pistachio and orange truffle bites

    Here is the first of three recipes I’ll be sharing with you from Ella Mills‘s new book, Deliciously Ella With Friends. I was lucky enough to meet Ella when she was in Hertfordshire for an event organised by Chorleywood Bookshop. She invited me to visit one of her cafes, MaE Deli, and I have recently had […]

  • Blade runner: the man on a mission in Hitchin

    What do your kitchen knives say about you? I have learned something valuable about myself, and it’s nothing to shout about. My kitchen knives were pronounced ‘Entirely average’ by Tim Hitchin Sharpening Keegan, when I rocked up at his workshop with a car load of embarrassingly blunt knives. Leaving your house carrying a knife is illegal […]

  • 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…

  • Cafe culture that’s actually *good* for you

    I’ve been a fan of the Bhaker House in Chiswell Green for a while now. And there’s lots to be a fan of — which is all the more surprising given how tiny it is. Tucked away in a little row of shops, the Bhaker House is easy to miss if you’re whizzing past on your way into St Albans, but once you know it’s there you’ll never be able to drive by without stopping…

  • What’s On: Muddy Herts Guide 3-9 Nov 2016

    Loads going on this week, whether you’re after a seasonal feast, a musical journey, a theatrical experience, an elephant, or a man in a dress. Enjoy, lovelies…

  • Lovely local pub — and great British dining

    I’m sorry to say that I’ve driven past The Bell in Stoke Mandeville loads of time over the years — and it was only recently that I actually stopped in and checked it out. Safe to say, I’m definitely going to be stopping there again…

  • Eat Here: The Milk Shed

    While Sarah from Muddy Berkshire and I would come from opposite directions, we’d both happily end up at this gorgeous little cafe near the shopping mecca that is Bicester Village. Shop ’til you drop — then head round the corner and treat yourself to lunch… then maybe a cake… or an ice cream… Anyway, I’ll leave it to Sarah to show you around properly…

  • Muddy Eats: The Alford Arms rises from the ashes

    The fire that closed The Alford Arms in Frithsden earlier this year left good food and beer lovers across this end of the county howling and bereft. And understandably so. But it’s back — and it’s just as lovely, as welcoming, as comfortable, and as popular as it ever was…

  • Tea is the new Cocktail, dahhhling…

    Now, I love a good cuppa — although some might say I make it a bit on the weak side — so I was shocked to discover that Ali, down in Muddy Kent, could take or leave a nice cuppa. However, she calmed me down with the revelation that you can make cocktails with tea. Seriously. Read on…

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