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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • Fleetville Larder, St Albans

    Muddy says: a deliciously friendly deli with a focus on cheese, wine, excellent coffee and cake. After only one year, The Fleetville Larder has become a popular community hub that hosts brilliant evening events!

  • Down Hall Hotel & Spa

    Down House Hotel & Spa is a luxurious country house hotel near Bishop's Stortford that is ready to welcome you! The perfect place for weddings, spa treatments and afternoon tea!

  • Sopwell House

    Sopwell House is the perfect luxury country house hotel. Fab cocktails, award winning spa, and indulgent, comfy rooms. The food is delicious, and it's a great place for afternoon tea.

  • Loft, St Albans

    Muddy says: new to the Cathedral Quarter in St Albans, Loft on George Street is beautifully stylish, and Nick Male's food is artistic, seasonal and delicious!

  • The Cricketers, Weston, Hitchin

    Muddy says: Looking for a friendly village pub with great food, warm hospitality and hearty country walks? How about a pub with its very own pizza oven? The Cricketers in Weston, north Herts, has it all.

  • Carpenter’s Nursery, Sandridge

    Muddy says: Carpenter's Nursery and its brand new cafe and restaurant The Potting Shed make a trip to Sandridge on the edge of Heartwood Forest a must! This family business has been growing for 94 years, and is a celebration of all things local, seasonal and delicious.

  • The Grove

    London's Country Estate has great style, and an even greater sense of fun. Welcome to The Grove!

  • The Tilbury, Datchworth

    Muddy says: The Tilbury is the sister - or brother - pub to The White Hart in Welwyn. Both are run by brothers Tom and James Bainbridge. Tom is the chef at The Tilbury and his approach to food is impressive: creative and sustainable. The food and wine pairing events always sell out, so be quick!

  • The White Hart, Welwyn

    Muddy says: I have to admit that until I reviewed The White Hart for Muddy Stilettos, I hadn't eaten here, despite the fact that it's on my doorstep. Now I am recommending it to everyone I meet, and I have also become a regular during happy hour. Adam is the White Hart's award-winning mixologist, and he sure knows how to build a cocktail!

  • Courtyard with doors opening to courtyard garden and cafe with George Street Canteen sign painted doors and a warm welcome for families and children and dogs

    George Street Canteen, St Albans

    Muddy says: this hidden gem is no longer a secret, it won Best Cafe in the Muddy Awards 2017. It's family and also dog friendly, it's cosy inside and Mediterranean (on a good day) outside.

  • The Russell Arms, Butlers Cross

    Since 1784 villagers and visitors to Butlers Cross have enjoyed the inviting ambience of the Russell Arms. Situated a stonesthrow away from Ellesborough golf course, this pub blends the timeless appeal of a traditional 18th Century coach house with stylish contemporary features that ensure guests will enjoy a memorable visit. With an ample, open beer […]

  • The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

    The Bell offers a spacious yet cosy environment with more than a nod to the traditions of the Great British pub. Serving fresh, uncomplicated and seasonal food complemented by a simple ‘something for everyone’ wine list, proper bar snacks, light bites and a selection of quality real ales. Our aim is simple: To provide top […]

  • Frithsden Vineyard

    Frithsden Vineyard, near Berkhamsted, grows unusual varieties of vines that are specially developed to grow in our cooler climate.  All the grapes  are  grown in the vineyard — then pressed and bottled in the onsite winery.   Simon and Natalie Tooley have owned the vineyard since 2006, and have developed it from an unused site into […]

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