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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • Fleetville Larder, St Albans

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

  • Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Bishop’s Stortford

    Muddy says: A luxurious country house hotel near Bishop's Stortford set in 110 acres of gardens, with ESPA spa, restaurant, and excellent afternoon teas.

  • Sopwell House, St Albans

    Muddy says: Sopwell House is the perfect luxury country house hotel - fab cocktails, award winning spa, and indulgent, comfy rooms. Delicious food too.

  • 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 has it all.

  • Carpenter’s Nursery, Sandridge

    Muddy says: Carpenter's Nursery and its charming new café and restaurant The Potting Shed make a trip to Sandridge on the edge of Heartwood Forest a must.

  • The Grove, Chandler’s Cross

    Muddy says: 'Groovy grand' 5 star hotel and spa in a stunning 18th Century building, surrounded by over 300 hundred acres of stunning grounds.

  • The Tilbury, Datchworth

    Muddy says: The Tilbury is a much awarded British-inspired restaurant with a large terrace and garden. There's also more casual dining available serving pub classics.

  • The White Hart, Welwyn

    Muddy says: Friendly pub with 13 boutique bedrooms, 1AA rosette restaurant and function space in Welwyn village offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

  • 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 won Best Café in the Muddy Awards 2017. It's family and also dog friendly, 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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