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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • 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 Juice Pharm

    The Juice Pharm is a healthy hidden gem tucked in the heart of St Albans near the Arena. We focus on providing fresh and cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies, vegan and raw vegan treats that are all dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. We also do lovely brunch options.

  • 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 […]

  • The Alford Arms

    Find the unruffled hamlet of Frithsden, near Berkhamsted and you'll find the award-winning Alford Arms. This pubby gem nestling in its secluded wooded valley has the great Ashridge forest on its doorstep and the broad sweep of the Chiltern Hills as its backdrop. Inside, rich fabrics and antique artwork set the mood. Wooden tables and chairs gleaned from nearby auctions add the tone and an open fire stands ready. Beyond the classic country bar the elegant freshness of the dining room is revealed. The ying and yang of the modern, essential pub: hearty cheer in the front and refined dining in the back. It's best to book of course but if you haven't there's rarely a chance of you leaving hungry - the Alford's jolly crew would scarce allow it...

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