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  • Broadway Studio + Gallery

    Muddy says: I absolutely love this Letchworth gallery. The space itself is uplifting: light and bright, the exhibitions continue to be different and interesting, and of course I have to mention the café for coffee, cake or a glass of wine. I love Broadway Gallery!

  • Flagship Wines, St Albans

    Muddy says: a wonderfully friendly and independent wine merchant, packed to the rafters with labels you're unlikely to find in a supermarket.

  • Urban Flower Farmer

    Muddy says: Emma's story is inspiring: she worked in retail as a fashion buyer, became a florist, then read a book called The 50 Mile Bouquet which completely changed her approach to floristry. She now grows all her own blooms on her flower farm in Barnet. Her business is organic, sustainable and seasonal, and her floral design is stunning and constantly evolving.

  • 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!

  • All In One Season

    Muddy says: All In One Season is a completely delightful and fully immersive floral and lifestyle experience. Alice is the creative genius behind All In One Season, and she will transform your wedding or any other celebration with her unique Dutch style. You can also learn from her: she is a gifted teacher who runs wonderful workshops in the magical courtyard of her Arts and Crafts home in Letchworth. I'll keep you posted about the Dutch Winter House in December. It's unmissable.

  • Sharon Cooper Photography

    Muddy says: Sharon Cooper is a hugely talented and much loved photographer based in Hitchin. She has a generous spirit, which I think comes across in her photography, and she also does a lot to support independent businesses in Herts. Read the 22 comments below from some of her delighted clients - well deserved!

  • Rothamsted Manor, Harpenden

    Muddy says: This Grade I listed manor house in Harpenden is a complete stunner and each and every one of your guests will want to be the first on the dance floor. It's yours for weddings, significant birthdays and any other occasion where you want to pretend that this is your family home. Rothamsted Manor has parquet, big fireplaces, stained glass and oak panelled rooms inside and 12 acres of formal gardens, including a croquet lawn, outside.

  • 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 […]

  • Chenies Manor

    This stunning Grade I Listed Building on the Buckinghamshire/Herts border, known formerly as Chenies Palace, was owned by the Cheyne family who were granted the manorial rights in 1180. The manor remained in their possession until the end of the 15th century.The semi-fortified brick manor house which forms the core of the present day structure […]

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