Food & Drink
Looking for a gastropub with a bit of a buzz? You'll find the best of both worlds here, where excellent food and a thriving nightlife go hand-in-hand. We'll be at the bar!
Muddy says: Need a sugar and caffeine double whammy? This eclectic coffee shop is bursting with irresistible bakes and pastries and serves up a mean brunch, too.
Muddy says: A luxurious country house hotel near Bishop's Stortford set in 110 acres of gardens, with ESPA spa, restaurant serving food prepared with home-grown ingredients, and excellent afternoon teas.
This high street pub has been given a new lease of life as a stylish and contemporary all-day dining destination - a one-stop-shop for family brunches to cocktails with the girls and everything in between!
This super stylish all-day bar and social dining destination is local and independent, but it has the look and feel of a chi-chi London venue - see you at the bar!
Muddy says: Fabulous fine dining in 22 acres of parkland in a curious fake Tudor house with contemporary interiors. Yes please!
Muddy says: Found in the pretty Georgian Village of Woburn on the Beds/Bucks border, The Woburn Hotel has a classic English charm and top-tier dining, all set within the beautiful Woburn Estate.
Muddy says: This 17th century ale house has been given a new lease of life as a go-to gastropub for bona fide foodies and craft beer connoisseurs
Muddy says: Looking for a great country pub which doesn't disappoint in the food department? This one has atmosphere and dining down to a tee.
Muddy says: A stunner of a hotel where you can get the five-star treatment and take the kids along for the ride
With it's gorgeous rooms and mouthwatering menus, this gastropub on the village green is just the spot for whiling away a sunny afternoon... or a whole weekend
Whether you fancy swotting up on wine, (or just drinking it!), head to this relaxed and sociable shop-cum-bar to try a selection of hand-picked varieties and some tasty dishes to match.
This award-winning pub in the heart of St Albans serves fine fare with a side helping of quirkiness and a cracking list of craft beers, too.
Muddy says: Priding itself on the freshness of its food, with Chagyu beef a speciality, this historic country pub ticks all the boxes for cosy nights by the fire, and alfresco dining in the summer.
The industrial-chic shelves of this stylish new farm shop are bursting with local treats while freshly made delights are being served up in the café
Known for golf, Centurion Club offers stylish dining, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas and non-members are most welcome.
Muddy says: This cosy and traditional 18th century pub packs a punch in the dining department too, with its award-winning fine dining menu courtesy of Michelin-trained chef
Gin lovers listen up! You can try before you buy at this local artisan distillery and shop – the first in Hertfordshire and the home of Campfire Gin
Muddy says: This hidden gem, on the edge of Ashridge Forest, is a favourite with walkers and connoisseurs of fine food alike, with its friendly country pub atmosphere and seasonally changing menu
Muddy says: Lussmanns Tring offers sustainable and delicious food in a stylish art deco interior.
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!
Muddy says: Nelson + Pops is the perfect prosecco van that will add va va voom to weddings and parties in Hertfordshire and beyond.
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.
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? Owzat, The Cricketers!
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.
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!
Muddy says: a wonderfully friendly and independent wine merchant, packed to the rafters with labels you're unlikely to find in a supermarket.