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: 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.
Muddy says: This country house hotel is just 26 miles from London but offers the perfect get-away-from-it-all retreat, with its secluded suites and brand new super-luxe private members' spa.
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: 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
Muddy says: This all-singing, all-dancing arts venue is a one-stop shop for all things cultural in Bishop's Stortford.
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
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
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: 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.