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The Little Black Book: Restaurants

  • 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!

  • Carpenter’s Nursery, Sandridge

    Muddy says: Carpenter's Nursery and its brand new cafe and restaurant The Potting Shed make a trip to Sandridge on the edge of Heartwood Forest a must! This family business has been growing for 94 years, and is a celebration of all things local, seasonal and delicious.

  • 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!

  • 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 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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