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Andrei Lussmann

Andrei Lussmann grew up in West Africa where he first learned to drink strong espresso and fell in love with Italian food. His father worked for Impresit Bakolori, a construction company owned by Fiat, and the family lived in a version of Little Italy built by the car company in the middle of the desert, complete with a pizza oven. Andrei worked for Forte, Pizza Express and Corney and Barrow before opening his own business. He now has restaurants in Hitchin, Harpenden, St Albans and Hertford, with another Lussmanns soon to open in Tring. He talks to Muddy Herts about his love of big, open spaces, where to go on holiday at Easter, and how he admired Hugh Laurie’s portrayal of the evil Richard Roper in The Night Manager.

Thompson, St Albans


Phil Thompson at Thompson is a top chap and even better chef. I think he’ll have a Michelin star sooner rather than later. It’s quite clear that he’s the best chef in the county. He is doing something very special and it’s always a pleasure to eat at his restaurant. I’m looking forward to working with him on our first ‘Dream Team Charity Dinner’ in aid of Youth Talk on 7 February.

Hatch, St Albans

Hatch, St Albans

I’m old fashioned. I like Italian, hard core, dark-roasted coffee. I don’t like any of the new blonde roasts that the Australians brought over twenty years ago, although I do applaud the newer coffee houses such as Hatch. Chris Evans does a great job there with his very botanical and citrus New World coffee.

Barrissimo, St Albans


I like Barrissimo because the style of coffee is what I grew up on. At work I drink hundreds of espressos in a week. At home I have a stove-top espresso pot; wouldn’t leave home without it.

Bedford Embankment


I love the Embankment in Bedford. It’s tree-lined, with a traditional bandstand. You can even enjoy learning how to row, down the river.

Château Léoube


This is a stunning organic vineyard in Provence. They produce an amazing rosé that you can only buy from Daylesford Farmshop. Corney and Barrow flew me out on a Lear jet, not your standard field trip! We arrived in Toulon on a deserted runway with four waiting racing green Land Rovers. I suddenly realised what it would be like to live like Richard Roper in The Night Manager, great fun.

Natural History Museum, Tring


Tring reminds me of an ABC book. It’s got the best museum in the world. It’s on the border with Buckinghamshire and has the delightful Ashridge Estate. It’s quiet, and it reminds me of a less hectic time. I’m an old-fashioned guy and can’t wait to open Lussmanns there.

Barmouth, Wales


North west Wales is one of my favourite places on earth. Affordable, quiet and an abundance of natural beauty. Edwardian castles, rugged unspoilt coastline and a pace of life that suits us all. It takes such a long time to get there but when you do it’s always worth it. You have your packed lunch, your flask of coffee and you’re off.  Amazingly, every Easter when we’ve been there it hasn’t rained. It’s wonderful British countryside. It’s a place where you just go back to basics and I really love that.

Tresco, Isles of Scilly


My best holiday ever. You feel as though you are in a tropical paradise with wonderful flora and fauna and these amazing succulents. It’s slightly volcanic, with beautiful beaches and an old monastery. There is nobody there and it’s just delightful. It does of course help that there is a fantastic deli (Tresco Stores and Deli) so you can cook up a wonderful dinner and then feel as if you can get back into the wild. You are of course reliant on good sun. That was probably my favourite holiday, and it was in Britain. You don’t have to go to the South of France or Spain.



  • stella noble January 13, 2017

    I have found it very helpful and interesting reading your comments on Tresco because l have long thought l would like to go there, l have go as far as getting the brochure, but now having read your comments,l might just go a head and book~Thank-you!

    • sandradeeble January 14, 2017

      Hello Stella, good to hear from you and thank you for reading. It sounds and looks wonderful, doesn’t it? I haven’t been but I have friends who go every year and they love it. To enter the competition, please share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’ll put the names in a hat and will ask someone to pick a winner. Good luck! Sandra

      • stella noble January 14, 2017

        Many Thanks to you! My daughter also told me how nice it is by the river in Bedford with the Bandstand, so that also struck a cord.

    • sandradeeble January 15, 2017

      Hi Stella
      I’ve just spotted this on our Muddy Cornwall site – you might like it!

  • stella noble January 13, 2017

    Would also love to enter the competition, but not sure what you have to do?


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