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  • The White Hart, Welwyn

    Steamed buns with crispy hake, I can't get you out of my mind!

  • Hitchin hosts with the most, and farewell sloe Ginuary

    I mopped up January with two stellar awards’ events, both hosted in Herts. On Monday I headed off to Hitchin, where Hermitage Road bar and restaurant was hosting the Top 50 Gastropubs awards. And on Tuesday, in Frithsden, the idyllic hidden pocket in the west of the county, it was the sloe gin competition at the Alford […]

  • Fromage-free Valentine delights

    In relationship terms, whether you’re a lifer, a newbie, or something in between, 14 Feb can be excruciating. Even if you vow to ignore it, it’s impossible to ignore. The confection of romance can make you wince. Far better to grasp the nettle by doing something different that won’t make you feel like an extra […]

  • Fancy a night away? Get Foxy!

    Don't tell anyone, but me and Mr C just got back from a sneaky mid-week overnighter in one of the new rooms at The Fox at Willian. And it was bliss. (The room, people -- the room! What are you like?) Big cheers to grandma for looking after the Mudlets -- and huge love for our new favourite place to eat-and-stay...

  • Don’t be sloe (sorry) getting your gin started…

    I'm something of a fan of sloe gin, having properly discovered it a few years ago -- courtesy of my lovely friend Lucy, who always manages to rustle up a super selection of sloe gin, damson gin, and more. So I'm not-very-quietly excited at the prospect of the return of the Alford Arms' Sloe Gin Competition...

  • Muddy Eats: The Alford Arms rises from the ashes

    The fire that closed The Alford Arms in Frithsden earlier this year left good food and beer lovers across this end of the county howling and bereft. And understandably so. But it's back -- and it's just as lovely, as welcoming, as comfortable, and as popular as it ever was...

  • A pub with a view — and *what* a view

    I love Norfolk -- and I've just discovered one more reason to love spending a few days up there. Jo, of Muddy Norfolk, brought this gorgeous pub to my attention recently in her review -- lucky thing, having lunch there -- and I thought you might like a peek too. Long weekend, Mr C?

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