• Hermitage Rd, Hitchin

    Am I the last person on the (Herts) planet to eat at Hermitage Rd? Possibly. And I loved it. I’d also love to know what you think of Hitchin’s former ballroom.

  • Auberge du Lac, Welwyn

    The new chef at Auberge du Lac has barely put on his apron before I arrive to try the lunch menu. Made to make your mouth water. Tuck in!


    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, […]

  • 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…

  • Eat here: Muddy Herts at Water Lane

    I’d been to Water Lane in Bishop’s Stortford for lunch a while back — and thoroughly enjoyed it — but they’ve taken on new chef and a brand new general manager recently, so I popped back to check out any changes. Y’know, it would have been rude not to…

  • All the nice girls love a Jolly Sailor…

    Yes, Summer’s waning… ok, it’s properly Autumn already… but that’s no reason not to head off for a cheeky weekend — love a short break, me. If you’re headed Norfolk-wards (or should that be Norfolk Broads?), then Jo of Muddy Norfolk has the perfect pub to please you and any stray kids you’ve not managed to shake off…

  • 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?

    • Stay Here: Thornbury Castle, Gloucestershire

      Ok, I’m not jealous AT ALL that Hero, over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon, got back recently from a stay at Thornbury Castle. Nope, I’m totally FINE with it, ok? *sigh* To be fair, though, it does look flippin’ AMAZING. Check out what a good time she had there…

    • Gorgeous grown-up gastro pub

      I popped into Hitchin’s Radcliffe pub earlier in the year, but didn’t manage to eat last time I was there. This time, I made sure that I was just in time for dinner — oh, is that the time already? — and I’m jolly happy that I did.

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