• Destination dining you’ll want to drive to

    It was a grey old day when I rocked up to the Bricklayers Arms in Flaunden, but the fire was blazing away and the pub was warm and welcoming as I waited for my friends to arrive. One of those pubs you could quite happily sit in all afternoon reading the papers on a Sunday…

  • Votes for Women!

    Mr C wasn’t really up snuggling up on the back row with me to watch ‘Suffragette’ – so I was delighted when our eldest announced that it was one of the new films he wanted to see. Not, perhaps, the most obvious choice for an 11-year-old boy, but hey ho….

  • Welcome to your new home, Porters!

    There had been a load of speculation about who would end up in the glass-walled corner unit of the recent development on Berkhamsted High Street. After Costa and M&S took the other two units, it looked like another chain (yawn) might be on its way. Imagine the excitement, then, when Porters, an independent restaurant that had been cooking up deliciousness in the heart of London for more than 35 years, announced that it was relocating to the town….

  • REVIEW: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Hero, over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon, managed to snaffle what must have been one of the last tickets available for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time recently, and she loved it. It’s on tour, though, so there’s always a chance to catch it somewhere else….

  • Sushi? In Berkhamsted? Yes please!

    Every so often, I just need a big city fix. Usually that involves 40 minutes on the train into London, just enough culture to say we’ve been there done that, and then far too many cocktails with my much-more-glam-than-me friend Kate. And if there’s food involved, then it’s probably sushi because it’s just about my […]

  • Stately home spa breaks

    It’s great not having to hop in the car for hours to escape somewhere for the weekend, so  having Champneys just five minutes down the road – well, up the hill – is an absolutely brilliant bonus to living, as I do, in Tring. That said, it’s not really that far from anywhere in Herts […]

    • Brilliant new place for a burger

      Let me get this out on the table before we start: I’m not a big fan of the burger. But even though my eldest barely eats meat, and never really has done, he’s still been thoroughly seduced by the idea that a burger is really the only food that a wannabe teenager should ever want…

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