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This month sees the launch of a local rum, an awesome wine club and there's the chance to buy dinner (and firework) tickets to die for, if you're quick. It's all looking pretty tasty - here's the hot gossip from Herts and Beds.

New Herts Botanical Rum from Scratch

You might already know that super-cool indie drinks brand Scratch rum is distilled in the Herts village of Benington. You might even know that this British belter is now a mainstay in London’s trendiest bars. But what you probably don’t yet know is that founder Doug Miller has recently introduced a rum distilled from the finest local botanicals Hertfordshire has to offer. This Botanical bottle (£42) joins Patience, Faithful and Golden in Scratch’s line up. Shake up G&T hour with a Scratch and Tonic, served with a slice of orange. Go oon.

TICKETS ON SALE – Ashridge House Black Tie Dinner & Fireworks

Worried that fireworks weekend might be a bit of a damp squib this year? Well panic not. One super glam option is the black tie *I feel an online shopping excuse coming on* dinner and fireworks event at Ashridge House on Friday 6th November. Tickets (£99pp) have just gone on sale for this exclusive three course sit down slap up feast. There’ll be fizz, wine, three divine courses, coffee and petit fours. And of course, there’s a truly spectacular fireworks display to enjoy against the backdrop of this historic country house. But, get in there quick – when I said it was exclusive, I meant it.

Roll up, roll up…. for THOMPSON’s Argentinian Wine Dinner

THOMPSON St Albans has just announced a South american sizzler of an evening with its Argentinian Wine Dinner on the 11th November. Head Chef and Owner, Phil Thompson, will talk you through each course, and of course those oh-so-important wine pairings (such a great excuse for another glass of wine, and then another!). And this is a chef you’re going to want to listen to. Phil began his career at the Lanesborough before moving on to Michelin starred Orrery in Marylebone. He worked for both Galvin brothers and Marco Pierre before sous cheffing for Jean-Christophe Novelli at Auberge du Lac, Brocket Hall, where he was crowned head chef at the ripe old age of 24. Thompson brings together all this magic at his own project, THOMPSON. And this is the perfect opportunity to check it out

Tring Winery Tasting Club Launches

Fed up of Zoom? Think again. This October sees the launch of Tring Winery’s Online Wine Tasting Club. And this isn’t just your average online interaction. After holding tastings for over 3,000 attendees over lockdown, founders Alex and James have got their patter and their packaging down to a tee. Members will be sent sample wines in the post, which you can then sip and chat about online. It’s a pretty fun Friday night in. And for just £16, you get five wine samples and a tasting every month. How about that for a Netflix alternative?

Herons Re-opens After Refurb

Matteo Tutraku, who trained at hot London restaurant Sketch, moved to Herons, Chorleywood, five years ago and took over as owner last year. ‘Everyone is a VIP’, says Matteo, who values a friendly atmosphere above (almost) all. Well this friendly foodie outfit is back with a bang after a bright fresh lockdown facelift – think cool tones and lots of natural light. It’s well worth checking out.

Ever seen a tiger swim? Well here’s your chance

A good one to come along just in time for half term – Paradise Park has just opened it’s newest attraction – Land of the Tigers. This habitat has been designed to allow the Amur tigers to indulge in one of their favourite activities – swimming. Yup you read that right. This is the first enclosure in the UK to boast a big cat sized pool, a pool viewing area, and AN UNDERWATER VIEWING AREA! And the whole set up also has an educational element, as it aims to draw attention to the illegal logging industry. So you can educate your young ones, while admiring at these beautiful big cats.

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