Food & Drink

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lighter mornings but darker afternoons, the clocks going back has a dramatic instant effect that emphasises the fact autumn is here. This is also reflected in our eating habits and wine choices. Warming soups, casseroles, roast vegetables, notably root vegetables take the place of salads and barbecues.

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Lovers of a glass or two of fizz can enjoy a two-day Prosecco festival when it returns to Hertfordshire next year.

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I was sad when The Bakehouse in St Albans closed as I loved the location and cakes! I have been keeping an eye on the site since then and I am delighted to be able to tell you about its reincarnation as No Moo Moo. The name refers to the fact that everything on the menu, from the milk to the main courses, is plant-based, and I think this is a welcome addition to our city. Plant-based (vegan) cafés are pretty much the norm in Brighton and Bristol so it’s about time we caught up!

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Crisp early mornings, warm Indian summer days – autumn is nearly here together with a chill that is especially noticeable after our long hot summer. Time to check out the deep ripe fruity wines happily left forgotten on the wine rack, and the Rhone Valley wines fit neatly into this slot.

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Tucked away on Vaughan Road, The Silver Palate is a Harpenden institution. It has seen other indie restaurants and cafés come and go, but it remains a busy favourite with the locals.

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St Albans Literary Festival

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Herts Ad columnist Rupert Evershed brought ‘Nature: in all its glory’ to a recent workshop at Marlborough Science Academy.

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With stories covering the likes of Bowie, Brexit, the BID, Butterfly World, The Brickyard and the Berlin Wall, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet year for the Herts Advertiser.

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Hundreds of book lovers of all ages joined in a week of talks, workshops and activities for the second St Albans Literary Festival.

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With 23 novels, four television series, two novellas, five short stories and counting, Peter Robinson’s creation Inspector Alan Banks is a household name.

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Next week sees the start of the second St Albans Literary Festival, with a packed programme of events taking place between July 4-10.

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St Albans Film Festival

Thursday, June 28, 2018
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An actress who grew up in St Albans is debuting her short film about a man with dementia at the St Albans Film Festival.

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A Harpenden filmmaker has made a documentary about domestic abuse which will premiere at the St Albans Film Festival.

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St Albans’ popular summer film festival is returning to the city with another jam-packed schedule.

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Hit movie musical The Greatest Showman will be screened in the grounds of St Albans Cathedral next month – with ticket holders able to pay what they can to see it.

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Imagine if all of the 50 members of staff working for the council paid a drastically discounted £5 a day for the privilege of parking at the Civic Centre...

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Harpenden Highland Gathering

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Around 6,000 people attended the Highland Gathering in Harpenden last weekend to dance, listen to traditional Scottish bands and throw haggis.

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Harpenden Lions Club, which raises money to help those in need, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of bringing life skills education to local schools.

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