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Friday, August 3, 2018

I feel quite emotional writing about the new St Albans Museum + Gallery – the transformation is, at last, complete, and we now have a terrific cultural space right in the centre of our city.

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Something a little different for you this week, as the school summer holidays are now well under way. I took our 12 year old for a sleepover at Whipsnade Zoo (15-25 minutes from Harpenden/St Albans) so had a great chance to try out the new and very swish River Cottage Kitchen and Deli that has just opened there.

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Did you make it to the Rothamsted Festival of Ideas weekend? It was a rare opportunity to explore the extensive site and find out what goes on. We went as a family and it was brilliant to learn about the world-leading research going into our food production – and the food available there was excellent too!

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Tucked away on Leyton Road is a small, yet very busy, sushi café and takeaway, Zero Sushi. Well-known to Harpenden regulars, it also attracts customers from miles away who tell me this is the best sushi outside of London; have you tried it yet?

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Have you discovered the lovely Street Food Social in Harpenden yet? It is a pop-up event on the Common in front of Lussmann’s on Saturday evenings and it has a lovely atmosphere and great food. I loved the bunting, painted fabric signs around the trees and funky trucks – it’s a small market but there is something for everyone to eat here.

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The Herts Ad’s food columnist checks out St Albans’ hot new restaurant...

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For such a small village, Sandridge does very well for places to buy good food, with proper pubs, butcher’s shop, Heartwood Tearoom and farm shops. Carpenters has long had a great reputation for their own-grown vegetables and plants, and the farm shop has transformed in the last two years. The latest development is the opening of The Potting Shed over the Easter weekend.

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Herts Ad food columnist Becky Alexander explores St Albans’ new ice cream parlour...

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Radlett has had a farmers’ market at various locations over the years, and I am pleased to tell you that it is back. The Duck Pond Market is now located right on Watling Street, Newberries Parade, alongside the shops, which is much better than tucked away on the train station car park.

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Exploring the Cave...

Monday, January 29, 2018

I don’t think I’ve been to a “wine bar” since the ‘80s; were they all replaced by gastro pubs and proper pubs? I was curious when The Bishop’s Cave opened in a former hair salon on Holywell Hill – with a picture of a glass of wine in the window, was the wine bar back?

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Plenty to find in Loft...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

George Street and the ‘Cathedral Quarter’ are becoming quite the destination for restaurants and bars. Busy Dylan’s, Per Tutti and Suckerpunch have created a new buzz about the area, and locals know to head away from the main roads with the chains to the more atmospheric parts of town for something interesting to eat.

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St Albans

Herts Ad food columnist Becky Alexander takes a look back on the year’s food news. What opened and what closed, and what were the trends in St Albans and Harpenden? With national news being full of shop closures and Brexit, how were things in our (fairly) affluent area?

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Festive foodie treats...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I love this time of the year, when I can share with you some of the special Christmas foodie treats that are on offer in our local area. We need plenty of things to cheer us up when the weather gets cold, so here are some of my favourites!

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