Viento Coffee Company (12/09/17)

We’d heard good things about Viento Coffee Company on St Albans Road, but only managed to make it there after a summer visit to the (highly recommended) cobblers next door. A mistake, as we wished we’d discovered it months ago! We haven’t eaten there yet, but you can see there’s a great range of fresh…

Wardown House and Park (07/09/17)

We’d seen adverts for Wardown House Museum and Gallery when we visited the excellent Stockwood Discovery Park.  Both museums, run by Luton Culture, seem to have benefited from significant investment in the past few years, and have clearly worked hard to provide a rich and varied visitor experience for all ages. Wardown House, just north of…

East Herts Miniature Railway and Van Hage Garden Centre (01/04/17)

The East Herts Miniature railway is in the Van Hage Garden Centre in Great Amwell. The garden centre itself is a great destination for mooching around: it’s massive and our toddler loved wandering around but the main attraction for him was the railway – he could have stayed watching that for ages!

Bar Mezé, St Albans (03/01/17)

Just a quick post about a great lunch find in St Albans: Bar Mezé is a Cypriot restaurant serving Greek, Ottoman and Arabic-influenced food. We ordered a couple of the usual bread-and-dips (houmous, tzatziki) as well as one of the house specials: an Egyptian filo pastry with chicken, feta, béchamel sauce and herbs. The food…

Flourish Bakery (22/12/16)

We came across Flourish Craft Bakery while browsing local restaurants on TripAdvisor. We were fortunate, as you’re unlikely to stumble across it in person, tucked away as it is on an industrial estate off St. Albans Road. It’s a craft bakery that supplies products to delis and cafes across London and recently opened a cafe on its site (with a baby…

Moving to Watford: One Year On (13/12/16)

It’s a year since we moved to Watford from London. But did we? We’re still having conversations with friends and colleagues over what really constitutes ‘London’. We both work in the capital and consider Watford – as it’s on the tube and a quick overland hop into Euston – still part of Greater London. Our commutes…

West Herts College café (04/10/16)

Here’s a useful find: the café at West Herts College is open on Saturdays and has spacious seating areas outside in the foyer (to the left and right of the picture below, as well as inside the café itself). It’s great for grabbing a coffee if you’re that end of town at the weekend (it’s next to…

The Rhubarb Café (04/09/16)

We’d passed The Rhubarb Café driving around the Cassiobury estate. It’s a short walk from the bottom of Cassiobury Park but not easy to stumble across in a largely residential area (it’s on the roundabout near the Post Office on Cassiobury Drive). We popped in for a quick coffee with our little one. The coffee was good…

Café Cha re-opens (02/09/16)

We’d been hotly anticipating the re-opening of Café Cha in Cassiobury Park as we loved taking our little one to the playground before it closed for refurbishment. As the work went on we were a bit sceptical as the play equipment for very young children appeared to be being replaced with swings, a climbing frame and…

Ashridge Estate (31/07/16)

The Ashridge Estate comprises 5000 acres of free-to-explore woodland just outside Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chilterns. We drove up there on what turned out to be a very busy day – there was a huge geotagging event on, with hundreds of people having breakfast at the large café adjoining the visitor centre. That said the driveway…

Tarboush, Market Street (30/07/16)

We’d been to Lebanese restaurant Tarboush once before, but not with our son, and fancied a tasty, inexpensive meal out as a family. Again, the experience was wonderful, and the staff could not have been more accommodating. We had four meze dishes between us – lamb arayes (see the pic below), halloumi, hummus, the house salad with…

George Street Canteen, St. Albans (19/06/16)

Just round the back of the cathedral, you’ll find the George Street Canteen tucked away in a courtyard. We’re not sure what it used to be but now it’s a café that does great breakfasts. We went there after parking in the car park near the Westminster Lodge leisure centre (two hours free parking by the way)…

Bakehouse Cafe, St.Albans (17/04/16)

Scouring St. Albans for a yummy eating stop, we came across the Bakehouse Café. Situated near the cathedral, it’s in a good spot for having some refreshments after visiting the playground in the Verulamium Park. We stopped for brunch one April morning and pretty much wanted to try everything on their menu! In the end…