Redbournbury Watermill (03/09/17)

An ancient mill grinds flower. A market stall sells bread and cakes. Down the valley a horse paddles in the river ford, while over the water meadows rare wild fowl roam free. No, it’s not the Cotswolds: we’re only 20 minutes north of Watford, at Redbournbury Watermill. A mill has probably been on the site  since…

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…

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…

Heritage Open Days: St Albans South Signal Box (29/09/16)

Third stop on our trip around Heritage Open Day attractions on the weekend of 10-11 September was St Albans South Signal Box. The Grade-II-listed site was built in 1892, but by 1980 had closed. After many years of neglect a Trust was formed in 2003 to look after it, with the signal box finally opening to the…

Verulamium Park, St Albans (07/08/16)

We’ve been to the playground in Verulamium Park in St. Albans a few times – it’s only 20 mins by car and the car park is free for a couple of hours on a Sunday. The park itself is large, and features Roman remains dotted here and there. There’s also a paddling pool with a…

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…