• Featured Restaurant: Meze Mangal 9 Nov 18

    With its low ceilings and beams, its simple wooden tables and its dark red chairs, the dining area at Meze Mangal could be the interior of any traditional restaurant… but the reality is quite... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Rucola 26 Oct 18

    It’s been a long week, but the moment I step foot in Rucola, I feel instantly at ease. I’m charmed by the friendliness of the waiter who greets us in Italian and by the inviting atmosphere: the... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: K2 Balti 12 Oct 18

    It’s hard to miss K2 Balti House. It makes for an impressive floodlit presence on one of the main roads leading into the town centre of Hemel Hempstead. This is a big, roomy restaurant that’s... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Virundhu Street Kitchen 14 Sep 18

    A genuine Sri Lankan street kitchen, like the famous ones in capital city Colombo, must be an incredible experience: a multi-sensory assault of sound, smell and colour, and an overwhelming choice of... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Lussmanns 31 Aug 18

    There are three floors to Lussmanns St Albans. Its official entrance is via Waxhouse Gate, but we come in from the Heritage Close side, drawing back a heavy curtain over the door with a sense of... Read More

  • The Royal Oak 17 Aug 18

    The newly painted dark petrol blue interior of Bushey’s Royal Oak is a world away from the tired appearance of recent years. Now the atmosphere is beautifully moody – mismatched tables and... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Gusto Bistro 3 Aug 18

    “This isn’t just any restaurant,” claims Chef Patron Allan Himowicz, as he greets me and my husband on our arrival at this tiny and unassuming bistro. And he’s right. Where else does a... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Thompson 6 Jul 18

    Chef Patron Phil Thompson has trained under such illustrious culinary legends as Christophe Novelli and Marco Pierre White, and is a rising star himself – with a cv that includes a Michelin star and... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Sathi 15 Jun 18

    It’s quiet and peaceful outside Sathi in the fading summer light; I should be relaxed. I’m not. Instead, I’m tapping my foot, looking anxiously along the street and texting my husband... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Di Paolo 1 Jun 18

    Di Paolo has a relaxed, confident vibe. There are traditional white tablecloths, cream walls with textile art in orange and ochre, and American standards on the sound system. The cheerful buzz from... Read More

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