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PUBLISHED: 09:30 31 May 2016

Aubrey Park in Redbourn

Aubrey Park in Redbourn

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Rosette for Aubrey Park

Staff at Aubrey Park Hotel at Redbourn are celebrating after the Brasserie restaurant was awarded an AA Rosette following an inspection in April.

Head chef Lee Robinson said he was delighted at the news. ‘We’re passionate about the food we serve and proud to have such a strong team. The rosette recognises the hard work they all do every day.’

Managing director David Timmis added, ‘We are developing the hotel with a new conference and events venue and these awards prove we’re growing stronger every day.’

New garden dining in Hitchin

Al fresco la carte dining and bar food served outdoors are now available at the Radcliffe in Hitchin following the opening of a newly-landscaped garden. It encompasses a mix of large plants and bespoke furniture ‘to create an idyllic sanctuary in the heart of Hitchin’ with different spaces for eating, drinking and relaxing.

First customers are being offered the opportunity of sampling the new a la carte menu, redesigned to feature spring produce. Live-music evenings featuring Herts performers have also been introduced.

Pub Group named ethical heroes

All 15 pubs run by Oakman Inns & Restaurants, which owns the Beech House, St Albans; King’s Arms, Berkhamsted; Red Lion, Water End, and The Akeman, Tring, have been awarded three stars, the highest possible, by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The association recognises ethical eating places – ‘the often unsung heroes of hospitality who go way beyond just serving delicious food’.

It is only the second pub group to achieve the status and joins the ranks of previous winners such as Raymond Blanc, Rick Stein, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Thomasina Miers and Antonio Carluccio.

All points food

Herts has won mention in a new map of Tasty British Place Names published by cartographers Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick.

The publication sets out to prove that Britain really does know its Cockles (Northumberland) from its Mussel Point (Cornwall) and its Bru (Western Isles) from its Ale (Scottish Borders) by listing food and drink-named points on the

UK compass.

Herts contributions? Barley, Butter Sweet Rise, Cow Roast, Major Haddock Close, Munches Wood, Pie Corner, Rib and Tea Green.

The map is available as a wall print and tea towel from stghq.com

Watford’s Little Italy

Watford is enjoying a taste of Mediterranean sunshine after the Bella Italia group opened its first restaurant in the town last month.

The 116-seat outlet, representing an investment of £765,000, has created 35 new jobs and offers Italian-style dining over breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

The brand is known for serving authentic rustic comfort food created with the help of a string of suppliers in Italy. The Watford outlet also features the company’s new trademark modern-trattoria style which includes large murals, leather booths and colourful tiling.

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