10 reasons to love Tewin
PUBLISHED: 12:53 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:53 21 July 2015
One of the most desirable locations in the county, Tewin is blessed with a vibrant community and many reasons to visit
Set in an idyllic spot, Tewin Bury Farm provides the perfect backdrop for a wedding or celebration. The converted barns and 17th century farmhouse have been beautifully renovated mixing old with new and incorporating locally-made oak furniture. Williams’ Bar and Restaurant is open to residents and non-residents with chef Grant Tomkins specialising in British cuisine. Are there children out on a sleepover? Have your own, with the hotel’s Sunday sleepover offer, it includes a three-course dinner and stay in a premier room.
Each summer Tewin hosts a major classic car show with last year’s event showcasing more than 300 cars. Expect to see models dating back to the ‘30s and anything from classic Minis to monster ‘Yank tanks’ Whether or not you own a classic car or just enjoy looking at these beauties from another age, go along and enjoy a slice of vintage motoring. The show takes place on Upper Green on August 23.
An apple a day
Originally owned by the Hopkyns family, Tewin Orchard was planted in 1933. It continues as a nature reserve for all to enjoy thanks to the wishes of its last owner, Molly Hopkyns. Today, the orchard is home to many Hertfordshire apple varieties including the Hitchin Pippin which was propagated from the last known 100 year-old tree. The highlight of the orchard’s year - Apple Day - is held on October 11, midday–4.30pm, and includes guided tours to learn about the history and varieties.
This is a chance to get amazingly close to badgers. Led by the Hertfordshire Wildlife Trust, hunker down in the purpose-built hide at Tewin Orchard and observe these shy animals in their natural habitat. Experts from the trust are on hand to guide you and answer any questions. These events are held from 8.45pm-10.45 pm on various evenings throughout the summer. For dates and booking details, go to hertswildlifetrust.org.uk
Nigel and Gill Walker of the Plume of Feathers came to Tewin 11 years ago. ‘We have worked all over and this is the place that feels like home,’ Gill says. ‘It’s been a lovely place for my children to grow up - it’s the sense of the community’. This traditional pub offers great pub grub complemented with seasonal beer and guest ales. In the summer, enjoy its beautiful views over surrounding countryside.
Get your boots on
This year is the Hertfordshire Year of Walking, so why not try a six-mile circular walk taking in Tewin, Burnham Green and the Mimram Valley (No 1402 – Walking Britain). For smaller walks around the village, Tewin Stores sells a map with suggested routes, priced £3.50.
Next Wimbledon star?
Tewin has two all-weather tennis courts enabling play all year round. Tewin Tennis Club in Upper Green offers friendly social and competitive tennis for both children and adults and provides coaching sessions for all abilities. As well as arranging in-house competitions, members can participate in the Datchworth Tennis League. tewintennisclub.co.uk
The villagers’ shop
After losing the village shop seven years ago, residents found they were lost without it. So with the help of a team of more than 30 volunteers, Tewin Stores reopened as a community-run initiative. ‘It really isn’t simply a shop but the hub of the village,’ says volunteer Linda Adams. The shop stocks locally-sourced produce and also has a little cafe, with a covered courtyard area where you can enjoy gluten-free quiches and homemade scotch eggs. Yum.
Care for your bear
A teddy bear can be passed down generations, but what happens when Ted looks more bare than bear? Villager Terry Brand began designing and making his own traditional-style bears under the name of Tewins Bruins. Then in 2001 he was commissioned to restore a well-loved 1930s JK Farnell, which later sold for over £1,000. This led to further restoration requests and Terry’s Teddy Hospital was born. If you have a cherished bear in need of some TLC, go to terrysteddyhospital.com
Based at the Old Dairy Tea Room, The Country Bumpkin specialises in hearty breakfasts and afternoons teas. You will find locally-sourced food on the menu and wild food nights are held once a month. Owner Stuart Blackman is a foraging force of nature. Go along to his foraging days, and, depending on the season, you could catch either rabbit or crayfish and collect wild greens or hedgerow fruit, then help cook up what you have found back at the tearoom. thecountrybumpkin.co.uk