Looking back at Welwyn Hatfield's foodie highlights
PUBLISHED: 10:55 12 January 2019
As we leap into the New Year, this is a great chance to look at some of the highlights of last year. I have written almost 50 columns about food and drink in our local area, and as anyone knows who lives around here, there are some wonderful places to eat and drink.
I always try to find the interesting independent business, who are trying to offer something special to Welwyn, Hatfield and the villages.
Our area is particularly good at pubs and I have been interested to see investment and the improvement in food; essential as landlords try and cope with horrendous business rate increases.
The White Horse, White Hart and The Wellington in old Welwyn for example, are all doing a great job and I ate well in all of them this year.
I also visited The Sun Inn in pretty Lemsford, which again has hard-working landlords and a great food menu.
The Cowper Arms in Cole Green has seen a very smart refurbishment which pleased locals and the team working there; one to check out in the new year.
The Plough at Sleepshyde is also excellent and a short journey from Hatfield university.
You will need to book to get a table in either!
Many of us try and cut back in January and February but I do urge you to continue to support your local pub in these traditionally quiet months; they need us more than ever.
We have a lot of chain restaurants in Welwyn Garden City, but we also have some good independents too.
I had a lovely vegetarian meal at The Neem Tree.
I also really like the monthly pop-up street food stalls ‘Midweek Munch’ and the food festival was again excellent and very well attended.
Our area caught the eye of TV presenter Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and he opened a branch of his River Cottage at Hatfield House, which I really like.
I would love to see more money trickle down into old Hatfield as this is such a lovely area that could be busier.
Out in the villages, I visited Datchworth Coffee, which is excellent.
I am amazed we don’t have more independent coffee shops in the area; we haven’t had a new one open in Welwyn Garden City or Hatfield for a while?
I look forward to discovering more foodie places in 2019; do let me know if you go anywhere that you think I should cover!