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The diversity of the Chilterns area is both its strength and its weakness – there are so many different kinds of restaurant that it can be really tricky to choose. If you’re struggling to select somewhere to dine, let us help you with this handy list. It features just a small cross-section of our favourite places, picked to suit a wide range of palates.

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The Don Indian

Step inside The Don Indian Restaurant in Welwyn Garden City and you’ll be taken aback – a traditional curry house it is not. The decor is modern and chic, the atmosphere busy and vibrant. It feels every inch an award-winning establishment, as indeed it is, having won Best Newcomer for the South East at the Asian Curry Awards in 2015. The award is richly deserved; owner Rasel Khan and his team offer the friendliest of welcomes, cater attentively to your food and drink requirements and give expert advice on what to choose from the mouth-watering menu.

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The Duncombe Arms

The inviting village of Waresley wouldn’t be complete without a quality local pub serving fresh and tasty homemade food. Fortunately, chef Tom Boyce and his wife Inga provide this in abundance at The Duncombe Arms: a cosy pub complete with a roaring fire in winter, a spacious garden for warmer weather, and exceptional pub food. Customers from far and wide come to enjoy the honest, authentic dishes that exemplify Tom’s love for cooking simple, high-quality food.

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The Grill Steakhouse

Recently relocated to stylish new premises, The Grill Steakhouse in Aylesbury continues to go from strength to strength, receiving a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015 and 2016 and highly favourable reviews on OpenTable. The grill, as the name suggests, is the hub of the restaurant and is where an impressive range of skilfully cooked meat, fish and vegetable dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients and marinated in meat glazes. The Grill is now fully licensed, proposing fabulous wine, cocktail and craft beer pairings for each steak, so make sure you indulge in a tipple or two.

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The Olive Tree

This friendly, buzzing café-restaurant in the centre of Berkhamsted has recently been taken over and refurbished, and is doing a roaring trade serving authentic Hellenic mezethes, Greek wine and beer, and also great tea and coffee. It already has a dedicated following on TripAdvisor, with diners praising the cheerful and attentive staff, the authenticity of the food and the excellent value for money.

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Oscars Pizza Company

There’s a great deal more to Oscars Pizza Company than pizza. For a start, there’s the décor with its flamboyant abstract art and matching outdoor tables, created by award-winning artist Antonio Russo. The al fresco seating area with its suntrap patio and palm trees lends a Mediterranean atmosphere to summertime dining. What’s more, there’s the atmosphere, which is lively and informal without being rushed or overly noisy. It’s no wonder that this family-run restaurant, founded in 1996, continues to be so popular with both locals and regulars from further afield.

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The Red Lion

Nestled in the rolling Dunstable Downs, The Red Lion at Studham is a family-friendly pub offering good food and a warm welcome. Cosy decor and delectable fare make The Red Lion the perfect spot for catching up with friends or enjoying a meal out with the family. The large selection of hearty dishes on offer will leave you spoilt for choice, and there’s always something going on at The Red Lion, with themed menu nights being a particular highlight.

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The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog is situated in the heart of the charming Hertfordshire village of Flamstead. This characterful historic building has been carefully renovated into an inviting space in which visitors can relax and linger with family and friends. The pub is surrounded by glorious Hertfordshire countryside at the edge of the Chilterns, with endless opportunities for walking and cycling. Featuring modern British cuisine with a Mediterranean influence, the menus ensure you’ll find something delicious to suit your tastes.

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Thompson St Albans

THOMPSON St Albans (formerly [email protected] ) offers a relaxed and affordable fine dining experience. Here you will find a modern, vibrant and busy setting, without the pretence sometimes associated with formal dining. The menus are ever changing and dictated by the seasons. Head chef Phil Thompson utilises his classic training, along with his natural skill for creating delicious flavour combinations, to create dishes that showcase his own modern style.

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Mr Ting – The Authentic Thai Cuisine

This friendly, bustling Thai restaurant, conveniently close to Watford station, is located in the Nascot Arms pub, providing an ideal combination of excellent real ales and exceptional Thai food. Mr Ting consistently receives top ratings on TripAdvisor, with many visitors declaring that it serves the best Thai food they’ve ever tasted. The team are courteous and efficient, the menu is extensive and the all the dishes are made using fresh, healthy vegetables and herbs, making for a truly great culinary experience.

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The Waggoners

Located on a picturesque walking route in the quaint hamlet of Ayot Green, this 17th-century coaching inn oozes character. Its beauty extends inside, and this discreetly French establishment serves a menu that is clearly the subject of much care and attention. The popular five-course weekly tasting menu features dishes from the à la carte menu for an extremely reasonable price, and the cheese selection is, in true French style, divine.

There are much more wonderful restuarants that can be found in our new Chilterns Food & Drink Guide. You can view online below, or request your free copy here:

Lucy Palmer

Lucy Palmer

Lucy is an ex-TEFL-teacher and keen foodie with a particular fondness for Sicilian seafood. She fancies herself as a bit of a linguist and enjoys delighting/boring her colleagues with language-related trivia. She is an obsessive reader, cyclist and collector of pebbles. Her most memorable experiences include climbing a Mayan pyramid at dawn, working with baby orangutans, and accidentally smashing all the company champagne glasses.

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