An array of villages and towns inside a 20-minute drive offers a large selection of pubs, bars and restaurants.
To wet your appetite, here’s a taster of some of the finest places to eat out.
Country houses and spas
Auberge du Lac, Welwyn (7 miles)
Excellent English cuisine with a spectacular view of Broadwater Lake and Brocket Hall, from the terrace of the former hunting lodge. Two AA Rosettes and a superb selection of dishes and wines on the menu.
Luton Hoo, Luton (10 miles)
In the Wernher Restaurant, surrounded by beautiful marble panelwork, the food is presided over by a head chef with three AA Rosettes to his name. For more informal dining and afternoon tea, try the Adam’s Brasserie.
Sopwell House, St Albans (12 miles)
A four-star luxury hotel in a historic Georgian country house with an AA Rosette for its seasonal English and European menu, a cocktail bar and obligatory onsite spa.
The Rusty Gun, Hitchin (3 miles)
Traditional local beers, new world wines and good, fresh food, courtesy of an award-winning chef from the Hermit of Redcoats.
The Wellington Inn, Old Welwyn (3 miles)
AA Rosette, Trip Adviser certificate of excellence
The Hermit of Redcoats, Hitchin (5 miles)
Winner of the best gastropub of the year award at the Hertfordshire Food & Drink Awards 2015
The Tilbury Pub & Dining Rooms, Datchworth (5 miles)
2 AA Rosettes and featured in AA pub guide & Michelin Guide for 2014/2015
Hermitage Road Bar & Restaurant, Hitchin (6 miles)
Bib Gourmand status in Michelin 2015 guide; listed in the Independent’s top 50 coffee shops in UK
Williams Bar & Restaurant, Tewin Bury (6 miles)
Award-winning two AA Rosette restaurant.
The Fox, Willian (8 miles)
The National Food Awards 2014 Gastropub of the year