Where we’ve been – Hermitage Road, Hitchin

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Hermitage Road - Hitchin

For this month’s entry, we are heading for London’s northern commuter belt, and visit Hitchin, a town Google are reportedly recommending to their staff as a good place to live. This is on account of the excellent train connection to St Pancras, as well as schools and other services, but perhaps also a little bit because of the restaurant scene. Certainly, Hermitage Road would not look out of place in Shoreditch.

Originally a ballroom, the 1930’s building is the go-to place in Hitchin. Hermitage Road has kept its history alive with photos of its concert days on the walls (not an insignificant line-up either, Clapton once played here), and hosts live music sessions during peak times. The large, open space is flooded with light from enormous windows, and features exposed brick walls, original wood floors and an eight metre zinc bar. Raised banquettes, in booths along the wall, are great people-watching spots.

Hermitage Road pulls off the feat of having a great atmosphere at all times, whether it’s packed with cocktail drinkers on a buzzing Saturday night, or half-full for a calm mid-week breakfast or lunch. The bar and restaurant are interconnected, and you can eat in either, or indeed in the downstairs coffee shop. The menu is based on high quality local produce, with sticky pork ribs the signature dish. We visited for lunch, and can highly recommend it.

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