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    A trip down to Tewin Bury Farm

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    PA Life headed to the Williams’ restaurant at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel ahead of our recent FAM trip for a taster of lunch and a peek at the Hertfordshire venue’s event facilities… 

    Just 10 miles outside of North London, and nestled between the towns of Hertford and Welwyn in the Hertfordshire countryside, is Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, a 4 Star hotel centred around uniquely converted farm buildings that run alongside the meandering River Mimram.

    It’s one of those excellently multi-faceted venues, which is equally suited to both private and corporate experiences, whether a meeting, lunch, dinner or full residential conference.

    We visited on a gorgeous September afternoon, with the approach up the lovely long driveway and over the river placing you in what would have been the old farm buildings courtyard. Quite quickly you can see and appreciate the thinking behind the design – a fusion of old and new styles that’s extremely welcoming, with ample parking too for those bringing along a crowd.

    We headed straight for the Williams’ Bar & Restaurant, which was originally a chicken shed when the Williams’ family purchased Tewin Bury Farm.

    In fact, the hotel has evolved from humble beginnings – the family opened up a farm shop to sell their potatoes and other local produce and alongside this, as an experiment, they opened four rooms in the family home as guest rooms available for visitors.

    Demand was such that an onsite restaurant was a no-brainer and the rest, as they say, is history. Inside, Williams’ reflects the same style sensibilities as the exterior – old exposed beams in the high and airy ceiling paired with contemporary wooden furniture and decorations.

    The team of chefs at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel have designed imaginative and creative menus that are inspired by local produce and the seasons (make sure you check out their Sunday roasts, and things can get lively with live music). The restaurant’s specials change daily depending on the produce available. We tucked into immaculately presented starters of confit duck terrine and salt cured scallops, followed by a perfectly cooked saddle of lamb with pressed shoulder, and a fillet of bream, finishing with a shared cheese board.

    The restaurant staff were friendly throughout and extremely knowledgeable – able to talk through the various ingredients and their sources for each dish.

    There was a large corporate event taking place on the day we visited, with Tewin Bury Farm also offering a range of spaces that can accommodate events, from board meetings and team building to a conference for hundreds. It’s worth noting that the hotel operates a shuttle service from Welwyn North station (direct from King’s Cross) and road links connect you very quickly with the A1(M), M1 and M25.

    For more information and to book, visit www.tewinbury.co.uk.

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    Stuart O'Brien

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