Spelt out on a pavement. Villagio: a clean, beautifully furnished restaurant with the best staff you could care for, in the best location in the centre of any High Street, has closed…?
Perhaps there are already too many restaurants and day cafes in Berkhamsted to feed most of Sudan for a fortnight. Or maybe it didn’t get the dinners right?
With loose research (agents wont tell you on the phone) it is presumed to belong to the ASK/Pizza Express brotherhood. You’d think chains would know better than ‘bottom lines’ by now. A Chain describes itself, but like Costa has proven, we willingly chain ourselves to them. If an independent, can genuinely make people feel welcome and mean it, if it’s not up itself, its plates are delicious, effortless and worth every penny, Bill’s might stay open. As for Sudan, you’re in the wrong place. (James Hannaway)
Bikes billy-whizz down Lower Kings Road on a Friday in September in the final stages of the Tour Of Britain. For the 30 seconds it took them to pass, the fabulous sense of occasion was almost carnival.
The Police bikes entertained with bells, whistles and waves.
I overheard: “Only in Berkhamsted would you hear a mob cheer for the police…”
(Bicycle is screening at the Rex on Sunday 19th October at 6pm). Shaved legs only. (James Hannaway)