The Herts Advertiser – Local food columnist Becky Alexander goes out to discover how some of her favourite venues have changed post-lockdown:

My first visit was to the cafe inside the Cathedral in search of a coffee, and it was really lovely to be back inside this wonderful space. Tables had been removed to allow plenty of room. We ordered at the counter, and chose a table near the window, and our coffee and scones were brought to us with a warm smile. At the moment they are using single cups so I hope they go back to their usual washables soon, but baby steps. There is a one-way system through the Cathedral so it was great to be able to visit the painting of the Last Supper by Lorna May Wadsworth on our way through.

After browsing the market, we went for a late lunch at the George Street Canteen. They have a really good set-up there; you are greeted at the door and taken to a table in the marquee or the patio with views of the Cathedral. Again, plenty of space between tables and we gave my phone number for their records.

It is a shorter menu than usual but all the favourites are there, and we had excellent halloumi burgers. Everyone was having a lovely time!

Later in the week we booked a table in the garden at the White Lion pub, and for the first time, our 18 year old bought us drinks! They had a great system – you enter through the garden gate where you give your number. Booking is advised but you can just turn up and they will see if there is space. You order via your phone from your table and they bring the drinks to the outdoor bar where you collect them.

It worked really well, with plenty of space between the tables, and I actually prefer the table service but that’s my age!