Yesterday I had the pleasure of sampling what The Snug have got to offer in the way of Christmas food and drink for this coming festive season. The staff at the newest member of the Snug family - the Snug Hitchin, gave us the full Christmas party experience including crackers, candy canes and mince pies on the tables, festive cocktails (the Mince Pie Martini was my favourite for taste, but the ‘Candy Cane' looked so fun, with an actual candy cane in the glass). We tried the 'festive platter’ which had a great mix of sharing food including chicken wings in a bourbon and cherry glaze, potato skins with turkey, cheese and caramelised onion (pictured) and my personal highlight, bacon and brie quesadillas. Then came out the 'Christmas burger’, in which the chef had managed to get - in addition to the beef patty - turkey, cheddar, bacon, bourbon and cherry sauce and pickles, without it being too much, I even found room for adding the pulled pork which came in a dinky pot on the side. Dessert? Well, alright then. I had the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Sundae, which can’t fail to please with a segment of chocolate orange on top of the cream. What the Snug are offering is something a bit different, a whole lot more affordable (the festive nibbles menu is £10 per person) and designed for sharing. The Christmas cocktail class seems like very good value - £35 per head but you get a festive platter to share and of course you get to drink the cocktails! Plus you learn the art of cocktail making (I’ve done a Snug cocktail class and went home with a lot knowledge and new respect for the very skilled bar staff). For me the real selling point is the 'party boxes’ for hire. In exchange for a £20 deposit you can get a box of 'alpine themed props’ for your table; a collection of hats, glasses, ski goggles, etc. which is bound to get the party started. A nice and very fun touch. You can find full details for the different Christmas packages (available at all The Snug bars, including St Albans) here on The Snug’s website.