My Favourite Places: Araminta Wraith, 24, dancer, English National Ballet
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I’m from Berkhamsted originally and my parents still live here, so I come back quite a bit. I took my boyfriend for a posh dinner here last time we visited, and it was really lovely. It sits below The Rex Cinema, one of the most beautiful art deco cinema houses in the country, so it’s great to have a meal or even just a cocktail with the pianist playing in the background, and then go and watch a movie.
97 High St, Berkhamsted HP4 2DG. Tel: 01442 870403. www.thegatsby.net
Jamie’s Italian, George St Oxford
When we tour in Oxford, we often go to Jamie’s Italian after the show, partly because it’s just down the road so very convenient, but also because they’re so lovely in there, staying open late for us. The pasta is delicious – I really enjoy my food and the idea that ballet dancers don’t eat isn’t true. We wouldn’t be able to dance for hours on stage if we didn’t eat properly, but we definitely eat healthily.
Jamie’s Italian, Oxford 24-26 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AE view map Tel: 01865 838383. www.jamieoliver.com/italian/oxford
Amersham Old High St
This is such a beautiful bit of the town, and there’s a run of gorgeous fashion and interiors boutiques down Amersham Old High St. I don’t need much excuse to shop!
This gastropub is amazing, and I always come here with my parents – it’s just won Hertfordshire Dining Pub of the Year for the seventh time so it’s renowned in the area. It’s a pretty Victorian pub in a lovely rural location right on the village green, and near the Ashridge Estate [see below]. I always feel like I’m getting a good break from London when I come here; it’s so relaxed and homely. I have the Sunday roast every time – I can’t help myself.
The Alford Arms, Frithsden, Nr. Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3DD. Tel 01442 86 44 80. www.alfordarmsfrithsden.co.uk
This is the closest National Trust place to where my parents live and I love going walking in the woods here. The estate runs across the borders of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills so luckily there’s plenty of it. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge