Come on a culinary adventure around Hemel Hempstead and conquer the curry houses of Kerala, the Turkish baklava that’ll bring tears to your eyes, the breakfasts that’ll break your waistband and the all-you-can-eat Brazilian rodizio grill. Our roundup of restaurants and cafes offers all kinds of options, but one thing you can rely on is delicious eating at every turn.
Places to eat in Hemel Hempstead
If you fancy a curry, Sitar is an authentic Indian restaurant on St John’s Road, where you can enjoy great big curries, huge naans and more than reasonable prices. Visit for the Sunday buffet if you’re looking for great value, or the Tuesday banquet if you want to eat so much you can barely move.
Your alternative option is The Cochin on the High Street. It’s a little more expensive, but you get what you pay for –The Cochin was named the best Indian restaurant in the south by The English Asian Food Awards 2019. It specialises in south Indian cuisine from the city of Kerala. The dishes are creative and incredibly delicious, and we particularly recommend the Cochin fish curry.
Whisper the words ‘Brazilian steakhouse’ and we’ll have the meat sweats before you’ve even finished your sentence. Such is the effect Bull Rodizio has on our psyche. It’s a Brazilian all-you-can-eat restaurant where as many as 13 different types of meat are cooked to perfection on the rodizio grill before being carved right at your table to go with their brilliant buffet selection of accompanying salads and sides for you to enjoy with all that meat.
BoxMOOr Steak House is another corker for carnivores. It’s a modern and stylish restaurant with its own dedicated steak menu. Take your pick of what cut you would like and decide whether you want it cooked on the traditional charcoal iron grill or brought out raw for you to cook to your liking on a volcanic rock that’s been superheated to 440 degrees. It kind of goes without saying, but please don’t touch the rock.
Last up is a beautiful Turkish restaurant on the the Marlowes, which goes by the name Opuz Kitchen. It’s a convenient location, no more than a five-minute walk from our Hemel Hempstead Central hotel. Visit and try their authentic Mediterranean eats. The hummus is magnificent, so too are the ribs and kebabs, and don’t get us started on the baklava!
Places to eat in Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead cafés
Roastino is a great all-round café on Marlowes, just down the road from Opuz Kitchen. The all-day breakfast menu is the best in Hemel Hempstead, the burgers are fantastic and the lamb shank is a firm favourite, although that’s just the tip of an iceberg of a menu that’ll sink any appetite no matter the size.
Fans of afternoon tea can’t leave Hemel Hempstead without visiting The Tea Tree on the High Street of the Old town. Their sandwiches, cakes and other sweet treats are quite sublime. You get a lot for your money, and their loose-leaf teas are delicious. The café has an oldie worldie charm that’s rather special, and the friendly faces who run the place couldn’t be more welcoming.
If you want a properly massive breakfast and brilliant value for your money, the Windmill Café is a local favourite near Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. – one of your top Hemel Hempstead entertainment options. The café is a family-run business. The decor is as you’d expect from a greasy spoon, but you don’t visit places like the Windmill Café for stylish surroundings – you visit to fill your belly with simple but seriously tasty cafe eating.
Before we bring our recommendations to an end, we’ll finish with a hot spot for sunny days and sweet teeth. Creams Cafe on the Marlowes is a dessert parlour with a penchant for gelato, sundaes, waffles and crepes. All just a 10-minute drive from our Hemel Hempstead West hotel.