Duncan Yard (Hatfield)
Overview of Duncan Yard
Duncan Yard is a little treasure hidden in Hatfield, often overlooked by passers-by.
In this monumental age, where technologies allows us to create building of enormous proportions, it is quite a pleasure to find smaller, hidden spaces and cosy havens.
Duncan Yard has the feel of a country-side Parisian village, with cobblestone streets and hidden enclaves. Around every corner you will find another fascinating shop or unexpected little hidden gem to marvel at. You can truly spend the whole day getting lost in another world in the cobbled alleyways.
Duncan Yard is also the home to the Papa's Real Food Restaurant, which makes for an excellent stop to relax at and have a meal or dessert after wandering around the "village".
As of May 2012, Duncan Yard features the following shops:
|Stockist of creations from various local designers|
|Ilse Malan Jewellery Design||Exquisite Jewellery Design|
Deli on Duncan
|Delightful, delicious food creations|
|Specializing in creating unique garden features and decorations|
MG Design Box
|The shop serves as the perfect solution for any gift|
|Romantic French decor. Read more about Moi Decor!|
|Antiques: Something old, something new|
|Lyon Menswear||Tailored Menswear|
|Barnard Mohair||Carpets, blankets and goose down products|
|Linen & Stone||Home decor and accessories|
|Fient Lifestyle Gallery||Refreshingly unconventional take on typical white cubic gallery space selling contemporary art and furniture|
|Tegan & Me||Ladies boutique in a small quaint shop|
|Lilac & Lime The Rose Company||Fresh flowers daily|
|Cherryamber||Bohemian style ladies wear|
Occasionally, special events are held at Duncan Yard. "The Bluesman" performs at Papa's Real Food every Sunday. His relaxing blues sounds is the perfect accompaniment to your Sunday lunch. Remember to book your table, as Papa's Real Food tends to get very busy on Sundays.
Review of Duncan Yard
What a treasure! I have driven past Duncan Yard many times on my way to Brooklyn or Hatfield, and never stopped here, or realized what magic is created behind the walls.
We visited Duncan Yard on a Sunday, and were a bit disappointed to find many shops closed, but I supposed everybody needs a rest now and again!
Having visited Paris, France in 2010, Duncan Yard was a nostalgic reminder of our experiences in Paris. The cobble stone alleys and hidden gems around every corner was such a delight. I really felt like a traveler in the magical city of Paris, exploring the many corners and nooks and finding something wonderful around every corner.
After exploring Duncan Yard for quite a few hours, we had a fantastic lunch at Papa's Real Food. Their chocolate brownies dessert - don't miss it!
We also met "Hansie", the local rooster, who was proudly marching around, and occasionally begging for a bite to eat from the tables.
So, pick a Sunday, and enjoy the day walking around Duncan Yard... You will definitely not be sorry! :)