Lots of good (& beautiful!) answers already! I think I'm in the same boat as you. I primarily use my bike for commute or short road trips near home but also like to go across the odd field or up the hills.
I love the * hybrid bike frame * type. I wanted a basic frame (nothing too light or expensive) but with quality parts. I have had a hybrid specialized for last 10+ years. On it I had 25mm tyres, then mountain, then very very worn mountain, then 25mm marathon (the kevlar bulletproof ones), now mountain tyres (with front suspension on new bike as old bike was stolen :-7).
* Mountain tyres good on bad surfaces and in wet. *
On roads and cycle lanes here (Dublin, Ireland) there are alot of uneven surfaces and I find commute with mountain tyres much more stable going over uneven surface, going up kerbs. Much more grip in wet. Less dangerous as the mountain tyres and suspension do the hard work over cracks and potholes. It __is__ a bit(for large values of bit) harder work pedalling (especially on way home up hill!).
* 25mm road tyres faster on smooth roads* With the bullet-proof marathon tyres with high pressure I could go alot faster on roads. You can feel there is less friction. I could also really feel every crack and ridge and bit of gravel in the road. I really had to focus and concentrate looking ahead alot at the surface I was going over. (But don't ever look down at your front wheel, keep head up and trust front wheel to steer itself like the mountainbikers do). This surface observing does take a bit of attention from looking up and ahead at traffic lights and buses and pedestrians and things.
* Off road and up the hills *
I took both types of tyres off road on occasion. I would not take anything narrower than 25mm off road I think unless it was on quite even hard-packed gravel tracks. The 25mm tyres do very nicely on mountain tracks and over short bits of reasonably hard grass or other surface. Not ideal though as ride is bumpier for you and tyres will catch an edge and be more reluctant to just flow over uneven surface. The mountain tyres (and bit of suspension) really makes a difference here and makes going off road more fun.
SO if you are going to be going over nice smooth roads then go for narrower tyres. These do work off-road for occasional use. The mountain tyres are a bit harder work every day in a commute although they pay off with safety and more comfy ride. And of course they work better off road.