survey result

Summary

£116
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Phil Thompson has owned this city-centre casual fine-dining spot (offering à la carte or seven-course tasting menus) for over a decade, and oversaw what was another solid performance this year; the dining area “consists of a number of small rooms, which gives a feeling of intimacy” (there’s also a charming Victorian-style courtyard), and Thompson’s classical training alongside the Galvin bros and MPW means “there’s always a good spin on traditional ideas”.

Summary

£96
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef-patron Phil Thompson’s “lovely food continues to excite” at the restaurant he has owned for 10 years (formerly known as Darcy’s) – which makes an “excellent place for a leisurely romantic evening”. His classical style reflects his early years cooking for the Galvin brothers and Marco Pierre White.

Summary

£96
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “high-class local” from chef Phil Thompson, where fans applaud its “dependable” style – “perhaps no fireworks, but everything is always nicely cooked and well-presented”, be it the “excellent-value” set lunch or fancier tasting menu.

Summary

£70
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A perfect experience – superb canapés, mains and desserts”: former Auberge du Lac chef Phil Thompson (from a family of chefs and butchers) wins consistently excellent ratings for his town-centre venue with a conservatory and terrace. “Never had a bad meal here”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
24, 50
No dress code
100

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 7
Menu2 115.00 Always available 9
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 12.50%
2 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 3RP
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6 pm‑12 am
Wednesday6 pm‑12 am
Thursday6 pm‑12 am
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑12 am
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑12 am
SundayCLOSED

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