Harden's survey result
“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”.
“A great local restaurant for that special occasion” – chef Phil Thompson, formerly of Auberge du Lac, has built a loyal following in the area for his town-centre operation (which changed its name from Thompson@Darcy’s in January 2018). “The kitchen is adaptable and everything is freshly cooked on the premises”; “it’s very exciting to find food this good in St Albans”.
“The best restaurant in the area by a long way” say fans of ex-Auberge du Lac chef Phil Thompson’s town-centre venue: “lovely for a romantic meal for two” and “they do a great tasting menu with fresh ingredients” too.
“The best in St Albans” – ex-Auberge du Lac chef Phil Thompson’s three-year-old venue in the town centre “continues to improve”, offering food that’s “always outstanding and full of creativity”.
Thompson Restaurant Diner Reviews
"When we entered the pleasant dining room we were struck by the lack of occupied tables, and it was far from full throughout the evening. The staff suffered from a distinct lack of ability to interact with the guests, and the food, while nice to good, provided no surprises. The 7-course tasting menu looked interesting, and the amuse-bouche of pheasant consommé with chervil and truffle oil was reasonable but seemed to require more seasoning. We liked the tuna with peanut oil which worked well with wasabi mayo, and this was followed by a very good scallop enhanced with a marmite smear and chive beurre blanc. So far, so good, and we also enjoyed the mixed birds’ liver parfait and nice light toast. Well-seasoned halibut came next with tasty vegetables and oyster, but we were not keen on the tarragon compressed cucumber nor the pickled cucumber spaghetti. For us the best thing about the main beef dish was the pickled beetroot, the slow-roast sirloin lacking real tenderness to enhance the taste and the potato spaghetti didn’t work for us. Sides were on offer with the beef which we found surprising with a tasting menu. The yoghurt panna cotta pre-dessert had a nice balance of crunch and smooth, and we finished with interesting chocolate stout ice cream well contrasted with golden raisins. Our overall impression was that there was something lacking, although it has to be said that a restaurant which has Cervaro and Tignanello by the glass has to be taken seriously. Dining experience rating: 14/20"
"Arrived at the venue, (don’t use the local multi storey unless either you park on the top floor or you drive a fiat 500 the spaces are appalling) slightly miffed, but from the start the experience was perfect! Polite and enthusiastic staff member greeted me and took me to my table. I was offered the menu and water (of my choice) and shortly after he returned to clarify my cheese issue as both the canapés had cheese in (but not cooked) so agreed to them. Despite the cheese in one being goats cheese, not a personal favourite, both were superb, kudos to chef they were exceptional. Starter was a braised tongue and lobster dish, flavours were superb as was the dressing. Tongue is extraordinarily difficult to cook perfectly, this was indeed perfect. Main was stunningly presented beef, cooked perfectly again with delicious cabbage, and the BEST duck fat potato’s I have ever eaten! Pre dessert was a great vanilla panna cotta and a perfect precursor to the Granny Smith parfait. I always try to make my reviews balanced so highlight a negative too, to show there is improvement possible, not sure in this case it’s possible. Toilets were spotless. Met chef at the end of the meal, who is a lovely guy and eaten in some of the brilliant places I have. His food is REALLY worth travelling the 140 mile round trip even with the hellish delays for road works"
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
2 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, AL1 3RP
|Number of Diners:|
|Tuesday||6 pm-9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-3 pm|