Harden's survey result
“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”.
“Going from strength to strength under the leadership of an ex-Auberge du Lac chef” – Phil Thompson’s town-centre venture serves “excellent cooking in the modern British style” and even those who feel “it’s not quite up to its full potential” say “it’s one of St Albans's better restaurants”.
Thompson Restaurant Diner Reviews
"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"
"Very noisy and poorly lit back room - harsh white light, hard surfaces everywhere."
|Wine per bottle||£23.50|
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|