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Summary

Still too little feedback for a rating at this Lakeside converted hunting lodge on Lord Palmerston’s former estate, which in the early 2000s – with JC Novelli at the stoves – was one of the country’s better-known, rural, romantic dining spots. Such reports as we have, though, are of the ‘all good’ variety.

£90
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Reports are still few and far between on this lakeside former hunting lodge on Lord Palmerston’s erstwhile estate, which in years gone by was a major destination for a high quality romantic meal, especially in summer. Such as we have are upbeat, but we have held off on a rating till a clearer picture emerges.

£90
 ££££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

After a rocky 2015, when it went into administration, Lord Palmerston’s erstwhile estate now has new Chinese backers. This former hunting lodge by the lake, with al fresco table in summer, continues to enjoy a “unique setting” and has the potential to rebuild its position as a major dining destination. Feedback on the new régime is limited, but is extremely enthusiastic all round.

£90
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

With its “lovely setting by the lake”, this property on the magnificent estate where Margaret Thatcher once wowed world leaders has “so much potential”. It’s been a rocky year on many levels however (the operator went into administration in April 2015) and reports in this survey were very mixed – many did applaud its “very interesting wines” and “romantic” appeal, but a worrying number focused on “hit-and-miss” cooking at “stratospheric” prices.

£88
 ££££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Yes
4, 6, 12, 18
No jeans
72
12+
Yes

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £24.50 £29.50
Dinner   £39.00
SundayLunch   £39.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 D only 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£11.50 £31.00 £11.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 12.50%
Welwyn, AL8 7XG
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm-2 pm

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