Harden's survey result
The “beautiful setting” – right on the lake, within an old hunting lodge on Lord Palmerston’s former estate – makes this rural hideaway a natural choice for a “lovely Sunday lunch” or “wonderful afternoon tea”. Its glory days foodwise (under JC Novelli in the early noughties) are long gone, but those who go unburdened by great foodie expectations enjoy its modern French cuisine and say the overall experience is “superb”.
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.
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.
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.
|Wine per bottle||£45.00|
Welwyn, AL8 7XG
|Number of Diners:|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm|