Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in St Albans
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best St Albans restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 29 restaurants in St Albans and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing St Albans restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Thompson British, Modern restaurant in St Albans 2 Hatfield Rd - AL1
“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”.
2. Lussmanns British, Modern restaurant in St Albans Waxhouse Gate, High St - AL3
“Always buzzy from the set lunch to late-night dinners”, Andrei Lussmann’s flagship has an enthusiastic local following for its “consistent” menu of MSC-labelled sustainable fish and “reasonable prices”. The former PizzaExpress executive has another four ‘casual dining’ venues under the same name in Hertfordshire, with investment from Luke Johnson.
3. Prime Steak & Grill Steaks & grills restaurant in St Albans 83 - 85 London Road - AL1
Opposite art deco cinema The Odyssey, this slick banquette-lined venue wins solid feedback for the main event – grass-fed, 21-day aged and sourced from the Queen’s own butcher; now with two siblings in Chandler’s Cross and (as of late) Beaconsfield.
4. Tabure Turkish restaurant in St Albans 6 Spencer Street - AL3
With its “interesting” and “beautifully flavoured” dishes to share or hog, and “using only organic meat and poultry”, this “noisy” Turkish dining room is “really unexpected for a not particularly amazing location (off the High St) and in an otherwise culinary desert”. (There’s a sibling Tabure on Berkhamsted’s High Street.)
5. The Prae Wood Arms British, Traditional restaurant in St Albans Garden House Lane - AL3
A “beautiful location” – this “large, rambling and well-spaced” Georgian private home was opened as a gastropub by the Chester-based Brunning & Price chain in 2016, and has quickly built a solid reputation for a “pleasant” menu “full of excellent choices”, “allied with good service”.
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