Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Stevenage
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Stevenage restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 18 restaurants in Stevenage and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Stevenage restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Stevenage Restaurants
1. Paris House British, Modern restaurant in Woburn Woburn Park - MK17
“Beautiful deer park surroundings” provide an “exceptional setting” for this well-known destination, in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, which occupies a picture-book, Tudor building (“what could be more romantic than a glass of Champagne on the terrace before a lovely meal here!”). Phil Fanning’s “genius” cuisine is presented either from an à la carte menu or the eight-course tasting menu (six courses at lunch).
2. The Farmhouse at Redcoats British, Modern restaurant in Hitchin Redcoats Green - SG4
Revamped in summer 2018, this fifteenth-century pub-with-rooms nowadays incorporates a stylish dining conservatory, which – notwithstanding the odd downbeat report – scored very highly last year with its earthy, high quality cooking.
3. The Tilbury British, Modern restaurant in Datchworth Watton Rd - SG3
Brothers James & Tom Bainbridge are behind this popular pitstop, on the village green, where the “food is above average for Hertfordshire gastropubs”, being split between relaxed pub classics and more adventurous British cuisine; the “ambience outside is particularly great”, and you can have “a lovely meal on a hot summer evening under the pergola”.
4. The Fox British, Modern restaurant in Willian
Prettily located home counties pub (with rooms), just off the A1, that’s “cheerful and well-run”. Some reporters feel results here are “variable” but on most accounts its cooking – in the bar, and also with a somewhat more ambitious restaurant menu (majoring in steaks) – is well rated.
5. Hermitage Rd British, Modern restaurant in Hitchin 20-21 Hermitage Road - SG5
This former ballroom gains most praise for its “great breakfast/brunch” that makes “a brilliant way to start the weekend, with lots of free top-up coffee and newspapers to read”. In addition to “the best brews, home bakes and bagels”, there’s also a full dinner menu featuring sustainable local produce.
6. The Waggoners French restaurant in Welwyn Brickwall Close, Ayot Grn - AL6
“Friendly French owner” Laurent Brydniak oversees this “attractive” old boozer with separate dining room where the “menu changes regularly”. The set-up is fancier than one might expect for the genre, and the “very reasonable fixed-price menu at lunch” is a major draw.
7. Auberge du Lac British, Modern restaurant in Welwyn
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”.
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