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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Classy contemporary cooking with interesting combinations

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

In a row of part-boarded cottages in the town centre, this is a smart, contemporary dining space. Previously at the nearby Auberge du Lac, Phil Thompson's menus show classical leanings and plenty of interesting combinations. There are set menus alongside the carte, as well as a six-course tasting menu. A starter of crisp pulled pork with beetroot, poached quince and cured pork neck is a confident starter, followed by roast saddle of Little Braxted lamb, with baked squash, mini jackets, anchovy butter and roast garlic. Finish with peanut butter custard, caramelised banana, sticky toffee pudding ice cream and salt caramel.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Mon
  • Closed for lunch: Tue
  • Closed for dinner: Sun
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Phil Thompson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 36
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • Off-site parking available: 0.25m away (signed)

Additional information

  • Seats: 90
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

Getting here

M25 junct 22, A1081 London Rd to St Albans. At major x-rds right onto St Albans High St, 2nd right onto Hatfield Rd

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