Auberge Du Lac
Auberge Du Lac

Auberge Du Lac

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.brocket-hall.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01707368888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 7:00PM - 9.30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, French
  • Executive Chef: Phil Thompson
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For special dates such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas and Boxing Day, dedicated menus are available, whilst on select Sundays throughout the year, a traditional Sunday Roast is available at Auberge du Lac, with the restaurant celebrating the "Best of British Meats".

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rail: Welwyn Garden City
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking for up to 100 cars
A word from Auberge Du Lac
Housed in Brocket Hall’s former hunting lodge, Auberge du Lac enjoys an idyllic lakeside setting overlooking the beautiful 543 acre country estate and the Hall itself. With three AA Rosettes and numerous other awards, Auberge du Lac is a five star restaurant which provides the highest standards in cuisine and service.

Whether it is al fresco dining in summer at the water’s edge, or an intimate environment in the winter months, Auberge du Lac provides the right mood for every occasion. With a beautiful lounge, picturesque terrace and a host of tastefully decorated private dining rooms, capable of seating from 2 to 30 guests, the restaurant regularly caters for private dinners, ladies lunches, weddings, birthday parties and other celebrations.
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Auberge Du Lac reviews from OpenTable diners
178 reviews since 21 May 2014
Average Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.4
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (126)fit for foodies (76)romance (75)business meals (48)outdoor eating (46)sunday lunch (27)afternoon tea (12)good vegetarian options (10)group bookings (10)outstanding value (8)brunch (6)pre/post theatre (3)disabled access (2)child friendly (1)Show More
  • Brilliant venue, amazing food
    Fox08
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We wanted to eat somewhere special for our anniversary and this was exactly what we were after. Beautiful location with aperatifs by the lake and dinner overlooking it, I can imagine it is only more specacular in the summer. We went all out for the tasting menu with tasting wine and it was amazing. The food combinations were imaginative but perfectly worked, delicate and rich without being too over the top. We had an excellent evening, and yes the restaurant is not the newest or hippest place to eat, but it is elegant and relaxed at the same time. Prepare to spend some money, but in my mind its worth it.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yoshiko
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We really enjoyed their delicious food, hospitality and the beautiful landscape. We definitely visit here again. Thank you so much!
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    outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Booksy
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We went to Auberge du Lac to celebrate our anniversary. We found the service, setting and ambience wonderful - we had pre dinner drinks on the terrace overlooking the lake. We found the menu quite limiting - either a tasting menu or an 'a la carte' menu with a choice of only 5 dishes for the starter and 5 for main course. (3 courses was £60). My husband ordered braised lamb but received two small lamb cutlets, which we didn't think seemed good value for money. The dessert was really nice. Overall we had a special evening and would recommend it for a special occasion but would maybe try lunch next time.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Downhill
    spoonVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Been to the restaurant several times but it's going downhill. As a start, tasting menu now only available Fri, & Sat. night. Went for the £60 a la carte lunch menu, food and service nothing special. I think if we go for the under £30 menu, should be OK but definitely not the more expensive menu. Our final bill is £265 for 3. When the waitress came to take the drink order, she doesn't know what Tom Collins is, had to go for gin and tonic instead, My son asked for Talisker but Tanker came, honestly! The restaurant is only 1/4 full at lunch time and full of elderly customers. Table next to us asked for the sommelier twice to recommend wine for cheese and they gave up eventually. I think we will wait a while before we returned.
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  • 5 star review for 5 star service
    luvfinefare
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    One of those magical al fresco late summer lunches by the lake.Excellent food and a very professional and welcoming service from all the staff.
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic anniversary evening
    vwdewaal
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    The service was supreme. We kept asking our waiter (Adam) questions about the food and preparation and he was more than willing to engage with us. The staff were professional yet friendly and the food was sublime. We spent way more here than we normally would and the only reason was the great service and fantastic food. No regrets and we are already planning our next trip
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food
    Deathtowashingup
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic. We opted for the a la Carte menu and weren't disappointed. Service was almost perfect.......the waiter forgot to bring the bread that we ordered but we were given a freebie dessert wine to make up for it! Lovely atmosphere, plenty of space, no loud music. Will definitely go again.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations not met.
    Sarah
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Sat outside for drinks, given the only table with no working heater and was freezing! Left outside for ages, although an apology was given and were told they were busy. Put in back room by doorway, so constant staff traffic going past us. "Summer of jazz" didn't start til nearly 3 and was finished in half hour?? Service slow, didn't like the scruffy, dirty festival wristbands (multiple) on one waitress who was serving my food. Roast beef was lovely but roast potatoes like cardboard, risotto tasty but such a tiny portion, very poor value compared to roast dinner. Only got offered a drink once, thank goodness we had a bottle of water for the table. The offer is good value if executed as promised, sadly not on this occassion, my anniversary!
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  • Fine I suppose. expected far more
    Zhouwenzheng
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Was excited to have a first visit to Auberge Du Lac, but on arrival, there was only 1 other table occupied - by a large loud group. Was not impressed to be seated right next to them (restaurant half empty all night, so this was a poor decision). Menu's arrived, and found myself slightly underwhelmed at the choices. The amuse bouche was not really suitable for the meal and far too strong flavour. Had Lobster rissotto starter, and wife had scallops. Risotto was average, scallops slightly undercooked. Main I had steak, she had lamb. The medium-rare steak came rare, and was very small. The lamb was spot on. Pre-desert was lovely. Desert menu was poor. deserts were underwhelming. I expect Auberge to lose its star if this is the standard.
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  • Exceptional. As always.
    TheSaucererVIP
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    So - another great meal at Auberge. Starters were lobster raviioli and sea bass carpaccio - exceptional presentation and suitably delicious. Mains were roasted monkfish and beef with liqorice - again, delicious. Deserts were exceptional also - pain perdu with early grey ice cream and a raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake. Service is, as always, very good indeed - attentive but not too fussy. Great food, great service. And of course, an idyllic location. Perhaps £160 for lunch for two - including a G&T and two glasses of wine - is a little spicy - but we did choose the a la carte menu (as opposed to the set lunch menu) - but you get what you pay for. We enjoyed it thoroughly. Make the trip. You'll enjoy it!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Perfect evening
    Sara2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were the first to arrive for a 7pm booking. It felt a little awkward as staff were still setting up tables and generally milling around. Just really lovely food in nice surroundings. Will certainly visit again, at a later time!
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful experience
    brewertibs
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    After reading some negative reviews it was with trepidation that we returned to auberge for a celebratory lunch. We could not have been happier - friendly and attentive service (which is an improvement in our view from any visit we have made over the years), amuse bouches, and palate cleansers between courses, a good range of wine pricing, including very reasonable wine by the glass, superb food that excited our interest with flavours and presentation. It was a sunny day so pre-drinks by the lake which was particularly delightful, and ended with coffee and petit-fours in the upstairs sitting room (at our request). Overall the fabulous celebratory lunch we were hoping for.
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    afternoon tea, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Feel good factor
    live2eat
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    What a fabulous setting ( first impressions matter ) and it doesn't disappoint ! We went to lunch on a lovely day hoping we weren't left with the feeling that we wished we'd stayed at home ( which is often the case ) but not here! We had a beautiful meal with superb little nibbles, pallet cleanser, breads and treats with coffee all little extras that enhanced our lovely meal . Excellent service ( nothing was too much trouble) by really knowledgeable staff helped make for a great get away from it all extra special lunch ! We will definitely be back I have been before and wanted my husband to see for himself and he now agrees it's a must on your to do list ! We won't leave it long as we've planned on taking friends already !
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Afas1976
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent food and the service was simply outstanding. No better location on a warm summer evening.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful setting
    Paul
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner. The food was full of taste and well presented. The wines were great but expensive
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  • Disappointing
    Ballx2
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Having eaten on serval occasions at the Auberge Du Lac my last visit was very disappointing. The table cloth had an iron mould stain which was pointed out to the waiter and while saying he would mention it to the laundry department he did nothing to put a clean cloth on the table. The stones from the olives were not removed from the table until the dessert. The dessert wine did not arrive until our desserts were almost finished. We had to ask for more water as the waiters were not particularly attentive. These points were made to the manager who wasn't overly apologetic which implied to me that he had heard it all before!!
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  • Fallen standards
    MJWK
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The location and ambience of the Auberge du Lac is, as always, superb but alas the standards of this restaurant have seemingly fallen in recent times especially in relation to its wines and service. It has an impressive wine list but on my most recent visit none of the first three choices of wine were available and the serving of wines did not keep pace with the food courses. The menu, albeit for lunch, was this time limited. Overall a disappointing experience from, hitherto, one of my favourite restaurants.
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  • Getting better and better
    Mike
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We have been here many times and it recently took a dip in standard after the chef changed, We are pleased to see that the dip has ended and our meal was excellent, especially the starter and main course which were easily Michelin one star standard. The sweets were good but not quite up to the same standard. Get these up to the same excellent and very tasty standard as the first two courses and the Michelin Star will return, as we will in 2 weeks time with two guests. Keep up the great cooking - we loved it!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    very disappointed with the main course and dessert-over-complicated and too fussy wish the menu choice was wider and the food not so over-engineered
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    excellent environment and the weather was kind. Good service and food was good for the very limited choice lunch set menu
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant
    afoody
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    My wife & I have been customers of Auberge du Lac for some years now. It is a pity that their Michelin Chef left last year. His replacement has improved since arrival but it is still not as good as it was. Prices of the wine list has also risen considerably in my view. I get the impression that Auberge du Lac is concentrating on the Business lunch expense account brigade. This is a pity as for us older retired people the Auberge du Lac restaurant used to be the best in Hertfordshire. It has gone off the boil a bit seeking those with large bank accounts?
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    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting
    subac
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely lunch in truly beautiful settings. The staff coped well with a sudden storm and the accompanying deluge of rain when everyone was dining outside but the restaurant itself was equally charming so hardly spoiled the meal at all
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Birthday lunch
    AD2002
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    I took my Father for his birthday and had the summer set menu.ni had the fish which was excellent, the Paimpol beans were overpowering but we still enjoyed it. The sweet was Salad of English Strawberries, simply delicious. My Father had the Apriit sponge which he loved. We sat outside and it rained heavily, staff quickly got people inside or let hem stay outside. We would recommend to anyone for lunch.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • excellent
    livetoeat
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    I have had a lovely lunch with my daughter. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We sat outside which was so relaxing that we stayed much longer than usual. All the staff were very helpful and the service was unobtrusive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a treat
    SandJ
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    The restaurant is in a lovely setting and gorgeous for an al fresco lunch on a sunny, summer day. The food is very good and the staff friendly. Great for an 'occasion' meal or a treat.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • A little bit of luxury
    Happybunny22
    Dined on 19/7/2014
    A few years ago this used to be a little stuffy & although the food was excellent, you were left feeling wanting. However it's changed for the better in recent years & we celebrated our wedding at The Auberge du lac & decided to return for our anniversary last weekend. As it was fabulous weather we were able to eat on the terrace over looking the lake & Brocket Hall, all very romantic. The food was still superb & thankfully the service was absolutely delightful.
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    business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous location
    Iv64VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    This was our second visit to the restaurant. The location is beautiful with a lake and swans. Drinks on the terrace on a warm evening started the evening off nicely. The taster menu was of excellent quality however the service was a little slow and there were delays between courses. Didn't spoil our evening though...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Hoss
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Best to go on a sunny summer's day......otherwise, any other day will do.....
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Good but Over-Priced
    Hertford100
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great menu choice, food good but not spectacular given top London prices. Tuna tartare was pleasant but lacking any real depth of flavour. Beef cheek was lovely and tender, filet cooked well but lack of any any jus/sauce made it a bit dry and unexciting. My wife had a fantastic poached egg & Gouda starter. Half the restaurant lacks windows/atmosphere, so be careful with table choice. The sommelier was first class and recommended a really great wine that was good value. Service a bit uncomfortable, the waitress appeared every 5-10minutes to ask if we were OK, so by the end of the meal it felt like we kept being interrupted. A nice experience and nice food, but expect a bit more in terms of flavour and more intuitive service for those prices.
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  • Top restaurant
    Colin
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The Auberge is a beautiful place, by a lake in parkland. Add to that views of the lake from the restaurant and some very good food and you have a lovely place. The service is keen and friendly and the sommelier makes excellent choices if you want him to.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location with nice food
    Steve
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Excellent location, good service and nice but not truly exceptional food. Offers a good choice of wine by the glass recognising that a bottle is too much for two diners one of whom is driving.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    PaulJ
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    The food, ambience and service were great. Even though a builder had drill into a gas pipe which limited the menu options they coped magnificently and compensated us with a complimentary aperitif. It is the measure of a good restaurant when they can still deliver great service even with unexpected difficulties.
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  • Lovely evening, amazing food!
    FoodyMike
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    What a lovely meal... I came here for an anniversary meal with my girlfriend and we were not disappointed. The setting, the food, and the service was top draw. The location is cosy and romantic, and the taster menu is delicious! Couldn't recommend highly enough!
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  • Disappointed by Auberge Du Lac
    CandiceC
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Having eaten here last year we were disappointed by the recent visit as the food and service were a little lacklustre. The only exception was the fantastic Spanish sommelier who couldn't have been more helpful. The setting is also exceptional
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  • Back again
    Crystal09876
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    A midsummer birthday celebration.....champagne on the terrace, great food. Only downside was the slightly delayed arrival of the main course.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • choosyeaters
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Excellent food and wine; tasting menu good value for money. 2 wonderful (though expensive) bottles of wine and charming sommelier who offered us tastes of delicious dessert wine too.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and wine
    Garbo
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    We went to Auberge du lac for a special occasion. The location is, of course, fantastic and we had luck with the weather - cocktails on the terrace! As ever the service was very good (just missed outstanding because the somelier kept putting the wine down in a rush and then telling us "I'll be back in a minute to tell you about it." He did come back, but we found this irritating.) The food was amazing, we particularly liked the sea trout tartare and the lamb (which we had asked to be substituted for the belly pork course). The cheeses were also outstanding. The favourite wine had to be the Gevrey-Chambertin - heaven in a glass. It was an expensive evening out, but well worth the money, for an occasional celebration.
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  • Perfect Lunch
    ladieswholunch
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    I have been to Auberge many a times before and suggested to my two friends that we go for lunch. The dining experience begins as you enter the beautiful grounds. My friends,both first timers, fell in love with Auberge even before we had sat down to eat! We had our aperitif drinks outside taking in the glorious surroundings. We had the three course set menu. It was divine! Service was first rate: attentive but not over the top. It was the perfect lunch: beautiful surroundings, good company, great food and excellent service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    avinalarf
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    The experience started with the table position. I was sat facing a huge tv. It was Ascot ladies day but we were watching "Come Dine with Me". Why would I book an expensive restaurant to sit and watch this programme about other peoples food? The table we were directed to was in the far corner, we were not offered any other choices. Why was that? The food was up to the quality and taste experience we were expecting but I would have thought more "special" treats could have been given. For example I elected for the cheese (plus £6 option). I wasn't given a cheese board to choose but rather just hard or soft. No butter option and very sadly no celery to clear true pallet nor grapes to accompany. The coffees we had were served in a mug.
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  • Poor service spoilt visit
    clayender
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    Although the ambience and food were 1st class on this visit the service was extremely slow and poor. There was a table that the maitre d fawned around most of the time so we were unable to have desert wine and brandies to round off our lunch. it took almost 30 minutes to get our bill paid. My advice is to dine inside the restaurant rather than outside on the terrace, the service is far superior.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.