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The Waggoners
The Waggoners

The Waggoners Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewaggoners.co.uk
  • Phone: 0170 732 4241
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Monday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 02:45PM,


    Monday - Sunday: 06:30PM - 09:00PM.
    Monday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 02:45PM,
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Paul Ribbands
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 3 private rooms from 10 guests to 25 guests. Two of the room are comunicating and we can then cater for 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: laurent brydniak 0170 732 4241
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly wine dinner with the wine grower
    Every wednesday lunch it is ladies day 3 courses meal with Champagne cocktail,glass of wine and coffee £18.00

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Welwyn garden city train station 2.5 miles.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: 80 car park space in front of the restaurant.
A word from The Waggoners
The Waggoners is set in Ayot Green near Welwyn, between pretty houses and cottages around a beautiful English green. It is a refurbished 17th century coaching Inn run by Aude and Laurent Brydniak who have a wealth of experience and have run successful restaurants for the last 16 years.

/>As you enter the cosy homely atmosphere with its dark red walls and stylish pictures, you will be greeted by the friendly French staff, who will show you to your table and help make your dining experience as delightful and pleasant as possible.

Let our head chef tantilize your taste buds with his unique and beautiful French fusion food with influences from all over the world, while you drink some of the best hand picked wines from around the globe.

Visit soon and experience the taste and atmosphere of The Waggoners for yourself...
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The second time of eating here. Enjoyed both a lunchtime meal and especially enjoyed the weekly tasting meal. The service was outstanding and very welcoming. Will certainly be coming here again"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Taster menu was very nice. Food was good. Service was a little quick"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Good food, good service, pleasant atmosphere. If you're looking for a fine meal near Welwyn you can't beat Waggoners."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "We had the 5 course taster menu with champagne and must say none of the courses disappointed. We started with a cold pea and truffle oil soup followed by scallops with raisins which were surprisingly beautiful. Mains was guinea fowl on black pudding with 2 puddings- a fragrant mango sorbet and then a lemon curd and raspberry ice cream. Lovely on the whole but would recommend the champagne to be optional with a Prosecco."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "menu didn't reflect current heatwave. Manager irritating."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Lovely meal and great service thank you. We have been coming for a few years for special occasions or for pub lunches. It has always been a joy and this time did not disappoint."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "The wagoners has a countryside pub feel to it and serves excellent french cuisine. The service was very good and the food great. Would go again."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "This was our second visit of many to come, we hope. A warm welcome and excellent service with a beautifully cooked Sunday roast. Location so handy, so close to A1M, but yet charming ambience inside."
    dined on 06/07/2014
  • "We chose from the a la carte menu and the food we received was very good with the exception of the sea bream which was quite small and a little overcooked. Bread is now charged at £3.50 whereas on our last visit this was complimentary. The creme brulee dessert was sublime. A drink was offered to compensate for the disappointing fish. Next time we will try the tasting menu which seemed very popular with other diners."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our wedding anniversary and had a very enjoyable evening, in this quaint country pub. The food and wine was very good and the Services was exceptional. The staff are clearly experienced and very well trained. Good value for money. My only criticism if any would be the courses came out pretty quickly, no sooner had the plates been cleared from the previous course the next course was on us. I like to take my time over a meal and have a little break between courses, but that's just a personal preference."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Excellent weekday set lunch. It's a pity the decor is so dated."
    dined on 26/06/2014
  • "We were disappointed that the a la carte was unavailable on the Sunday but we made most of what they had on offer. I had 2 starters instead of the main. Charcuterie platter- which was very nice and the smoked salmon and haddock with a tarter mousse. My other half had a pea and truffle oil soup which he thought was too well seasoned! with cod and puy lentils as main. The kids shared a chicken roast which they lapped up too. The stuffing was remarkable with apricots and cut into discs. For dessert the creme brûlée was delicious and the stewed strawberries nothing I have had before. My partners cheese platter was very much appreciated too. Will return for the midweek tasting menu."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "My husband and I went for his birthday. There was a small menu choice which I think is a good thing. Each course was beautifully cooked and presented and the chocolate dessert was to die for. Many restaurants are let down by their desserts but not this one! It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The decor was a bit dated but the food was so good we didn't care. Staff were friendly and attentive, the chef amazing! Highly recommended."
    dined on 21/05/2014
  • "Forth time I've been and seems to get better every time. Really flavoursome food, friendly service and great value (especially with the TT offer). Deserves the title of best TT restaurant in hertfordshire and there are some strong competitors!"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "This was our first visit to the Waggoners and what a pleasant surprise to find a good French restaurant only 10 miles from home,The scallops and Rabbit roulade was very good and the Saddle of lamb medium was excellent , the chocolate dessert finished the meal of perfectly. i would recommend this restaurant to every one who likes good food cooked to perfection"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "It really could not be bettered Superb friendly service and a chef who knows how to cook. The only snag was the car park was nearly full when we arrived and there were no slots for the disabled. A wonderful experience and not outrageously expensive - in fact excellent value."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed our meal- surprise to find elegant french cuisine in welwyn. Will return. Set menu great value. A la carte meat was great quality and cooking.Favourite dish was the macaroni and cheese.with some ham running through it and a side salad would be a dish in itself. Cheese board very nice."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "went. on the champagne menu, limited choice but the food was very good indeed. Also, due to it being a group booking (6) we were given a priivate room. It would have been nice to be given a choice as we felt we missed out on the atmosphere of the restaurant. However, a very enjoyable evening with lovely food at a very good price."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Meal was nice although felt a little rushed. The second course came up immediately after they had cleared our starter which was far too soon!"
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "Good food at reasonable prices. Enjoyed the dining experience."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "The Waggoners is a gem of a place looking like a gastro pub as you approach but don't be deceived, the food and the ambience are reminiscent of fine dining in town. The owner and his polite but friendly staff are always on hand but never intrusive. We went for the scallops to start and the Chateaubriand to share for our main dish. The scallops were full of flavour and the generous serving of steak to share was cooked exactly as ordered. And so to dessert. Elsewhere, cheese can be unceremoniously dumped on a platter, but not here. Eight very different but complementary samplers served on slate rounded off a lovely evening. This restaurant proved again that it's attention to flavour and detail is top notch."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "This time we went for the taster menu, my wife does not eat meat and the main course was changed to a fish dish which seems to be a problem when trying to do this at other places. Enjoyed every course with the puddings being the highlight as is a selection served up on a tray and 2 of each to save arguments. The wine as always was good and very good value. Even being a Friday night was busy but the service was never rushed the way to enjoy good French food."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Our table wasnt ready when we arrived in the end we had to have a table laid in the bar! which was a shame.Food was good but didnt think there was much variety,there could have been more things on the menu!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Tucked away just off the A1(M) in the little hamlet of Ayot St Peter is a picturesque little pub with an excellent French restaurant attached. The charcuterie was good. The lamb was a little overdone for my taste but it was still tender and the panzanella was lovely. All accompanied by massive bunches of rocket on top, which I could do without. The lemon curd was perfectly sharp and sweet against the rich lamb. Service suffered from a lack of staff in a busy restaurant and was therefore slow, but we didn't mind. The waiters and the manager were always pleasant and able to deal with our demanding four year old. This is a really good little restaurant with some great food and is a real find. Highly recommend it!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "For a family birthday dinner on Saturday night. We always enjoy the food and the service was once again of the highest calibre, making the evening a great success."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Great food and personal service - the best value quality restauramt within striking distance of Welwyn Garden City"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Visited for dinner booked relatively last minute via top table. Menu is less extensive than some but all executed beautifully. Service was very attentive - starters and main courses all delivered inside 45 minutes which was a little quicker than we would have liked but when we asked for a pause between main and dessert/cheese it was accommodated. Great insight on the wine list as well. Overall a 4.5 star dining experience."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "No need for hundreds of words when just a two or three will do; Absolutely outstanding. Again."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, the service was also very good. The waiter was attentive, informative and very helpful given one of our party is allergic to certain nuts. It was a great way to celebrate a birthday."
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "We went to the Waggoners (again) for Sunday lunch - good value, and very good food. The staff were young, but charming and professional, and we very much enjoyed the meal. We will return...."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "It's been about a year since we last visited the Waggoners and there have been a few changes. Proprietor Laurent and his team are still as charming as ever but they have a new (English) head chef and the cooking has definitely gone up a notch. Our starter of scallops and rabbit and main of pork belly with lobster were beautifully executed and delicious. A shared cheese plate was large and varied. A good selection of wines by the glass, reasonably priced. We won't leave it a year till the next time!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "This was an opportunity to catch up with a friend whom I hadn't seen for several months. A perfect venue, very friendly, knowledgeable service. Choice of set menu, (good value), or 'a la carte'. We chose the latter and were not disappointed. Scallops delightful followed by Turbot with celeriac and samphire, - perfectly cooked, moist and appetizing. We passed on the desserts. Our bill with just three glasses of Sauvignon Blanc house wine between us was £90. Just a touch expensive, I thought but worth the money for a special lunch in very comfortable surroundings. Long may it continue! I will certainly return."
    dined on 24/02/2014
  • "Having been to the Wagoners some years ago I was not sure what to expect, but I needn't have worried. It lived up to my expectations, with a courteous, friendly welcome and an excellent meal. The only down side is that it was a bit on the pricey side, but then it was Valentine's Night."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Had the Champagne menu. which is only available if you book on line and you do have to ask for it. Food and service excellent as usual and this menu is extremely good value for money"
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "Booked on the spur of the moment for a special occasion. I was attracted by the reviews on the website and the photos of the restaurant. I was not disappointed. My sister in law was visiting from Australia. My wife (her twin) had recently died and we were both celebrating her life and our re-acquaintance before she had to head back to Australia. It was everything I hoped for. The food was sensational, the service (thank you Maria) was attentive but unobtrusive and the surroundings sublime. Would I recommend this restaurant - what do you think! I shall look forward to the summer as the private walled garden looked calm and peaceful. I do not eat out very often but this venue will become one of my favorite haunts."
    dined on 13/01/2014
  • "We have used this restaurant a few times before last week so we expected a god meal but for entertaining 10 people to Dinner for a Birthday it was an excellent choice. A 6 course 'Degustation' menu including coffees was prepared for us. The service was excellent also, both discreet and efficient, and even a gluten free diet was catered for with no difficulty at all. We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the very good wines we chose. Well done Laurent Brydniak for an excellent evening."
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "Before the booking the restaurant manager had said the menus were changing and couldn't guarantee to do the Tasting Menu but if we asked on the booking they might be able to. When we arrived we were told our menu request wasn't on the system but when the manager looked again she found it! Sadly they couldn't do this menu so we went with the standard A La Carte menu. We found the food to be very good. The A La Carte menu is fairly limited and does not describe the food well. My wife's sea bream was very small and poor value. So the chef knows what he's doing but what he is preparing isn't reflected in the menus. Note: I have spotted that the last reviewer had the 'Degustation' menu the day after our visit but it wasn't available for us?"
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "The restaurant is secluded from the main roads but very easy to get to. Although close to the motorway you feel as if you are deep into the countryside and ready a delightful meal. On arrival the hostess too our coats and led us to a nicely positioned table. I was expecting a limited menu as it's the Christmas period, but nothing could be further from the truth. After being ticked off for forgetting to add that it was my partners birthday in my booking, the table was quickly decorated appropriately. The starters tasted amazing our main course which arrived cooked exactly as ordered, usually I have to order steaks on shade above what I really want. Topped off with two perfect deserts and fine wine the evening was all we could ask for."
    dined on 28/12/2013
  • "We thought the food was disappointing and not what we had come to expect from this restaurant"
    dined on 15/12/2013
  • "Long time since had last been to Waggoners. Had seen good reviews so visit was disappointing. There is a good atmosphere and it was busy suggesting it is well regarded but the food was nothing special and the service friendly but inefficient. Maybe the Sunday menu is not challenging enough for the kitchen and the numbers got the better of the front of house staff. The knowledge of the wines was limited at best. With so few sweets how could staff not know what ice creams and sorbets were on offer and end up serving two of the three portions on the plate the same?"
    dined on 15/12/2013