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The Restaurant at Sopwell House, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

The Restaurant at Sopwell House

4.3
4.3
124 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European
The Brasserie at Sopwell House boasts a vibrant, open plan kitchen serving delicious classic dishes, beautifully prepared by our expert Chefs. Breakfast, Lunch and Sunday roast is served buffet-style with an exceptional selection of dishes both hot and cold with daily specials inspired by global cuisines. Dinner is served à la carte or a set menu is available if you’d prefer. Ideal for a Saturday night feast with friends, family celebration, a relaxing breakfast or a working lunch with clients or colleagues.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 18:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    01727 864477
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Gopi Chandran
  • Catering
    Modern cuisine
  • Private party facilities
    Our lovely can be book for private functions and events. To book your party email us.
  • Area
    Borehamwood
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    Thameslink operate a direct service between St Pancras Int. and St Albans station. <br />There is also a local service from Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Hendon, Mill Hill Broadway, Elstree & Borehamwood, and Radlett<br />On arrival at St Albans station there is a taxi rank outside and the journey to Sopwell House is 5-10 minutes
  • Entertainment
    Pianist Saturday night and Sunday lunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 124 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

124 Reviews
  1. SteveK

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent celebration of our wedding anniversary. Changed from restaurant to brasserie on the evening with no problem which we really appreciated. A great meal, excellent service and a relaxed atmosphere

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  2. IanH

    Bedfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most amazing meals we have ever had. We received the most outstanding service from Raffael and Rosie and we cant wait to come back. Thank you so very much.

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  3. Nasher

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super evening at The Restaurant at Sopwell House. Food was fantastic and full of flavour, beef fillet was cooked perfectly and the panna cotta desert with lavender jelly and meringue was superb. Service was very attentive but we weren't rushed at all which gave us a chance to listen to the guitarist playing some lovely Spanish ballad's, making our romantic evening out a thoroughly enjoyable one. I would highly recommend fine dining at The Restaurant, Sopwell House.

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  4. ColetteM

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 February 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointed with the Restaurant, no real atmosphere and food really terrible. Does not cater for vegetarians. Not sure what they are trying to achieve here, needs a full review.

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  5. TerryG

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was not busy when we arrived on a Saturday evening. The room reminded me of a seaside hotelk with large windows. The tables were occupied by couples who I assume were there for an overnight stay. The food was innovative and very good. I had pork belly to start which was a very small portion, however very tasty, for main course I had the beef which was cooked to perfection. To end the meal I had salted caramel tart which was very nice. In conclusion the food was very good and worth a visit with a spa day at the Sopwell House club spa before dinner.

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  6. AnnO

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my husbands ‘special ‘ birthday and we had a lovely lunch with good friends, food and service.

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  7. SimonC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tasting menu, adapted to be vegan for us.

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  8. SomeServicePlease

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible dining experience. Billed as Fine Dining it is more like Zizzi’s. Food was rushed, ridiculously rushed. We had starters 5 mins after ordering, then cleared and mains 10 mins later. No service at all. No wine pouring, no table clearing. Terrible. Staff also did not listen / could not understand. Asked for a drinks menu for the bill. Worst dining experience in St Albans in years. Food was mediocre, wine list is rubbish.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a lovely evening meal at sopwell house, the staff were excellent and the food and wine was very good.

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  10. LisaB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The smallest portions ever seen in a restaurant, with poor advise regarding sizes of side dishes together with a high bill. Extremely disappointing.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 November 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff friendly and welcoming, food wonderful, and reasonably priced. I would throughly recommend

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  12. KayB

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Since our last visit of a few years ago, when we were disappointed by nearly everything - we were very pleasantly surprised by our visit with friends for Sunday lunch. Reasonable good choices on the menu, we all enjoyed our selections, decor first class, attentive service and very good value. Our only gripe - we would have preferred one table for 4 x persons not 2 x individual tables for 2 x persons!

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  13. Andy

    London

    76 reviews

    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent helpful service throughout Sunday lunch. Nice menu choice, which was all available. Food nicely presented and tasted good.

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  14. Room245onthenight

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 November 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Room 245 booking: Food - I’m sure exceptional but starter and main was served luke warm. We were there to stay the night, relax and get away from work pressures and so didn’t want to make a fuss or spoil the flow of the meal. Service was the best. Ambiance. Restaurants at the hotel have a dress code. The restaurant had a lovely soft and relaxing feel with nice decor. We dressed for the occasion, it’s just a shame that hotel/spa guests continuously walk past in bathrobes and look in to check the restaurant. It spoils the atmosphere. There is a beautiful grand piano in the restaurant entrance, it’s a shame it wasn’t being played. Overall. If the food was hot, we couldn’t see the bathrobe Spa guests shuffling past every few minutes and the piano was playing it would be full 5* across the board. Maybe it’s just because we ate early at 19:00?, the feedback is for our experience on the night.

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  15. davidm

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were both amazing...3 courses for £30 is really good value too...

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  16. Alex

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible. Staff were rude. Food was rubbish. Over priced at £150 for 3 with no drinks and only two courses each. AVOID!!!

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  17. LeeD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service - extremely helpful and great with our kids (aged 10 and 7)

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  18. TheBurtons

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wine at great value prices. Wonderful atmosphere with live music and perfect service.

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  19. RobY

    Buckinghamshire

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal and service, lovely place. Friendly, welcoming. Could have done with more choice but aside from that nothing to complain about. Would return.

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  20. JimBo

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    An enjoyable meal, first time at Sopwell House, hotel sits in nice grounds. The food was very good, the service at times we found to be a little over eager. The wine selection, seemed to be pointed towards more expensive wines. But all in all an enjoyable evening for a birthday.

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  21. dinner8

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chef here is amazing her food is really clever and delicious would definitely visit again

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  22. DuncanH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding, the quality of the food and service was excellent

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a very lovely time. Service was attentive, and the food was excellent. We are looking forward to coming back, hopefully soon.

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  24. LauraH

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very impressive food, very tasty but as fine dining, small portions. BUT the restaurant handed out a lot of free food too, including different breads, starter / taster dishes and then sweets at the end which included fudge and macaroons. Service was good too. The grounds are nice and pretty.

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  25. JuliaB

    Berkshire

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner here for our wedding anniversary. Atmosphere was calm and pleasant, and they had a pianist which was a lovely touch. Food was generally delicious - they had lovely breads and amusebouch (spelling?!) whilst we waited for starters. Although not vegetarian, I went for the veggie starter and main - both were excellent and delightfully presented. My husband went for fish for his starter and main. They were nice, though he felt the main was a little bland for his taste (personal preference). Dessert was fantastic - well presented and very tasty. The wine was pleasant, although we had eaten in the Brasserie of the hotel the night before and actually preferred that wine! Service was good and waiters polite and helpful. Would return.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I received an email for a set menu which included a starter, main, dessert and a glass of prosecco for £35. As we were staying at the hotel for my birthday and this was a good offer I followed the link on the email to reserve a table. When we arrived at the restaurant we were given the normal menu, on this menu the main meal alone was £30. I asked for the set menu to which I was rudely told “you have to book that online” I replied saying that’s what I done. The waiter said I hadn’t and walked off. We kept being harassed every few minutes to order to which we decided it wasn’t good value for money, the staff were rude and the email was misleading. Therefore we left and had a pleasant meal in st.albans town. The next day when we were in the lift going downstairs to check out and this set menu was also advertised in the lift of the hotel! This should be taken down and you need to look in to the link attached to the email you send out. I wouldn’t not visit again

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  27. darrenb

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hugely overpriced mediocre quality food. Good service saves the day

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed to see diners arriving in casual clothing including jeans. Background Music was a little too loud. However we both had a good experience and our waitress was very good. Her service and attention to details was excellent and she made our evening just that little bit more special. The food was very god, but, on a personal level, the lamb was just a little too rare.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a dinner at The Restaurant. Service was great. Food was ok. Monkfish much to salty. Beef was very good and soft. We made a mistake and went to the Brasserie for desert. We had a tiramisu. Worst tiramisu we ever had. Its more like tiramisu drink. Far from real tiramisu. So avoid Brasserie for desert. Overall I will be going again.

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  30. Ciaran

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Had hoped to avail of the £35 set menu (I love a bargain) but was told I hadn’t booked in the correct way. Apparently I was supposed to select an option in the OpenTable booking process to signal preference for the set menu. Have since experimented with other dates and for the life of me cannot see what I could have done differently. No such option seems to reveal itself.

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  31. RogerO

    Buckinghamshire

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food but dining room lacks ambience.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Served fish to my vegetarian mother. Poor handling of issue. Broader service was terrible and manager fairly dismissive of issue.

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  33. HarrietE

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Despite a mix up with the set menu why were very accommodating.

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  34. klelia

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 June 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice and quiet. The staff is friendly and polite abnd the food is really good.

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  35. SarahN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place for outstanding Sunday lunch. Ate in main restaurant which is lovely

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  36. Martin

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Enjoyed Sunday lunch for our anniversary. The waitress admitted they were short staffed. The meat was very raw but plenty of vegetables. No half bottles of wine so we had a glass of wine and a cider. Both the starter and desert were beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Being Sunday lunch the restaurant was very noisy. I think I would suggest an evening meal would be a better celebration.

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  37. ErCicoria

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and food above all. Location is nice.

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  38. NicolaJ

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a lovely evening, with drinks in the bar first. The amuses bouches were all delicious. Main meal was pretty good but just could have done with a bit more flavour, or perhaps seasoning? The overall atmosphere of the main lobby wasn’t really matched in the restaurant, which felt a bit bright and lacking atmosphere. I’m not a big fan of sitting on the same side of the table when there’s only two of you. Wine was lovely. Service pretty good all in all.

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  39. Lindyloo

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our wedding anniversary

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  40. Sireatalott

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Upmarket restaurant with good food. Service and ambience were alright. My only crib being, you could constantly see other hotel guests in bathrobes some with trainers passing by. When you think of a nice dining env where people are expected to wear jackets, these sights seem to disrupt the Overall ambience of the place.

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Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 2HQ

Additional information

  • Area
    Borehamwood
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 18:30–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Modern European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    Thameslink operate a direct service between St Pancras Int. and St Albans station. There is also a local service from Kentish Town, West Hampstead, Cricklewood, Hendon, Mill Hill Broadway, Elstree & Borehamwood, and RadlettOn arrival at St Albans station there is a taxi rank outside and the journey to Sopwell House is 5-10 minutes
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Gopi Chandran
  • Entertainment
    Pianist Saturday night and Sunday lunch
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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