THOMPSON St Albans

4.4
1036 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
THOMPSON St Albans offers a relaxed and affordable fine dining experience, without the pretense sometimes associated with formal dining. Here, you will find a classic and tranquil setting, ever-changing menus that are dictated by the seasons and a selection of fine wines, carefully chosen to expertly match dishes.

Special Offers

Set menu: 4 courses & a glass of Prosecco £37.50

Excluding a side dish. Please note menu not available on Wine Dinner Evenings.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-21:00
Fri-Sat 12:00-14:30

2 courses & a glass of wine: £25.00

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Wed-Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:30-14:30

Sunday: 2 courses & a glass of prosecco £28.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-12:15 15:00-15:00

Tasting Menu: 5 courses £40

Please note menu not available on Wine Dinner Evenings.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 14 June 2019

Ends: 30 November 2019

Availability: Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed-Fri 12:00-14:30 18:00-21:00
Sat 12:00-14:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 12:15PM 2:45PM - 3:00PM
Tue 6:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 9:00PM
Wed - Thu 12:00PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 6:15PM 8:45PM - 9:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 3:00PM 6:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM

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JT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A most enjoyable meal. Food process are very reasonable, but drinks over priced. The atmosphere in the top level of the restaurant is not as ambient as in the lower level. I had specifically asked for a round table by the window. This was not provided, which was a little disappointing as i had gone to the effort of asking and it was a very special occasion.

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JJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food and would go again.

Service was polite but food took a bit too long to come out - particularly dessert which would most likely have been made beforehand and especially as they were not very busy.

Presentation of food on huge plates looked a bit contrived (trying too hard to be michelin style) and secondly, it tricks the mind into thinking you are still hungry despite reasonable portions! Dessert especially looked tiny and a tiny looking dessert =disappointment. No-one wants a tiny looking dessert!!

Despite the points above (which can be improved), the food was exquisite and is worth a visit.

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F
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food at Thompson is a delight! Everything tastes so good...and every time we visit there’s something new and delicious to try. The staff are friendly and attentive and give you just the right amount of attention. For us, this is the best place to eat in St Albans.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect welcome, perfect food, perfect service, great wines at good prices.
Altogether a perfect evening and by far the best food we've eaten in St Albans.

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JT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent reception, excellent service, excellent food.

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j
London
102 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Father's Day lunch. Seating and diet requests were noted and implemented smoothly. An enjoyable experience!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

lovely place and great staff. some of the dishes exceptionally good quality and taste, others not as spectacular but still good.

a piece of advice- maybe don’t put price of the set course on the menu when it’s an event like father’s day. spoils it a bit.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great bar with Sancho being a great mixologist. The menu choice was great choosing the 7 course tasting menu with pairing wines. The food service and ambience were all excellent. Will definitely visit again.

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SH
Hertfordshire
61 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great night at Thompson St Albans with myfamily. Celebration meal - birthday and end of GCSE's for one daughter! Very friendly and efficient service. Very, very good food. Excellent all round. Had the 7 course tasting menu with flight of wines. Found it elegant and beautifully structured meal. Thompsons is highly recommended!

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m
Bedfordshire
9 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food as ever was lovely.Seemed funny to have a very sweet amuse bouche.Starter,mains and sweets were very nice.
Main cause of complaint was that returning home and reviewing my emails I find one from the restaurant saying i could have 20% discount against the meal.Whilst the restaurant is so quick to add any service charge to the bill the memory goes blank when a discount is due.Rather mean I think.

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HN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding as always.
We are repeat diners of the 7 course taster menu and it never lets us down.

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EC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here on many occasions and never been disappointed. Food amazing as always and very good service too. Particularly like the choice of starters...unusual and extremely tasty.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit ; initially I thought the menu might be too fussy but the food was absolutely delicious. It was superbly plated and complimented by friendly and able front of house team.With a mid price bottle of wine and 2 botles of spakling water,it came to £75 per head for 4 of us-not cheap but worth it.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great service. Brilliant food. Quiet environment so not for those that are after a vibey atmosphere. Definitely be back again.

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B
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely lunch. Service was very good, friendly and helpful. We chose from the lunch set menu and everything was absolutely delicious! We will definitely return and would recommend a visit

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LB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was very good but I wasn’t particularly impressed with the food.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic, the staff are excellent, overall a delightful evening. Will go again soon. Highly recommended.

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g
Hertfordshire
15 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An excellent Sunday lunch - food was great, atmosphere was great and the staff were outstanding and very friendly. Will definitely be back - thank you.

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been here many times for special occasions. It never disappoints. Expensive but you get what you pay for - outstanding elegant food in a fine dining environment.
This time it was our 30 th wedding anniversary and the food was excellent as was the attentive service and the warm welcome we received
Thank you Thompson’s.

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A
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a fantastic experience at Thompson’s on Friday, we chose the date night menu which was delicious and very good value. Our server was really lovely and looked after us so well. Another excellent experience at this restaurant, we always know we’ll have a great meal when we visit.

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I visited Thompson's last Friday for their 'date night' special....4 courses and a glass of bubbles of £37.50 each. Yes really.

I work in the restaurant sector and I can say, hands down, that if this restaurant was based in the centre of London, it would be giving the big boys a run for their money - and guess what? It's on our doorstep. The Mushroom veloute was one of the best dishes I've ever had.

If you live within a driveable distance of St Albans, I would highly recommend you give Thompson's a go - and not just for a 'special occasion'. It absolutely comes in my top 3 of all time favourite restaurants. Go and sample the exquisite delights that Chef Phil and the team conjure up. I would be surprised if you left disappointed.

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LL
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and impeccable service, we enjoyed the set dinner.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thompson's remains an exceptional restaurant and their weekday lunch set menu is an exceptional value. I compare it favourably to several Michelin starred restaurants that I've dined at in the UK and I've not yet had better quality food in the St Albans area.

The ample portion of mushroom veloute with pickled wild mushrooms and a hit of truffle was exceptional, as was the beef brisket main.

Strongly recommended!

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SU
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit, and was arranged as a birthday treat for my husband, overall a great experience,
and would definitely return, however, the only criticism was as one of us was driving we would have liked
to have ordered just 2 glasses of wine, but due to the very high price if ordered this way it was cheaper to order a bottle, which we thought was a little unfair, and should be looked at, as not everybody wants to drink and drive!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small, intimate and relaxed dining area that manages to be sophisticated too. The food was utterly divine, I had the salmon starter, cod main and the cheese and biscuits to finish and would recommend them all. The earl grey mousse was absolutely amazing, I wish I could have bought some to take home! The service was perfect- attentive but not at all intrusive, and also exceedingly knowledgeable and helpful. There was a great wine list too. Next time we go we will be having the seven course tasting menu with wine flights, we've already decided!

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JA
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Restaurant trying to be upmarket, and failing. Two of us went at lunchtime and, apart from one other table of two diners, were the only people there. We were given the wrong menu twice. The food was visually appealing but was nothing special.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff. The taster menu was wonderful.

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p
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

What has happened, There was only a few diners compared to some months ago when the place was full!
Something seemed wrong, new untrained staff perhaps!

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IC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine. Been a number of times and can not fault the food and wine selection.
Nice to see the man himself busy in the kitchen.
Will return very soon.

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W
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal. Perfect from the welcome at the door right through to the petits fours. We had the midweek dining menu and I was impressed that even for £25 for 3 courses we also were given bread, canapés and palate cleansers before dessert. The waiter was so welcoming and had good timing between the courses. I requested a specific table when I made the reservation and was happy that this had been saved for us. A truly enjoyable evening, we cannot wait to return.

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W
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner a few days ago and it was very good & enjoyed it .

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BB
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food; wonderful service, attentive but not intrusive, staff exuding pride in sharing the kitchen’s creations with the guests. The food was as pleasing to the eye as to the mouth; and an exceptional value for the level of dining experience Chef Thompson and his staff create and deliver.

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RL
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food (again)
The food is evolving into a very high quality menu.

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TC
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good value meal, drinks are expensive, very ambient and would definitely recommend!

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AB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were top notch. The vegetarian food was tasty and well made but it was veg pasta, so could have been more inventive. Would recommend.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is just very special. Food is so delicious beautifully cooked and presented. Service is excellent .

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T
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit, very impressed with food and general experience will definitely come back, bring friends and recommend

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall, good food with some real highlights. Outstanding fish and all of the vegetables, including sides, were really excellent, a treat on their own. Very friendly staff and made to feel very relaxed. Flavours are subtle (which we liked) rather than robust. However, there were one or two misses - the caramelised apple just didn’t have any flavour and we thought should have been warm not cold. Also the macaron amuse-bouche had too much sweet/savoury contrast for us. The Mersault and the Moscatel were particularly nice.

Minor criticisms intended just as feedback, which we also mentioned to the waitress. We’ll definitely go back, had a really good evening.

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu with wine a real treat!

Great service!

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Excellent food but very quiet, no atmosphere ... and a very pretentious matre'd!

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