THOMPSON St Albans

4.5
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1110 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary European
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

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-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-21:00
Fri-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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LI
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best lunch I’ve had for a long time. The food was amazing. I will definitely be going back soon

T
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Thompson’s excellent food and general occasion

w
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a leisurely Sunday Lunch with food of outstanding quality and friendly, well informed staff, then Thompson's is definitely the place to go. This was our first Sunday Lunch experience but we eat there often for a mid-week lunch and the Tasting Menu for a special occasion. Always excellent.

YG
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were happy with the starters from the set lunch menu and would have rated them 4/5 but were disappointed with the main courses of venison pasta and hake. We were offered vegetable side dishes but non of the combinations in our view worked. Road potatoes with fish or paste?? Crushed celeriac when one of the main dishes already came with celeriac. The main dishes themselves were below average, and the side dishes did not help. The waiter offered to inform the chef, and asked whether we would like to talk to him. We said yest, but no chef was forthcoming.

We have both eaten in half of the top restaurants in the country, and we both said there is no way this restaurant will obtain a single Michelin star with food like that. We only eat out a few times a year, so this was very disappointing, and we will not be eating here again.

The wine on the other hand was excellent, with a good choice of top quality wines by the class, and friendly french waiters. Although the choice of dessert wines was too limited.

MM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch at Thompson’s - great food, great service, great location. Hard to fault. Will definitely be back.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was of the highest quality and the wine matched the food to an exceptional level. We struggled to come away with a clear favourite as so many of the various courses on the taster menu are truly wonderful.

There are a few areas though that could be improved, when we transferred from the bar area from pre-dinner drinks to the restaurant, I would normally expect the drinks to be taken.

Our waiter was new and whilst Connor was learning. It was disappointing that when it came to the 5th course that the food became mixed up, with the wrong course coming twice. We had 2 courses of wine being severed almost simultaneously. With the mix up and the wine coming in close succession, it felt that the attention to detail was missing and the last 3 courses felt rushed.

f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely celebratory lunch. Set menu extremely reasonable with good options - venison, stone bass etc. Extensive wine list.

A la Carte significantly more expensive verses set menu but flexibility if you wanted to order a mixture of menus

CG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic time at Thompson’s this Saturday. A very enjoyable and delicious lunch with friends celebrating an engagement. The staff were brilliant and couldn’t do enough for us. So attentive, friendly and helpful. The food and cocktails were delicious and excellent value for money. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Thompson’s and hope to go back again soon.

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Service was a bit slow but it was busy

JL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Staff all very attentive. Celebrating a birthday and had card waiting on table when we arrived which was a nice touch. Would certainly recommend.

ZA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We went to Thompson for our 1st year anniversary last weekend. We arrived 20 mins ahead of our reservation, per the booking guidelines, and had to spend ~50 mins waiting for the table which was way too long. Front desk assumed its normal to be "couple" of minutes late without giving an honest apology. We really enjoyed the food but the service was appalling; the gaps between the meals in the set menu were too long. We've had an 20.30 reservation, had our first dish at 21.30 and finished at 23.30. Not sure if there was a shortage in kitchen staff that night but again, we were not provided an explanation or anything. The couple next to us had to skip one course of the 7 course meal they were having as it was getting too late.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary. We were greeted warmly with a happy anniversary card. The food was great and good value

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointing, mainly down to the shoddy service. The food was very good, but we experienced a very long wait prior to the first course being served (c.45 minutes from ordering), sporadic long gaps between courses, and a very clear lack of coordination between food and wine service (we had opted for matching wine).

Having complained, the staff did the right thing and made an appropriate adjustment to the bill. However, I’d much prefer that the staff actually did their jobs properly and I was left feeling like I wanted to both pay in full and leave a hefty tip.

Can’t imagine I’ll be returning.

OK
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

In short aspiring to be a top restaurant but falling very short on the quality of the food. We were two and paid 190£ with only one glass of wine per person for which I expected good food. Presentation and size for each course of the taster menu was good but overcooked in some instances and a pork belly that was overly fat. May come in 6 months but would definitely not recommend

i
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable, up to the usual standard. Reommended

M
London
17 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in St Albans - I cant fault it.

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One expects the food to be great-it is.
What really makes the experience though is the brigade. From the helpful bar manager through to the young men and women who take the orders and serve, absolutely first class!
It used to be said that the British did not understand the difference between servile and service-not so here, great training and great to see.
In all a wonderful experience-we shall be back!

SJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed a very good meal although it was quite noisy. It is a shame that they messed up the bill and added a £55 bottle of wine which another table ordered to my bill. However, when I phoned the same evening it was sorted immediately and the amount was returned to my bank within 36 hours.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

very very disappointed... we have been to thompson many times. The tasting menu was complicated to negotiate and very limited. However, the food we ate was delicious... we will definitely not return on a Saturday...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

NG
London
27 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phil Thompson does a superb job in his eponymous restaurant in St Albans City. Gorgeous understated decor and careful and attentive service complement the Michelin style cooking.

CV
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Thompson’s couldn’t do enough to make our event special- we can for my graduation meal and had a lovely evening. We had the 3 course set a la carte and we’re not disappointed- the crab starter with lemon verbena was top notch (though my partner’s potted salmon was a little bland). Beef main was to die for, especially the blue cheese croquette. I had the brownie dessert, whilst my parents hugely enjoyed the cheese board. It did take some time for our bread plates to be cleared away/wine glasses to be refilled at some points, considering it was a fairly empty Wednesday evening, but the food more than made up for this. Along with the very kind “Celebrations” writing on the dessert. Thank you!! Loved our meal and have already recommended to friends.

GD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thompson’s always provides a wonderful relaxing meal , lunch or supper . Food is always superb , service was excellent . Best roast potatoes ever . Thank you

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent flavour combinations on the tasting menu, but slightly let down by some basics such as fractionally over cooked pork and fish.

TB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Friday for the first time we choose the date night menu which was delicious and even includes a glass of Brut Champagne each of the four courses pretty as a picture and very tasty, staff lovely friendly but very professional and knew about the foods and wines they served and they picked up it was my birthday and produced a Plate with Happy Birthday on with 2 tiny but flavour sensation chocolates well done and thanks. I liked the restaurant style white table clothes ambient lighting and subtle elegant but modern decor in very old building ,but a more chilled relaxed vibe not formal and standoffish. Great value fab food I and my other half definitely will be returning very soon indeed .

p
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been customers for many years, we had worried that something was amiss as we came one day and there were only three customers there, and all in the small back room. However yesterday kproved us wrong as we had one of the best meals ever. A special date night menu starting with two glasses of champagne and three superb dishes, all tasty and not too heavy in content. We also had the Vine flight, each of which was ideal for the course, but not too voluminous.
Service was excellent, helpful and knowledgeable.

NB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very good experience all round. Beautiful food. Lovely simple decor. Nice background music. Lovely wine. Main restaurant manager very amicable & knowledgeable. The only regret I have is the service was very slow especially between courses & not all staff were knowledgeable or engaging.

k
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a bit disappointing
Food portion size is really not sufficient and range for non meat eaters poor
Over priced especially alcohol and service for drinks on entry rather too slow

HM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

An enjoyable evening. Prompt and very pleasant service.

D
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

From the moment the door opened, we were greeted by two charming members of staff who showed us to the patio dining area. Georgia looked after us, and made excellent recommendations, both on food and cocktails, twas a birthday lunch and my Friend thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We will be back. Although not sure where the close car parks were.... luckily, we had a friend drive us!

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food exceptionally good and would highly recommend. This is the second time I have been in the last couple of months but this time the service was a little below par, but I feel this is more about the lack of training from management, rather than the fault of the young staff who were pleasant enough.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made a supreme effort for the birthday and the food was faultless.
Will definitely return and recommend.
Thank you.

DR
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is always sublime but oddly the service was very hit or miss tonight. Waited for more than 30 minutes between some courses. Although we paid the service charge (it’s automatically added to the bill) we felt short-changed by the experience, particularly as we’ve dined here a few times in recent months. Hopefully, just an off night.

LA
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for lunch and the the four of us eat off the set meal. Service was attentive, very welcoming. Food was of a high standard, good presentation and each dish was delicious. A very comfortable dining room and a relaxing lunch, - it’s almost on my door step, don’t know why I never thought about going before? Will definitely be back.

m
Hertfordshire
12 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lunch menu. Lovely food, fantastic value, served by very genuine friendly staff.

Would highly recommend

S
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing evening at Thompsons celebrating our wedding anniversary. Everything was fabulous and I would highly recommend it. We are returning next week as we loved it so much!

NT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My review would have been 5 star but for a couple of small issues. The a la carte menu choice was very limited, 3 starters and 3 mains, one more of each would have been better, although I accept that there was veggie menu as well. The service was very good but a little slow and fussy. The bar is a very under utilised part of the restaurant, and it appeared that few people choose to use it, we were the only people in there. The service was very slow we had to push for the barman to take our order, plenty of staff but all a bit too young and chatty with each other, and it would have been nice to have been given the menus in the bar to make our choices. The food was however exceptional, small portions but exquisitely presented and beautifully cooked, and enough to make you want a dessert, which was also superb. We will definitely be back, maybe to try one of the ‘event’ type offers. Try it, its well worth a visit.

VC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. We had our wedding reception here 8years ago when it was Darceys! So pleased Phil Thompson has kept it the same beautiful atmosphere, if not made it slightly better!
The food is amazing, staff are friendly and professional.
Love the menu choices.
Will definitely recommend it to friends.

KW
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Date night four-course tasting menu (plus pre-starter/amuse bouche and pre-dessert). I switched the starter option, because I loathe goats cheese, for a stuffed courgette flower, which was superb. Husband had the goats cheese which he found balanced perfectly with the beetroot. Every course was delicious - even the ones I wouldn't necessarily have chosen if dining a la carte - and could not fault the service whatsoever. A charming, good humoured service.
One minor gripe ... the background music. They need to get the system sorted. Loud and crackly at times as they attempted to rectify it. No music better than loud crackles any day. But that really is minor and should not put anyone off going to Thompsons.

C
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Six stars for the food if that were allowed. We had the seven course tasting menu and every course was absolutely delicious. We also had the flight of wines chosen by Thompson. Just one flight between the two of us - that was plenty. The choice of wines was oddball; some dishes were really fruity and the wine did not match; one or two wines just did not go with the food at all, in our opinions. Next time we shall choose our own. Service was efficient and friendly but the waiters were rather lacking in knowledge, especially of the wines. I asked for a quiet corner which they were unable to provide as the conservatory was occupied by a large party. The noise level was just acceptable. I would recommend the restaurant highly, but suggest you choose your own wine!

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