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2 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RP, England (Formerly Darcy's Restaurant)
+44 1727 730777
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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Welwyn garden city
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited for the tasting menu on a Saturday night. The waiting staff were all very attentive and there was a lovely atmosphere. The tasting menu was thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. We had a slight hiccup with the pre-dessert, we were giving wine glasses with this dish but no wine appeared, apparently the wine flight only goes with some... More 

Thank Writingreviews
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic atmosphere, 5* service The food was impeccable as always and they were so accommodating as I have food allergies. It was quiet as it was a weekday, the servers made us feel special, well looked after and were very attentive.

Thank steph k
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The chef/owner produces an attractive and changing menu. The set menus are exceptional value as the cooking is cordon bleu. The wine list is not cheap but there are interesting wines and a good selection by the glass. We use it regularly for good, great value food. You can row the boat out for an occasion by going a la... More 

Thank Family W
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113 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant serving modern British food. The service was excellent; attentive, friendly and efficient. The set lunch menu offers exceptional value for the quality of food and service provided. The main course portions are ample too, providing a filling meal at the same time as wonderful taste. Our daughter was very well looked after too, a child friendly restaurant. The... More 

Thank David C
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were shocked to be served rancid butter with our bread which left a nasty after taste for the rest of the evening. Staff were pleasant however service was extremely slow due to a wedding party in another room. Speaking to a couple in our dining room that dine regularly at Thompsons they said it was most unusual for service... More 

Thank susana628
Hertford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I received a `kitchen experience` voucher as a birthday present. This included 3 hours in the kitchen and lunch for two. The 3 hours in a professional kitchen were fascinating and I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in cooking. The meal at the end that my wife and I enjoyed was great . The whole team, in the... More 

Thank jonathanlowy
London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has a first class chef with outstanding experience, and it sets out to give a fine dining experience. The welcome and service was very good. Unfortunately what spoilt the enjoyment was that the hot main course was not served hot. It seems to me that the plates were not heated properly prior to serving the food, as a... More 

Thank Steve W
Phil T, Owner at Thompson, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear your experience with us was not as it should have been please contact me directly, futuremrst@thompsonstalbans.co.uk and if I could please ask you to email me with your mobile number I will give you a call to discuss this further over the weekend. Many thanks and regards, Marianne More 

London, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly it has to be said the whole of the staff here are amazingly warm and friendly. They are knowledgable about what they offer their diners - both food and drink. We went for the tasting menu which had an amazing range of varied dishes made even better as we combined items from both the standard and vegetarian options. The... More 

Thank turnleftisbest
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Thompsons before on a number of occasions including Sunday lunch and it was delicious. Unfortunately not Mother's Day lunch. The red mullet starter was ok,the roast beef was chewy and hard to cut,had to ask for a steak knife which really should have been given to anyone eating beef. Vegetables were boring overlooked chantenay carrots and... More 

Thank NebHertfordshire
London, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I used to eat at Darceys a lot, and had only been once since it had changed. Service was very very good. 5 stars Food was good. Tuna starter was very bland. I'd give it 4 stars. Overall very good. Not cheap, I may be tempted to go to Dylan's over Thompson ,but I prefer a slightly less formal restaurant.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$128
European, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RP, England (Formerly Darcy's Restaurant)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St Albans
  • Phone Number: +44 1727 730777
History: THOMPSON@Darcys the restaurant was formerly a row of four cottages predating the 2nd World War. The gates that flank the outside of the restaurant were produced by the Iron work shop here in 1979. The plot was finally converted to a restaurant in 1983.

Restaurant style: Today the restaurant offers a relaxed, fun and affordable fine dining experience. You will find us a modern, vibrant and busy restaurant, with each room offering a different feel and atmosphere without the pretence of formal dining.

What is Fine Dining? Fine dining usually brings dress code, etiquette and expensive to the forefront of most people’s minds. None of that applies to us at THOMPSON@Darcy’s, although we do have crisp, white tablecloths, at the request of our customers. However, OUR focus is the finest food and ingredients, creativity and taste sensations unique to THOMPSON@Darcy’s. Our service is attentive but not invasive, our staff impeccably mannered and our atmosphere relaxed, all of which contribute to an outstanding culinary experience, so that our guests leave feeling pampered and special.

Menus, Availability & Pricing: Our menus are ever changing, dictated by the seasons; Phil Thompson combines his classic training, culinary style and flavour combinations with his own modern twist.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?