St Albans – flying the flag for independents Everyone knows that while there’s something to be said for the familiarity that comes with a chain store or restaurant, if you’re looking for a dining or shopping experience that offers quality, individuality, and that spark of innovation, it’s all about the independents.   They count on every

If there’s one thing we in the UK enjoy even more than complaining about the weather, it’s getting out there and enjoying the summer when it finally arrives. We flock to the coast on our weekends, head to the park for our lunch break, and when enjoying a meal out, only alfresco dining will do!

While they may traditionally have been restricted to the confines of London’s finest, wine dinners are growing in popularity among fine dining restaurants UK-wide. Top local restaurateurs recognise a wine dinner as affording the perfect opportunity to showcase their high-quality food and wine combinations for the benefit of their increasingly discerning diners. As a result,

Springtime is an exciting time of year for all of us with so many signs of new life, wonderful and vibrant colours.  See why Phil Thompson loves spring and what beautifully fresh and seasonal ingredients are on offer on the THOMPSON St Albans Spring menu. What Springtime Means to Me I love the spring season.

I Love Rugby!

Friday, 16 March 2018 by

THOMPSON St Albans’ Owner Phil Thompson took time out of his busy kitchen to tell us all about his well-known love of rugby. When did you first get into rugby? I first got into rugby during PE sessions at senior school and loved it, so I decided to try out for the school team. Believe

Where it at all began I am an Essex boy from Dagenham and went to what was Thurrock Technical College (now Thurrock and Basildon College) to study catering.  Whilst at college in my first year, my work experience placement was at the Lanesborough Hotel in Hyde Park. It was amazing; a beautiful place, great chefs

Phil Thompson’s Crêpe Soufflé

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 by

Phil Thompson’s Crêpe Soufflé Ingredients Pancake batter makes 12 3 whole eggs 160g plain flour 30g icing sugar 350g milk 40g melted butter Pinch of salt   Method Sift the flour, salt and icing sugar, add the eggs and half the milk and whisk until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the milk and then

St Albans has become a great foodie city and here at THOMPSON St Albans we want to offer something a bit different.  We are very proud of the 3 AA Rosette and Michelin-recommended awards we gained at the end of 2017.  Some of our guests comment on the fact that they don’t have to travel

Christmas tips from Phil Thompson

Monday, 04 December 2017 by

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with some festive tips from Phil at THOMPSON St Albans. 1.    Prepare the day before to make Christmas Day cooking go smoothly Christmas Day dinner is all about the prep, so get as much done the day before as possible. Peel and cut your vegetables and leave in saucepans

Christmas Recipes

Monday, 04 December 2017 by

Venison Sausage Roll If you want to wow your guests with a little something to nibble on over the festive season, then try my venison sausage roll recipe. This is seriously the way to go. This is my tried and tested recipe. They can be cut into delicate slices and served as canapés, guaranteed to

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