By Phil Thompson We are a small, independent, family run restaurant offering what we believe to be a relaxed, fine dining experience to the people of Hertfordshire. We have had a lot of help from friends and family along the way with initial funding and day to day support.  My fiancée Marianne sold her house

 By Phil Thompson The term ‘alfresco’ originated in the Mid-18th Century and comes from the Italian “in the cool air”, and whilst it’s no longer in use in Italian, it’s certainly a phrase and a style of dining that has been adopted in the UK during the last few decades. In fact, alfresco dining is

Phil’s Spring Diary 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017 by

Phil’s Spring Diary 2017 offers an insight into his typical working week. From allotment visits on days off, to seasonal produce, recipe ideas, notes, photographs & inspiration.  See what Phil has planned for this spring & how it all comes together, to provide our diners with exciting new dishes, flavour combinations & amazing seasonal cocktails.

Acclaimed chef and restaurateur Phil Howard, from two Michelin starred The Square, will be appearing at a special charity dinner at Thompson St Albans. The evening will be held in support of Bill Cooke and St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham. Bill, who has been recently diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer, is the father of Thompson


Thursday, 14 April 2016 by

A quiet culinary professional, an absolute chef’s chef and highly respected culinary figure, Philip Howard was the chef and co owner of The Square from it’s opening in 1991 to its recent sale to Marc Restaurants in March 2016. His work life started at Roux Restaurants in 1988 having decided not to pursue a career

Daniel Clifford at THOMPSON St Albans

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 by

Daniel Clifford and Phil Thompson hosted a night at THOMPSON St Albans. Phil Thompson was delighted to announce an evening co-hosted between Daniel Clifford and himself. The evening took place on Wednesday the 14th of October 2015, at THOMPSON St Albans fine dining restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire  

2011 saw a huge event for the renowned Roux family who celebrated holding three Michelin stars for a staggering 25 years. As the restaurant has now held the coveted stars for 30 years, we thought we would share with you the event from that summer five years ago. Michelin star chefs from the UK and

Best Restaurant Award for THOMPSON St Albans

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 by

THOMPSON St Albans receives the Best Restaurant Award 2015 at the St.Albans Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

Tom Kerridge

Thursday, 15 October 2015 by

Tom Kerridge and Phil Thompson hosted an evening, Monday the 3rd of August, at THOMPSON@Darcy’s fine dining restaurant in St Albans.      

OA Saints cooking lesson

Thursday, 15 October 2015 by

The girls from Old Albanian Saints enjoy creating canapes and cocktails with their sponsors THOMPSON@Darcy’s: Watch the video of the Old Albanian Saints creating canapes and cocktails:

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