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

Happy 4th Birthday THOMPSON St Albans

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 by

Wow I can’t believe it’s our 4th birthday! Mind you I am starting to see a few extra grey hairs every time I look in the mirror, or so my ‘lovely’ fiancée Marianne reminds me! On November 1st 2013, with the help and support of family and friends, the good faith of Graham Oliver at

Sunday Lunch with THOMPSON St Albans

Friday, 13 October 2017 by

When Sunday rolls around, it should be a time to relax with the family. So instead of slaving in the kitchen, why not let someone else do it for you! If you’re out for Sunday lunch in St Albans you’re guaranteed to enjoy a laid-back affair here at THOMPSON St Albans, with a wonderful, warm

By Phil Thompson  Now in our 4th year, the team at THOMPSON St Albans and I have just been awarded our 3rd AA Rosette. This is a huge achievement for the team, me personally, and for my fiancée and business partner Marianne, who has put up with me for the past seven years and for

Whether you’re a fan of celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth or simply enjoy great food made with the best quality, seasonal ingredients, please check your diary for a very special night on Wednesday 8th November. That’s the date of our exclusive dining event here at THOMPSON St Albans, a family run independent restaurant, trying to offer

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.

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