Daniel Clifford & THOMPSON St Albans
in support of the Willow Foundation

Phil Thompson is delighted to announce an evening co-hosted between Daniel Clifford and himself. The evening will take place on Wednesday the 14th of October 2015, at THOMPSON St Albans fine dining restaurant in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Daniel and Phil have known each other for the best part of 10 years, meeting at award ceremonies, judging Master Chef professional, the Great British Menu, AA Awards ceremonies, Daniel’s 40th birthdays party and eating at Midsummer House – “if you haven't been go!” Quote from Phil Thompson. In

Phil Thompson
Chef & Owner
Fine Dining Restaurant, St.Albans

Daniel Clifford
Chef & Restauranteur
Midsummer House
Flitch of Bacon


support of the Willow Foundation, £20 per ticket will be donated to the charity, who organise special days for seriously ill young adults. Tickets are £95 per person, to include canapés on arrival and a 4 course tasting menu, please note drinks/wine are not included. This will raise £1,800 for the Willow Foundation if we sell out.

Daniel will cook the starter and main course, Phil will cook the middle course and dessert. The evening will be interactive, with Daniel and Phil will introducing the dishes throughout the evening. There are three seating times available: 19.00, 19.15, 19:30, tables will be served room by room, the upstairs, the conservatory and our front room. Please may we ask you to be prompt for your table time as we really do want to maximize Daniel’s time with you, our guest. Should you wish to have a drink in our lounge bar, may we ask that you arrive half an hour before your table time.

Booking details and cancellation policy: We ask for credit card details, by way of securing a table, payment will be taken in full. This cancellation policy is applicable to this evening only. No refunds for cancellations, unless we are able to re-sell the table. Please advise of any dietary requirements at the point of booking.

Daniel Clifford is a chef that has helped change the way our country is viewed in the culinary world. With two Michelin stars and to have maintained this standard for so long, Daniel is an inspiration. He is at the top of his game, with beautifully executed food, seasonal and packed full of flavour, service and attention to detail.

Most recently judging the Great British Menu, London and South East Region, the same region Phil Thompson competed in during the 2011 series, against Tom Kerridge and Tom Aitkens. The chefs and waiters are ecstatic having learned Daniel Clifford will be here in St Albans and cooking in THOMPSON St Albans. This is real a honour for us, St Albans and our guests who manage to secure a table.

Menu Starter - Daniel Clifford Roast quail, shallot purée, grapes, celery, sour dough Middle course - Phil Thompson Smoked loin of Queens estate venison, salt baked & pickled celeriac, steeped blackberries & juniper Main course - Daniel Clifford Braised fillet of turbot, cuttlefish, clams, squid ink and sea herbs Dessert - Phil Thompson White chocolate, blue cheese, poached pear & poire Williams sorbet

Daniel Clifford

Born in Canterbury, Kent, Daniel spent the first 12 years of his career training in some of the best restaurants in the UK and France. His time with Jean Bardet in France, whom Daniel cites as his biggest influence, Simon Gueller at Rascasse and Marco Pierre White at The Box Tree, have all contributed to Daniel’s development into one of the countries most respected chefs.

Chef patron of two-Michelin starred restaurant Midsummer House in Cambridge, Daniel is widely regarded as one of the most inventive and gifted chefs of his generation. Renowned for his modern British cooking, underpinned by an unmistakably French style, Daniel reinvents British classics using the finest local produce.

Clifford was awarded his first Michelin star in 2002 at Midsummer House, followed by his second in 2005. It was the only new restaurant to earn a second Michelin star that year, and became one of eleven restaurants in the UK and Ireland to be at that level of the Michelin Guide's scheme. The restaurant holds five AA Rosettes and was voted the 12th best UK restaurant in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014.

In 2014 Midsummer House was voted the best fine dining establishment in the UK and the second-best rated, fine dining establishment in the world by the Travellers’ Choice Restaurant awards, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

Named as one of the winners of the 2012 and 2013 series of the BBC television show the Great British Menu, Daniel has since become a regular TV personality appearing on the likes of MasterChef The Professionals and Saturday Kitchen.

Daniel has had a busy 2015 with his many television appearances including Burger Bar to Gourmet star, where he transformed a road side burger van owner into a budding chef and for the second year running, Daniel will reprise his role as a veteran judge on the 2015 Great British Menu.

Clifford is due to open two new ventures, Flitch of Bacon, a traditional pub located in Little Dunmow, Essex and Morgan’s Farm, located in Norton Heath, Essex.

The farm will grow produce to supply both Midsummer House and Flitch of Bacon and will house a delicatessen shop selling homemade produce, a fishery, a purpose-built venue for 300 and a cookery school which will attract guest chefs and provide a full programme of culinary events.

Daniel’s passions outside of work revolve strongly around family life with his partner, five daughters and his two beloved Bulldogs. He is a keen carp angler which fills the rest of his time.

Daniel Clifford, 14th October 2015


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