About THOMPSON St Albans

THOMPSON St Albans, A 3 AA Rosette Restaurant has won multiple awards and accolades including; St Albans Chamber of Commerce, Best Restaurant Award, Best Restaurant and Best Chef award in the Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink awards, a Michelin Plate, at the end of 2017 meaning Michelin are watching us…  Phil Thompson, head chef and owner, held a Michelin Star for 4 years at his previous place of work before opening up his own restaurant in November 2013.

As an independent restaurant our success is measured by the enjoyment, pleasure and feedback of our guests.  Not only vital to the longevity of our business but also the satisfaction of our team, moral and real value in what we do.

THOMPSON St Albans is a relaxed fine dining environment, with a team of chefs in the kitchen, expert and well-trained front of house, who are literally bursting with passion and pride.  As a fine dining restaurant, the most important thing to the team as a whole is that our guests have a wonderful dining experience, leaving us looking forward to their next visit.  Our menus are ever changing with the seasons, providing wonderful flavour combinations along with wines to match and delicious cocktails.

A special mention to the team “Thank you for your loyalty, support and commitment in making THOMPSON St Albans an amazing place to work and for our guests to enjoy a fabulous fine dining experience.  I could not have done this without you and those that have demonstrated their tremendous loyalty in these initial years – it really is an honour to work with you – thank you!”  Phil Thompson – Owner, THOMPSON St Albans

A 3 AA Rosette, fine dining restaurant located in the heart of St Albans. Head Chef / Owner Phil Thompson combines his classic training, along with a natural skill for creating delicious flavour combinations, to produce dishes that showcase his own modern style, ingredients very much dictated by the ever changing seasons.

Menus range from our great value set lunch and dinner menu’s around £20 for 2 to 3 courses (£18.50 for 2 courses at lunch time Wed – Sat inclusive), à la carte at an average of £45 for 3 courses to our Tasting Menu at £65 for 7 courses. We have vegetarian à la carte and Tasting Menu options, traditional Sunday Roast set lunch menu’s as well as a children’s menu and various party Menu’s.

The restaurant is a popular venue for weddings, christenings, birthdays and other celebrations as well as being perfect for meetings, training events and conferences. Any event can be hosted in the 28 seater conservatory or on the terrace, a quaint Victorian-style courtyard with trailing ivy, honeysuckle, shrubs and flowers, which seats a further 20 guests and is offered exclusively when the conservatory is booked.  Private parties are also held in the 52 seater restaurant upstairs.

Opening Hours

Wednesday to Saturday Lunch:  12pm – 2pm
Sunday  Lunch:  12pm – 3pm
Tuesday to Thursday Evening:  6pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday Evening:  6pm – 9.30pm

We ask you to arrive half an hour before the time of your table, so that you can be seated at the time of your booking. If you would like to have a drink with us before being seated at your table may we ask that you arrive half an hour before the time of your booking? This way you can make your menu choices in the relaxed lounge bar area.

A discretionary 12.5% service charge will be added to your bill, For Parties of 6 or more we ask for a deposit of £20.00 per head to secure your booking and a pre-order 2 weeks prior to your booking date.

Special Dietary Requirements

Please advise of any special dietary requirements at point of booking – (v) denotes vegetarian, although may contain dairy. If you suffer from ANY allergies or have any special dietary requirements, please inform your waiter.


We have excellent disabled facilities, with wheelchair access on the ground floor dining areas and our disabled toilet facilities are fully equipped also on the ground floor. Please mention any special requirements you might have when booking.


THOMPSON St Albans 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.

Credit Cards

All major cards accepted except Diners

Lounge Bar Area

Should you have time to arrive prior to your table/booking time, you may like to relax and enjoy our lounge bar area. We offer a variety of cocktails, including non-alcoholic and pre-dinner drinks.  Our Mojitos have quite a reputation and our wine list boasts examples from both the old and new world. Our bar staff will be only too willing to talk you through our wine list, starting from £22.95 a bottle.

Smoking Policy

All our public areas are non-smoking by law and this also includes our courtyard.


We have 11 car parks within a 6 minute walking distance of the restaurant.  Six of the car parks are within a 4 minute walking distance.  Street parking is available outside the restaurant on the single yellow line after 6.30pm and all day Sunday.  These are all real well sign posted.  Two of the car parks below allow (Drovers Way and Russell Avenue) pre-booking and pre-payment, there are links to these car parks below the table.

Please see the link below to the St Albans council car parking web page, they are really well sign posted once you get into St Albans.  http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/parking/Car-parks-in-St-Albans/default.aspx

Car Parks for THOMPSON St Albans (at 19/03/16)
Name of Car Park Distance in miles No. of mins Walking Spaces Disabled Spaces Pre-Book Pay by Card Post Code Availability
Hatfield Road Outside 0 No Free AL1 3RP Mon – Sat 18:30pm onwards, Sun all day
Adelaide Street 0.1 Miles 2 Minutes 30 1 No Yes AL3 5BH 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
Bricket Road (Crown Court) 0.2 Miles 2 Minutes 72 0 No Yes AL1 3JT 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
Bricket Road North 0.2 Miles 3 Minutes 27 1 No Yes Al1 3JT 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
St Albans Drovers Way 0.1 Miles 3 Minutes 351 11 Yes * Yes AL1 3EB 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
CC Ground and upper 0.2 Miles 4 Minutes 228 4 No No AL1 3JS 07:30 to 18:30 on Sunday ONLY
Civic Centre Basement 0.2 Miles 4 Minutes 74 2 No No AL1 3JS 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
St Albans Russell Avenue 0.3 Miles 5 Minutes 537 9 Yes * Yes AL1 5EB 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
The Maltings 0.3 Miles 6 Minutes 770 8 No Yes AL1 3HL Mon – Sun: 07:00 t0 20:30
Christopher Place 0.3 Miles 6 Minutes 180 4 No No AL1 5DQ Mon – Sat 07:00 to 23:30, Sun 08:00 to 23:30
Gombards 0.3 Miles 6 Minutes 82 3 No Yes AL3 5EN 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week
Townsend Avenue 0.3 Miles 6 Minutes 33 0 No Yes AL1 3HA 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week

* St Albans Drovers Way

* St Albans Russell Avenue

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