Midweek Dining with THOMPSON St Albans
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 to London anymore for a fine dining experience.
Current midweek dining offer – valid 16th Jan to 31st March 2018
Our current midweek offer includes a complimentary bottle of wine for two people, with 3 courses ordered from our à la carte or Set Menu. At £23 for 3 courses from our Set Menu, we truly believe it is great value for money and not a once a year treat that our guests have to save up or plan for in advance.
All the menus have beautiful seasonal vegetables, freshly caught fish and succulent meats that can be cooked to your liking. We change our Set Menu weekly, sometimes daily, depending on what I get in from my father-in-law’s allotment and regular conversations with our suppliers about what’s good, what’s in season, and as importantly, what to stay away from! It’s essential that we offer variety for our regulars, but also that we ensure every ingredient we use is fresh and in season, making it full of flavour.
Midweek dining has a very relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant, with guests enjoying great food, wine and company. You can take time to relax in our lounge bar for a cocktail or a glass of champagne at the bar, enjoying our comfy armchairs or the sofa. We try to offer something for everyone with our variety of menu options and strive to look after you in every aspect, aiming to make you feel like we have invited you into our home.
Why we offer a Set Menu
We don’t want THOMPSON St Albans to just be a special occasion restaurant. We have a wide variety of midweek guests, including many regulars who have supported us over the past four years and have been with us every step of the way, which means so much to us all.
It’s flattering when people choose our restaurant to celebrate something special. We always greet them with a card signed by the team and a little surprise at the end. We love celebrating with our guests, but also want people to choose us simply because it’s a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night and they are hungry, they don’t have time to cook, they want to have quality time with their friends, family or partner or they just fancy an affordable midweek treat.
Guests come in for dinner because they trust me, they know they will receive a warm welcome, a beautifully presented, tasty meal and they’ll leave feeling pleasantly full and well looked after. I would love people to come for dinner to try our Set Menu, enjoy the experience and value for money on offer. Hopefully they will want to come back to try our à la carte or Tasting Menu.
Of course, we take as much care sourcing and cooking the ingredients for these dishes as we do the à la carte and tasting menus. Every plate of food we send out from the kitchen must be perfect.
If you’re looking for a date night, we will make sure your loved one feels pampered and well looked after. If it’s a business meeting, we will be sure to help you impress your client in a relaxed dining environment.
Our Midweek Menu options
All these menu options are on the website under Midweek Dining, available Wednesday to Saturday and run alongside our à la carte and tasting menus offered daily, excluding Sundays.
Our Midweek Diners
I want everyone to feel welcome at the restaurant, comfortable and relaxed, wanting to come back, not just for the food but also because of the way our front of house staff made you feel and the service you received: attentive but not invasive, warm and friendly. We are always happy to help with menu questions and advise on wines to match your dishes, making you feel at ease and comfortable with your menu choices.
Our midweek lunchtime options cater for everyone, from mums having a bit of time out, guests enjoying retirement, friends catching up, and business lunches. Some business lunches may be colleagues enjoying a treat, some are longer lunches or client entertainment (we can always find a discreet corner to tuck you away at your request). Discretion with the bill, our service and allowing the conversation to flow are all areas we handle with great sensitivity and empathy.
As a restaurant we can offer a lot more than just wonderful menus, wines, cocktails, ambience and service. We have 3 different dining rooms, used for corporate bookings and meetings or for celebrations. For large parties hosting their celebration exclusively in one of our dining areas, tables can be laid out as you wish, and we can create a bespoke menu, making the occasion even more special.
So, if you are looking for somewhere special in St Albans for relaxed, affordable and luxurious midweek dining, we’d really love to see you!