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2 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RP, England (Formerly Darcy's Restaurant)
+44 1727 730777
12:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Tue - Thu 18:00 - 21:00
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With modern restaurants the food can be art over substance. In other words it looks good but very small portions. In this case, it is high quality and substantial quantities. Very high standard offered by very friendly staff. Have been several times and this place has really go it right

Thank PaulC2816
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was recommended this resturant by a friend and we certainly weren't disappointed. Tbh we didn't know what to expect, we had taken a little look online but when we arrived we were greeted by lovely staff very friendly and welcomed in to the bar, after this to our table and had the choice of either an al a Carte... More 

Thank sweetman87
London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hi, Had a brilliant lunch here today - service- excellent - food excellent - everything was excellent. Lamb and Beef were super and the desserts- cheese and apple thing. - Excellent Will come again. Wine and cocktails awesome again! highly recommended ! 10/10

Thank MrJ20132013
St Albans, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Exquisite food in a relaxed setting - the perfect start to the weekend. Even catered for my diary intolerant. Thank you Phil Thompson and staff for a superb evening.

Thank Packwide
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

My wife and I had been meaning to visit this restaurant for a while and finally made it to celebrate our anniversary. This is very definitely a fine dining restaurant. We decided on the tasting menu with the accompanying wine flight. The quality of the food easily equals Michelin starred restaurants but is much cheaper. The service is great too,... More 

Thank Ivan C
St Albans, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Based on its reputation we were expecting a great meal. However what we had truly exceeded our expectations and set the bar very high. The beef melted in your mouth and don't even get me started on the roast potatoes.... the brussels that came with the pork (which was also amazing by the way) also tasted superb - no really!... More 

1 Thank GHandMim
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I heard a lot about this place - BUT, what a disappointment. Okay staff were attentive, but the food did not match. We had the tasting menu - it's fair to say the chef has been watching too much Masterchef on TV. Our food had very strange flavours in every dish - for the price our visit was a total... More 

Thank Dave K
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Went here today for their Kitchen Experience (gift from son and grandson). Brilliant fun. Made to feel really welcome by the professional chefs who gave me an insight into all aspects of kitchen service and prep. 2 hours just flew by. Learnt new skills prepping things for that nights a la carte service then joined my wife for a lovely... More 

Thank davesimmo
Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Cannot fault a thing. Amazing service. We had a drink in the bar before our meal and chose from the menu before entering the restaurant. Really lovely bar area. Fabulous restaurant. Lovely atmosphere. The food was fabulous. The crab bisque is highly recommended as is the halibut. Superb. We absolutely love food and all four of us were blown away.... More 

Thank Sheran M
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682 reviews
428 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at Thompson and the midweek treat is an absolute bargain for the overall quality. The food was excellent. The service was excellent and friendly. An excellent restaurant overall.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$123
British, Soups, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RP, England (Formerly Darcy's Restaurant)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St Albans
  • Phone Number: +44 1727 730777
History: THOMPSON@Darcys 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.

Restaurant style: Today the restaurant offers a relaxed, fun and affordable fine dining experience. You will find us a modern, vibrant and busy restaurant, with each room offering a different feel and atmosphere without the pretence of formal dining.

What is Fine Dining? Fine dining usually brings dress code, etiquette and expensive to the forefront of most people’s minds. None of that applies to us at THOMPSON@Darcy’s, although we do have crisp, white tablecloths, at the request of our customers. However, OUR focus is the finest food and ingredients, creativity and taste sensations unique to THOMPSON@Darcy’s. Our service is attentive but not invasive, our staff impeccably mannered and our atmosphere relaxed, all of which contribute to an outstanding culinary experience, so that our guests leave feeling pampered and special.

Menus, Availability & Pricing: Our menus are ever changing, dictated by the seasons; Phil Thompson combines his classic training, culinary style and flavour combinations with his own modern twist.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?