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“Fabulous food & friendliest staff”

St James Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 49 Restaurants in Bushey
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous food & friendliest staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

My mum, sister & I had the pleasure of eating here on Friday night and we cannot fault it. The food was honestly one of the nicest meals we have had and the staff go above and beyond to make sure you receive the best service possible.

The atmosphere was lovely & Salv & Alfio went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The place itself is a hidden gem & we will definitely be returning.

  • Visited July 2014
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northwood
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“Great attention to detail, exceptional owner and staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

You can always tell a good restaurant when you are greeted by the owner, handshakes and welcomes all around and the same again from the staff. A well run place will have great food and service and the restaurant certainly fits this.

Wide ranging a la carte or some fixed priced options well priced. Good wholesome cooking. Drinks are a bit expensive but a good wine list on hand.

Busy even on a Wednesday night, so book ahead.

Well recommended and obvious why its number one on TA.

  • Visited July 2014
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San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Lunch at St. James July 2014”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Restaurants are only as good as the ‘training of their staff’ will ultimately display – Attention to detail, not having to ask for something twice, detailed knowledge of what is being served, and how it is prepared, are attributes that sets aside the good, from the mediocre.
I came across one such an eatery last Sunday In the village of Bushey, just East of Watford.

St. James restaurant normally seats about 40, but this was a lunchtime celebration of a diamond wedding, and they managed to squeeze in about 50, so you would expect the staff to be working under abnormal pressure, with barely enough room for them to perform their service, and everybody ordering at the same time from a reduced menu of 5 starters, 6 mains., and 4 desserts, you would have thought that the last thing they wanted to deal with were diners with an allergie. Not a bit of it! The waiter went to great pains to ensure the that the meal ordered did not contain any of the offending substance

We were at a table of 12, and without exception, all enjoyed their meals. All together a very pleasant dining experience. Typical of the detail that el patron, Alfonso, has gone to over the last 17 years, is a dedicated vegetarian menu, with 4 starters, and 3 mains. Besides their normal a’la carte, that has many old favourites on, there is also a set menu of the day

The Vital Stats.
St. James can be found at 30, High Street, Bushey Herts., Reservations on 02089502480 or
Email stjamesrestaurant@googlemail.com Parking in their private car park in Kemp Place 50 yards east of the restaurant. They open for lunch every day and dinner Monday to Saturday
Average 3 course with wine 35.00 to 40.00
See their menus on www.stjamesresaurant.co.uk/restaurant.html

Bishline marks out of 5
ambience 3.5 food 4 menu 4 service 4 value 4.5
Bottom line ‘We will return’

  • Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Totally fabulous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

We considered ourselves so lucky to stumble upon this beautiful restaurant today. We had a fantastic table in the window with gentle sunlight streaming in, this is no ordinary restaurant, it's clearly a passion and a wonderful creative partnership between the lovely Italian owner and his chef who has been at the restaurant for 17 years.

We all opted for the lunchtime menu, absolutely everything we ordered was delicious, cooked to perfection and with beautiful presentation and flair. Having had a fabulous starter and main course we couldn't resist the lure of the desert menu! We were not disappointed! The great british strawberry 3 ways - heaven on a plate! The waiter service and charming owner just added to the appeal of this excellent establishment. A wonderful choice for a family meal, romantic date, private party - just about any occasion in fact!

  • Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“WOW - First class!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

Dined at this gem of a restaurant lunchtime today (Monday). Food, service and atmosphere was absolutely first class. The stars of the show for the table were the Haddock off the set menu and the strawberries and cream with a twist! The food is reasonably priced for a restaurant of such high standard especially if you eat off the set menu. This restaurant is a long way from home but definitely well worth the 1hr car journey to get here!

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