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Conservatory Restaurant @ Boxmoor Lodge
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Ranked #27 of 171 Restaurants in Hemel Hempstead
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Description: The Conservatory Restaurant, at the delightful Boxmoor Lodge in Hemel Hempstead, is a friendly, family owned business with an exceptional modern British menu. The light-filled dining room has crisp linens, garden views and fresh flowers, and the service is faultless. The Head Chef at Boxmoor Lodge, Stuart Ambury, oversees a kitchen that prides itself on high-quality GM free ingredients and creative presentation. Starters such as a fine Crisp tempura tiger prawns, mango & mint salad with ponzu dipping sauce or Baked fresh figs with Cumbrian dry aged ham, celeriac remoulade and port syrup are bound to tempt you. And the main course selection includes some mouth watering treats like the roasted rack of lamb,beautifully presented with pea puree, fresh peas & lamb essence, the lamb is cooked just right, very succulent and seasoned well. Then there is also the local Aylesbury duckling from Mr Waller, using the breast which is roasted perfectly pink with a crispy skin, crisp leg croquette with a rich orange & honey sauce. The restaurant also has a wonderful wine list and a superb outside dining area for the alfresco experience.
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We regularly pass the Boxmoor Lodge. Local reviews were very positive, so when their recent Valentine's Day promotion coincided with our wedding anniversary, we decide to give it a go. A very friendly and efficient welcome on arrival. Unfortunately our romantic dinner for two was not to be as a large party of 25 plus completely dominated the restaurant - not I hasten to add the fault of the group. Tables for two were squashed around the edges of the room and constantly being bumped as guests from the party moved around the restaurant. Why promote a Valentines Day event implying couples, then take such a large party booking? On the food front, our starters and puds were very good but the overall meal was let down by the main course - pricey and apparently well sourced steaks were not well cooked and lacked real flavour. We made the best of our evening out but not really what we had been hoping for. Disappointing.

Thank Lynne W
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

I used Trip Advisor to find a restaurant half way between my parents and us so we could have a get together. Boxmoor Lodge had some good reviews so we decided to try it for Sunday lunch.
On arrival we were met by friendly people who took our coats, we ordered a drink at the bar and then sat down in a comfy lounge with menus. Once our table was ready we found a really nicely made up table and the first course arrived. Between the 5 of us we did over half the menu and every single item was superbly cooked, no complaints and empty plates. Service during the meal was just right, Whenever we wanted anything there was no waiting for ages, nor was there the "is everything OK?" every five minutes. Just attentive, friendly and helpful. The bill was very reasonable for what we had and overall I cannot find anything to fault. My only complaint is there were too many things on the menu I liked so I had a difficult choice. Just have to go back again. For the staff at Boxmoor Lodge, thank you very much for a lovely time and we will definitely be back.

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1  Thank David B
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Once again we booked the Restaurant for our Christmas lunch with 19 ladies from our keep fit class and we were not disappointed. The food was hot, plentiful and well presented. The sweets were to die for, with coffee and mints to follow. Well done to the chef and staff for a very enjoyable experience.

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Thank rainbow1939
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Had Christmas lunch for 6 of us, food was very tasty and plentiful, was not hurried. Pleasant atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonably priced.

1  Thank Wayne H
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Enjoyed a really lovely meal here. Service was second to none and the food was really good. The restaurant was nearly empty so this is an undiscovered gem. Will definitely be visiting again especially as we can walk there!

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Thank Cookerykate S
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