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“Return visit to Boxmoor Lodge for Sunday Lunch, disappointing”

Conservatory Restaurant @ Boxmoor Lodge
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Ranked #21 of 158 Restaurants in Hemel Hempstead
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Kings Langley
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Return visit to Boxmoor Lodge for Sunday Lunch, disappointing”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The head waitress was very good, the remainder of staff very amateurish, and not very efficient.
Some aspects of the food very poor, very few prawns and sauce in the Prawn Cocktail, some of the meat in the main coarse was cut very thick, looking very unappetising, very little gravy on each plate. The apple pie was luke warm with watery custard, the cheesecake was hashed up in a glass, very poor. All in our party agreed the quality of the meal was not as good as when we last vsited, a few months ago.

  • Visited May 2014
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Found this place from the internet, had good reviews so thought we would give it a try. We went along for Sunday lunch with the family and had a very nice meal. We had the traditional Sunday Roast which I would thoroughly recommend. Waitress service was very tentative but we did think they could have dressed a little smarter. Other than that no complaints what so ever, and we will be returning.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank stephanie w
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great breakfast”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Very nice sunny room. The breakfast was plentiful and well cooked. I have no negative comments to make about the standard of the food

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Trish C
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Chipperfield, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Valentine's Night”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We booked to dine in the marquee on Valentine's Night. Yes - a marquee on the night of a bad storm! However the wind hadn't really got up when we arrived. The marquee looked great, they had really made an effort and the staff were very friendly - giving us two free drinks on arrival, instead of one! We had pre chosen our food and it was all lovely and good value for money. I would recommend this restaurant. They had also hired a singer and he was good as well.
PS the wind got worse and worse but the marquee was still standing when we left!

  • Visited February 2014
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited February 2014
Thank Lynne W
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