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|Address:||Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire AL8 7XG|
|Tel:||01707 368 888|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £43.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm Tues-Sat 7-10pm|
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Our visit to Auberge was in celebration of my mother's birthday so quite an important visit. Upon arrival we were promptly shown to our seats as the bar was shut for a private event but no matter, onwards we went. We chose to dine with the set menu which was value for money at £35 for a 3 course menu. They also helped enthusiastically with vegetarian options off the menu which was good to see.
The gardens outside and the river that runs alongside provide a calming and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, inside though, the house is a little dated and in need of a superficial decoration. Service was good when it was available but unfortunately there were spells where we were waiting for waiters to re-appear. Our mains also took a good 30-40 mins to arrive after our starters which was a little longer than I'd usually expected. Especially as there were only 5-6 tables filled.
When the food did arrive it was of a good standard, though unfortunately there was not the usual wow factor that I associate with a Michelin starred restaurant. the starter of goats cheese, beetroot and sultana salad with pea shoots showed some innovation but nothing out of the ordinary for a modern European restaurant. Moving on to a main of grey mullet with samphire and razor clam butter, a fish I'd not tried before, I was quite surprised to find how over seasoned it was, being one to usually reach out for the salt and give it a good whack. Unfortunately half way through I had to give up in order to give my heart a fighting chance. The dessert of white chocolate tart, nougatine and milk chocolate hazelnut ice cream pulled the whole affair back a little but overall the experience was nowhere near as exciting or as interesting as I was expecting. I've been to better star-less restaurants and seen far more magic.
Certainly one to visit if you are in the area but don't let the Michelin star fool you.