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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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The 6 course tasting menu we had here was a real Michelin star worthy gastronomic experience. The restaurant itself is rather unprepossessing inside in my opinion and has a slightly 80s feel to it but the food is bang up to date modern. Dishes tend to be small, beautifully presented, not perhaps terribly innovative combinations but well executed and flavoursome. The “bookends” of the meal stick in my mind: a light crab salad to start, a deconstructed tiramisu dessert and a smile-inducing cheese trolley which is to be seen to be believed. I feared we might have a low grade experience here because we had come on a rather cheap voucher deal (including an overnight stay at Brocket Hall in whose imposing grounds the restaurant stands) but, other than perhaps being seated in a corner slightly out of the way, the service was still impeccable. The kitchen happily substituted some of the seafood dishes with meat ones for my ocean-phobic boyfriend. The charming sommelier was delighted (or feigned delight, which is still a sign of great service!) at our enthusiasm for the Albarino, Gewurtztraminer and unusual Argentinian dessert wine which he bought as part of the matching wines tasting menu. There was none of the snootiness you might get in some similarly graded venues. Paying full price it would have been about £120 each for the 6 course menu, the 5 glasses of matched wine and the cheeseplate supplement: not bad value for this Michelin starred meal and a good place to try it outside of London.