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Nestled at the heart of Brocket Hall estate (an 18th-century country retreat turned gold-standard hospitality venue), Auberge du Lac occupies a quaint one-time hunting lodge overlooking an ornamental lake (“a must to wander around”, notes a fan). Inside, friendly, obliging staff usher guests into a mini-maze of atmospheric rooms, before presenting them with a seasonally inspired menu that’s a joy to peruse. Chef Marcus McGuinness earned his spurs at two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus in Mayfair and it shows: the food may cost a pretty penny, but it’s great value when you consider such “beautifully presented” and “consistently excellent” delights as lobster ravioli with endive, caviar, pea and coconut velouté or rabbit ‘presse’ with cherries, pistachio and foie gras. Next, loin of English lamb might arrive with sweetbreads, baby leeks, roast heritage carrot, beets and smoked mash, while piscophiles might veer towards Cornish halibut with pearl barley, brown shrimp, crab broth and charred lettuce. For dessert, check out the ‘lemon meringue’ with violet ice cream, and don’t miss the spectacular cheese trolley. Want to stay? Rooms are available at Melbourne Lodge, just a short stroll away.

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Auberge du Lac

Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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Jul 2014

Went to the restaurant to celebrate my sons Medical exam pass. What a dissappointment. Food – was akin to 1990's stereotypical minimalistic French style needing a magnifying glass to see the food Wine List – ranging from £85 for a standard Sincere to approaching £1000/bottle if you have more money than sense for 75cl of wine. Service – Mostly standing around waiters and we even needed to pour our own wine (at £75/bottle) + the 10% service charge added to bill for ‘bringing the bottle to the table’ We...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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Auberge du Lac

Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   (4)

Jul 2014

Absolutely beautiful setting, with lakes aplenty and the distant sound of golf balls being thwacked. Despite the grand location and hefty pricing, service had a relaxed, comforting feel (thankfully), and food was delicious. We mixed and matched between the a la carte and the set lunch (full marks to the staff for letting us do that), so starters were a rustic terrine with sourdough, and near-faultless plate of octopus carpaccio. Mains saw a perfectly cooked piece of turbot with melting boulangeres...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Auberge du Lac

Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   platinum reviewer (163)

Mar 2012

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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Jul 2011

We had the special deal lunch£32.50 + service for 3 courses + 2 glasses of wine. We arrived 20 minutes before booked time and had a drink on the terrace- very pleasant but £10.50 + service for a glass of chardonnay [asked for dry white] is taking the “Michael”! 15 minutes after booked time I sought out a waitress and suggested someone take order. We were in a rather uninspiring back room at one of the only tables without flowers! Service contined to be slow but perfectly pleasant. The food was all...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 5

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

Feb 2011

You simply cannot beat the location of this charming country estate out-building nestling on the far banks of the “great house's” lake. I have had birthday bashes here – and took my wife on our first date here (a September 11th Saturday lunch – not THAT Septemebr 11th). A fellow reviewer is spot on – a great cheeseboard is a massive measure of what a place is all about. The cheese board here is one of the finest in the UK, say no more. Very difficult to fault much other than the prices – but I guess...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 7

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   platinum reviewer (53)

Sep 2010

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You can always judge a restaurant by it's Cheese Board. Pied a Terre's for example, is pathetic. Le Bouchon Breton, a completely unassuming all-day brasserie has a terrific selection. The margin on Cheese is notoriously poor, so a restaurant either needs to extort customers or take the hit. I don't think Auberge were taking a hit on our £150/head tasting menu with Wine that evening, but the Cheese Trolley I spotted on the way in looked amazing and I wobbled out innumerable courses later, it stood...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   platinum reviewer (84)

Apr 2010

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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,...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Aug 2009

Lucky to be passing by we managed to get a last-minute reservation here which upon arrival was quite busy for Tuesday afternoon. It seemed to be popular with ladies who lunch, business people and golfers alike, and given the spectacular setting should suit anyone really. Not only was it the oasis within a barren part of an increasingly epicurean country, it happened to be the sort of place which rouses in-party fighting to get the seats facing the gardens. Having read reviews I had high expectations....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Brocket Hall Welwyn ,Welwyn Garden City AL8 7XG

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by   bronze reviewer (5)

Apr 2009

I have to say that the Auberge has really upped its game since the departure of Novelli. The situation is fantastic – simply can't be beaten, particularly outside overlooking the lake on a summer's day. Inside, the conservatory setting is very pleasant even in winter. The welcome is warm, if a little stuffy. The food is what you'd expect from such an establishment – superbly presented, small portions but very tasty. Bread is excellent. The set menu is good value and the recent lunch offer of two...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 9

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Sep 2008

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

We ate at Auberge du Lac when it was run by JC Novelli and found it lacking. However, under new guidance from Phil Thompson it is fabulous! The food was amazing anf of course the stunning location will always help… Make sure if weather permits you have canapes on the terrace by the lake

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for Auberge du Lac

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Hertfordshire
  • Price: £68.00
  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £43.00
  • Lunch: £39.50 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £38.50 (3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 6,8,16

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