With its enviable position in leafy Hertfordshire, Auberge du Lac is a sublime one star Michelin restaurant with a stunning lakeside location.
Situated inside the elegant Brocket Hall hotel, Auberge du Lac is under the helm of executive chef Phil Thompson and benefits from an incredible location right on the banks of the Broadwater Lake. It is surrounded by more than 500 acres of ancient parkland as part of the Brocket Hall Estate in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. What was formerly a hunting lodge has been transformed into the perfect ideal setting for romantics and family alike.
Set over multi levels, the restaurant has a light and airy feel to it with 4 extra private areas and a terrace boasting incredible views over the lake. There is also an individual wine cellar which contains more than 700 wines while the culinary stays aim to enhance your food and drink knowledge. Dishes include roasted breast of quail with asparagus, sea trout with oyster and cucumber or suckling pig with roast loin, confit belly and crispy head.
If you want to literally pig out then the desserts are worth waiting for.These feature Marquise of bitter chocolate and honey with apricot and toasted almond, strawberry Arctic roll served with shortbread and meringue crisp or elderflower poached raspberries with pistachio sponge.
Visitors will be able to explore the nearby city of Welwyn Garden City which is in close proximity. This features a range of shops and bars to choose from while you can take a trip to Whipsnade Zoo. This is one of the most popular local attractions in the area and is just a 40 minute drive from Welwyn. Considered to be the biggest zoo in the United Kingdom, Whipsnade offers more than 600 acres of land which is set among the Chiltern Hills.
You will have the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of approximately 2,500 different types of animals as well as open air enclosures. St. Albans is another accessible town from the venue and offers a wide variety of historical sites. This includes Verulamium Park which boasts 100 acres of parkland with plenty of walking opportunities. There is also a wealth of shops and bars to choose from as well as individual boutique stores and high street retail shops.
In addition to this, St. Albans offers a Roman museum and has the largest collection of old pubs in the UK. Things to see in the area that may just work up an appetite include the Medieval Clock Tower. Constructed at the beginning of the 15th Century, the summit provides great views of the town while St Albans market features a twice weekly market. It is actually one of the longest running markets which dates right back to the 13th Century.
Guests need to take the train to Welwyn Garden City to sample the delights of Auberge du Lac. It is advisable to book a cab on arrival at the station in order to reach the venue. Opening Hours are from Tuesday to Sunday between 12pm and 2:30pm and for dinner Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm.
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Sample Lunch Menu
3 Courses inc two glasses of wine
Warm Salad of Confit Duck Leg,
Smoked Duck, Crisp Croutons & Toasted Pistachio
Pan Seared Sea Bream,
Vegetable Escabeche, Anchovy Beignet & Avocado
Tomato infused Risotto,
Black Olive, Feta & Basil
Slow Roast Skirt of Dedham Vale Beef,
Peanut, Sweetcorn & Roast Bok Choy
Pot Roast Fillet of Cod,
Roast Beetroot, Yoghurt & Steamed Mussels
Salad of Roast Pear,
Artichoke, Blue Cheese, Pine Nut & Watercress
Iced Raspberry Parfait,
Dark Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Sorbet
Fromage Frais Panna Cotta,
Strawberry Ripple Ice Cream & Shortbread
Molino Loco, Yecla, Spain, Macabeo
Australia, Cabernet-Merlot, Redfin, 2008
Glasses served by 175ml