For those of you young enough to remember them, you may get our "joke" about the Thompson Twins in the title there! For those of you not young enough, just ignore me 😉
Wow! What a fantastic night we had at Thompson St Albans on Thursday.
It's not often that we decide to go out to eat mid-week, but having driven past Thompsons on many occasion, and the fact they have a standard midweek set menu with 2 or 3 course meal at £21 or £25 in the evening, lunch is £18.50 and £23, made it hard to refuse.
I'd always thought that Thompson St Albans was high end food and that it was more for say business lunches, or for booking for a big celebration, not for your mid week night out. But Thompson's is certainly a whole lot more than that!
There's a fantastic bar area that's open even if you just fancy a cocktail or a tipple, it was cosy and nicely spacious. The vodka martini passed the very strict test of my husband – "the sign of a good bar/restaurant", he says and he's often disappointed with the end result! "THAT – is a fab martini" – he was delighted.
Now I am not a foodie! Food for me is fuel. The hubster is the foodie and so are all the Wybrows. But OMG! this food was simply stunning!
I was asked when I booked whether I had any dietary requirements, and I am quite a fussy eater, no bread, no potatoes, no meat – and I was chuffed when I was given a menu to suit me, different to the hubsters, which I thought was a nice touch. Also, when the bread was brought to the table, there were brown crackers for me – again, lovely touch.
The staff were very chilled, not in your face at all, they certainly knew their stuff about the food and drink – and hubster said they were the best roast potatoes he'd ever had!
The "Amuse Bouche" – translated as "mouth pleaser" – was just that! smoked potato mousse, Lancaster Bomber Cheese and Granny Smith Apple – like nothing I've tasted before – simply stunning! (Phil did make me a crab amuse bouche as I'd said no potato, but I couldn't resist having a taste).
Followed by roasted cauliflower, blue cheese, hazelnuts and croutons, roast breast of pheasant, totally delicious turnip (for veggie me) and sautéed sprouts with toasted almonds.
Gorgeous smoky red wine recommended by James, who was an amazing host, followed by dessert wine, port, cheese "ridiculously at the right temperature" and pistachio and milk chocolate layer cake!!!
The food portions were delightful – and we both felt comfortably "full".
So for what I thought was a restaurant that was for only special occasions, or for impressing clients, was, in fact, a fabulously priced, absolutely stunning and deeeelicious amazing food, great environment run by Phil Thompson and his fantastic team who have got it sooooo right. Phil is a down to earth guy, who has such a passion for what he does, and takes great delight in people enjoying his creations – he welcomes families for Thompson’s legendary Sunday roasts, visitors to the bar, and all should definitely book in to taste this incredible menu.
Totes recommendos, thank you for an amazing "date night", we will be back and we will bring peeps with us 🙂
Ooh, they also have a complimentary Bottle of Joie de Vigne 2016 Marsanne-Vermentino or Grenache-Pinot Noir for 2 people with 3 courses ordered on their à la carte or Set Menu
Valid 16th Jan to 31st March 2018