About Auberge Du Lac
Housed in Brocket Hall’s former hunting lodge, Auberge du Lac enjoys an idyllic lakeside setting overlooking the beautiful 543 acre country estate and the Hall itself. With two AA Rosettes and numerous other awards, Auberge du Lac is a five star restaurant which provides the highest standards in cuisine and service.
Whether it is al fresco dining in summer at the water’s edge, or an intimate environment in the winter months, Auberge du Lac provides the right mood for every occasion. With a beautiful lounge, picturesque terrace and a host of tastefully decorated private dining rooms, capable of seating from 2 to 32 guests, the restaurant regularly caters for private dinners, ladies lunches, weddings, birthday parties and other celebrations.
Modern European, French
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 7:00PM - 9.00PM
£41 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Parking for up to 100 cars
Rail: Welwyn Garden City
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For special dates such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas and Boxing Day, dedicated menus are available, whilst on select Sundays throughout the year, a traditional Sunday Roast is available at Auberge du Lac, with the restaurant celebrating the "Best of British Meats".
As well as providing an unrivalled dining experience, Auberge du Lac hosts five private dining rooms which can seat from two to 30 guests, a lounge and an al fresco terrace with a charming lakeside setting. Exclusive use for up to 62 guests can be enjoyed by those wishing to entertain clients or cel
Auberge Du Lac Ratings and Reviews
Just exceptionnal, highly recommended
Very tasty food (I am french), nice presentation, staff always present and available. The welcome was perfect, in the lounge with a drink, menu was presented and choice made in advance with no hurry. the set up of the table was made perfectly. The service is high level, and the content of your plate is made with a very precise description. No waiting time between the courses. Plates are coming on a silver tray hold by the waiters, and another one is picking the plate to deliver it just in front of you. This looks like luxury. Very nice people, and very good food, what can we expect for a wedding birthday ? This restaurant should get high level stars. For sure, a little bit far from London, but the way Worth it. We definitley will come back on a future trip.
A Very Special Dining Experience!
The moment we arrived at the gates for Brocket Hall and Auberge Du Lac we tell this was a special place. We hadn't realised the restaurant was a private little spot within the grounds. Something that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. We were made very welcome on arrival enjoying drinks in the lounge. Taking advice on wine selections to go with the tasting menu we had selected was easy with the staff knowledge of the wine menu. All the staff were friendly relaxed but very attentive. Everything was just perfect. We all agreed we had ever felt so comfortable in a restaurant as the ambience was like a dinner party at home. The food was delicious and met my expectations and more as this was the first time I had eaten at a Michelin star restaurant. I had always wondered what benefit other than the pretty look would that little dot of flavour or a sweep of something on a plate be. Also I wondered if we would pay a lot and not get much to eat. On the contrary, we ate plate after delicious plate of the tasting menu and couldn't have eaten another thing once we'd had coffee and petit fours. I had read about the cheese board being fabulous and I wasn't disappointed in choosing it over a sweet dessert. Having the expertise of the waiters on hand we heard about each course and discussed how well the wine went with the meal and had good advice on each and every cheese to choose from from the large selection of the cheese board. A wonderful evening in all, we will return very soon.
We went for dinner for our wedding anniversary. On arrival we were taken to the lounge and had a glass of champagne and snacks which were very nice. We then went to the restaurant and had the 6-course tasting menu with accompanying wines. This was quite pricey but nice as a one-off. Our table had a lovely view of the lodge and lake (even in the dark). The waiters were very knowledgeable and fun, and the somelier talked us through each wine pairing. Both took the time to go into more detail / ask in the ktichen when we asked about certain ingredients. If I could change one thing it would be to offer half-glasses of wine for each course, as we were a little worse for wear at the end of the meal after all the drink! All in all a lovely evening. Thanks very much!
Excellent food, attentive staff who have good knowledge of not just the food but wine pairings etc
A fantastic meal in a great setting.
This is a lovely place with excellent staff. The food looked and tasted amazing. Really enjoyed the experience.
Well worth it
Took my Francophile mother as a treat to the Auberge as she had always wanted to go and I had played golf there but not tried the restaurant. A warm welcome where we were lead downstairs to the restaurant. The waiter helped us select a very nice Bordeaux wine and the three course menu was reasonable value at 40 pounds per head. Service was attentive and friendly , the food was excellent very tasty and the recommended wine was excellent. I definitely would go again.
As usual the lunch was great value and quality,
We took our American friends for lunch and it was very good, really quiet, not many people for Thursday lunchtime!
A long and enjoyable lunch
Whilst the lunch menu is restrictive for fussy eaters - they are very good at making adjustments to cater! Phenomenal attention to detail and great service - but the grand finale was the cheese trolley - simply awesome.
Gorgeous food, stunning location!
Really beautiful location and terrace for pre-dinner drinks. Staff were all very welcoming, friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and shows why it has the michelin star
A BIT OF A LET DOWN
After very much enjoying the Auberge du Lac previously we were lunching with relations having recommended the venue to them. Unfortunately the amuse bouche were not amusing and the starters were very disappointing. The main course and deserts were fine but having got off to a poor start we left feeling disappointed.
Auberge Du Lac at lunch
Interesting menu with good variety. Well presented, good flavour with top notch ingredients. Service attentive. Some tables take advantage of the views. They know how to price but support with excellent food and wine. Will return .
Excellent Food, Expensive Wine
The ambiance is good. Not too busy on a weekday lunch and the service was good. Food not perfect, but still very good. Michelin star type ie small and pretty. Cheese board to die for. Wine list comprehensive, but very pricey. Special occasions only, or when someone else is paying
Fantastic food and brilliant service!
We had a great evening and the staff made us feel very welcome. We were impressed by the passion for food which came across in spades from Adam who looked after us. The food was delicious! Would highly recommend.
My first experience visit was enjoyable...
My first experience visit was enjoyable. The views and ambiance were stunning. Waiter service could not fault it. Unfortunately for me the food even though there were a lot of flavours on the plate I found it quite bland. I had the Scallops which were only just cooked. As the same for the Duck bordering on raw and I know it can be eaten rare but not to this closeness. No flavour. Sadly the wine was disappointing £45 for a half bottle which had no body to it. Dessert menu also very limited. One plus I had the Cheese and have to say it was Lovely and a great variety
Beautiful setting & super food
We had a beautiful evening at Auberge Du Lac. The weather, service & food was wonderful. We felt the six course tasting menu was superb & the John Dorey was the best. The wine pairing was perfection & each glass was plentiful.
Wonderful food and service
Had a really lovely evening. Food was excellent, and would highly recommend the cheese trolley!
Great tasty food
We had an excellent meal and enjoyed a variety of dishes all very well presented and full of flavours and tastes. If I had a concern, it was that it took some time after our arrival for us to get pre lunch drinks and a look at the menus
Disappointed this time.
Disappointing. The beautiful surroundings and attentive staff were present. The food, though photo-ready and very pretty, was served in really tiny amounts. Choice for our set lunch was very limited. Expensive, and sadly not worth it.
Excellent food but......
We went to Auberge for a leisurely Saturday lunch. The setting is great and the weather kind so we were able to enjoy an pre lunch drink on the Patio. The menu and wine list provided a great choice with both a fixed price and a la carte menu available. We chose the a la carte menu as it gave a few more options. The food was fantastic, you could tell the time and detail put into each dish as they arrived accompanied by an explanation. The service was also very attentive. We both really enjoyed our meal, the only thing that took a slight edge off were a couple of small oversights during the meal, not major in themselves but not what you expect from an establishment of the quality and price range.
We have dined at Auberge du Lac and always had difficulties with the vegetarian and fish options. On this occasion the maitre d' made a special effort for us and the food was delicious. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful and overall we had a particularly lovely evening.
Perfect date night
We had the tasting menu with the pairing wines - exquisite! Beautiful location and setting.
Lovely set lunch menu in a wonderful setting overlooking the lake. A hidden gem in Hertfordshire. Staff were attentive, food beautifully prepared and our gluten free diet was managed without problem. Expensive for lunch but as a special treat well worth it.
6 course taster menu - what an experience!
We chose the 6 course taster menu and it was truly an exquisite experience. Each course was so carefully crafted and displayed and tasted delicious. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Just about perfect
We've eaten here a number of times. Our latest visit was just perfect. We had the 6 course tasting menu. Each dish was excellent but somehow they got better as we went through them. Each one full of flavor and perfectly cooked and presented. It was pretty much faultless. A pre dinner drink is always recommended here, either in the small 'living room' or, if the weather permits, on the lovely terrace by the lake. As we sat there on a lovely Summer evening, watching the coots bully the ducks, two swans swam by with their 7 cygnets. As I said, just perfect.
Auberge Du Lac in the Summer
I had a wonderful dinner with 4 of my colleages during the end of June heat wave. We dined outside by the small lake in the middle of the grounds. It was a wonderful meal. The only improvement I can suggest is that - the service must be a little bit quicker. I would definetly recommend this fantastic setting for dinner.
This was my third visit and each time, it has been perfect, service, menu, food etc - even the weather!
Fantastic service matched by outstanding food served to us on the terrace with unmatched views. High praise to the chef and waiting staff.
We have been to this restaurant several times before for special occasion dinners. This was our wedding anniversary. We last visited in August last year. Since then something has changed. The service was nowhere near as attentive. The meet and greet at the door when we arrived was nothing short of poor. There was a wedding party in one bit of the restaurant who clearly had priority, but at one point, not one table in the area we were sitting in had any food on their table for at least 20 minutes. My Husband's main course which had been cooked sous vide was just about cooked, but only just, and he was disappointed with it. I would re-visit but something has to be done here to restore this restaurant to it's previous standard. As it stands, for the money you pay, it is not good value at all.
Good but not great
The service was fantastic as were the surroundings, however we have had better food in other fine dining restaurants and the vegetarian options were poor.
Service outstanding, location wonderful....
Service outstanding, location wonderful. Food better this time than the last visit a couple of years ago. Love the shorter menu. maybe just a little on the slow side but that is better than the alternative
We decided to revisit Auberge du Lac for a twosome anniversary lunch, we had been before for my special birthday. It was a beautiful day , we all ate outside overlooking the lake, the ducks geese and swans had babies so beautiful to watch over lunch! The 3 course fixed price lunch including 2 glasses of house wine is excellent value! The lunch and ambience were great, would love to go again, we were disappointed to hear that they will not be opening this summer for Sunday lunch, it's a great shame!
Perfect choice for a special occasion
The food and the service have always been excellent. The view outside the restaurant and the grounds are stunning.
We enjoyed a really good bithday celebration .
I have no intention of writing a review and will share my observations exclusively with the management of the Auberg
Went for midweek lunch. Great value at £...
Went for midweek lunch. Great value at £39 including 2 glasses of wine. Beautiful location and great service. -60
Still Some Service Hiccups
We've been to the Auberge several times, and the food is always fantastic. The service, however, is a little hit and miss. Something seemed to go wrong with our ordering, and we waited an inordinate time between courses. We had the tasting menu, but even so, to be being served the meat course four hours after arrival (and over 30 minutes after the previous course) was unacceptable. I was so tired I couldn't even enjoy it. Each course is small and delicate, so huge gaps are neither necessary, nor welcome. Several tables came and went in a much shorter period of time, even those with similar menus. I still think the food is excellent, the maitre d' is lovely and the sommelier is interesting and informative. I will go back, but mainly because there is no local competition. I'd certainly not have the tasting menu again.
A Fantastic Lunch
We met an old friend from the USA for lunch on Saturday 9th. May. Had read some rather worrying on line reviews before we arrived which proved to be totally false. Where do these bitter and small minded people come from? Don't they realise they are damaging people's livelihoods with their petty and self indulgent untruths. We had an excellent time with very good food and first class service coupled with very good value for money....a fantastic lunch. Well done Auberge du Lac we shall certainly come again.
My wife and I went for dinner on a busy Friday night to celebrate our second anniversary and her birthday and received a very friendly welcome with time to sit and have a pre dinner drink whilst looking at the various Menus and the comprehensive albeit pricey wine list. I had not been to the restaurant for a number of years but was very pleased that the staff now are friendly, alert , informative and humorous . The food was excellent with beautiful blends of flavours with stunning presentation .... truly special...of a special note was the duck and the desserts which were moreish !! as it was a special occasion, we had cheese and the cheese board was a revelation with great variety to cater for all preferences and the waiter knew all the detail about each cheese which was fascinating. We were going to have some port but the Sommelier recommended a sweet red Barolo which complemented the cheese perfectly. Finally despite the restaurant being very busy the chef still found to send out a plate with Happy Birthday beautifully written in chocolate with schocolates and then later another plate saying Happy Anniversary! My only regret is that we did not get to meet the chef ....all in all a truly fantastic night ...thank you
Michelin star quality food served in a lovely lakeside setting by attentive staff. Over the last year or so Marcus McGuiness has brought his superb skills and experience to Auberge du Lac building on the excellent base created by his predecessor Phil Thompson. Flavours,textures, and presentation are always impressive.
Service was good, food is not worth it to pay £150.00 for 2 people . All dishes were too salty and we wait so much time between started and main, that we thought we should leave it. We waited around 30min... Not coming back....
Lovely all round, amazing setting, tasty...
Lovely all round, amazing setting, tasty food and excelkent service - the cheese trolley is a must!