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Auberge Du Lac
Auberge Du Lac

Auberge Du Lac Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.brocket-hall.co.uk
  • Email: auberge@brocket-hall.co.uk
  • Phone: 0170 736 8888
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 7:00PM - 9.30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, French
  • Executive Chef: Phil Thompson
  • Dress Code: Jacket Preferred
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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".

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rail: Welwyn Garden City
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking for up to 100 cars
A word from 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 three 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 30 guests, the restaurant regularly caters for private dinners, ladies lunches, weddings, birthday parties and other celebrations.
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent choice for a romantic dinner or for that very special occasion. From your first step through the door until you leave the estate a memorable experience. Greeted with a smile and sincerely. We chose the six course tasting menu with a separate wine for each course and we were not disappointed. The smoked eel in soy sauce as a starter was delicious as was the turbot. Quality food cooked to perfection, served by attentive and well trained staff. The sommelier matched each wine extremely well. Could not fault the evening, but next time will request a table by the window in order to view the lake with Brocket Hall on the opposite bank on the hill. An experience not to be rushed but to be savoured."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "This is an outstanding restaurant in an idyllic setting. Very pleasant ambience, friendly service and good attention. It gives the option of both a special menu and a la carte dining"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Very accommodating service, even though we arrived very late. Superb food."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Returning to Auberge after a break of a few years (child now 4) for Mothers' Day was a risk...would the food be as good as before? how would they cope with a small child? would they have 'sold out' to the commercial world and crammed more tables in? We were not disappointed - a superb lunch, using local produce, exquisitely prepared and served, accompanied with good wine. Service was attentive and welcoming...and the rooms have maintained their airy and light feel, with sufficient privacy and space for all....including a toddler."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "We brought our 5 month old baby daughter with us and pre-warned the restaurant of this via email. Upon arrival we were greeted at the door and taken to our table. To our surprise the restaurant had giving much consideration to our visit in advance by preparing the table with plenty of space for our baby daughter and all of equipment that travels with her!! We were made to feel very relaxed and all staff were very pleasant and attentive to our needs. Food pricing was reasonable, alcohol was slightly on the expensive side (similar to the Savoy Grill) however, the wine we ordered was not available so the restaurant suggested a slightly more expensive bottle honouring the price of our original choice. Overall very pleased with our experience."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "spring menu 60 for 3 dishes. portions more like a tasting menu serving. Chicken for starters with a tea sauce was nothing special. oriental style of cooking, size of chicken parcels about 1.5 cm square which is a joke. Mains veal was not tender, more like fillet, outside was not caramelised and a garnish of a few onions and some very basic sauce was a great let down. The only item we enjoyed was the desert. Additional 17.50 for not even a glass but a half filled flute of champagne is a rip off especially for an out of London restaurant. I would recommend the wagoners."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "A very pleasant lunchtime experience for the four of us in very lovely surroundings. Plenty of menu choice, helpful staff and tables of a good size well spaced apart. The wine list seemed short of a reasonably priced house wine. Plenty of easy car parking"
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Was looking for a top end restaurant that was close to home to have a birthday meal with my girlfriend. I knew of the auberge but had never eaten there...seeing a fair number of mixed reviews on here I was a little nervous about what to expect. I needn't have worried from start to finish the experience and the food was fantastic...excellent service but not over the top and the food was superpower. Wine was expensive but it did not detract from the overall experience."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Very nice meal in lovely location. We were in a part of the old building which made for a nice atmosphere, not too close to other tables. Service was good if not a little over the top sometimes, but overall very enjoyable with excellent food from the £60 for three courses al a carte menu. Wine list was very top heavy on cost, but the wine chosen was very good, although could not find much on the list for under £70 and in the end this is what bumped up our bill. If you want a real treat for special occasion then a good option, but if you like your wine be prepared for cost."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Auberge Du Lac is situated in a wonderful position opposite the lake at Brocket Hall, the dining room is very comfortable, and attractive. But there was very little selection on the menu, and we found it very difficult to find anything we liked or fancied. My Son choose the fish for his main course when it came it was so small, most restaurants would have served it as a starter, hence he went home hungry, very poor value for £60.00 per head. Unfortunately we will not be returning in a hurry we were very disappointed"
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "This did not disappoint. The food was very good in lovely surroundings. A great place to go to if looking for fine dinning in Hertfordshire or even the area for Northwest London. Service was great and staff informative and friendly."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Visited again for lunch on Tuesday with my husband and sister. We had been a little concerned after the recent changes and some of the recent reviews. The experience was however just as good as ever. The lunch menu was excellent and enjoyed by all three of us. The staff were friendly and helpful and the ambiance as good as usual. We had no complaints whatsoever."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "We have been coming to this venue for years and it's never disappointed. Stunning location, great atmosphere and no worries about the food and drinks - they are always up to expectations. And with the new Chef (AD) things can only get better from here."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "The departure of Phil Thompson has had a dramatic effect on the Auberge. The food is OK but in no way reflects the price and certainly not the wine list. Its a shame and I am sad to say that it is no loger a place for fine dining."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "I took My Husband for a birthday meal and we were looking forward to the experience. We had the the Winter A La Carte Menu, which look very nice and tasted very nice, but I was very disappointed when we were presented with the Dessert Menu, It seem to be all Ice cream,or a milk chocolate (when I asked the waiter what this was he was unsure as it was new to the menu!) there was a rice pudding, but were was the 'Sticky toffee Pudding' or a nice Crumble to complement the Winter A La Carte Menu'. My Husband has the rice pudding and I had the Milk chocolate. The rice pudding was okay, the Milk Chocolate was disappointing, a cup cake on the plate, no presentation at and very very sweet. When asked how our meal was I expressed my disappointment"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "In so many ways lunch here is a lovely experience. The staff were all attentive without being overbearing and also engaged and engaging. The fixed price lunch menu is good value especially with the appetisers that are offered between courses. But the food was only tepid and this was the same on our previous visit. This is a basic that should not be ignored. Also the lunch menu includes 2 glasses of wine. I had had a glass of wine as an aperitif so refused my two inclusive glasses. My choice I completely accept but a nice touch might have been to offer coffee complimentary for example particularly as we had commented on the temperature of the main course."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Eating lunch at the Auberge was a lovely relaxing break in a busy life. The food was excellent, the service attentive but comfortably relaxed, so we never felt rushed. Looking forward to next time."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "We had a really nice anniversary meal at Auberge Du Lac - we would recommend it for this kind of occasion as the food was excellent and the Tasting Menu reasonably priced given the quality of the food and the few extras which we were given. The restaurant itself is a cosy former hunting lodge which provides a great setting which we hope to visit again."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentines at the restaurant a day early and it was a very enjoyable experience. There is always a balance between attentive service and constantly being bothered, I guess they are just about getting it right. There were plenty of staff serving the different options (bread waitress, wine waiter, food waiter and overall manager). It certainly isn't cheap, £270 for two of us, and as you'd expect the portions are relatively small. We opted for the 6 course of food and wine tasting. All the wines were lovely and well explained to us. The majority of the food courses were excellent. Would we go back? Maybe for a very special occasion but not as a regular dining venue. Check the bill as they added Champers at £34!"
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "Beautiful food and excellent service, the restaurant is expensive but very much worth the expense!"
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "Stunning food, location, atmosphere and service. We had the 6 course tasting menu as this proved better value than the 3 course dinner which was a little strange - but were happy with our choice as each course was delicious. Would definitely go back again but maybe for lunch in order to take advantage of the lake view. Our only fault would be that several of the wines we chose were not in stock so were left with less choice of more expensive bottles, so I would hope this is reviewed before our next visit. Would definitely recommend for a special occasion as you won't be disappointed!"
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "We eat here frequently for special occasions. The new chef provides some interesting mixtures of flavour in his dishes, but on our recent visit (February 2014) a crisis in the kitchen led to very long waits for main courses."
    dined on 04/02/2014
  • "The food was excellent, but unfortunately the service was seriously lacking. And for that money you expect better. Time taken to ask for drinks order, time taken to deliver wine list. Time taken to deliver the 2 courses. Time taken to bring bill and then take payment. And when wine glass/ water was topped up, one of the waiters always said "there you go'. Not really what you'd expect! We'd return, of course, but another experience like that and we might be put off. Hopefully this was a one off, I did hear someone mention a lot of new staff, and things will be running smoothly the next time we visit."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "We took some friends as our guests, if we had been on our own we would have left. Arrived at 7.30pm and our first course arrived at 9.45 ! Food very disappointing. The butter looked as if it had been there all day, we asked for unsalted butter but they didn't have any ! The Maitre" d apologised and offered us a discount, but the evening had been ruined."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Unfortuantely the standard of service did not live up to those of the grounds. Time in between courses was exceptionally too long and the food although was nice did not value the expense. Continuing to our depatre from Brocket Hall the car requested was too small despite us asking for an apprioriately sized vehicle. All in all not a very pleasant experience especially not worth the £500 the evening ended up costing. Expectations were for an evening of fine dining and fine service neither really delivered."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Go here every couple of months for a treat and is always special."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "I took my wife for her birthday having been to a wedding at the venue and seeing the grounds previously. A friend had been here too and highly rated the food. I was not disapointed, the menu was excellent and the inbetween extra courses were a nice surprise. All dishes were presented really well and were brought to the table at good intervals, we weren't rushed or kept waiting. It was fairly quiet but that suited us as it was a special occasion, the larger tables were grouped together which worked well. Overall it was a great experience, we would definitely go back and maybe stay next time."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "We went for dinner for our wedding anniversary, our first visit. We knew of its reputation and expected it to be expensive. However the "Midweek Treat" we found very reasonable for the superb quality of the food that we enjoyed. Not many wines under £50 - and they should have a few more below this - plenty above it! We were the only diners apart from a group of six business people, so not too much ambience. Service was impeccable."
    dined on 22/01/2014
  • "A lovely place to eat, not the smartest environment, but nevertheless very special. We went there for a birthday celebration and we felt very spoiled."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "Lunch. From the set lunch menu. Beautiful food. Excellent wine. The food does not look generous on the plate, but after some excellent bread the three courses, and two glasses of wine have never left us unfulfilled. Highly recommended for the set lunch."
    dined on 23/01/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere. My food was amazing but my husband was not as impressed with his, given the price. It was a great evening and would recommend it as long as you are fully aware of the cost. Wine isn't cheap."
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "We took friends for a midweek birthday lunch. They and we were very impressed with the ambience, the friendly service, and excellent food. Our friends were so impressed that they will return shortly for dinner."
    dined on 14/01/2014
  • "Overall an excellent experience perfectly suited for a romantic lunch set within splendid surroundings. Fine cuisine and an extremely welcoming environment."
    dined on 18/12/2013
  • "Exceptional food, impressive service. Experience and price at the luxury end of the scale, very enjoyable and made to feel very special."
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "A perfect blend of classy, quality dining with a wonderful ambience and a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. The tiara and the woolly hat are equally "at home" here, enabling you to make if it what you will. The food we had was imaginative, flavoursome and attractive. The portions are dainty yet completely satisfying. This was our third visit. We reserve L'Auberge for special occasions because it makes them memorable. The staff behave as though they really want you to enjoy your visit with their careful mix of friendliness, helpfulness, unobtrusive attentiveness and complete professionalism. A wholehearted recommendation from us."
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Ate here to celebrate wife's birthday. Unfortunately given a table with no view or atmosphere even though better tables were available. Service was good if slightly uninformed. Food was good - had the 3 course menu for £39.50. Very good cooking and presentation but would suggest avoiding the pollock with chicken juice main - the sauce was sweet mint and ruined the dish. Canapes at the were also not great - too sweet without the chocolate hit. Still, a good place for a special occasion and the rest of the meal gets high marks."
    dined on 08/12/2013
  • "I went for Sunday lunch with my wife on the 8th December. The service was great and the food was excellent."
    dined on 08/12/2013
  • "First time at this restaurant, but am an 'experienced restaurant user'. Food ok, but nothing special...service very slow. Very very slow. And overall value quite poor. A meal for 4 with 2 bottles of house wine cost 500£.For that sort of money I want to feel special and treated with care and attention....and we didn't feel that. No-one asked how things were with the meal, and we had to wave for attention of the staff. Happy to do that if im not paying 125 £ per head! Not a great experience, and far better places to go for sevice and care. Not sure if we had a bad experience but just not good enough. Doubt we will go again unless things change."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "We have dined here for many years but this was one of the most memorable meals. It is a wonderful venue for a birthday treat. Peaceful atmosphere, lovely views, discreet service and superb food. We had delicious home cured salmon followed by the most succulent veal cheeks served with beautifully roasted vegetables. Dessert was a light as a feather hazelnut flavoured ile flottante. Heavenly.House wine was very reasonable and the lunch menu is good value. Cant wait for the next big occasion"
    dined on 04/12/2013
  • "Such a pity they have lost the plot. Quite an interesting starter - effectively soup, yet we were expected to eat it with a knife and fork. Uninspiring main courses. A set lunch menu in which both the puddings are essentially ice cream (even though one was billed as "sticky toffee pudding" on the menu) suggests a chef who doesn't care about the customer. We used to love this place but won't botther to go back."
    dined on 01/11/2013