Even if you have a fabulous St Albans or Harpenden kitchen for many of us the thought of having to cater to family or friends on Christmas day can be stressful. Fortunately, Hertfordshire but particularly St Albans and Harpenden have a whole load of eating out for this Christmas options.
Thompson in St Albans has been awarded the three AA Rosette award. 3 Rosettes indicate outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will be consistently excellent. These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list. Only around 10% of the restaurants/hotels within the AA Restaurant Guide have three Rosettes and above.
As a St Albans foodie, their Christmas Day menu could be for you. There are six courses of deliciousness available. First canapés; starters will include lobster ravioli with vegetables, shallots and lobster bisque; the middle course will be roast Scottish langoustine with pig’s head croquette with pine nuts and apple; followed by the main event, options include Norfolk black turkey breast with confit legs, pigs in blankets and sage stuffing. Pre-dessert will be honey yoghurt with plum and mulled wine before a choice of desserts including an apple and honeycomb parfait and granny smith apple sorbet.
Or what about enjoying Christmas in Sopwell House in St Albans starting with canapés at a sparkling reception in the seasonally decorated St Alban Suite. If you don’t know Sopwell House it is a grand country house hotel perfect for indulging in a decadent Christmas Day feast with friends and family.
Starters include a ballotine of foie gras, Madeira jelly and toasted brioche before a palate-cleansing raspberry sorbet to prepare guests for the main course. If you opt for traditional turkey, expect accompaniments of roast potatoes, cranberry, orange and chestnut stuffing, seasonal root vegetables, pigs in blankets and gravy. For dessert choose between a traditional Christmas pudding, banana and peanut butter cheesecake, blueberry pannacotta or a cheese board. Finally, enjoy coffee and mini mince pies before heading back home. So many great Hertfordshire options for eating out this Christmas.