Our Inspector's View
St Michael's orangery-style Lake Restaurant is the setting for food with impeccable provenance. Choose from an essentially British carte the interesting starter of seared duck breast and leg, potato spaghetti, pomegranate and plum sauce. Pan-roasted cod loin comes with quinoa, prawn bisque and asparagus; and for vegetarians there's a dish called celebration of broccoli, almond and watercress.
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Facilities – at a glance
A Georgian mansion in five acres of gardens
- Seats: 130
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 32
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern British, European
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About The area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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