Restaurant Review: Bill’s Restaurant St Albans New Menu
Bill’s Restaurant in St Albans New Menu and Re-design
Bill’s restaurant in St Albans is one of their select sites that have recently undergone a refurbishment and new menu launch. Mr R and I live in St Albans which made a nice change for us to review a local restaurant instead of plodding up to London.
Bill Collison founded his chain of restaurants in 2000 as he opened a small greengrocery-deli in Lewes, East Sussex. Today Bill’s restaurants number 1090 (21 in London and 79 spread across the UK) with St Albans being chosen to spearhead the refurbishment program.
We arranged to dine at Bill’s the Monday following their launch. The staff were really friendly. When I asked our server Henry for his recommendations he passionately pointed out his favourites.
We had the Warm roasted garlic and herb bread and Hummus with smoked tomatoes and mixed seeds to nibble at.
For starters I picked the Squid with a garlic and lemon aioli (mayonnaise) – the squid rings are soaked in buttermilk to tenderise and coated in a really light coating making them really tender.
Mr R had the Duck Puff, spiced shredded duck in little puff pastry pillow with a rich sauce.
On Henry’s recommendation I ordered the 10oz Dry Aged Rib Eye steak, Served with a smoked tomato bearnaise, rosemary salted chips and roasted tomatoes. Rib Eye is one of my favourite cuts of steak which if cooked wrongly can be tough or incredibly fatty. However when respected and cooked properly, as it was on this occasion, it is tender and delicious. Good choice Henry!!
Mr R usually has steak if it is on the menu but this time was enticed to try the Bill’s Steak and Rarebit Pie. Descrived as ‘Rarebit Cheddar topped pie with Bill’s beer braised steak, served with root veg mash and farm greens. When this arrived we both let out a sigh of respect for this really unusual steak pie.
Vegetarians are aptly catered for with a plethora of delicious sounding meat-free meals.
These days I often don’t have a pudding however even though we were really full Henry insisted we had to try the signature Stick Toffee Pudding. He said this would probably be one of the best I had ever tasted. This of course meant I had to try it! He wasn’t wrong! Oh my goodness this was an incredibly light sponge with the most delectable toffee sauce poured over the top and creating a sticky moat of gooyness around the sponge! Served with a clotted cream ice cream and toasted hazelnuts this was indeed a Sticky Toffee Pudding from heaven!!
The inside of the restaurant has undergone a re-furbishment. The new decor reminded me of bygone days in halcyon Hemmingway times.
For some reason I kept imagining that Earnest Hemmingway would have just been sitting at the table across the room by the shuttered window. If there had been a ceiling fan and cigar smoke I would not have been surprised!