Welwyn Hatfield restaurant scoops culinary awards

PUBLISHED: 08:25 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:34 09 January 2018

Dining at Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall estate. 
Picture: Joe Graham

Dining at Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: Joe Graham

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A head chef is thrilled that his restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes.

Dining at Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall estate. 
Picture: Joe Graham Dining at Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall estate. Picture: Joe Graham

It is Matt Edmonds’ first year in the role of head chef at Auberge du Lac on the Brocket Hall Estate, after joining as part of the restaurant’s relaunch back in January.

The Rosettes are part of the AA’s 2017/2018 Rosette Awards for Culinary Excellence, a long-established and highly-respected scheme celebrating excellence cooking across the UK.

An inspector visits the restaurant anonymously and rates it based on the food alone, so all credit is due to Matt and his talented team.

Matt joined Auberge du Lac following previous head chef roles at Searcy’s @ The Gherkin and The Grantley Arms in Guildford.

Dining at Auberge du Lac.
Picture: Supplied Dining at Auberge du Lac. Picture: Supplied

A restaurant spokesman said: “Matt had a strong vision for the restaurant from day one, and with two AA Rosettes being awarded in his first year, he is more than heading in the right direction.

“Matt’s menus celebrate the best of the seasons.

“His dishes are brimming with the finest and freshest ingredients available at the time of year.”

Matt is passionate about supporting local and British suppliers, and can often be found foraging for wild ingredients around the Brocket Hall grounds.

Auberge du Lac head chef Matt Edmonds picks some watermint. Auberge du Lac head chef Matt Edmonds picks some watermint.

He said: “I am delighted to be awarded two AA Rosettes.

“Receiving an award for food alone is a great feeling, and we aspire to win many more in the future.

“I can’t take all the credit for the award though.

“I couldn’t have achieved it without my team.

Auberge Du Lac Auberge Du Lac

“The Auberge du Lac kitchen is home to the most talented group of chefs who I feel privileged to work alongside.”

Auberge du Lac is housed in Brocket Hall’s former hunting lodge and enjoys an idyllic lakeside setting overlooking the beautiful 543-acre country estate.

•To book a table at Auberge du Lac and check out the Two AA Rosette Award worthy dishes, simply call 01707 368888 or email auberge@brocket-hall.co.uk.

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