Loft is located within a courtyard on George Street in a tudor building dating from 1401. With twinkling fairy lights outside and beautiful timber beams inside, it’s the perfect setting for a restaurant. Loft is relatively new to the restaurant scene, opening in December 2017. Previous 23b George Street was home to 4 Nations before it was fully renovated by chef owner Nick Male.
I visited Loft with my very good friend who has lived in St Albans all her life. Even though we are both relatively short upon entering the restaurant we did need to duck as the 600 year old building does have a small door and low-hanging beams. Our table was booked for 6:45pm so we had the choice of the set-menu which is served until 7pm and the à la carte menu.
I recently went on holiday to Franschhoek in South Africa where I tasted a LOT of wine, but by the end of the trip my absolute favourite wine was a Chenin Blanc. So when I saw a bottle on the wine menu at Loft it was a no brainer.
Chorizo is probably one of top five favourite ingredients. So I started the meal with the grilled chorizo, chickpeas, sesame and caramelised cauliflower. Poor cauliflower doesn’t often get a lot of love, and is normally boiled to within an inch of its life. However, on this dish it had been caramelised which worked perfectly with the chorizo.
The second starter was a bruschetta of wild and portobello mushroom in a garlic and parsley sauce, which I was told tasted very good!
Although my main course looked very simple in presentation, it tasted so good. Inside the ravioli was onion squash served with spinach and sage. I then sprinkled over a bit of parmesan before tucking in.
I did get some serious food envy when I saw the roast cod with crab linguini, plus it smelt good too. However, it was the pudding that I got serious food envy over. My friend ordered the pineapple and passion fruit pavlova – it looked amazing! Think I’ll be ordering it on my return.
I went with my all time classic favourite – the Sticky Toffee pudding. It didn’t disappoint – it tasted, smelt and looked delicious.
We had a fabulous meal, and the staff were incredibly friendly too. One of the waiters told us about their Sunday Family Feast which I think sounds brilliant – as well as food they also provide arts and crafts for the children. Definitely worth checking out when my niece and nephew are next in town.
Have you been to Loft yet? Where’s your favourite family restaurant in St Albans?