The Stables Restaurant

Set on the outskirts of St Albans and in the heart of a 200 acre estate, the Stables is a fully functioning restaurant that has been built to the highest standard to train the next generation of chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers. We pride ourselves in offering our students invaluable experience in order to get them ready to take on the world.

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The Stables

This modern, open plan dining area allows our guests to experience the ‘theatre of cooking’ and watch our students prepare your homemade meal to order. Our team of award winning chefs lead all of our Hospitality & Catering students to create an enjoyable experience at the Stables Restaurant, providing on the job experience which is identical to that of any working kitchen.

Located in the grounds of Oaklands, this award wining restaurant is a brilliant location to celebrate a special occasion.

Weekday Opening Times

You can pop in and grab lunch with us at the Stables on select weekdays in the week for takeaway or waiter/waitress service.

  • Monday - Waitress/waiter service: 12 - 1pm
  • Tuesday - Over-counter service: 12 - 1pm
  • Wednesday - Closed
  • Thursday - Closed (3 course evening dinner service available)
  • Friday - Over-counter service: 12 - 1pm

We are again proud to offer our quality food at an competitive price for our lunchtime offering.

Two Courses £8.00
Three Courses £10.00

Thursday Evenings


On select Thursday evenings, our restaurant steps it up a notch to offer a full three-course dinner service, created and served by our Hospitality and Catering students. Seating takes place between 6pm-6:30pm, after which you'll receive full table service whilst able to watch the students at work in our open kitchen.

Thursday evenings at The Stables take different formats:

  • Fine dining nights are an opportunity to experience great skills and beautifully prepared food which earned us the AA Rosette in 2017. 
  • Themed nights are a great way to explore new food, flavours and explore some of your favourite types of food.
  • The Stables Saver is a way to enjoy delicious food cooked for you by our students, at a bargain price of only £15 for three courses.

29th September – Wine Pairing Evening with Flagship Wines (FULLY BOOKED)

6th October – Asian Night (FULLY BOOKED)

20th October – Pub Classics

3rd November – Steak Night (FULLY BOOKED)

17th November – Fine Dining (FULLY BOOKED)

1st December – Christmas Night (FULLY BOOKED)

8th December – Christmas Night (FULLY BOOKED)

15th December – Christmas Night (FULLY BOOKED)

26th January – Burns Night (FULLY BOOKED)

2nd February – Pub Classics

9th February – Valentines Night

23rd February – French Night (FULLY BOOKED)

2nd March – Pub Classics

16th March – Fine Dining

30th March – British Night

27th April – Pub Classics

4th May – Fine Dining

18th May – Level 1 End of Year

25th May – Level 2 End of Year

8th June – Final End of Year

Contact Us

If you would like to book a table for one of our lunches or dinners, prepared for you by our young chefs, phone 01727 737357 or email us below

Cookery School

We offer courses which will give you the confidence to prepare your next meal.

Venue Hire

The Stables Restaurant is a brilliant location to celebrate a special occasion and can be adopted to your needs.

Sample Menus


Leek & Potato Soup

Caesar Salad

Main Courses

Meatballs, Macaroni & Tomato Sauce

Vegetarian Lasagne with Green Leaf Salad


Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad


Carrot & Coriander Soup

Chicken & Avocado Salad

Main Courses

Fish & Chips

Vegetable, Mozzarella & Pesto Quiche with Green Leaf Salad


Vanilla Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis

Fresh Fruit Salad


French Onion Soup

Vegetable Tempura with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Main Courses

Braised Beef and Root Vegetable Stew with Mashed Potato

Thai Style Vegetarian Noodles with Green Curry Spices, Coconut Milk and Fresh Coriander


Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Fine Dining Evenings

In addition to our daily lunchtime service, The Stables also hosts fine dining evenings to truly replicate any professional working restaurant. After a pre-dinner drink in the bar area, guests are welcomed to their table for a three course meal delivered by our students. The open plan restaurant gives our guests an insight to the real life pressures chefs tackle every day and the ultimate responsibility of cooking meals to order for paying customers.

The college will be closed for half-term from Monday 29th May until Friday 2nd June - we will reopen on Monday 5th June
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