Reopening a restaurant after renovations is tough work, especially when that restaurant is as storied and beloved as Auberge du Lac, in Hertfordshire, England. The restaurant, located inside of the Brocket Hall event space, reopened on February 8th just in time for Valentine’s Day. In addition to being well-known for their seasonal, farm-to-table menu, Auberge du Lac is also known as one of the most romantic restaurants in the area. “It’s mostly due to the set up and the grounds that we have around the building and the restaurant,” says Guillaume Pages, manager of Auberge du Lac. “The view of the lake and the open windows everywhere also help,” he laughs. The restaurant been voted ‘most romantic’ by OpenTable diners.
Since the reopening, Pages and his team have been working to maintain the ‘romance’ of Auberge du Lac’s reputation. “We’ve been getting lots of beautiful feedback since we’ve reopened and it’s my job to make sure we’re living up to that reputation,” Pages says. Here, he shares ways that he and his team make sure they’re creating the romantic environment that their guests have come to expect.