St Albans’ newest independent restaurant and Chamber member, The Abbey, is now taking bookings in advance of its opening on 2nd March 2018. Located in the shadow of St Albans Cathedral on George Street, The Abbey’s ethos is to spread a love of seasonal and sustainable food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Abbey’s kitchen is run by Cat Ashton who is the only woman Executive Chef in Hertfordshire. Cat is passionate about promoting seasonal ingredients which she uses with contemporary global flavours to create stunning new dishes that are as good to look at as they are to eat.


It is an important part of the restaurant’s ethos to serve fresh, local food as Cat explained: “Seasonality is key to the sustainability. Not only does the produce taste and look better, it also meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. The local farms have been amazing! The cheese from Wobbly Bottom Farm is exceptional and the lamb coming from Hedges Farm shop is beautiful. In the future I hope to get as many local producers featured on The Abbey menu as possible. We’re just using a few for now, and as we grow I really hope they can grow with us.”

Perfect venue for business meetings

In addition to working with local farmers and producers, the team at The Abbey is also keen to support, network and collaborate with local businesses - one of the reasons they decided to join the Chamber.

The good food and relaxed atmosphere of The Abbey will make it a great venue for business lunches or informal meetings. It also has a private dining room (with working fire) for corporate events, and is fully equipped to meet A/V needs.

The Abbey will be open early to late 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including traditional Sunday lunches. Book online at, call 01727 841524 or email