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Lytton's at Letchworth Hall Hotel, Hertfordshire,

Lytton's at Letchworth Hall Hotel

3.9
3.9
39 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary European

Enjoy international flavours in very British surroundings at Lytton’s restaurant at the glorious Letchworth Hall Hotel. A country retreat set in acre upon acre of glorious gardens, Letchworth Hall Hotel, part of the Mercure chain, is beautifully appointed throughout, but it’s on entering the Lytton’s dining room and bar that you’ll really appreciate the history of this Jacobean landmark. In the bar, you’re surrounded by deep, dark wood, narrow beams and cosy corners while through in the dining room is a light, bright colour scheme allowing arched doorways and wall sconces, leaded windows and chandeliers to take centre stage. Service at Lytton’s is of the unobtrusive, efficient style that one expects in a hotel dining room but with friendliness and warmth. Combining traditional and contemporary British food with modern European flavours, all presented with a little flourish and a touch of flair, Lytton’s menu offers something for everybody.

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Menu

From the Cold Buffet

  • Selection of Chilled Juices

    • Freshly Prepared Fruit

      • Selection of Meats and Cheeses

        • Selection of Fruit Yoghurts

          • Probiotic Drinks

            • Selection of Cereals

              • Freshly Baked Bread

                • Pastries

                  From the Hot Buffet

                  • Fried Eggs

                    • Scrambled Eggs

                      • Back Bacon

                        • Cumberland Sausage

                          • Button Mushrooms

                            • Grilled Tomatoes

                              • Potato Rosti

                                • Baked Beans

                                  • Vegetarian Sausages

                                    From the Kitchen

                                    Treat yourself with something a little more special freshly prepared by our chef

                                    • Smoked Haddock

                                      Poached, naturally smoked haddock topped with poached egg

                                      • Kipper

                                        Butterfly grilled kipper, lightly buttered

                                        • Eggs Benedict

                                          Toasted muffin, bacon, poached eggs, topped with Hollandaise sauce

                                          • Porridge

                                            • Poached Eggs

                                              • Hot Drinks

                                                Freshly brewed coffee, selection of teas and hot chocolate

                                                Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                What 39 people are saying

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                                                3.9
                                                3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                • 3.8Food
                                                • 3.9Service
                                                • 3.7Ambience
                                                • 3.7Value

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                                                1. LJ

                                                  LauraineJ

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  1.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                  The hotel was so run down! Paint peeling off all windows. Not many staff, not very inviting. Will not recommend. Only people in the restaurant.

                                                2. JO

                                                  JOHND

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 4, 2020

                                                  overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                  FOOD QUALITY IS INVARIABLY DISAPPOINTING AT THE RESTAURANT AND WE ONLY CONTINUE TO GO THERE BECAUSE OF THE GREAT SURROUNDINGS AND AMBIANCE. IT IS OVER 45 YEARS THAT I HAVE FREQUENTED THE RESTAURANT AND IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THE MEAL NOWADAYS IS BUT A POOR REFLECTION ON MY EARLIER EXPERIENCES AT THE HOTEL. TIMES CHANGE AND NOT ALWAYS FOR THE BETTER! A GREAT PITY.

                                                3. RG

                                                  RichardG

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on August 24, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                  It was OK. My wife's mother got pork tenderloin which had been overcooked to the point that it was a bit tough. Service was also a bit slow.

                                                4. s

                                                  steveb

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 25, 2019

                                                  overall2food2service1ambience1

                                                  They do not serve dinner after 2.30 pm and then not again untill 6.30 pm , you can only get the bar menu between these times. I was not made aware of this when i booked a table for four for 4.30 pm. The bar menue consists of the normal stuff that most pubs ect would serve up, burgers, salads, etc but not what i was hoping for. Also, it is the first time in my life that our bill was brought to the table before , 1, the table was even cleared and 2, before we had even been asked if there was anything else we wanted. Quite strange.

                                                5. EW

                                                  ElizabethW

                                                  Exclusive

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 6, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                  Table for three consisted of two small round tables put together making the third person feel out of the engagement. Brought to the attention of staff member when shown the table and with few people within the restaurant this could have enabled a quick remedy. Met with a shrug when brought to the attention of this particular staff member, although other staff members were helpful during the evening. No real provision for wheelchair users. Had to go outside the hotel to enter the restaurant through conservatory with no ramp provision, having to struggle over threshold of fire door.

                                                6. KB

                                                  KBee

                                                  London

                                                  39 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  39 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 5, 2019

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Great weather so we sat outside. The service was excellent. Food was lovely but would have liked to have seen more variety on the set menu perhaps a nice salad. Would eat here again.

                                                7. D

                                                  Dina

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on June 15, 2019

                                                  overall3food3service5ambience2

                                                  Food was ok but overpriced for what was given, staff were lovely and helpful but no music or atmosphere within the venue

                                                8. ET

                                                  ElaineT

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 25, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  A tablecloth would have made the dining experience that little bit more special!

                                                9. N

                                                  Niclou

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 10, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                  Three of us dined and two had the chef specials - one fish and one chicken. Both these were really good and the third person in the party had the pork which was also very good. Food was presented very well on the plate and chicken was beautifully tender not dry. We all had a dessert too and these were also delicious. The prices are quite expensive but as we had a tastecard the bill was very reasonable. My only complaint is that booking was very difficult as no-one answered the phone on the many occasions I attempted to call. I eventually booked online instead.

                                                10. DC

                                                  DinahC

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 13, 2019

                                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                  I went with a friend for afternoon tea. I had requested pastries rather than cakes and we were provided with those. It was very busy that afternoon but the staff kept us informed and anyway we were in no hurry. The prosecco was great as was the Earl Grey tea and coffee. The sandwiches were good and the selection of types. Plenty of good cream and jam. Whilst the scones were warm and fresh I did find them a bit stodgy and a little bland like they were missing something. We both ate the scones. Of course neither of us could eat all the pastries but we provided with a box and I took them home and my husband who ate all of them. I will be going again as I have already booked another afternoon tea for the 29th of April.

                                                11. l

                                                  liseg

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 2, 2019

                                                  overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                  Nice food but overpriced so make sure to factor this in

                                                12. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2019

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                  It was good to meet with a friend in this stylish atmosphere of a historic mansion. As usual the food and service were excellent. The waiter was attentive and courteous.

                                                13. DC

                                                  DinahC

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 18, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  You cannot fault the service and the food in this restaurant. I have been many times before. I purchased a voucher from travelzoo for two course lunch with tea and chocolates. The service was very good and the food was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone. I shall go again shortly as I have vouchers for afternoon tea.

                                                14. JO

                                                  JOHND

                                                  London

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 11, 2019

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  Having visited the hall/restaurant for close to 50 years, am pleased that - despite massive expansion - it still retains much of the understated elegance. Still a pleasure and delight.

                                                15. SL

                                                  ShereenL

                                                  London

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 28, 2018

                                                  overall4food3service3ambience3

                                                  Mixed experience soup was tasteless but the other starters were fine. One main course came out wrong but was rectified after 10 minutes. Other mains were ok

                                                  Lytton's at Letchworth Hall HotelResponded on November 4, 2018

                                                  Dear ShereenL, Thank you for taking the time to write your review

                                                16. PW

                                                  PatriciaW

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 14, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service2ambience4

                                                  The children's menu was excellent- not just the usual pasta and pizza. The surroundings are comfortable and the food was tasty and plentiful.

                                                17. MG

                                                  MichelleG

                                                  1 review

                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 24, 2018

                                                  overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                  I had a meal here 3 weeks ago and was very good therefore I returned for a birthday meal which I have to say was really disappointing I had exactly the same main course as before but the meat was inedible as was 2 other meals how can the quality change in a matter of weeks thankfully I had a taste card so the bill was reduced would not return

                                                18. ID

                                                  IanD

                                                  San Francisco

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 16, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  As the hotel is part of a large company group, I did not expect any more than a reasonable lunch in a reasonable restaurant. However, the hotel is charming and the restaurant has been cleverly incorporated into the old building, to give an 'up market' feel. The food was imaginative and well presented, and the staff were attentive without being intrusive.

                                                19. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on July 3, 2018

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  The waiter was very attentive and pleasant. The food was excellent, especially the smoked salmon starter. Main Course (haddock) was very good, although the portions of haddock were extremely small. Ambience excellent. A bit on the expensive side for a mid week lunch.

                                                20. M

                                                  Mike

                                                  Hampshire

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  130 reviews

                                                  Dined on July 1, 2018

                                                  overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                  We enjoyed our dinner at Lytton’s, which was good but not sensational. Reasonable variety on menu, and all dishes were tasty and well presented, though not that large in portion size. My girlfriend had the squash soup (we were told that all the soups were vegan, which was good, as my girlfriend doesn’t eat cream, often ruling soup out), and then the mushroom risotto. I had chicken supreme as main. We didn’t have dessert. Wine list was nothing special, and quite pricy given the quality. There were no prices on the menu, though on enquiry it was £22.95 for 2 courses, and £30 for 3.

                                                21. RJ

                                                  RJPops

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  9 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 10, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Highly recommended. We had a lovely 3 course Sunday lunch to celebrate a birthday. Food and service were excellent

                                                22. DP

                                                  DebbieP

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on May 27, 2018

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Lyttons always provides wonderful attentive service and delicious food. Highly recommend trying it.

                                                23. MB

                                                  MonteB14

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on January 10, 2018

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience1

                                                  We waited in the lobby area for a drink before dinner but in the end we had to go to the bar ourselves to ask a reluctant barman for a drink. There were very few vegetarian options on the dinner menu (which had no price printed on it) so had to ask for the a la carte menu---eventually we found some suitable dishes. They were just ok - the spicy pasta tasted mainly of tobasco, rather synthetic- my steak was quite good. No ambience - the dining room is a long hallway in bland colours. Only one other diner all evening - not the fault of the hotel but provided zero ambience! Overall, lacklustre service, no attention in the foyer seating area, and we felt rather unwelcome.

                                                24. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on December 28, 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Got together with friends. Lovely evening with great service and food. We all enjoyed our get together. Excellent.

                                                25. BJ

                                                  BolJ

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on November 5, 2017

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                  This was a lovely way to celebrate. We were well looked after and the meal was delicious. Will definitely return.

                                                26. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 24, 2017

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  Great place to eat. Plenty of choice for vegetarians. Super staff.

                                                27. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 10, 2017

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Fab service, waiter was very attentive. One of us has dietary requirements, the waiter was attentive to her needs and made sure everything was as requested.

                                                28. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on August 24, 2017

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great food, friendly service, good value for money

                                                29. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 27, 2017

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                  The staff are very helpful and extremely courteous. Any dietary requirements are met without question. The food it tasty and offers plenty of choice without being too overwhelming. Lovely quiet area.

                                                30. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  3 reviews

                                                  Dined on April 21, 2017

                                                  overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                  I booked afternoon tea on-line, I was surprised I could book afternoon tea at 12.15pm, but the system allowed this. In the comments I entered my sandwich preference. When I arrived, I was told by the waitress that my booking was for lunch & that afternoon tea was not served until 3pm. I explained that the system had allowed me to book, I was told well we are going to have to set a table for you. This consisted of getting out 2 cups, saucers & cutlery, they were very quiet so no real hardship. When the afternoon tea arrived, a different waitress said, no chicken or Egg sandwiches as requested. So the hotel knew in advance that I'd booked afternoon tea, they could have phoned to say I had to rebook for after 3pm, but they had decided to accept the booking. The first waitress did not need to mention it as though they were putting themselves out & I'd done something wrong. This was quite annoying as it was a treat for my mum's birthday. That aside the afternoon tea was lovely & the waitress gave us a box to take away the uneaten cakes. I had a 2 for 1 voucher, so great value. I would not pay £24 p/h as I believe you could probably find a better deal else where (which would include fizz).

                                                31. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 29, 2017

                                                  overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                  Smiling, helpful and efficient staff made my friend's birthday celebration special. Vegetarian options innovative and beautifully presented. No music a bonus, we could hold a conversation. Traditional surroundings with white tablecloths and linen napkins made a good change from modern settings.

                                                32. AI

                                                  AI17

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  1.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 26, 2017

                                                  overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                  Booked for Mothers Day however when we arrived we were seated in an area that can only be described as a lounge area with low sofas and coffee tables. We expected proper tables with tablecloths etc but assume due to Mother's Day there had been overbookings and the lounge area was being utilised. The lady who greeted us was very rude and offish about our booking and the fact the tables weren't appropriate. We didn't stay due to the appaulling attitude of this lady and the greed of the hotel to overbook.

                                                33. IC

                                                  IanChowsDown

                                                  London

                                                  67 reviews

                                                  2.0

                                                  67 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 26, 2017

                                                  overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                  We visited Lyttons for a Mothers Day celebration and initially I found the staff to be attentive, amusing and helpful. My difficult Mum requested honey for her melon starter (don't ask) and a sauce for her salmon. A very nice hollandaise sauce was served up in no time. Top marks. But as we were one of the last tables to get our meal the staff seemed to forget about us. By the time we were having desserts and coffee staff around us were more concerned about their evening settings than their existing customers. It also took ages for anyone to assist us with paying our bill. I would've made more of a fuss about this but my partner (also a Mum) clearly didn't want me to complain so I thought I'd wait for the review to voice my concerns. Overall the meal was good and very good value-for-money but the service went from 'great' to 'non-existent' in a couple of hours.

                                                34. W

                                                  Wayne

                                                  London

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  7 reviews

                                                  Dined on October 9, 2016

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great choice and location for celebrating my two daughters birthdays Service was friendly although a little slow Food was good - not exceptional but good Wine list was adequate and not over priced Value for money was great Ambience ok - a little quiet but that was good and we finished off with coffee, etc. out in the grounds All-in-all a great occasion, venue, service and food and I would happily recommend this to others

                                                35. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on October 6, 2016

                                                  overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                  Great place and wonderful service, we used a tastecard and chose from the a la carte menu

                                                36. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  London

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on September 25, 2016

                                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                  We had afternoon tea for my mums 60th birthday. It was lovely. The tea was replenished free of charge and there was a large choice of cakes and sandwiches. The staff were really excellent despite the restaurant being busy. My only critisism would be the pastry on the fruit tarts was soggy and under cooked and the fillings in the sandwiches were very very thin. It could have been made much more luxurious with deeper fillings.

                                                37. BJ

                                                  BaJohn

                                                  London

                                                  147 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  147 reviews

                                                  Dined on June 28, 2016

                                                  overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                  Out in the middle of nowhere (in Letchworth) at a business hotel. They do 2 courses for £15 most days it seems. This is silver service and a bit quaint, with a waiter, whom is very nice, but would not be out of place in 'faulty towers'. He was however efficient and polite. The dining room is part of the original hall of the 'Letchworth Hall', and it reeks of days gone by splendour. The clientele are mainly business men and women, on courses or here for meetings etc. Having said that, this is our second visit and we would come again when in the area. The food was good, we both had the ham hock starter - very tasty. I had the lamb medallions for mains, whilst my wife had another dish, and we found both were served hot, well presented and enjoyable. There was no hurry to leave and we stayed and enjoyed the armchairs in a lounge area whilst having coffee. Very laid back and relaxing, whilst reading the freely provided paper.

                                                38. G

                                                  Geoffreyg

                                                  Hertfordshire

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on June 11, 2016

                                                  overall5food4service4ambience3

                                                  Pleasant surroundings, and the maitre d' was professional and friendly. The food was good, despite slightly overcooked steak! They offered to change the steak for one cooked more to my liking, which was the right response. However, I was pretty happy with the one I had, good flavour and tender. Very generous portion sizes. The only downside to our evening was not the fault of the restaurant- a lot of ugly noises from a football mad crowd in the lounge outside the restaurant rather spoilt an otherwise quiet and refined evening! Hence my lower score for ambience!

                                                39. BJ

                                                  BaJohn

                                                  London

                                                  147 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  147 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 23, 2016

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Hidden away very close to Letchworth town centre is this centuries old hall which oozes charm and history. Going from one to the other by car, you will go round the first roundabout to be built in the UK (in 1909). The journey transposes you from the elegance of a bygone age into the modernity of the 21st century, all with a few minutes. The food was very good as we both had the set lunch (small but adequate choice), opting for the ham hock starter and for mains I had the pork with mash and gravy, whilst my wife had the minute steak etc. The meal was 2 courses for £15 and well worth it, and if we are in the area we will come again. Since the hall is now part of a hotel group, we were separate to the business diners and were accommodated in a medium size room as the only guests. Since this was a beautifully warm day we were seated at a window table and it was a very pleasant although quiet experience, which we enjoyed. There was no noise from the bar or kitchen and the food was served hot enough, and we were not in a hurry. NICE.

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                                                Lytton's at Letchworth Hall Hotel is rated 3.9 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

                                                Not bookable

                                                This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

                                                Additional information

                                                • Neighborhood

                                                  Baldock

                                                • Hours of operation

                                                  Daily 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Daily 6:30 pm–9:45 pm

                                                • Cuisines

                                                  Contemporary European

                                                • Dining style

                                                  Fine Dining

                                                • Dress code

                                                  Casual Dress

                                                • Parking details

                                                  Hotel Parking

                                                • Payment options

                                                  AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                • Executive chef

                                                  Mr David Hart

                                                • Additional

                                                  Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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