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The Foragers - Dine with us

The Verulam Arms, 41 Lower Dagnall Street, St. Albans, United Kingdom, AL3 4QE
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Opening Information

The pub is open at the following times. To make a booking, please click here.

Monday – Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday 12pm – 12am
Saturday 12pm – 12am
Sunday 12pm – 7:30pm

Food Opening Times
Lunch Service
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 3pm
Sunday Lunch: 12pm - 4pm

Dinner Service
Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:30pm - 10pm
(No Dinner Service on Sunday)

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Bar

About The Foragers - Dine with us

The Verulam Arms has been a pub for almost 160 years. The name Verulam is derived from Verulamium – the ancient Roman town which predated St. Albans. Slightly more recently – since 2011 in fact – we’ve been serving Wild Food from the pub. As well as continuing to serve traditional real ale, we’ve been developing a Craft Beer Bar in the pub, which has rapidly grown to offer the largest range of draft beer products in St Albans.

Wild Food
We like our food natural, honest, and with a bit of earth still on it. Ask in our Wild Food Pub, The Verulam Arms, or at one of our mobile or pop-up kitchens, and we can probably tell you who caught the fish on your plate, and in which river, or who picked your mushrooms, and in which wood. There are no convoluted supply chains here, and no air miles, only what’s real and what’s good.

Old Ways
We like to pick things from the ground and put them into our mouths because that’s what hands are for. We believe in hunting and gathering and feeding ourselves. Not so very long ago, human life depended upon a relationship with the natural world that has been almost lost today. We want that skill and knowledge back. We want to keep tradition alive. We want to survive the winter.

Resourcefulness
We like to rummage through the hedgerows like a child in a sweet shop, but we never take too much, and we’re always sure to make the most of what we take. We pickle and preserve. We value the root as much as the bloom. We try to avoid waste in everything we do. We save unwanted furniture and recycle it for our pub.

Spreading the Word
Most of all, we believe in the sheer joy of foraging. Share it with us! Wrap up warm and head into the forest, get mud under your fingernails. With our wild food banquets, walks, talks, demonstrations and expeditions, we want to find the natural forager in everyone.

Cuisine: Locally Sourced, British
Dress Code: Casual,No Beachwear permitted,Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Lovely pub, great food and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Very interesting menu in lovely surroundings.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Food and service was very good as usual. Always an interesting and novel selection of items on the menu. Been here many times in recent years, not been disappointed yet.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

The best roast in the whole of St Albans. Thank you for making my 40th one to remember!

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

We've been to you for dinner on several occasions by ourselves or with different friends and family. Always enjoyed the setting, the atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and really tasty food. Slightly disappointed on our latest visit. Food seemed to lack some of the depth and subtlety of flavour and just some of the usual "buzz" about the place seemed to be lacking. I'm sure it was just a bit of an off evening. It was all OK though and we shall be back again sometime.

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Visited On Thursday, 31 January 2019

On Thursday 31st of Jan we had a reservation for 15 people. Unfortunately 2 people had to cancel due to the snow, Aiden was very understanding and polite. I had cod bites to start with and Pork goulash for mains.Many of my friends had the pop belly for mains and loved it. I really enjoyed both but especially the goulash. The atmosphere and service were excellent, and we really appreciated Aiden's attentiveness, even giving us advise on parking in the area. My only comment was it seemed to be very warm in the restaurant. Thank you Aiden and The Foragers staff for a wonderful evening.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Great food. The set menu is perfect for a week night and great wine. The cocktails are always great but the recipes weren’t to my taste this time. I’m sure others loved them though.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Had a Sunday roast...the beef was absolutely he best roast beef I have ever had, and I am 57 ! Just more care needed with the trimmings (raw parsnip and tough-skinned, rather than crispy, roast potatoes. The starter...Muntjac/blue cheese "deer spheres" disappointingly bland with minuscule deer content. Lovely pub, service averagely attentive, atmosphere marred by at times noisy presence of young babies (sorry but not a fan in a pub environment).

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

I wasn't paying so can't comment on value

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Delicious & interesting food!! A real treat - Love eating here!!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

Superb meal - excellent service and a really good atmosphere! We will be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

Loved the food and atmosphere. We had a bit of a wait as there were people still at our table but once we sat down all was good! We will definitely be back. Food was worth the wait!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 January 2019

The food, whilst acceptable, was overpriced for what it was, and was fairly standard with regards to a Sunday pub lunch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Pie menu for New Years Day was great, the pheasant pie was our winner.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 January 2019

My family was over from France to visit us in the UK, they are huge foodies so I thought I'd take them to try some traditional British food, sustainably sourced. We were not disappointed, the food was absolutely stunning, I am a big fan of pie and mash myself and I've had one of the most delicious pies I've ever tasted. The menu changes with the seasons and along with the menu you get interesting information about the origin of the ingredients. Brilliant concept and delicious food. The only downside was that on both occasions I've visited the Verulam Arms the place was empty, that's why I didn't give it full marks for atmosphere but maybe we were just unlucky.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

A special treat for my wife as recommended by my daughter which delivered far above my expectations. Very impressed by the lovely choice of dishes and the amazing range of craft beers. Buzzy, fun and friendly place. Expect to make new friends. Will definitely be back soon. Thanks Foragers!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 December 2018

We decided to try the whole menu as every meal option looked great. We all tried a bit of each and were so impressed. Flavours, portion sizes and quality was amazing. We left full and very satisfied!

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Always amazing can’t wait for the next visit. I had deer spheres, pork belly and brownie, all were incredible

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

Disastrous lunch booking on Sunday Table not ready had to wait 45 mins Not laid up for the £10 extra party package we had booked No water glasses for another 15 mins Ordered other drinks which didn’t come and we had to keep asking for them One of the mains was wrong so had to wait for the correct main to be cooked Had to send my main back as there was PLASTIC in the cabbage! Deserts served with soup spoons Mince pies came out decorated with walnuts even though we had checked they were nut free as one of our party had an alergy Bill was wrong - charged us for 9 mains when there was only 8 of us. Restaurant did recognise all of the issues and reflected it in our bill, but all of the issues totally spoilt our Christmas lunch. So bad it became commical. We may have just been unlucky it was very busy and staff were struggling.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 December 2018

Really nice food and good service. Thanks!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Awesome restaurant with fantastic food, great service and an cool foraging concept! I’m Beverly Hills and travel to the UK and specifically London twice a year, I’ll be coming back here every trip!

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Visited On Monday, 10 December 2018

It was our first visit - we loved the delicious, interesting food and friendly staff. We’ll be back!

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

As ever the food was amazing. The Foragers is our favourite restaurant in St. Albans.

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Fantastic food which really wowed - the roast duck, melt in the mouth roast pork belly with crispy sticky chewy crackling and the gorgeous sticky toffee pudding with one of the best ice creams we’ve ever had were definite highlights! It was a bit hard cutting the meat with the really rubbish knives but we can forgive that! Literally the only thing that let the experience down slightly was the service. It was very efficient and we weren’t left wanting but perhaps not as warm and friendly as it could’ve been?

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Smoked trout terrine was excellent. Very rich and luxurious. Loved the veggie Wellington too - but not quite sure if the cream sauce is necessary though a touch of spice might be nice? Christmas pudding samosa is good fun. Perfect pannacotta. Lovely friendly atmosphere as always. Thanks.

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