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The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms

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 @ The Verulam Arms

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 Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Staff were delightful and the food was amazing. Good portions and very tasty. All the guests thoroughly enjoyed the evening and have been raving about it. Can't think of any feedback that could have made the experience any better..

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Visited On Sunday, 17 June 2018

The service we received was excellent, food was a little slow coming out of the kitchen but I think that’s because we were there on the busiest day of the year and anyway it was well worth the wait!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 June 2018

Lovely meal again, brought a friend along this time and he will now be bringing some of his friends ! Always friendly and helpful! Wish we lived closer :)

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Visited On Monday, 11 June 2018

The staff were engaging and efficient, the food was delicious and well presented, we enjoyed lunch and would definitely return.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 June 2018

A super Sunday lunch, as ever. Beer was tasting pretty good too! Many thanks.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 June 2018

A lovely place, with interesting food and friendly staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 June 2018

A fantastic meal--as usual. Great personal service and drinks selection. My only niggle is the Vegetable Motley feels a bit less substantial than other main courses.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 June 2018

Great food and drink, fantastic service.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 June 2018

Interesting menu and very good food. Service very good, had to chase up a beer at one point but a minor point. A very nice pub, lovely place for dinner with a great range of beers.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 June 2018

10/10!! Food was amazing, good selection of drinks, and excellent service. I wish I’d had more time so I could try some more of the home made shots! My friends and I travelled from quite far to visit, and will definitely be back again. Thank you for looking after us xx

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Visited On Thursday, 31 May 2018

Very tasty food and interesting to taste different kinds of food you would not normally. We went on a week night and having a set menu is a great idea as quality is good but there is enough choice to suite most people.

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Visited On Monday, 28 May 2018

Excellent service and food, couldn't fault it, will definitely be coming back

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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

The food, choice of drinks and acknowledgement of dietary needs is superb. Quality is high and the service is good without being fussy. The dropped star for Atmosphere makes me sound like a right old git, but the music was too loud for us to comfortably talk to our party. The waitress acknowledged this without us having to mention it, but the volume crept up again soon and stayed loud - despite being a decent playlist!! But go and eat there with confidence.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 May 2018

First visit and a very enjoyable experience, thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 25 May 2018

Amazing food!

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

I've been here several times in the last few years and it's always very good. The booking process was straightforward, the service was good and food is novel and very tasty! We're lucky to have such a place to go to in St Albans.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

We had a fantastic meal on Friday night. We’ll be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

My friend and I had Sunday lunch, I had roast beef and all the trimmings, which was excellent, although I would have liked a few more vegatables. My friend had cod, she thought it was nice but that there could have been a bit more! We both had sticky toffee pudding, which was excellent. Service was ok, but not great, we were kept waiting for quite a long time to place our order, and I was never asked if I would like any mustard, my friend was given a bowl for her mussel shells after she had finished them. I thought it was quite expensive for what we had, but I would return because the food was very good.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Lovely evening. Service was slow thou I appreciate it was very busy. Top tip make sure guests get drinks promptly then waiting for food not so much of an issue. One of our starters was forgotten so one of our party was eating their starter after everyone else has finished which was not great and staff response was not overly apologetic. Also a main course was delayed thou luckily not the same person. If I was to recommend it I jwould suggest to go midweek when the bar might not be as busy. Everyone was pleased with their food.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

This is our go-to place for friends visiting us. The menu is unusual, but not pretentious, there are a wide variety of drinks and the service is great.

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Great venue, super food, fab choice of drinks, great wine recommendations for the food we were eating, very relaxed & enjoyable atmosphere. We’ll be back again soon, either as a group of friends or with our partners!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Lovely little pub in the historic old town of St Albans

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Visited On Friday, 11 May 2018

Another really orginal and delicious meal at the Foragers - pigeon starter and fish of the day looked great and tested even better. Exquisite little bursts of different and unexpected flavours through each course, all perfectly complementing the main subject of the dish. A really busy evening so the staff were stretched but we weren't in a hurry. We might come on a quieter evening next time, it all depends how much buzz you want. And no background music to block conversation- thanks!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Living in the US now, it is always a pleasure to revisit the Verulam Arms in its current iteration as The Foragers. It has come a long way since my sixth form visits when I was at St. Albans School! The food continues to impress and the service is excellent. Thank you and good luck, Tom Evans

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

Sadly not a good bank holiday experience. Small portions of food that appeared to have been reheated. Service ambivalent. Only redemption was nice microbrewed beer.

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