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The Foragers - Dine with us

The Verulam Arms, 41 Lower Dagnall Street, St. Albans, United Kingdom, AL3 4QE
Restaurant info
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 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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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

Food was great! Service was quite slow, and some food (our sides) we’re brought out way in advance of our mains so we’re cold. The staff were quick to heat it up, but it staggered things slightly.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Service was terrible. Wine not opened and just thrown on the table without offering for us to try, waitress didn't smile or chat, we were offered another drink and the waitress walked off without waiting for a reply. I actually had to stand up and follow her around the pub to ask for water and again for another bottle of wine. Great food, just dire service and I will be going back as perhaps it was just and off night.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Excellent night at the Deer Evening. Informative and entertaining talks and demonstration, and a delightful meal. Interesting and well-chosen drinks suggestions too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A great time at the Deer Butchery evening. Informative, fantastic food and a completely different dining experience. Would recommend to everyone (except Vegetarians & vegans!!)

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

An excellent evening of dear. really enjoyed it! I would really like details of a shooting event if you ever put one together?

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Fantastic evening! Really enjoyed the deer butchery and talk! The five course game tasting menu was amazing and delicious! Very tasty and informative! A great night! We will return soon to try the pub’s other menu. Thank you very much!

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Best event of the year thus far in St Albans eating scene. Down to earth, educational, interactive, and absolutely astounding food. Made a great and unique date night.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

I attended a deer butchery course which was very interesting and informative. After we were treated to a 5 course meal each using different parts of the deer. George and his team were fantastic hosts.

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Visited On Sunday, 18 November 2018

Great food as always, we’d not been on a Sunday before so enjoyed a roast! The pigeon was particularly good!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Delicious food

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Warm and friendly welcome. The food is tasty and the dishes very creative. The wine, very acidic, unfortunately, let down the overall impression a little. The atmosphere was difficult to gauge as it was fairly empty. I would certainly go back and I recommend people to go and sample the very inventive cuisine.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 November 2018

A really lovely pub with delicious food.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

Lovely as per!!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 November 2018

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 November 2018

First class meal - everything was very tasty.

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Visited On Sunday, 04 November 2018

The service was a bit slow, but they were very busy. The servers were very friendly, however. It took quite a long time to get our desserts. The food was very good, however.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

The food was spot on and the service was timed well. Never had a bad meal here. One of my favourites for Sunday lunch.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

One of my favourite places to eat. The food is always delicious and the service is efficient and friendly. I love the slightly quirky and unusual ingredients too. If you haven't been to The Foragers yet, you really should.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 October 2018

The food was excellent (apart from a burnt Yorkshire pudding!) - great presentation, very tasty and an interesting variety. However, this was let down by the waitress serving us; she did not smile once, placed food on the table without telling us what it was, never asked us if we would like more drinks, did not offer the dessert menu until we asked and presented the bill with a grunt of ‘here’s the bill.’ Overall, it felt as though it was a chore for her to be serving as she was wholly disinterested in engaging with the customers, which is such a shame as the food was excellent! We did pay the service charge as we did not want the kitchen team to miss out on being rewarded for their service but it would make me think twice about recommending the restaurant to others.

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