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,Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

A really delicious meal in a very pleasant pub.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Absolutely delicious food at a resonable price, the service was good but would be better if they took drink orders at the table rather than having to get up yourself mid meal but that is my only niggle.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

As mentioned on the evening, we were a bit surprised by the choice of heavy rock music being played at a venue that is promoting itself as rural and local food sources. Did not seem to fit with the image. However once brought to the waitresses attention, as some feedback, it was changed. Lovely food and excellent service.

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Visited On Sunday, 16 June 2019

Only didn’t get 5 stars on food as parsnips on my plate was under cooked , My daughters was fine so I took her xx😂 Mention it the Waitress and asked her to tell the chef so it didn’t happen again Will be coming back x

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Another fabulous meal at the foragers. We always enjoy the great food and atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Overpriced and unpretentious local pub. Their vegan burger was not much more than slightly warmed beetroot mixed with a couple of nuts and placed between buns. Kid burger’s patty was barely medium-rare and basically inedible. They also ran out of their only other kids menu item, sausage and mash, already by 2pm. The total bill came about £50 for two kids meals and two mains. There are certainly much better dining options in the area.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Delicious food and friendly service

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Visited On Sunday, 02 June 2019

Food was amazing, the beer was sensational and the atmosphere was great. All of us adults and kids loved the food.

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

We enjoyed the creative cuisine!

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Visited On Friday, 31 May 2019

I can't fault this place. From their very own rhubarb gin to the amazing food and super friendly service, the evening was perfect. We will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

We had a fantastic, relaxed lunch on Saturday at The Foragers. The staff were really friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was both tasty and of generous proportions. The size of the Pork Belly is something to behold! You should try it!

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Visited On Saturday, 25 May 2019

Lovely place, wish we could get there more often! We love in Newcastle (upon Tyne), but we always stop here whenever we manage to take a trip down South.

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Visited On Friday, 24 May 2019

First time diner, but will certainly going back!

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Visited On Sunday, 05 May 2019

Slightly (and understandably) limited menu, but great food and good portion sizes.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 May 2019

Faultless as ever. We’ve been coming for years and intend to continue coming for years to come. Keep up the good work guys!

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Visited On Sunday, 05 May 2019

Lovely food and great atmosphere.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Really nice place, good quality food done a differently

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

A last minute staff drop out meant the team of two were peddling hard managing the bat and food all night, which was busy. Their service quality and friendliness was superb, the food intriguing and really tasty. The beers are always great at the V Arms and we had another great night out. Thanks. Conor

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

Interesting explanation what/where the ingredients were/from

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Food Inconsistently good - as large group didn’t complain as wanted to all eat together and not embarrass the birthday girl or her husband Was offered a free dessert which realised the next day had attracted a charge ( admin error not deliberate I’m sure) Unlikely to eat there again but drinks are still fantastic

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

amazing food and lovely staff - always a great roast!

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

All great

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

Nice food and table service was good. The manager wasn't the friendliest / was a little defensive and made us feel a little unwelome to start with (she warmed up a little the longer we were there).

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 April 2019

Had a lovely meal with friends . Service was attentive and good . We had the mushrooms on toast and beetroot with mackerel for starters . These were excellent . Then pie of the the day . Belly pork ,vegan curry and a seed loaf were all very much enjoyed . Good choices and great evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

I was initially a little dissapointed that your menu didn't feature the fish stew as posted on your website and I had partly chosen to book for my birthday to eat that dish! It wasn't clear from the website that it was only a sample. The main courses were lacking in fish dishes. However I chose the pork belly and it was delicious as was everything else we ordered. The service was also excellent.

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