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
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 3pm
Sunday Lunch: 12pm - 4pm
Monday - Thursday: 6:30pm - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 6:30pm - 10pm
(No Dinner Service on Sunday)
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
- Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
- Dogs Welcome
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic Sunday lunch - great staff and amazing Bloody Mary's !!
Great food and service, bit noisy sitting near the bar area made conversation a bit difficult but not a deal breaker!
Amazing, as always!
Delicious food and drink
I’m sure it’s lovely but can’t comment on this as our reservation was cancelled on the morning we were due to go due to a water leak and no electricity in the pub, shame as it was for my dads birthday and we were only told an hour before we were due to go
I have eaten at The Foragers before and really enjoyed it so had high expectations and brought my mother for what I hoped would be an equally enjoyable meal, however, we were both a bit disappointed. Both starters were lovely - mum had soup, I had smoked salmon which was delicious although a bit heavy on the horseradish and skimpy on the samphire- there were only about 2 strands. I had the nut roast for my main course which was just not a nut roast - it was a tasteless pile of lentils with a couple of slivers of almond on the top, most of which I had to leave. I did feedback to the waiter and asked what nuts were supposed to have been in it and he said he'd speak to the chef. Neither the chef or the waiter came back with a response so I had to ask the waiter what the chef had said and was told that the chef had said there were three types of nut including walnuts. Well they definitely weren't evident in my portion. It is also disappointing that the chef didn't come out to speak to me his/herself. Unfortunately, my mother's pork belly was quite chewy and not that easy to eat. The vegetables, however, were good and the gravy had flavour.
Always a great experience...lunch or dinner the food is consistently excellent and the service very friendly.
The Foragers is one of our favourite places in St Albans. Lovely tasty food, interesting combinations/garnishes and a homely and welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommend.
Excellent meal as always.
Consistently a great pub with great food
Nice food. I had the pie and my partner had the beef burger. Both were good. I also had the cabbage which was disappointing. The pie could have been more highly seasoned. The pork was very soft which I liked.
We had a booking for 2pm but our table wasn’t ready till 2.30. I had the roast beef the meat was amazingly cooking just a little cold - I did not send it back as I didn’t want it to affect the perfectly cooked beef. My daughter had the kids Fish and chips - the amount of salt on the chips was shocking for a kids meal and even more of a shock was the fact there were no veg on her plate - when I asked I was told it doesn’t come with them - I feel a child’s meal could have come with a side of either the roast’s veg ( which I shared with her) or peas - everyone loves peas. We will be back as the food, service and atmosphere was great.
Always superb food & service. Love the changing menu as it’s always exciting to see what’s being prepared. Can’t fault it and it’s becoming one of our favourite little places for a weekend family lunch.
Fantastic food and really nice unfussy service. Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The taste and quality of food was amazing. We were a party of six and we all tried different things and all were excellent. So nice to see different choices of food rather than the usual standard meals at most gastro pubs.
Great food, great atmosphere and great service. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely visit again when next in St Albans. Helen & Paul from Leeds.
Fantastic Sunday lunch. Highly recommended.
Nice pub with a friendly and little bit slow service on Saturday evening. We had enjoyable food with fresh good ingredients in reasonable portions. Prices are up, particularly for puddings which should require a little more creativity by the chef.
Lovely staff, great food
Excellent as always!
Waited over half an hour to be served drinks and even longer to have our orders just taken. Did not enjoy the cod carpaccio (strange taste combination) or the tagine which was lukewarm and congealed. Overall quite disappointing after enjoying our previous visit which we enjoyed.
Lovely food cooked with care and flair. Very nice serving staff.
Amazing place . Brillant food and drink . Service was top . Atmosphere great . Would eat in there every nite