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 @ 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.
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.
Great team, really looked after us and didn't rush us out even though we somewhat overstayed. Lovely food too! Will definitely be back.
Very friendly, great service and always love coming for the food
Great locally sourced food, everything was delicious and presentation fab. Keep it up, we'll be back!
I have been to the Forager serval times before & all other times I have been really happy - In fact I recommended them to someone a few hours before this latest visit. However, this time, of the 6 meals we ordered we had to send 3 of them back because the mashed potatoes were cold, and even after that only 2 of the meals were piping hot - the others were cool and actually a bit small - and the waitress was also rather cool and unapologetic. I hope that this is just a blip in the usual great experience and not a sign of lowering standards!
It was a really nice surprise how great the food was!
Brilliant concept, delivered with skill and care. great food in a perfect setting with great service!
Good atmosphere, out of the ordinary menu and some interesting hers/ingredients we'd not tasted before!
One of the great things about is that elements of the menu change frequently so there's always new flavours to explore.
I was a bit worried returning to the Foragers, because I had enjoyed myself so much on my first visit, and wasn't sure it would be possible to live up to expectations. Luckily, everything was as great as before, even with the added company of a 5 year old. The food is delicious, the drinks are great (and I love beer being served in 2/3 pint- the perfect amount). But the best part is the amazing staff who go out of their way to make everything so nice, in a very genuine and friendly way.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Our only suggestion might be to serve a small complementary serving of bread with the two/three course menu to allow mopping up the excellent gravies.
The food was lovely, especially the nut roast, but the beef was a tad tough, hence 4 stars instead of 5. Very pleasant atmosphere though a little quiet - probably because it was a very hot day, there was a street fair in St Albans, and no doubt some were at home/elsewhere watching England beat Panama. I would go there again.
Quite quiet, tucked away from the high street, with a nice beer garden. Pizza oven made the outside even hotter than it was but food was nice!
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..
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!
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 :)
The staff were engaging and efficient, the food was delicious and well presented, we enjoyed lunch and would definitely return.
A super Sunday lunch, as ever. Beer was tasting pretty good too! Many thanks.
A lovely place, with interesting food and friendly staff.
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.
Great food and drink, fantastic service.
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.
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
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.
Excellent service and food, couldn't fault it, will definitely be coming back