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
- Outdoor Seating
- 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.
I suggest you deactivate this account as the restaurant has now closed. It would have been useful had the owners contacted customers with reservations to inform them of the closure. As it was, I got an email asking me to confirm my booking a week after the place had shut down and when we turned up for our meal everything was locked up. I have enormously sympathy with the staff who have lost their jobs. The disregard shown by the owners for their customers has clearly been visited many times over upon their employees.
We had a lovely evening. The food was delicious and the staff very helpful. Especially as we had a few questions re gluten free options on the menu. We were very grateful that you let us reserve a table outside when you don't normally do so. We look forward to coming back soon!
Our group meets for lunch at the Foragers 3 or 4 times per year. The Hog belly is a firm favourite, as is the deers spheres starter. The fixed price menus are good value for money in my opinion. The bar has an excellent range of beers - ales, craft beers and lagers. We will keep returning - never had a bad experience
Best Sunday lunch in a while and the staff were super friendly and helpful, especially as we had two young kids.
Lovely food. Beef is incredible. Maybe a 30% more vegetables…
A really delicious meal in a very pleasant pub.
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.
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.
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
Another fabulous meal at the foragers. We always enjoy the great food and atmosphere.
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.
Delicious food and friendly service
Food was amazing, the beer was sensational and the atmosphere was great. All of us adults and kids loved the food.
We enjoyed the creative cuisine!
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.
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!
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.
First time diner, but will certainly going back!
Slightly (and understandably) limited menu, but great food and good portion sizes.
Faultless as ever. We’ve been coming for years and intend to continue coming for years to come. Keep up the good work guys!
Lovely food and great atmosphere.
Really nice place, good quality food done a differently
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
Interesting explanation what/where the ingredients were/from
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