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The Foragers at The Verulam Arms, St Albans Central, St. Albans

41 Lower Dagnall Street
St. Albans
AL3 4QE
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Foragers at The Verulam Arms

One of a number of back street pubs in this part of town, the Verulam Arms has set itself apart from the crowd by defecting into the world of upmarket gastro pubs. In this case, the venture is known as ‘Foragers’ and, as the name implies, they specialise in food and beer made using foraged ingredients. It seems like the sort of daft marketing move that would do well given the fads of today, but there were only two other people in when I visited on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. You enter into a lop-sided U-shaped room with exposed floorboards and a similarly shaped tongue and groove panelled bar counter to the rear. The entire pub has been furnished with very fancy looking chairs and scrubbed tables, with no other forms of seating available. This makes the place feel both upmarket and formal, neither of which are really conducive to relaxing over a few pints. There is a neutral colour scheme throughout and a small but plain fireplace to the left, but thankfully there is some etched glass in the windows that helps give the place a bit of character and sense of history. The decor is heavily themed around the idea of foraging and includes pheasant feathers, dried herbs, jars full of sea shells and hops, an ivy-lined bar canopy and a set of mounted antlers with a load of grass tangled up in them. Boards around the room detailed upcoming foraging events, so you can presumably source the food you intend them to cook for you! To the rear there is a sunken beer garden with a fair bit of seating.
The pub has its own brewery out the back somewhere and they specialise in beers using unusual foraged ingredients. Options on this visit included Foragers Mediocria Firma and Slingshot, Squawk Oat Pale Ale and a house cider. My pint of Slingshot claimed to be brewed with Douglas Fir needles and I can confirm that it did indeed taste as though I’d fallen face first in the forest. The pint was also served unpleasantly warm, which made getting through it quite a chore and I was rather amazed, as I sat there slowly supping, to find that no other customers came to the pub the whole time I was there.
Considering I probably visited this pub at an ideal time, when it wasn’t rammed with diners, I still came away feeling that his place didn’t really offer much for the casual drinker beyond the prospect of trying some potentially grim experimental beer. I could imagine enjoying a nice meal here – it’s the sort of place you’d gladly bring the family along to – but I’ll definitely be chopping it from future crawls.

On 14th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Foragers at The Verulam Arms

The Verulam Arms is a decent looking back street corner pub,there were no signs of Foragers on its signage.
Once inside the bar faces in a single U shaped room which is bare boarded,the seating is normal tables and chairs,the left side of the room was set for diners,none in on my Saturday dinner visit.
The pub advertises foraging trips with the next one up Scotland,all very strange in my eyes.
The pub brews its beers which all seemed pretty weird to me with their pump clips looking strange with leafs and the like on them,i had a drink of Slingshot,which was alright,but not really to my taste,the other real ales noted were Meroicria,Saint Cloak and Grindcobbe.
The pub was busy with locals.
I thought this was a very strange pub.

Pub visited 24/6/2017

On 10th September 2017 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Foragers at The Verulam Arms

Backstreet gastropub, with emphasis on local and ‘foraged’ food. U-shaped interior, stripped wood floor, chunky scrubbed wood tables, third-length pea green panelling, nice cornicing. Antlers on the windows a somewhat unusual décor item. Three ales; Adnams Ghost Ship, Tring Kokaluku a house beer (which apparently produces un-hopped Medieval style ales) and a proper cider. As mentioned below, also a decent set of keg offerings. Not realizing that the house beer was a genuine brew rather than a dodgy rebadge (wish they'd been better at pushing this at PoS), I had the Adnams which was fair. Perhaps not much of a pub experience but worth a look in order to sample the homebrew.

On 19th September 2015 - rating: 6
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Latest updates View all updates for The Foragers at The Verulam Arms, St. Albans
2nd Aug 2019, 08:48
Request to mark pub as closed by Jon B approved
 
2nd Aug 2019, 06:48
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Jon B, with included notes: Other: gone into liquidation

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 14 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 14 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 14 November 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 September 2015 by Quinno _
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