Sunday lunch in St Albans: 9 of the best to try
PUBLISHED: 10:52 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 13:07 08 September 2020
The Prae Wood Arms
From mouth-watering Sunday roasts to beautifully presented à la carte options, we have Sunday dining covered
At The Verulam Arms, 41 Lower Dagnall Street, St Albans
Discover locally-foraged ingredients at this cosy Victorian pub. Their unique way of sourcing ingredients means that there's an ever-changing selection of dishes created from food found in the wild, and Sunday lunch is no exception. You'll find roasted wood pigeon, muntjac deer risotto balls and nut roast. It's not just food that's wild, there's liqueurs made from foraged treats; cocktails include a sloe gin martini. You can even join one of their foraging walks. We'll have a glass of hedgerow fizz please.
Cottonmill Lane, St Albans
This former Georgian manor house, set in beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, is now a 128 room hotel and spa. Choose from the sophisticated Restaurant with its stunning wine display and grand piano serving beautifully presented classic Sunday roast dishes; ideal for a family get together. Or indulge in a Sunday roast buffet in the vibrant open-plan Brasserie with seasonal meats, vegetarian delights and all the trimmings.
Fishpool Street, St Albans
This hotel in the centre of St Albans is a peaceful oasis in the city. Its multi-award winning two-rosette Lake Restaurant has views over the lake and gardens from a bright orangery-style dining room. There are two and three course options for Sunday lunch, with vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy mouth-watering dishes like Himalayan salted sirloin of beef and tamarind roasted chicken.
7 George Street, St Albans
Dylans fuses fine food dining expected in up-market eateries with the laid back appeal of a pub. Decorated in a homely style with quirky touches they won restaurant of the year at the 2017 Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards; chef Drew Knight also scooped the 2018 award for chef of the year. Local produce is used in their changing seasonal menus which feature dishes like slow roasted ox cheek in port and pot roasted cod. There's also a great selection of craft beers and changing guest ales.
1-3 Verulam Rd, St Albans
The Ivy is synonymous with good food and style and this latest branch is in the heart of St Albans is no exception. Dine in the Ivy Brasserie, on the terrace or in a private dining area. The Brasserie's sumptuous interior features an onyx bar, pendant lighting and marble floor tiles. Their menu offers modern British and Ivy-inspired classics such as the Ivy's shepherd's pie. Also a good one for Sunday brunch.
16 Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans
If you love Sunday lunch in a quaint old pub then look no further than the oldest pub in Britain according to the Guinness Book of Records. The award-winning pub's foundations date back to the eighth century but Sunday lunch is a very 21st century affair. Enjoy mouth-watering roasted saddle of Lancashire lamb, slow-cooked, belly of pork, all freshly cooked. The pub has intriguing nooks and crannies, there's still the original bread oven next to the fireplace. Try one of their craft beers - they were a CAMRA silver medal winner last year.
East Common, Redbourn
Grab a quick drink or light-bite in the traditional bar at The Cricketers of Redbourn or dine in their contemporary style restaurant.
Traditional Sunday roasts are all served with fresh seasonal vegetables, roasties, traditional gravy and Yorkshire puds. Choose from rolled ribeye of beef, leg of lamb or rolled belly of pork. Everything is prepared on-site using fresh produce that is locally sourced whenever possible. During the summer, you can dine 'al fresco' overlooking Redbourn Common.
Garden House Lane, St Albans
Built as a 'little cottage' for Lady Frances Cooke Grimston, this beautiful building has been lovingly transformed. The terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining, overlooking the lawns that gently slope down towards the River Ver. Inside offers either spacious light rooms or tuck yourself away into one the cosier nooks and crannies.
Menus are created daily from fresh, local produce, from light bites to hearty British pub classics including Sunday roasts. Equally, it's a great place for a drink with the bar sitting at the heart of all things; try their myriad of fine whiskies, gins and real ales.
2 Hatfield Road, St Albans
Run by award-winning chef Phil Thomson and winner of restaurant of the year and chef of the year at the 2016 Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards, this AA Rosette-awarded restaurant offers exceptional fine dining. THOMPSON offers an a la carte menu, and a tasting menu which all change to reflect the season's. Expect tempting creations such as starters of smoked pork jowl, mains including loin of lamb with aubergine with smoked lamb's heart gnocchi and desserts such as the Granny Smith apple parfait with honey ice cream.