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The White Lion

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91 Sopwell Lane, St. Albans, England
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12:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations, Seating
Description: This is a pub that does food, not strictly a restaurant.

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sunday lunch

Very nice Sunday roast. Homemade food and friendly, attentive service. Food was well cooked and well received, both the meat and vegetarian roasts and the homemade brownies for pudding. Prices pretty reasonable. Pub itself is looking a bit tired inside, but that didn't really detract from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
Old_Lidunian
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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St Albans
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87 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

A pedestrian beer line up has been helped by the addition of Oakham beers, which are usually very well kept. Due for a refurbishment in the New year the pub is not doing food at the moment, although they were good enough to put on a limited pre order menu for a group of us last night. The food was... More 

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1 Thank TravellinTomS
St Albans
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

I visited the white lion on sun 27th sept and had a fantastic roast dinner. There was five of us and the food came out pefectly cooked . Great service as well. Definately worth booking.

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Thank Steve M
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I used to only know the pubs in the main drag of St Albans until i stumbled upon this pub. Its great, the drinks selection, the food and even the staff. I like pubs with a laid back atmosphere that retain good customer service etc and this is just that, very casual but professional too !!! Great pub and a... More 

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Thank Jimmy H
St albans
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

After our poor experience with the noisy kids at the White Hart Tap, we ventured down Sopwell Lane and came across the White Lion. It sounded quiet. The (tatty) a-board out front read well, but when we got in, it was like the Marie Celeste. We remembered coming in here a few years back and it had been lovely, a... More 

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Thank Christinavincenzi
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Very nice Sunday roast. Homemade food and friendly, attentive service. Food was well cooked and well received, both the meat and vegetarian roasts and the homemade brownies for pudding. Prices pretty reasonable. Pub itself is looking a bit tired inside, but that didn't really detract from the experience. Would definitely return.

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1 Thank Old_Lidunian
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We just returned from Sunday lunch here was shockingly bad!!! The veg was bland (no herbs) the gravy was like water and the meat was fatty! After reading that this was the "Best roast in St Albans" what a joke it reminded me of a school dinner!!! Never again!!!!

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1 Thank Jsd7
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We stopped in St Albans needing some lunch, and found this place. All food is homemade, including warm scotch eggs and the picallily! Good food & friendly.

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Thank Adam L
hertfordshire
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Had sunday lunch in this, in dire need of a makeover, pub recently and can only say that the meat was overcooked and the vegetables undercooked, the potatoes were good as was the cauliflower cheese, the prices were good but personally I would rather pay a bit more for better quality food and surroundings. Have to say that the staff... More 

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2 Thank rex r
Chesham, United Kingdom
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221 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Unfortunately I'm not a local-we live a 35 minute drive away -so I have never been able to indulge myself fully amongst the wide choice of real ales. The few I have sampled have been in really good condition. The White Lion is situated in a very pleasant part of old St. Albans & there are a number of decent... More 

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1 Thank keith h
Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

Table for three booked ahead but the eating area was cold. After requesting heat to be turned on, it was suggested we move to the snug where there was a fire lighting. I enjoyed beef shank in delicious sauce. My friends had fish which was rather overcooked for their liking. Overall quite a pleasant experience with cheerful and helpful service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 91 Sopwell Lane, St. Albans, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St. Albans

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Description

This is a pub that does food, not strictly a restaurant.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?