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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
Description: This is a pub that does food, not strictly a restaurant.

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  • 24
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  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 5
    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
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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St albans
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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 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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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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hertfordshire
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72 reviews 72 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Chesham, United Kingdom
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149 reviews 149 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 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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Warwick, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This place is 5 mins walk away and is always busy so we thought we'd try it out. The result for us was the "roastinator" which is 2 meats, great for a hungry husband. Clearly home cooked and delicious gravy, you must give this lovely pub a try.

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We absolutely love The White Lion. We have eaten here many times and also been for drinks. The food is amazing and we would rate this as the best pub in St Albans for food and atmosphere. We have even recommended friends from out of town to go here and always bring family and friends when they come to visit.... More 

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Additional Information about The White Lion

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

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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?