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The White Lion

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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The White Lion PH | 91 Sopwell Lane, St. Albans AL1 1RN, England
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This great pub has been under new management by James Ward for the last year or more and is once again restored to its former glory. It serves a wide range of real ales including Woodford Wherry as a regular. It has an excellent bar menu with quirky snacks such as black pudding scotch eggs or chicken wings. If you... More 

Thank Katherine B
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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320 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Visit on recommendation. Friendly service, well kept beer, simple but delicious pub food. I had chicken pie which was so good I nearly ordered a second portion! Great mash and fresh vegetables. Cosy beer garden. Fair prices. What is not to like? Don't miss it.

Thank MootHouse
Harlow, England, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Called in on the off chance for Sunday lunch. Delighted. Excellent food, friendly staff. Would thoroughly recommend.

Thank Julie W
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139 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

I appreciate the the new revamped White Lion had been running for a while but not had a chance to get in there. Glad we did. Decor is great, light and airy with an area more suited to the drinkers and the other for the diners. Great range of beers, ciders and lagers catering for all needs. The menu is... More 

1 Thank grubhound
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

A couple of mates and I tried it out on a Monday night. Only three if the six mains were available so two of us opted for the snacking menu. It was just so-so... The crab didn't come with the promised crusty white bread but a horrid nap instead, the bubble and squeak scotch egg was under seasoned, but the... More 

Thank MischiefsMum
James W, Manager at The White Lion, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for your review, myself and the team are really sorry to hear that your experience left you disappointed. There are no excuses, there shouldn't have been items missing and the food offering and quality should be the same no matter what day or time. We have recently developed a new menu that launched this week and hired... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Nicely renovated. Friendly staff. Good range of beers. My favourite is mosaic. Nice garden. All in all a really nice pub

Thank Darren C
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

It's not easy getting 10 correctly cooked steaks on the table in one go and in good time and these guys nailed it! Meat was tender and tasty, service was efficient and with a smile. Thank you White Lion for a great evening.

Thank MandsV
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

This pub has had a lovely upgrade whilst retaining its character. Food was of high quality and nicely presented (proper plates!) I had haddock bubble & squeak with poached egg - perfectly cooked & my family had chicken 3 ways/ steak pies/scampi - all highly praised. Great music being played too!

Thank VJL64
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

Just passing and needed food so we popped in. I'd heard it had been refurbed so a bit nervous as that usually means a character lobotomy! Not at all here. The refurb is very good - clean and modern but still with character. Excellent job. Ordered food that was very good - smoked haddock on bubble and squeak and veggie... More 

Thank KWeb193
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Friendly bar staff with fantastically looked after selection of Real Ale. The beer garden is a fantastic spot in the early evening catching the warmth and light of the setting sun

Thank Aaron D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The White Lion PH | 91 Sopwell Lane, St. Albans AL1 1RN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St. Albans
  • Phone Number: 441727850540
This is a pub that does food, not strictly a restaurant.

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