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The White Lion

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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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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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412 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Visited the White Lion in St Albans for a Christmas meal, from the first mouthful to the last the food was excellent (Pigeon Breast, followed by Game Pie and finished with a Blackberry Panna Cotta) and all for £24. The honey and almond biscuit severed with Panna Cotta was superb. What more do I need to say?

Thank Andrew081
St. Albans, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Last weekend we had a Sunday Roast at the White Lion and it was superb, not only the food, but the atmosphere and service as well. Off the back of that we have booked again this weekend for family from the states and Andrew is going out of his way to cater for a Vegan diet. Thank you so much.

Thank CMSaunders
Melbourne, Australia
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152 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

This Pub was recommended by the Hosts of the B&B I was staying at. I arrived to find the chef was running late and the Guy behind the bar must have been new as he hardly knew where things were. I ordered the Scampi and it was overcooked and very dry. The chips were not that much better and the... More 

Thank Stephen B
Dubai UAE
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Doing the best that Pubs can do, no need to say any more! OK, I will add that the beer choice is good but could offer more traditional bitters but that's being picky

Thank lincolnimpDubaiUAE
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 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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328 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 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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21 reviews
18 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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140 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 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 

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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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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?