We serve

Lunch from 12-2, Dinner from 6-8.30 Monday to Saturday

Lunch from 12.30 to 3.30 on Sunday

An example menu of what we serve Lunchtimes Monday to Saturday (12-2pm) (May be subject to seasonal changes or on the whim of the chef!)


Small plates & starters

Homemade cream of roasted root vegetable soup, served with crusty bread& butter(v)4.50

Jerk chicken wings on leaves with a blue cheese dip 6.00

Bacon, mushroom & Stilton rarebit 6.50

Breaded jalopeños stuffed with cream cheese (v) 4.50

Salt ‘n’ pepper squid, leaves, sweet chilli sauce 5.50

Escalivada (slow-roasted aubergines, shallots & peppers) on a crouton topped with grilled goats’ cheese 5.95

Grilled sardines with cherry tomatoes, thyme & olive oil, on toast 6.00

Sandwiches: served until 2.00pm on white or granary bread with salad, nachos and slaw (swap nachos for chips for 1.50)

Mature cheddar & ploughman’s pickle 5.50

Breaded fish fingers & homemade tartare sauce 6.50

Roast chicken & smoked bacon with mayonnaise 6.00

Pork & leek sausages, caramelised red onions 6.50

Roast beef with horseradish sauce 5.50

Spicy tunafish with peppers, onions & mayonnaise 6.00

Larger meals

Venison and shiitake mushroom stroganoff, savoury basmati rice, leaves 14.95

Swordfish with kiwifruit, chilli & lime chutney; served with new potatoes, lime wedges and mixed salad.14.00

Linguine of smoked salmonwith white wine & cream, chilli, garlic, citrus & herbs 12.00

8ozpork & chorizo burger on a toasted bun, with mayo, leaves, onion, tomato, gherkin & chips 12.00

Risotto of shiitake and girolle mushrooms, thyme, parmesan, truffle oil 11.00

Pan-fried fillet of seabass in caper butter sauce, baby jacket potatoes, dressed mixed leaves 13.50

Traditional beer-battered fillet of cod, home-cut chips, mushy or garden peas, tartare & lemon11.00

Butternut, goats’ cheese & beet burger, toasted bun, mayo, leaves, onion, tomato, gherkin & chips (v)10.50

Sides & extras

Homemade chips 3.50

Bread & butter 2.25

Green salad with balsamic dressing 3.50

Baby jacket potatoes with butter & salt 3.50


Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce & vanilla ice cream 6.75

Vanilla crème brûlée 5.50

Strawberry & chocolate chip bread & butter pudding, fresh double cream  6.25

Rich, dark chocolate mousse cup topped with fresh cream  6.50

Lemon & lime posset  5.25


All our dishes are prepared in a kitchen where allergens are commonly present, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee our dishes are free from all traces of them.

Please let us know if you have any dietary /  allergen requirements.


View our full list of wines below

Wine Menu pdf

If you have any comments about our menus or on meals you have enjoyed at The Lower Red Lion please fill out the form below.

For table bookings or any other query that requires a response, please use the enquiry form on the contact page.


  • Anthony Oliver August 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    A lovely old pub
    Warm and friendly welcome
    Delicious home cooked food with an imaginative menu
    A selection of well kept beers
    Sensible wine list
    Clean and comfortable rooms
    What more could one want?


  • Diane Clark May 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    We have been enjoying the Lower Red Lion for over twenty years. It is a lovely, traditional pub, with open fires, an excellent selection of real ales, superb food, and no loud music or fruit machines. Well behaved dogs are always welcome. The pork belly and venison dishes are awesome! David, the landlord, is simply the best! Make sure you visit the Lower Red Lion on Fishpool Street next time you visit St Albans. You’ll be glad you did.


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