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 soup of the day, served with crusty bread & butter (v)  4.50

Beetroot, goats’ cheese, spinach & sesame tart on dressed leaves, balsamic dressing (v)  6.50

Pan-fried mushrooms in a blue cheese sauce with fresh, crusty toast (v)  5.50

Fillet of cod fishcake on dressed leaves, sweet chilli sauce*  4.95

                                    *add another cake and roasted new potatoes for a larger meal  8.50

To snack or to share

Honey & mustard glazed chipolatas  4.00

Breaded jalopeños stuffed with cream cheese (v)  4.50

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

Deep-fried breaded whitebait, homemade tartare  5.00

Bacon, mushroom & Stilton rarebit  6.50

Cajun spiced tiger prawns with cajun mayo  6.95

Brie with bacon & red onion chutney, on toast  6.00

Nachos topped with BBQ pulled pork, coleslaw  6.50


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

Mature cheddar & ploughman’s pickle  5.50

Roast chicken & smoked bacon with mayonnaise  6.00

Pork & leek sausages, caramelised red onions  6.50


Main meals

Braised lamb shank in red wine, rosemary & garlic, creamy mash, today’s veg and rich gravy  13.50

Pork & leek sausages, creamy mashed potatoes & rich onion gravy  9.95

Cheese & potato pie on creamy mash, witgh mushy or garden peas 9.50

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

Traditional beer-battered fillet of cod, home-cut chips, mushy or garden peas, tartare & lemon  11.00

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


Side orders

Homemade chips  3.50

Bread & butter 2.25

Green salad with balsamic dressing  3.50

Honey roasted root veg with leeks & broccoli 3.00


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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