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 Monday to Saturday

(May be subject to seasonal changes or on the whim of the chef!)


Nibbles & Bar Bites

Cajun-spiced roasted new potatoes 3.95

Breaded jalopeños stuffed with cream cheese 4.50

Deep-fried breaded whitebait, homemade tartare sauce 4.95

Salt & pepper squid, dressed rocket, lemon & sweet chilli sauce 5.50

Small plates & starters

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

Goats’ cheese & red pepper tart on wilted spinach, balsamic dressing (v) 5.95

Smoked mackerel paté with horseradish & caperberries, butter and toast 6.95

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

Fillet of cod cake on dressed rocket, sweet chilli sauce* 4.50

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


Main meals

Linguine of braised wild rabbit with chorizo & woodland mushrooms, fresh rosemary and cider 12.95

Deerstalker pie: ground local venison, bacon, thyme, port & red wine topped with new potatoes, today’s veg13.50

Melanzane alla Parmigiana”: layers of aubergine, tomato, basil & mozzarella. Baked & served with side salad (v)11.95

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

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 & lemon11.00

Butternut & chickpea burger topped with meltedbrie, mayo, leaves, onion, tomato, gherkin & chips (v)10.50

Homemade desserts

Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce & vanilla ice cream 5.95

Vanilla crème brulée 5.50

At lunchtimes we also have a sandwich menu

Crusty “Simmons”white or wholegrain bread with the following fillings:

Cheddar with sweet chilli and tomato chutney (v) 5.50

Pan-fried mushrooms with blue cheese (v) 6.00

Brie with bacon & cranberry sauce 6.00

Roast chicken, bacon & mayonnaise 6.00

Roast chicken with cajun spices, mayonnaise and leaves 6.00

Pork & leek sausages, caramelised red onions 6.00

Homemade pulled pork with BBQ sauce 6.30

Bacon, mushrooms & melted Stilton 6.50

Prawns in spicy cajun mayonnaise and leaves 6.95

 Our sandwiches are served with dressed leaves, homemade slaw and crisps

Swap the crisps for home-cut chips for just 1.50

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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