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The Portland Arms

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
British, Pub, Bar
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63 Portland Street | 63 Portland Street, AL3 4RA, St Albans AL3 4RA, England
+44 1727 851463
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

It is nice friendly welcoming local pub with high quality real ales. Sunday roast was well above average quality in comparison with other local pubs. Our visitors from America thought it a very British experience they will remember fondly!

Thank AbbeyFlyer
St Albans, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The chef is the same but the change of management has blown a breath of fresh air through the place ... Service and food offer really good! This is my local and Over the last 22 years it's had it's ups and downs ... Definitely now on an up and recommended! All it needs is a bit of a decor... More 

1 Thank Martin M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

.......but the same chef! I think this was British pub food at it's best. I had the fish and chips (sustainable pollock) beautifully cooked in beer batter with three times fried chips and mushy peas. I usually avoid mushy peas but these were cooked with leek and were delicious. A friend had ham and eggs and the eggs were perfectly... More 

1 Thank jillyeomans
Windsor, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

A short week ago I had the pleasure of Nathan and Vanessa's Sunday Roast at their neighbourhood pub, the Portland Arms. From the authentic, comfortable surroundings to the more than ample, delicious roast lamb served with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings, this was by far the best British pub experience! Truly a local establishment serving their friends and neighbours,... More 

2 Thank Donna G
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

I recently spent 3 weeks in Britain and had the opportunity to sample a lot of pub fare and new British cuisine. The best meal by far was the pork roast with all the trimmings at the Portland arms. A huge Yorkshire pudding, roast stuffing veg and gravy. Super flavourful and more food than you could eat , served in... More 

1 Thank Kathy M
St Albans, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

We came to eat here as it was convenient and did not expect to have such a lovely meal. The sweet potato chips were fabulous, the curry was good and spicy, and the waffle with ice cream and toffee sauce was delicious. Thank you lady chef. Your food is excellent!

1 Thank Judy S
St Albans, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

The Portland Arms retains the charm of a village pub but combines it with very well priced food and top quality Fullers Ale. Tucked away in a side street on the north of the town this pub is worth seeking out because it offers an ideal oasis in amongst the houses of St Michael's Village. It's been a while since... More 

1 Thank David S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

I visited this cosy pub last Friday evening and I intend to return in forthcoming months . The staff were extremely polite and welcoming . The London Pride was fresh and chilled nicely . The food offer was very good bearing in mind it's a pub not a restaurant . The meal that I chose was excellently presented and tasted... More 

Thank John O
St Albans, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

Went to visit friends who were late so I chatted to a few locals who praised this place a lot. Good selection of beers at reasonable prices for the area, but very expensive to a Geordie. Food served, service good.

Thank John R
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

I know my way around the pubs and bars of St. Albans. The portland arms is up there. The place is kept spotless, the beer is better kept than some people's children and the food never disappoints. Friendly staff and a proper hidden gem of St. Albans. If you like proper boozers, nothing fancy and pretentious, just a good honest... More 

2 Thank Samjcan

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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
Average prices
US$10 - US$17
British, Pub, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63 Portland Street | 63 Portland Street, AL3 4RA, St Albans AL3 4RA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St Albans
  • Phone Number: +44 1727 851463

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?