The Prae Wood Arms

St Albans


It's hard to believe that when it was built for Lady Frances Cooke Grimston in 1838 she referred to it as a 'little cottage'. This beautiful building has been lovingly transformed into our 'little pub'.

The stone terrace has been extended to become the perfect spot for Al Fresco dining, overlooking the lawns that gently slope down towards the River Ver at the bottom of the gardens. (Although we say so ourselves) we feel we offer a gorgeous environment to dine in, either in spacious light rooms or tucked away into the cosier nooks and crannies.

Our menus are created daily from fresh, local produce, dreamt up by our talented team of chefs who cater for lighter appetites as well as those wanting hearty British pub classics. Equally it's a great place for a drink, with the bar sitting at the heart of all things, offering a haven for those who want to try a myriad of fine whiskies, gins and real ales.

We look forward to welcoming you,
The Prae Wood Arms team

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Spring Dog Walk - Saturday 20th April

Saturday 20th April

We're planning our  next dog walk  with a spring in our step! Join us on  Saturday 20th April  from  9:30am for teas, coffees and bacon sandwiches &n...

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Mother's day breakfast - Sunday 10th March

Sunday 10th March

Stuck for a  Mother's day gift ?  Nothing says 'Thanks Mum' quite like a  Prosecco breakfast!  Reserve your table on  Sunday morning  and we'll...

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Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday 31st March

Sunday 31st March

Join us between  10am-11am on Sunday 31st March  to help us find all the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden! Your little ones will receive  a medal and a choccy&...

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Easter Petting farm - Monday 1st April

Monday 1st April

On  Easter Monday, 1st April , we will be joined by  Basil and Crew with their mobile farm  between  10:00am-11:30am...

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Easter Monday Roasts - Monday 1st April

Monday 1st April

If you love our classic Sunday roasts, you will be pleased to hear we are extending our Easter Sunday roasts to Easter Monday, from the classic beef to lamb, mixed roast, to ...

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Our passion lies in finding quality fresh ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. Our menus have a spine of classic British dishes complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world. We upload them to our web site each day so that you may peruse them at your leisure.

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Thanks to our customers recommending us, you'll find us in the:

2023 Good Pub Guide

  • Good Pub Guide2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Love pubs? Like walking? Read on...

AllTrails have kindly created a circular walk from the pub to help you work up that thirst/appetite. You can view the walk details via any of the routes below. (varying levels of tech savviness required -Ed)

The Prae Wood Arms and Verulamium Park an AllTrails walk

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