The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms
The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms is a gem of a pub tucked down a side street in St Albans!
I’m a big fan of wild food and combining traditional ingredients with foraged fare has the potential to create some sublime dishes. Take the ubiquitous muntjac deer – scourge of the woodlands – slow cook it, shred and mix with risotto rice and blue cheese. Next, roll into balls, cover with breadcrumbs, deep fry and serve with ramson mayonnaise and a hedgerow berry sauce. Bone marrow comes with locally foraged three-cornered leeks, and squid with sea vegetables such a samphire and sea aster. Deserts get the wild treatment too, with chocolate ganache getting a sour note from sea buckthorn. And there is even a burger adapted from a Roman recipe, spiced with pine needles and hogweed seed.
With a microbrewery on site, beers also have a foraged element, including a ruby bitter brewed with sweet woodruff and an IPA brewed with Douglas fir needles.
The pub also runs foraging walks and workshops for individuals and businesses.
The Foragers does not combine ingredients for sheer novelty but because they really do work together!
By Philip Seaman, regional editor
Photos: The Foragers @ The Verulam Arms and Two Finches Brewery