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“Pleasant meal in the garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Wicked Lady

The Wicked Lady
Ranked #74 of 327 Restaurants in St Albans
Price range: US$21 - US$69
Cuisines: British, Pub, Bar
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: An idyllic retreat set in beautiful country house-style surroundings, The Wicked Lady serves a menu of gourmet European recipes. Trained in high-class cookery schools in Spain and Italy, the chefs bring a wealth of experience, and demonstrate knowledge of a breadth of classic and complex cooking techniques. Partnering with Rothschild wine merchants, guests can choose a bottle from the well-stocked cellar.
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“Pleasant meal in the garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Ordered crispy duck salad which was very very tasty and worth the money,my wife ordered the veg meze which was some flat breads 3 scoops of dips and some eggplant,hardly worth the money at all. Management and chef need to do their costings again for this dish.Service was friendly and quick.

Visited August 2014
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“I eat out a lot.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile


Have been here a lot. And I like it.
The beers are cold and well kept.
The team are well trained, funny and also well kept.
The food is what it says on the tin, posh pub food.
The garden is lovely when the sun shines....

To improve this pub in my own personal opinion would be to change the decor, I think it looks to restaurant than cosy pub, I think it gives the wrong impression of what it is.
How ever I could be wrong!!!

Thank Charlotte B
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“WIckedly good - we felt”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Overall an excellent dining experience - far better than the mediocre ratings for this establishments would suggest. More restaurant than pub, but this is a review section for `restaurants'. The wicked lady provided us with great food on a Saturday night and I am happy to give it 5 stars for what they served us - at this price point. We would happily return.

We booked a table for three late'ish on a Saturday afternoon. It was noticeable that `Jack' gave his name. A nice personal touch.
We arrived quarter of an hour early, no problem. We were shown to our seats. Everything, clean. Fresh glasses provided. Drinks ordered,
We ordered the artisan rustic bread sharing platter (with olives and dukkah) and the salt and pepper squid. The bread was presented in attractive hunks, which were tasty olive/cheese affairs and seemed more than enough for the three. Strong green olives. Dukkah fine too.
The squid was excellent. Again shared three ways it was lightly battered, really fresh, tasty and gobbled up quickly.

For the main course we ordered a baked whole mackerel special, the chicken and ham pie and the burger (with pulled pork). All were served attractively. The fish was large - full head to tail and served with well prepared light veg. The pie was of very generous proportion, again served with very well prepared veg (we had swapped the mash for some twice cooked chips). The burger was juicy, well filled and served with a plant pot of seasoned fries.

Service throughout was unobtrusive, friendly and there when we needed it, which was good considering a very large party of diners arrived mid-way through. There was no upsell, no hassle and the staff demonstrated a relaxed, yet purposeful approach.

I was surprised to read some of the ratings for this establishment. It suggested to me that either we visited on a great day or that you shouldn't believe everything you read!

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank Skilloverkill
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“Lovely meal, very fast service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

My husband and my two children and I ate here one evening last week and really enjoyed our meal. They've got a lovely outdoor eating area and lots of choice on the menu. The service was very rapid and the food arrived really quickly. It was very nice and the kids menu was good too. We will be going back.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank holidaymadUk
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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“Wasted potential...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014 via mobile

We tried this place again yesterday after a few months and I'm afraid we left not quite convinced, once again. Food wise the menu shows real promise, a good selection of pub favourites plus a venture into more restaurant type dishes. As a group we had a couple of the sharing platters to start then a main meal each. The quality of food and presentation is good. Drinks wise you get all the usual offerings plus a couple of decent ales on offer at the bar. It was a summers eve so we sat outside, which I'd recommend. The problem with this place is that it leaves you a little unsure as to what it is trying to achieve, it isn't fine dining, not quite a restaurant but fails miserably as a country inn, which it professes to be. The bar area is used simply for placing orders, you don't feel like you could sit at the bar with a pint, equally if you sit outside and want to relax with a drink you feel pressured into eating. If you visited expecting a restaurant you'd feel disappointed. If you want a country pub, head further down the road to a pub in Sandridge village, if you want a restaurant head into St Albans. If you want a Weatherspoons type experience but a lot more expensive head to the Wicked Lady.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank TravellerTH
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