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Dylans at The Kings Arms is a Top 100 Gastro Pub 2023 which is also featured in the Good Food Guide – housed in a beautiful 15th Tudor Century building on George Street in the Cathedral Quarter of St Albans.

For hundreds of years, it was a pub ‘The Old King’s Arms’ which sadly closed just after the last millennium. In more recent years it was a French restaurant and when the freehold became available in 2015, Dylans at The Kings Arms was created. A local pub and restaurant to rival some of the most exceptional pubs and restaurants in London.

Owner, Sean Hughes and family now run the pub closely with their team, not only to ensure that everyone enjoys their visit but as a key community asset and somewhere for neighbours and visitors to meet.

A neighbourhood gem, Dylans at The Kings Arms is loved locally for its award-winning food, service (winner of Best Front of House Team 2022) and extensive range of craft beer, specialist wines and spirits.

The kitchen is headed up by Josh Searle who has been with Dylans for 5 years, developing his own style of cooking whilst staying true to the Dylans ethos of simplicity and quality.

Adapting the menu to make the most of the season’s best produce and with a focus on quality produce from small, local, and family suppliers, Josh cooks the kind of food we all love to eat. Specialities include Dairy Cow Rib and fresh Cornish fish cooked to perfection.

With a snacking menu available in the front bar room and an a la carte restaurant in the back, Dylans offers unpretentious but high-quality dining in a casual pub environment.

And who is Dylan? Well, Dylan was Sean’s dog, a naughty chocolate Labrador. Sadly, Dylan passed on in 2019 but his legend lives on!





Happy 5-year Dylans anniversary to our brilliant head chef Josh Searle! There’s lots that goes on behind the scenes to create the flavours and textures that make our dishes taste the way they do and leading our kitchen team and our menu development is Josh. Josh has developed his talent in our kitchens after joining us in 2018, exploring his own culinary interests and passions whilst also remaining true to the Dylans ethos of simplicity. We’re so proud of his journey from sous chef to head chef and our recent achievements that he’s been instrumental to (Good Food Guide, Top 50 Gastro Pubs) and look forward to the years ahead!



Lexi’s favourite cocktail is an Espresso Martini (made with decaf coffee - because its key ingredient keeps her awake, but it doesn't wake her up!) Our wonderful and naturally energetic front of house manager has been with us for over 7 years now and ensures that customers have a great experience from moment they walk through the door. A true people person, she loves being part of the community and spending time at the heart of it. Over the years, customers have become friends and colleagues have become family. Hospitable, professional (and exceptionally stylish), we couldn’t be without her!



Happiest behind the bar - particularly one end of it - chatting to our regulars, G used to work at @madsquirrelstalbans before joining the team at Dylans two and a half years ago. Now in charge of taps and our all important craft beer offering, G is studying the lists to get the freshest beers on to our wall. G is a Gin specialist too, which is lucky as we have over 30 Gins on the bar. Her favourite serve is the Spanish Nordés with a light tonic and a slice of lemon (a true classic). What else can we, say aside from we absolutely love having G as a part of our team.


This weeks mid-week Lunch Menu.

Wednesday 27th - Friday 29th September🍴

£20 for 2 courses, £27 for 3 courses.

Available alongside our A La Carte menu.

Designed to fit in to your lunch hour… or simply enjoy at your leisure.

To book click on the link in our bio or just walk in 🙂

#MidWeekLunch #Lunch #SetMenu @top50gastropubs @enjoystalbans @joshhsearle @seanwjhughes #stalbans #herts #eatoutsg

Come and join us for a George Street Negroni tonight.

It’s not only a great Autumn cocktail it’s also Negroni Week, in case you needed another reason! 🥃🍁

#negroni #cocktails #autumncocktailmenu #negroniweek

Want to be a part of our friendly and energetic team?

We’re hiring for two part time front of house staff and we’d love to hear from you!

Experience needed (restaurant or Gastropub) and knowledge of beers/wines preferable not essential as we will give ongoing training.

Send CVs to

#recruitment #hospitality #stalbans #stalbansjobs

Coming soon! Our annual celebration of Champagne 🍾

This October, come and enjoy some of the best champagnes in the world without having to buy the entire botte!

Watch this space for updates on our sparkling Poptober schedule ….

#poptober #dylanspoptober #enjoystalbans #top50gastropubs #champagne

Buffalo Burrata, Green Sauce, Hazelnuts, Grilled Sourdough.

Enjoy as part of our mid-week lunch menu this week. Two course for £20 or three for £27.

The herby green sauce cuts through the creaminess of the cheese and the hazlenuts lend a lovely crunch 🌿

#burrata #top50gastropubs #enjoystalbans

Chargrilled Bavette Steak, Chimichurri, Beef Fat Chips.

Can we tempt you this weekend?

#top50gastro #bavettesteak #beeffatchips #enjoystalbans

It was brilliant to bring our food together with Chapel Down Sparkling Wine at a couple of tasting masterclasses this weekend at Pub in the Park. Our Lamb Taco and their Brut Rose Reserve was the perfect pairing 👌🏼

Thanks to the team at Chapel Down for hosting us and those who came along. Hope you enjoyed it and learned as much as we did! 🥂

Bull & Last it’s been a Blast

Until next Year 🙌

#pubinthepark #stalbans #top50gastropubs @thebullandlast @top50gastropubs

Day 1 at Pub in The Pub done! 💥
Day 2 here we come 😎

If you’re coming down today find us and our neighbours @thebullandlast at R8 in-between the Crazy Golf and Margaritas 🍹 the perfect beverage to accompany our lamb taco!

#pitp #pubinthepark #enjoystalbans #rudimental #bidstalbans

We’re celebrating @pubinthepark coming to St Albans with @chapeldown the official Sparkling Wine sponsor of the festival.

All weekend enjoy a glass of Chapel Down Brut Reserve or Brut Rose Reserve at Dylans at The Kings Arms for just £10 a glass 🥂

#enjoystalbans #pubinthepark #pitp #chapeldown #englishsparklingwine