St Albans Pub Review

The Pub List

Bar 62
62 Catherine St
Popular with well off thirtysomethings. No real ale when reviewed (22nd Feb 2007) but sixteen different champagnes!
Expensive. Acoustics make pub noisy. Nice small garden
5 / 10
28-30 London Rd
Closed - 2011
New bar/restaurant due to open in July 2012

Previously: popular Irish Bar, busy at weekends.
Age group mainly 20's to 30's.No real ale. Noisy
Large pub in the Marshalswick area.
Good for watching sports - three plasma screens.
Two pool tables and dartboard. Two real ales.
4.5 / 10
London Rd
Traditional pub with disappointing selection of beers.
Age group mainly early twenties. TV screen showing sport at rear of pub. Patio at back with table tennis table
6 / 10
22 Chequer St
Closed - July 2007

2011 - Opens as a Jamie's Italian
Black Lion
196 Fishpool St
2011 - Application approved to turn building into flats.
Still trading (Spring 2012). Hotel (16 rooms) with Savanna fine dining restaurant and smart bar.
Still serves real ale. Sky tv. Car park.
? / 10
Blackberry Jack
Jersey Farm
Large pub serving the Jersey Farm estate.
Conservatory with dining tables. Good value steaks.
One real ale - London Pride
5 / 10
Blacksmiths Arms
56 St Peters St
Large traditional pub with modern interior. Up to eight real ales and regular beer festivals. Sky Sports. Live music at weekends. Large patio/garden. Food served all day. 7.5 / 10
Blue Anchor
145 Fishpool St
Traditional pub with a smart modern interior.
Seperate drinking and dining rooms.
Two real ales, both McMullans.
5 / 10
4 Market Place
Great traditional character pub. Good mix of drinkers.
Friendly bar staff and great atmosphere.
Up to 7 unusual real ales that change regularly.
Beware the low ceilings.
7.5 / 10
149 Camp Rd
Large McMullans estate pub for locals.
Standard McMullan ales. Pool table and dartboard.
5 / 10
50 St Peters St
Small traditional pub with good unusual real ales.
Restaurant at back. Drinking area at front can get crowded. Sport on plasma tv. Good bar staff.
Drinkers mainly in their mid-twenties to early forties
6.5 / 10
7 Chequer St
Closed as a Wetherspoons on 1st June 2012.
Opening in August as a Bar Baroque.
Sounds as though it will be a smart bar and restaurant serving fine wines and cocktails with little chance of real ale.
No Score
144 Hatfield Rd
Large pub on Hatfield Road, close to station. Pool tables. Two real ales 4 / 10
Duke of Marlborough
110 Holywell Hill
Two room pub that is a little better inside than might be expected. New decking area to side.
Two real ales. Rugby Memorobilia.
4.5 / 10
Farmers Boy
134 London Rd
Great traditional pub with friendly atmosphere.
Good selection of beers including local Alehouse ales. Good mix of drinkers.
7 / 10
Farriers Arms
32 Lower Dagnall St
Traditional back street locals pub.
Fairly small inside. Outdoor toilets.
McMullans pub serving AK, Cask Ale and Country.
4 / 10
Fighting Cocks
16 Abbey Mill Lane
Spring 2012 - Lease sold, new pub owners to take over.
Lovely old pub with great character, the current building dates back to 15th century. Fairly large pub with good size garden.
Fair selection of real ales. 5-10 mins walk from city centre.
7 / 10
Fleur de Lys
1 French Row
Old traditional pub taken over in 2007 by Snug Bar chain.
Smart new interior. Patio at back. Up to three unusual real ales available. Food and drink a little expensive.
6 / 10
61 Albert St
Quiet pub frequented mainly by middle-aged men and a large dog! Full range of four well kept Fullers ales. 5 / 10
37 Sopwell Lane
Popular back street pub with reasonable selection of real ale.
Wide range of ages. Quiz nights on Sundays are popular
7.5 / 10
Great Northern
172 London Rd
Old fashioned pub at bottom of London Road. In need of redecoration. Mainly middle-aged drinkers and mostly men.
Aug 2015: New owners and completely refurbished. Score refers to old pub
4 / 10
Hare and Hounds
104 Sopwell Lane
Popular traditional back street pub with character features and fair choice of real ale. Games room area at rear with table football, darts, juke box. 6 / 10
Harry Smiths
1B Verulam Rd
Closed - Aug 2011
Due to re-open in July 2012 as a Brasserie Blanc

Previously: Small narrow pub/bar. No real ales and poor selection of wine. Noisy, unfriendly staff, unpleasant toilets.
(Ancient Briton)
46 Harpenden Rd
AKA Ancient Briton now run as a Harvesters restaurant with a separate bar area. No real ale.
Re-opened in Nov 2007 following refurb.
4 / 10
Victoria St
Closest pub to main train station. Single real ale
Smarter inside than one would expect.
Bands play on many evenings.
4 / 10
6 Adelaide St
Closed - April 2009
Re-opened in 2011 as part of the Club Veeda nightclub.
Open weekend evenings only.
No Score
Jolly Sailor
3 Stonecross
Charles Wells two bar pub five mins walk from city centre.
Larger bar area good for watching sport.
Service and bar meals good. Seperate quiet bar.
6 / 10
King Harry
2 King Harry Lane
Large pub about a mile from city centre.
Smarter inside than outside. Good food.
Nice outside drinking area. Good selection of cider.
6.5 / 10
King Offa
Abbotts Avenue West
Large two bar pub serving the local estate.
Pool table, dartboard, jukebox in public bar.
Only one real ale but cheap.
3 / 10
King William
185 Sandridge Rd
Large corner pub on Sandridge Road. Good mix of drinkers. Three or more real ales. Popular for food. 7 / 10
Lower Red Lion
36 Fishpool St
Popular traditional pub with character features renowned for its selection of real ales, often around six available.
Great atmosphere with good mix of drinkers.
7 / 10
98 Hatfield Rd
Traditional locals pub on Hatfield Road.
Great selection of up to eight guest ales including one dark ale. Live bands most weekends.
6.5 / 10
26 Verulam Rd
Cocktail bar. No real ale. Smart and comfortable.
Good place for quiet relaxing drink although busy at weekends.
5 / 10
11-13 Victoria St
Large pub formally a Firkin and before that the main library. Popular with students. Two real ales, London Pride & Landlord.
Large projector screens showing football
6.5 / 10
13 Hatfield Rd
Now returned to its original name of the Peacock (Oct 2009) following a brief spell as Ryans's Bar and a couple of years as O'Neils Bar. Smart interior with wooden floor. No real ale (June 2009). Four plasma screens 4.5 / 10
6 London Rd
McMullans pub with good selection of wine and lager but poor ales. Smart interior. Food served all day. Over 21's only.
Drinkers are smartly dressed and mainly in their twenties and thirties. Large patio popular in summer
7 / 10
Portland Arms
63 Portland St
Back street locals pub with good Fullers ales and a great atmosphere. Food served until 9:30pm. Drinkers of all ages.
Friendy relaxing place. Occasional live jazz music
7 / 10
Rats Castle
246 Hatfield Rd
Smart new modern interior following refurbishment in 2007. Two real ales, Gales HSB and Breakspear plus guest ale. 6.5 / 10
Robin Hood
126 Victoria St
Pleasant traditional pub with reasonable selection of beers.
Mainly middle-aged drinkers. Good pub for a chat if juke box not too loud
6 / 10
Rose and Crown
10 St Michaels St
Traditional pub with beams, low ceilings and real fire.
Up to four real ales and home cooked food.
Two separate rooms. Regular live music
6.5 / 10
Six Bells
16-18 St Michaels St
Lovely old fashioned pub with low ceiling, beams and real fire.
Five real ales and good home cooked food. Seperate dining room.
8 / 10
Slug and Lettuce
13-15 Victoria St
Large modern style bar with reasonable selection of lager but no real ale. Drinkers are mainly in their twenties to early thirties. Loud music on Fridays and Saturdays 4.5 / 10
Speckled Hen
Hatfield Rd
Smart new modern interior following major refurbishment in 2006. Formally Bunch of Cherries. Up to three Green King ales available. Large front garden/patio 6.5 / 10
Spotted Bull
43-43 Verulum Rd
Fairly large traditional pub along Verulam Road. Two real ales, London Pride and GK IPA. Plenty of seats available as this pub doesn't seem to get busy - useful place for a quiet chat. 5 / 10
Tudor Tavern
27 George St
Closed 2007

Jan 2008: Now a Thai restaurant called Thai Square.
Verulam Arms
41 Lower Dagnell St
Bistro style pub concentrating on serving meals rather than drinks. Around ten minutes walk from city centre.
Score reflects pub in 2007 and needs to be reviewed.
7 / 10
82 Victoria St
Opened April 1st 2010.
Formally The Glass House that closed in Sept 2009.
Smart pub with up to three real ales. Nice terrace. Sky Sports
6 / 10
3 High St
Closed - Aug 2009.

Nov 2009: Now open as a Cote Brasserie.
Waterend Barn
St Peters St
Very large pub and restaurant converted to Lloyds bar in 2005. Patio area at front. Comfortable seating. Great old barn.
Good selection of real ales, wines and foreign beers.
Popular at weekends after 9pm - disco and open 'til 1am.
7 / 10
White Hart Hotel
Holywell Hill
Cosy pub with two rooms. Very old building with good character
Availability of real ales could be improved
Lease is for sale
5 / 10
White Hart Tap
4 Keyfield
Popular back street pub with good selection of real ale.
Mainly middle-aged drinkers and mostly men. Occasional live music on Saturday evenings. Four or five real ales
7 / 10
White Lion
91 Sopwell Lane
Popular pub with a great selection of five or six real ales. Mainly middle-aged drinkers and mostly men. 7 / 10
White Swan
Upper Dagnell St
Back street old style pub.
Better inside than expected from outside.
Briefly an up-market bar called Oscars in 2010/11
6.5 / 10