Thursday 12th October 2006 saw the start of an epic crusade to visit and review all fifty three pubs in St Albans city centre and local areas within walking distance.
It's a tough job but someone has to do it!
There was plenty of people willing to join us for a few beers and here is a complete list of all those who joined us on the various sections of the pub review:- the review team
Each pub was rated out of ten for real ale, character, atmosphere and how trendy a pub is and an average was taken to get an overall score.
The Scoring page explains how pubs have been rated and what the various categories mean.
The full results table shows the complete set of results for all of the pubs reviewed.
It was decided to do the review in a number of stages covering around five or six pubs at every stage.
Stage One - Thursday 12th Oct 2006
This covered the back street pubs behind the corner of Holywell Hill and London Road and included the Beehive, White Hart Tap, Garibaldi, Hare and Hounds, White Lion and finally the Goat.
Stage Two - Thursday 9th Nov 2006
This covered Victoria Street and included the Horn Reborn, Robin Hood, Glass House, Slug and Lettuce and O'Neils.
Stage Three - Thursday 14th Dec 2006
This covered London Road and included the Great Northern, Farmers Boy, Barney's, Peahen and finished with the Crosskeys.
Stage Four - Wednesday 31st Jan 2007
The pubs covered were all centred around the Clock Tower and included the Bell, White Swan, Harry Smiths, Vintry and finally the Boot.
Stage Five - Thursday 22nd Feb 2007
This covered the top end of the city and included the Mermaid, Blacksmiths Arms, Bar 62, Cock and finished with the Waterend Barn.
Stage Six - Thursday 19th Apr 2007
This covered the west of the city area and included the Verulam Arms, Farriers Arms, Portland Arms, Spotted Bull and Mokoko.
Stage Seven - Wednesday 9th May 2007
Lots of walking involved as we managed to do the King Harry in the St Stephens area then down the hill to Duke Of Marlborough, across to the Fighting Cocks and back to the White Hart Hotel.
Stage Eight - Wednesday 13th June 2007
This staged reviewed the pubs in St Michaels village and included the Six Bells, Rose and Crown, Black Lion, Blue Anchor and the Lower Red Lion.
Stage Nine - Wednesday 4th July 2007
This staged reviewed refurbished pubs in the city centre and included O'Neils Bar, Waterend Barn, and the Fleur de Lys.
Stage Ten - Thursday 2nd August 2007
This staged reviewed the pubs to the east of the city and included the Speckled Hen, Rats Castle, Camp and the Crown.
Stage Eleven - Wednesday 19th September 2007
This staged reviewed a couple of pubs that have been refurbished and a couple of pubs/bars missed on previous reviews. They included the Jolly Sailor, Ice Bar, Mokoko and the Vintry
Stage Twelve - Thursday 11th November 2007
This staged reviewed the pubs to the north of the city. They included the Blackberry Jack, Baton and the King William. Unfortunately the Ancient Briton was closed for refurbishment.
Stage twelve also included the King Offa that some of us visited on Monday 8th September.