England > Hertfordshire > St. Albans
Travlr (2057) Washington, Washington DC | September 29, 2015
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
One of the friendliest pubs Iíve been to, and I needed that right after a drive through the M1 parking lot that included a brief two-hour stop for AA to drain the petrol out of the diesel car I had hired. But I digress. The pub itself is smallish, a small central bar with a few stools and tables on both sides. Darts to the left. All a bit scruffy, in a nice sort of way. I was immediately adopted by regulars Hugh and Mike, pleasant gentlemen who updated me on the local beer scene. I forget the barmanís name, but when he saw my disappointment that none of their own beers were on draft, he brought out 8 or so bottles to relieve my misery. Founders All Day IPA was on draft, plus one Belgian selection, and there were some Flying Dog bottles - all the result of the beery travls of Kevin the Brewer. Very disappointed to not see their beers on draft, though. Still, I hope to return in a group to try the rest of the beers - one was very tasty, the other so-so. Kevin offers brewery tours by arrangement as well.
Boudicca (986) London, England | January 31, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
A comfortable and relaxed place with its own brewery round the back. There were three or four Verulam beers on tap when we visited and I thought they were very drinkable. Strangely, on the home page of the pubís website there is a fleeting mention of their own beers and a whole sentence saying that they serve Carlsberg, Fosters, Kronenborg, Guinness and ice cold Guinness.
(Visited 13 January 2014).
EdKing (159) London, England | December 28, 2013| Updated December 29, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice cosy little local pub at the bottom of the hill on London Road with a couple of lads running it, who seemed to know their stuff. I visited when the Oakham tap takeover was on and they had 5 taps of Oakham plus 11 keg including a whit bier, a Kernel table beer and a Brodies tap which looked like it might be changing to a Belgian draft. Beer quality was top notch and they were happy to go in to the cellar to get me a Hop Devil IPA which will always get extra points. Will drop by here when thereís no tap takeover for a second assessment but this was an enjoyable little taster.
ladnewton (182) London, England | May 13, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on Saturday 12th May at the beginning of a St Albans "crawl". Cosy pub - around four or five Cask ales on at time of visit, but no home brews. Food finishes early in the evening so beware when planning a trip. Beers well-kept, and atmosphere was pleasant - pub full but not overcrowded.
downender (341) Bristol, England | August 30, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
This is a pretty good pub to visit on the way from the train station to the town centre. The two regular beers Farmerís Joy and Clipper arenít bad and the atmosphere is pleasant enough.
Gazza (163) Worcester, England | July 29, 2007
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
An average pub which just happens to have a brewery behind it (the two are now separate businesses, although the pub sells at least two of the beers brewed there). The brewery, called Alehouse, is owned by the Lower Red Lionís gaffer and the beers are usually to be found there too.
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