Pubs in St Albans come first and runner-up for CAMRA award

The Mermaid pub in St Albans. Picture: Roger Protz

The Mermaid pub in St Albans. Picture: Roger Protz - Credit: Archant

Two St Albans’ pubs have won first and second prize in a competition for their atmosphere, decor, service, value, customer mix and quality of cask beer.

Out of 250 establishments judged, The Mermaid in St Albans has received CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) South Hertfordshire Branch Pub of the Year for 2017, and The Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St Albans came second.

Along with having beer and cider festivals each year, The Mermaid is also one of the only pubs to sell third pint measures.

Co-landlord of The Mermaid, Mark Powell, said: “It’s a great feeling to know that all our efforts have been recognised and the improvements we have made are appreciated.”

It was judged by volunteers and the pub will be presented the award on May 27.

A CAMRA selection panellist and organiser of the St Albans Beer & Cider Festival, John Bishop, said: “It is a real testament to the hard work that landlord’s Mark and John have put into the pub since they took over three years ago.”