What are the best pubs in St Albans?

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

As the pleasant British summer evenings come rolling in, so too does the appetite for a visit to a pub for a meal and a drink. Here are some of the best pubs to visit in St Albans.

The Waterend Barn. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The Waterend Barn. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

Waterend Barn - whether it’s the inviting atmosphere or the lofty rafters and roaring fireplace, The Waterend Barn attracts young and old alike, is well placed for The Arena and is part of the popular national Wetherspoons chain.

The Cock Inn - this historic pub with a modern feel dates back to the 17th century and takes a great deal of pride in its continuously changing variety of craft beers sourced from independent micro-breweries.

The Hare & Hounds pub in St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The Hare & Hounds pub in St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Archant

The King Harry - located in King Harry Lane, this dog-friendly family pub boasts a great beer garden, glorious Sunday roasts and all manner of goodness.

The Hare and Hounds - this historic pub is Grade II listed, since it dates back to the 17th century at leats but still offers a quality pub experience.

White Hart Tap in St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

White Hart Tap in St Albans. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY - Credit: Photo supplied


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The Six Bells - placed just up the road from the northern side of Verulamium park lake, this dog-friendly pub offers ideal grub after a walk around the park.

The Mermaid - the beloved Mermaid comes highly recommended by those in the know, with a homely atmosphere, great ale on offer and occasional live music.

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Great Northern Restaurant and Pub - conveniently located for the Odyssey cinema, this pub distinguishes itself with an offering of more than just conventional pub grub.

The White Hart Tap - a great local pub with drinks and food to match, complete with an outdoor garden, which is perfect for summer nights.

Dylans The Kings Arms - this quirky gastropub comes with a high pedigree, having won “Best Restaurant” and “Best Bar” in the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drinks Award 2016.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks - the oldest inhabited licensed house in England is surely worth a look in, boasting over 1,000 years of history, including possibly once hosting Oliver Cromwell for a night during the Civil War of 1642-1651.

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