Some of the best pubs in St Albans… According to us!

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Do you want to experience St Albans through some of the best and authentic pubs? The town is home of CAMRA after all so we have created a ‘small’ circular walk of some of the best public houses to be found around our hotel.

Out of the front door of the hotel, turn left and walk down to Sopwell Lane. Near the end of it, you will find the White Lion ( (A). Carry on down the road and turn left to Keyfield Terrace, then left onto Albert Street and you will find the Garibaldi ( (B). Back up Keyfield Terrace, you will find the White Hart Tap ( (C). All three are well-loved locals and perfect for a quiet drink.

Keep following Keyfield Terrace until you reach London Road, then turn left again and at the junction you will reach the Peahen ( (D). Bigger and therefore probably a lot busier than the previous ones, the peahen also has a beer garden for those sunny days!

Further up London Road, turn left into George Street and you will find Dylans at the Kings Arms ( (E). ‘A Free House serving Modern British Food, Real Ales, Craft Beers and Fine Wines’ with just that bit of quirky that we love (and a raft of awards to boot)… We highly recommend!

Carry on down George Street, then Romeland Hill then Fishpool Street to the Lower Red Lion ( (F). Another real ale pub away from the more modern city centre but highly rated by the locals.

Back up Fishpool Street and down Abbey Mill Lane, you will find Ye Old Fighting Cocks ( (G). The oldest pub in the country (built in the 11th century but with foundations incorporating part of the Palace of Offa, King of the Mercians and dating from around 793!), a building of historic significance that is definitely worth the detour. The choice of beer and the views are very good as well, which doesn’t hurt…

Cross to the green and the Cathedral and go back on Holywell Hill to the White Hart Hotel ( (H), situated next door to us. A relative newcomer in comparison, dating from the 1470’s, it is nonetheless a charming and well-preserved building with a pint fit for a thirsty traveller.

Further afield (a few minutes’ drive in the countryside), we would also recommend the Prae Wood Arms, just outside St Albans ( and the Wicked Lady near Wheathampstead (

Enjoy responsibly!