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 Closed now a private House
No longer a Public house
Monday, August 22, 2016Rating: No rosettes

 The worst pub I have ever been in...
The first time I visited this pub I was appalled at what a filthy place it was...worn out and dirty carpet, smelly and dank, more like a medieval tavern than a 21st century pub! Despite the recent refit - which has improved the internal decor - the local drinkers are still a bunch of idiots. One guy in particular fancies himself as a bit of jack the lad and just makes a total nuisance of himself, both with the bands/musicians and other drinkers. Two of our friends got so fed up with him constantly pestering the guy's wife that they left! Avoid.
Thursday, November 22, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 Best pub London Colney
4 of had dinner there last Saterday13 Oct 2012 it was first class as was the service and a great land lady. The also have live entertainment. It makes a great evening, so if you are in London Colney give it a try your be glad you did.
Friday, October 26, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mrs J Seager
 Colney Fox, London Colney, Herts
Booked but no record of our booking. Dark haired, heavy made up waitress didn't smile once and completely apathetic. Arrived at 1.10pm and served our meal at 2pm. Long wait for puds. Waiter cleared our table almost told us to go. Not a very pleasant experience. Suggest some staff training wouldn't go amiss.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Bloody Brilliant
I visited this pub with my girlfriend for my birthday and I have nothing but praise for this gorgeous place. I love the setting, the beers, the food and the staff were fantastic, I mean really fantastic. Bar, waiting, kitchen, management and BBQ staff were all excellent. Highly reccomended.
Monday, August 13, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Good Food and sexy waitress
couldn't agree more and the waitess is very sexy to thats the reason i dumped my girlfriend and am going out with her. ps she is also a great cook so if you are ever short in the kitchen ?
Friday, July 13, 2012Rating: rosettes

Visited the restaurant on a busy Saturday evening at the end of June. We had a table booked for five. The beer was excellent, the starters were excellent (I had mackerel), the main dishes were excellent (I had fish pie) and the sweets were the same. The service was also excellent and we didn't have to wait long for our food. Definitely would go again. Well done!
Friday, July 13, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Hidden Gem
Took my Chap
out for a meal
the food was superb i had the duck my fella had swordfish ,
my fella said It was the best fish he had ever had
the beer was also very nice as were the staff
and a special mention must go to the man in charge who was very nice
will be going back soon.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012Rating: rosettes

 DONT GO!!!!!!!!!!
this was ment to be romantic weekend away as it was my partners birthday and first weekend away after having my new baby. we arrived to a very rude bar lady who took our drink order then said go wait at end of bar to be booked it!! she then proceeded to serve 5 other people while we stood there. The room had not been hoovered there was cheesey biscuits over the floor, the bin was full from previous people and the cushion on bed was covered in make up. we went back to bar where we waited and waited for a drink, the bar was packed and only one poor girl serving beleive her name was natasha!!!!! she was getting alot of flack and we felt very sorry for her. Dinner well once again poor natasha was doing everything which ment we waited half an hour for a menu then for a drink and finally after ordering food it arrived one and half hours later freezing cold. in the mean time i had been to the bar as there was no hand soap in the ladys loos or toilet roll!! the staff said that there was soap but they did not know how to put it in. hour later still no soap so a lad behind the bar gave me a glass with soap in. After my third vist to loo i complained to the manager who said ive done it well clearly this was not the case. what worrys me is every person eating who had been to the loo had not used soap!!!! i hope that your staff are more bothered about washing there hands while cooking our food and making our drinks.all around us people were complaining about food being cold, not cooked and one poor family with two small children waited two hours for dinner. u really need to visit this lodge and sort out staffing problems (ie lack of and manners) also cleanliness. Having just had a baby which means money is precious to us at the moment and paying out £50 for a room we are so disappointed at our stay and feel very let down!!! pls reply
Sunday, May 13, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Tony Smith
 Pub with atmosphere and Good Service
We visited on 11th Feb 2012 having booked in advance. We were a party of 6 and were pleasantly surprised at this busy pub.
Looking at earlier reviews the Ginger Headed Manager (described as a tit and w...ker) has left and has been replaced by a very customer orientated young american lady.
Beer selection good and wines sensibly priced.
Starters great and plentiful. Main courses were somewhat problematic as the pies came without lids and the potatoe topping was uncooked. We complained and the potatoe was replaced with chips and mash in a jiffy.
The mangeress was most apologetic and gave us a bottle of Rioja on the house as a gesture to resolve our cincerns. DID THE JOB!.
Desserts very tasty and we left feeling very well cared for.
Would recommend you to visit !.
Friday, February 17, 2012Rating: rosettes

Robert Sprigge
 Has it hit rockbottom this time?
The restaurants in the Vintage Inns chain vary significantly over time. For a while they are good but then poor again.

The Colney Fox has recently switched from it's long standing 'order at bar' method to table service. This would seem to be a major error. The quality of service has deteriorated with very long waits for food and drinks. The friendly waitress kept repeating her excuse of 'I entered it on the computer'. However she never bothered to check the situation and we had to keeping pointing out that we were still waiting.

When it was discovered that a chicken dish was still raw she wanted to take it away but we refused and called the manager. We informed him that if any sickness followed we would take action including notifying the council's Environmental Health dept.

The sweets were OK. We'd already decided not to give a tip on this occasion and expected a reduced charge, however when we requested the bill we were informed that there wouldn't be one.
Saturday, July 2, 2011Rating: No rosettes

caroline beale
A Fabulous clean and friendly pub, great staff, great beer and lovely food with great portions - so hope you are hungry. This must be the cleanest pub in St Albans!! Quiz nights ever second Tuesday of the month, Karaoke on Friday Nights and live music on Saturday this pub is a real find.

Monday, June 27, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Mrs E Pitaman-Willcock
 Terrible food
Today, 12/6/11, we had lunch at the Colney Fox, 4 adults and a 13 yr old. The decor was ok, but I drew the short straw with the food! I had the mixed seafood grill, what an expensive mistake. It was atrocious, the fish smelled strong the whole thing was hopeless, but I ate the 2 aspargus! I then decided to have the Sicilian lemon sponge thinking it would be delicious light and soft. Wrong, it would have been easier to eat a brick, it was cold and hard! Third mistake was to end the meal with a cappucino, it was so bitter and disgusting. The bill excl tip was £89,for pub food that is a lot. Will we be going back? Absolutely not. The pub has seriously let itself down in the food dept. I person had steak which was so-so, 2 people had hamburgers and 1 had some sort of nut roast. I think management should eat the food they are presenting to the public, maybe then they would see how bad it is.
Today was not value for money, the only great thing was the company we were in!
Sunday, June 12, 2011Rating: No rosettes

gi gi
Well when ever i g its a blast 2 im 43 and the bands and the solo artists are fantastic the atmostphere is brilliant and so are the people age aranging from 24-60 ......good going land lady ....
Friday, May 20, 2011Rating: rosettes

R Geraghty
 Terrible food
I took a lady there last night and it was embarrassing.
Where to start? The glasses and table were dirty. The scallops for starter were overcooked or old (or both). My pate was just about acceptable, although the bread that came with it was stale.
There is a choice of only 3 White wines (what happened here?) and the one we chose was ordinary, but more importantly it was served at almost room temperature, not chilled.
My main course of sea bass was overcooked and the vegetables sloppy. My friends's duck confit was a very bad joke. Obviously frozen duck leg slung into a deep fat fryer. It was like shoe leather and the last straw.
All in all, this terrible meal took 2 and a half hours.
I told the waitress we would pay for the wine and the starters (we didn't complain when the starters came, although we should have) but we would not be paying for the mains. She was completely unsurprised, like it happened all the time.
The food here used to be very good. WHAT HAPPENED?
Sunday, April 3, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Gay Hancock
Just paid our first visit to this pub. Lovely atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and really delicious and interesting food. Generous helpings attractively served and very good value for money. Would definitely recommend it!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Best Sunday Lunch
Had afantastic Sunday Lunch again this Sunday. Well worth the money and really helpful staff.
Monday, February 21, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Real character
A group of us often stroll over to this pub on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The beer garden is great as it is really large and accomodating. Food - good, particuarly the plougmans lunch and nice selection of wines.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

Julie Weaver
We took my father for Fathers Day as we thought would be a treat and it turned out to be a nightmare we waited 2 hours for our starters 3 hours for our main course .The food was disappointing,service very very slow with no apologies for the way we were treated NEVER will i return to this restaurant and living locally will never recommend this place to anyone not even my enermies
Monday, June 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Julie Weaver
We took my father for Fathers Day as we thought would be a treat and it turned out to be a nightmare we waited 2 hours for our starters 3 hours for our main course .The food was disappointing,service very very slow with no apologise for the way we were treated NEVER will i return to this restaurant and living locally will never recommened this place to anyone not even my enermies
Monday, June 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

mrs s holder
went to colney fox friday 4 2010
with a party of nine starter took a
hour when arrived food awful after two hours the main meal
arrived meal no better no staff
wont be going back
Saturday, June 5, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Manger was a tit. Bring back the old one. We want our decent food you curly haired wanker.
Friday, June 4, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Jessica Alba
The new quizmaster is not only good looking but remarkably charming and intelligent.
Thursday, May 27, 2010Rating: rosettes

adam alders
one of the best little locals i have ever had the privilidge to work in .I AM THE CURRENT MANAGER and along with my wife catriona we are bringing a new lease of life to this dying pup. we are all about fresh food and special diets such as diabetic and low fat or high carb . the menu is fresh and exciting and alot is cooked to order. steaks and fish are requested to be booked at least 12 hours before serving so we can get it in as fresh as possible. other things we are doing is , karaoke on thursdays, quiz nights on weds, and even a fancy dress night the last friday of each month .come visit us and say hello.
Monday, April 26, 2010Rating: No rosettes

steven webb
the food is absolutely awful,would never eat there again,had hunters chicken and it was the most dry tiny horrible thing i have ever seen served with dried up cold peas and warm fries,horrid
Wednesday, February 3, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Joe Hames
The only injustice in calling this pub 100% perfect is the fact that it somehow manages to improve every time I go in. The food and drink is exemplary as well as being sensibly and thoughtfully priced.
Monday, February 1, 2010Rating: rosettes

Marian Kuliha
 pre janku
A zase viem o nieco viac!
Friday, January 29, 2010Rating: rosettes

Very handy to the Cathedral and park, but Saturday 26 September service, although friendly, was very slow as it was fairly crowded. Food did the job but not brilliant. Nice to be able to eat in the back terraced garden and have a smoke as well. Beer OK.
Friday, October 9, 2009Rating: rosettes

Chloe Jones
 Serious decline in food quality - dont eat here
Was one of our favourite pubs to visit with our dog but we wont be going back. The food quality has seriously declined. I think the fabulous manager that used to run the pub must have left because the food quality is now terrible for the price.
The £12 roast beef dinner wasnt fit for our dog! And i had a stomach ache all afternoon. Save your money for elsewhere.
Monday, September 28, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Nice pub
What a great Real Ale pub. A very relaxing place with very friendly staff. Also the food is good and there is a good selection of beers. Give it a try if you're in the area and also try the nearby Waffle House!
Friday, September 25, 2009Rating: rosettes

John Crowhurst
 Address is Fishpool Street - not Lane
Monday, August 31, 2009Rating: No rosettes

John Crowhurst
 Pub closed 2008
Monday, August 31, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Mr Cooper
 awful food, poor service
We Visited the Colney Fox on Tuesday 12th August. After a poor service at the bar, three of us decided to order different meals. I had the beef and mushroom guiness pie, and the others went for greek chicken and lemon chicken. Although we did not have to wait long (the restaurant was not at all busy, surprising on such a nice evening) I was very impressed when my meal was brought to our table, the pie looked huge and I was hungry! This was followed by immediate disappointment when I took the first mouthful of pastry from the top of the pie and realised that the pie was not at all a pie, just a very large ceramic dish with a puff pastry top. Some would say a pie in disguise. Inside the pie I discovered that the so called 'beef' was also not as expected. It was actually 5 lumps of gristle with a small amount of meat attached to two lumps, all swimming around in gravy. Unlike the immediate satisfaction I received when first seeing my dish, the other dishes were an immediate disappointment to my family. Both sounded lovely on the menu but when arrived were really just a small amount of chicken surrounded in pasta sauce. We all left feeling very hungry and disappointed. Will not return to this restaurant.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Alex Freeman
 Best Pub
My faimly and i just had one of the best meals we have had for a long time.
Friendly staff very helpfull very busy but you can tell why good food, we will be going again soon.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

 kids not welcome!
Was with a party of 5 adults and 2 kids aged 6 and 7 - all well behaved, looking for a place for Sunday lunch; were about to go in but saw the sign saying children not welcome. So moved on, I can understand the evenings and nights having no kids - but what is the logic of turning business away on a slow Sunday afternoon?
Sunday, July 26, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Good but not that good
The meal I had at The Wicked lady last week was decent enough but was let down by ill thought out combinations. I started with chicken livers which were served with pancetta and pear, a great contrast between the two meats but the wedges of cooked pear were pointless, completely lacking the acidity required to cut the fat of the other ingredients. My main course was lamb rump and chorizo which are far too strongly flavoured to combine together. The food was good quality and well cooked but the chef really needs to think about how flavours and textures combine. The service was very good and the pub is lovely but the wine list was a bit limited. A mixed bag all in all, nice but I wouldn't rush back.
Saturday, June 27, 2009Rating: rosettes

geoff barker
Some years ago The Colney Fox was our favourite pub/restaurant but sadly went on the decline.About 18 months ago we tried it again and it was to put it mildly 'dreadful'. However last week we thought we would give it another try, big mistake, we ordered starters and main courses for 3, the order must have all been prepared at the same time, the starters were acceptable but not good by any standard, the main courses were tired and dried out, peas on the verge of going black, chips that must have been waiting for ages and of course one order completely wrong, with no real apology from the waitress and a considerable wait for the replacement it finally arrived and was barely edible, a little tip if you go to the Colney Fox defintitely don't have the seafood pasta....you will be ill. There was insufficient cutlery and we had to borrow some from another table, what cutlery we had was far from clean
all in all the service was bad the food a little better and it will be some considerable time before we will visit what was once our favourite eatery.
Saturday, April 25, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Battle of bands beware, voting is fixed so don’t bother with your voting slips. None of the entrance fee goes to the bands, just a scam to make more profit for the Horn. Buy your beer from the top bar, the stuff they dish out at the lower bar is fish tank water. Good place to watch a band though if you can put up with the above.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009Rating: rosettes

stop the presses
I recently went back to the boozer and it is nothin like it was. What a complete and utter s**t hole. nothin like it was when that yank had it. avoid
Monday, March 9, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Trisha hasn't got a clue.... And Dave's a contradiction... who cares what Americans think of it? It's perfect.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009Rating: rosettes

Rayleah Elmon
Thank you Manager Derrick Fiddes for asking us back to the Pub in which you gave us the opportunity to give The Colney Fox another chance after the bad experience we had there on the Sat 10th Jan '09. We were invited back on Friday 30th Jan '09, and we all had the most wonderful evening, you have completly changed everything around, the food was wonderful, served quick and hot, the staff were on the ball, friendly and efficient and there was a great atmosphere so thank you all and keep it up, and we will be back. So glad we decided to come back and give you another chance, it was definitely worth doing so!
Saturday, January 31, 2009Rating: rosettes

Mrs R. Elmon
 Appaling Service
Six of us visited The Colney Fox 8.30 pm on Saturday 10th January 2009. We all used to visit quite regularly but hadn't been for serveral weeks. We managed to get our drinks and order our food. Two of our friends had their food brought up after 35/40 mins, on asking at the bar where the rest of the food was the girll said she didn't know and it wasn't her fault and had a very 'couldn't-care-less' attitude! No one came near nor by us and there was no apology from any staff. After askng serveral times and nearly an hour and a half later we asked to see the Manager and was told HEwas busy in the kitchen. We all insisted he came out. A young girl came out and said the food would be ready shortly! We all had had enough by this tine and left just before 10 pm. Needless to say we will not be visiting any time soon! I have written and emailed the next day but like their service, there has been no reply or response.
Thursday, January 15, 2009Rating: No rosettes


My family and I decided to organise a nice festive lunch on Christmas Eve! We had a table booked for 7 people at 2pm - we arrived at 1.55pm to a VERY confused waitress who didn't seem to know who we were and why we were there! After explaining in simple terms that we had booked a table and pre-booked from the festive menu 6 weeks ago. The table was in a separate part of the restaurant and we were left on our own and forgotten about. We were very surprised there were no decorations or Christmas crackers anywhere to be seen. After waiting for 35 minutes we managed to order our drinks. After a further 10 minutes (45 mins after we arrived) our starters arrived - the mushrooms (and plate) were stone cold! - We sent them back to a very unapologetic waiter and they reappeared on the same plates which were still very cold. After 1 hour and 15 mins still no sign of our main courses or any enquiry on how we would like our steaks cooked! We also noticed the cutlery was filthy and had dried -on brocolli on one.. We had had ENOUGH and decided to leave. Very disappointed and really spoilt Christmas Eve.

Friday, December 26, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 Very Disappointed
We booked a festive menu for 18 people. Upon arrival, the tables were not laid out (although we did arrive early). We were told that they just had to wipe the tables, the plain serviettes and cutlery were standing in a pewter jug in the centre of the table, very drab looking. There were no crackers or festive serviettes. A barmaid confirmed that this was how it was, £15.95 was good value so the festivities were the christmas decorations in the pub and christmas music (which you could not hear). The Duty Manager confirmed this was the case, but I have to say, they made an effort after that to lay the table so it was presentable.
The food, however, was very poor, the prawns were tasteless, steaks were returned not cooked properly. Gravy was poured all over the turkey dinner (not a very nice taste), yorkshire puds were rock hard, and as for the desserts, well, the portions were appalling. Xmas pud was a one mouthful dish.
Luckily enough for us each others company was good so the evening was not spoilt altogether.
One person even said it was the worst meal she had ever had. Most people since have complained about the food.
Needless to say, we will not be eating there next Christmas.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

 very dissappointed
Haviing just 1 hour for lunch it took 45 minutes for a BLT sandwich and chips to arrive. When it did the presentation was awful - cold and lank and very unappetising. After complaining a new sandwich was brought out that was at least warm but not much better presemted. What happended to the lovely thick white doorstop sandwiches you used to prepare. Very very disappointed. My friends cheese sandwich was a joke. Had trouble findinf the cheese. The steak sandwich was cold and raw. What's happening to the Colney Fox - if that is the standard of the sandwiches - what the hell are their meals like!
Friday, December 12, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Jill Grey
The best sunday lunch we have found in st Albans. Always a choice of four roasts, and desserts if you can eat it, the portions are very generous! \we are now 'regulars' on suday it never costs us more than £20 for two whatever we choose. The pub has a nice family atmosphere and the staff are welcoming not like a lot of other pubs we have visited!
Monday, October 27, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Good food
We were booked in for a family meal in the bar area, and had to wait 50 mins for our food. BUT THE FOOD WAS GOOD.
Sunday, October 26, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Best food in town!
We've been to the Blue Anchor about 5 times now for dinner, the food was surprisingly sophisticated and delicious, not your average pub food, definitely a gastro-pub! Not cheap but very good value for money. The only down side is that the place always seems quite empty, but maybe that's because we tend to go for early dinners, not sure.
The service is also excellent, very friendly and attentive. Customer car park, great for Sunday lunch as you can go for a nice walk around the lake afterwards. A must in St Albans!
Friday, October 17, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Good times at the Green Dragon
Had a very enjoyable evening with the family in this lovely pub. Great food in the restaurant best ever rib eye steak. After the meal we relaxed with drinks in the bar making a perfect end to a family reunion. Julie the landlady was a star and provided excellent service.
Sunday, October 5, 2008Rating: rosettes

Rodger davenport
 Best Pub
Lovely place, quick efficiant service
very good value, big portions,Friendly staff.
Friday, October 3, 2008Rating: rosettes

Stuart Malcolm
 The Bell and Shears Redborne
A new couple have taken over the Bell and Shears in Redborne and it seems to be back to its old standards! It is the pub to be in the village!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008Rating: rosettes

N. Parkes
I have been to tne Colney Fox twice now and found the food good and good value, but not great. The off-putting thing both times was the slow service and meals arriving at separate times, coffee forgotten etc. Meeting friends there because it's convenient, but will be looking elsewhere if this doesn't improve.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Stay away from here!
My family and I ate at the Black Lion pub recently, and some of us also stayed overnight.
The food was seriously overpriced, came in very mean portions and was of very dubious quality. Worse than that, the manager didn't seem to care.
The accommodation was shabby and again overpriced, with basic facilities (lightbulbs and toilet paper) missing.
The worst hospitality experience we have ever had.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008Rating: No rosettes

definatley a great family pub, allows kids and dogs and pipes! all good as i smoke, have three kids and two big dogs. there are not many pubs these days that accomodate all three! plus its in the park so can keep the family quiet while i sip my pint of bitter!
Saturday, February 24, 2007Rating: rosettes

nicholas thomson
 great family pub
we went back to the fighting cocks due to a recomendation from a friend, having not been there for some 10 years we were pleasently suprised to find a much better drinks hole than when last visited. the menu had a good selection of choices and the food warrented the prices as it was all very delicious. apparently all produce is cooked fresh to order, and sourced locally which makes a change from a lot of chain pubs these days. will definatley be back soon when visiting st albans. if only we didnt live so far away!!

nick yorkshire
Saturday, February 24, 2007Rating: rosettes

Visited Last Saturday evening, service was attentative without being intrusive. Had the Rump steak with peppercorn sauce fantastic and my wife's Pasta dish with Haddock was truly exeptional. cant wait to return.
Feb 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007Rating: rosettes

 New Wicked Lady
The Wicked Lady re-opened in December as something very new and very different so ignore any reviews before then.

I went there for the first time last week and it was superb. Really good food and a lovely waitress from Australia.

Hard to describe the pub, but I would probably class it as a stylish gastro-pub. A bit more expensive than it was before (although it does the best pizzas I have had in a long time).

Probably not everyones cup of tea but if you appreciate the nicer things in life you will really enjoy it here. Can't wait for the summer to enjoy the massive beer garden
Wednesday, February 21, 2007Rating: rosettes

Disinterested, unfriendly staff. Waited nearly an hour for 2 glasses of water and 2 soft drinks. Had to go to the bar twice to remind them we existed to be told the drinks had been entered in the computer, that they were busy and they only had one bar man on duty. The restaurant was half full. Funny how 2 waitresses, 1 bar man and a manager can fail to organise 4 drinks between them, preferring instead to stand behind the bar doing nothing. We ended up walking out with no food and no drinks after almost an hour. No one tried to appease us, the manager was surly and annoyed we left and one of the staff had the audacity to call out after us, We hope to see you again soon!. Had a great meal at Cafe Rouge in St Albans instead.
Sunday, February 18, 2007Rating: No rosettes

Elizabeth LB
I recently went to the Colney Fox with 5 friends for dinner. We had such a lovely experience. All of the staff were so friendly and the food was cooked to perfection and the portions were huge! I eat out 4 times a week and i must say the Colney Fox is my favourite place, its great value for money and has such a warm and friendly atmosphere. Everyone i recommend it to goes and also have lovely experiences too. My daughter and her boyfriend went the other day and she had a 12oz sirloin steak which she said was the best steak she had eaten in years. Her boyfriend had fillet of salmon which he said he enjoyed greatly. I would like to share my experienceswith this site and recommend this pub. It also has hotel rooms which i have once stayed in with my husband and are lovely. I couldn't think of a nicer pub and look forward to returning next week!!
Thursday, February 1, 2007Rating: rosettes

Dan simons
Went to the Colney fox good meal great service cant wait to go back
Thursday, February 1, 2007Rating: rosettes

Pear is the king of the village. its a sports pub, but is so much more really. fantastic boozer. village is a shit hole full idiots that are mostly barred from the pub. Nick is good laugh!
Wednesday, January 31, 2007Rating: rosettes

i recently dined at the colney fox and found the meal and service to be of a very high standard. Food came out promotly and was piping hot, Waitress was very attentive and overall i would reccomend this pub to anyone. I will certainly be going back
Wednesday, January 31, 2007Rating: rosettes

 worse food i& serive in St Albans
having booked a table arrived and purchase a £20 bottle of wine and was then told that most of the food on the menu was not available, basicaly only vey limited pub food. order fish & chips £9, at that price was expected it to be good. fish was under cook and in wet floury batter, upon complaining was told that the chef was happy with it so what was myproblem! Staff under quaified for a pub that wants to charge these prices.
Sunday, January 28, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 great friendly pub
great pub, landloard a nice guy, music on sat and suns brilliant, this is the only pub in the villiage i feel happy and safe in,
Wednesday, January 24, 2007Rating: rosettes

Mike Jones
 Nice place
Good ales, lovely location but the food lets the place down. Not home-cooked but frozen
Friday, December 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Carol Hewitt
 Thursday 7th December
I went to the Colney Fox for an evening meal for my birthday. It was very busy as there was an 18th birthday party there. My daughter ordered a medium to well done steak, when it arrived and she cut into it, it was dripping blood which soaked into the chips. I managed to get hold of a waitress who took it back to the kitchen and they re-cooked the steak and put it back on the same plate. She was unable to eat any of the meal. My son and myself had linguine which was sticky and had been covered in pepper. We were unable to get hold of a waiter to complain so left after 30 minutes.
Friday, December 8, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Brilliant Food
This pub is fantastic, we'd heard some good reports about the food and our friends were right. We just went in for a Sunday Roast which was amazing, easily the best any of us have ever had, they say they get their produce from local farms, and you can teel its top quality meat. We ended up staying some time, due to the rather spendid Timothy Taylor, I should also commend the staff on some very polite efficient service - keep it up.
Thursday, December 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Green Dragon
If it's a friendly, village pub you're after - Try the Green Dragon! The pub itself is nice with little reminders of the past. The landlord was a gentleman and was generally polite and friendly. This is definitely a locals village type of pub.
Friday, December 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

 king harry not royalty
was bitterly disappointd by this pub!!!
when asked why the staff turned the heaters outside off on us, i was greeted with a few blank stares but no customer service and no explanation (including the new owner) and then as i walked away....i could hear them laughing at me.
it was a horrible experience and although i went back to stand up for myself, this was not a pleasant. i wouldnt recommend that you give them your money......they dont deserve it!!!!
Monday, November 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

sarah lampey
 Lunch time
I visit the fox on a regular basis for lunch with friend and find the staff to be very friendly, food is divine and i wish you grumpy lot would stop moaning about it and enjoy the luxury that this pub offers.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

What a lovely pub, staff were so friendly and the food was divine - we'll definitely be back!
Friday, October 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

 by the way...
If you have 20-25 tables outside and a further 10 or so inside catering for diners, each with menus and catered for by waitresses you are not just a pub, you're an establishment set up to serve food.

I'd like to think you are appalled at the bad service people have had but instead you are appalled that people have left such comments.

Thanks for being everything that is wrong about pub dining.
Thursday, September 28, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Hi Will.

If I were you I'd be doing everything I could to get the quality of the food up to scratch, rather than trying to justify the poor standards. Isn't it nice to see a cook take real pride in their work.

It's a pub what do you expect. Thank you, Will, for confirming everyone's comments. It's nice to hear from the horse's mouth that the food is sub-par and they have no interest in making it any better.

You really should look for another job if you take that little pride in your work.
Thursday, September 28, 2006Rating: No rosettes

I happen to be a chef at the fox and i am appalled at the comments left on this site. im sorry but the fox is not a luxury restaurante where you are supposed to wear a suit and tie! And yet you people continue to complain about the quality of the food. Just so some of you are not being mislead the colney fox is a PUB. thats right, a pub where nothing is ever perfect. it takes time to cook the various meals and sometimes they are not perfect. but when have you ever gone into a pub and found the meal perfect?
Thursday, September 14, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Everythign that's bad about pub eating
The pub itself is perfectly nice - a few tables inside and a busy patio where you never feel cramped. That's about it for the good points. The menu reads like a who's who of 80's pub diining: prawn cocktail, fish and chips, burger, steak and kidney pie, lasagne...you get the idea. The food is a notch, a very small notch, above your standard pub fare. We just had a meal for 5 - all the chips that came out were luke warm and leathery, the lamb burger didn't taste any meat I've ever tasted and everything was criminally overcooked.

Not knowing how inept the kitchen was, I ventured for the liver and bacon, knowing that it is quite lovely when cooked well. Talk about back to schooldays with a grey, tepid and limp slab of what once was liver sitting on a pile of luke-warm mash with some peas and a suspiciously packet-tasting gravy.

I left the majority of it and it was passed around the table so everyone could take themselves back to those heady days of school canteens. At the end ofthe meal I sneaked inside to have a quick word with the asst-manager, jsut to see if he could have a word with the chef about the overdone liver so it woulnd't happen again. The guy didn't seem interested at all. Granted, he apologised but his words were as follows,

It's difficult to get it crisp on the outside and pink on the inside so basically it's luck which way it comes out and if it comes out like that then you were jsut unlucky

INot one offer to take it off the bill, not one offer to take any of this back to the chef and I left feeling like it was as waste of time as this guy clearly didn't really care what quality of food comes out of his kitchen as long as you pay the bill at the end.

He succeeded in losing our company's future business, there are several other places to eat in the area.

A total waste of time and money unless you are satisfied with cheap and nasty chainpub food.

Monday, September 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Great place to go out
All change - and for the better. Service better, the staff are good and it's now changes to a completely non-smoking pub.
It's changed the atmosphere, both in emotion and in realitiy, no long a smog pub.

A place you have to go. And I have to say, the doormen were polite to me, even when I had one too many :)
Thursday, August 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Lovely Pub
This is another of the Real Ale pubs. A great selection of beer, friendly staff and only a stones throw away from the waffle house (a must if you're in the area). Give it a go.
Thursday, August 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Not Bad - Not Great
The Colney Fox suffers from the fact that it's part of a chain. The food look pre-prepared and the beer just the normal.

I've had a range of service them from great to poor, but it's still an Ok pub. Over 6 years, I've been in a lot of times as friends are local and nothing had happened which doesn't want me to not to go back.
Thursday, August 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great Beer - no service
I have to agree with the other recent comments. The beer is great, and they change them on a regular basis. I even spent a while coming down for the Wednesday night quiz, but it's turning into a locals pub and is not very welcoming.
Off to find other to drink in now.
Thursday, August 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

sean philip bell
 moody landlord
beer not great
Wednesday, July 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

sean philip bell
 worked here for five yeays in the late 80s excelle
Wednesday, July 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Needs an attitude readjustment...
The Lower Red has developed a disappointing attitude problem since the last change of management. The premises are still delightful, and the beer range just as extensive, but service can be slow and surly (I walked out a couple of weeks ago when the I heard the barman use the f-word to some customers), short measures are the rule rather than the exception, and the place is infested by bar-hogging cliques who make non-regulars feel quite unwelcome.

Several other pubs in St. Albans are on the up under new management. Sadly, the Lower Red is going the other way.
Thursday, June 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

 peahen is back
wicked!! very busy at weekend, and the garden has been done up well! Staff are great. very friendly and knowlegable
Wednesday, June 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve B
 Sadly A big let down
I went to for Lunch on Monday 29th May 2006 (Bank holiday) and was very disappointed. The Breaded Mushroom starters were feeble (4 mushrooms) and were also cold. Then after 50 minutes the Mains had still not arrived. All the other tables that ordered after us had finished their meals and we had been forgotten about. We left without having the rest of our meal but it has to be said that the Manager was very reasonable and we quite rightly didn't pay a penny. I look forward to returning again soon as I know this is normally a good place to eat - Sadly it seems it needs a good kick up the rear to sort it out at the moment.
Monday, May 29, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Saturday, May 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Ella May
 Birthday Meal
I went to the Colney Fox with 10 friends for my Birthday meal. The manager was very helpful and found us a table straight away. We were looked after throughout the meal and the food was lovely, the portions were huge! It really made my Birthday special and i can't wait to go back soon!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Nice Lunch
A month ago we came here for lunch with our children mid way through a muddy walk (left boots at door!) . Had no problems with service and the food was fine. Will probably go back soon.
Sunday, April 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great pub and great food
What a lovely pub set in a great location. Everyone was very friendly and the food in the restaurant was great. We are looking forward to going back soon.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Julia Paviour
 Fab pub, very friendly - new landlord
This pub has been taken over recently, given a face lift and is a totally different place. They have just started serving food again, menu looks great and can't wait to try it!
Friday, April 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Popular wid da yoof
Which is why proper drinkers wouldn't bother going there. This place had more atmosphere when it was Barclays Bank.
Thursday, March 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

 A Cheery Welcome
Unfortunately its from a load of inbreds who like to use this pub as a creche.
Thursday, March 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Taken for a ride
 Waste of good money
Awful service, waitresses disinterested in customers, nearly an hour before having to ask for orders to be taken. Took so long for starters and main courses they must have had to slaughter the meat. No condiments on table and had to mix sauces. After three hours had to leave without desserts. Totally dissatisfied, certainly not to be recommended.
Friday, March 3, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Great Refurb!!!
Well went in here for the first time in months due to a friends recommendation, and all i can say is wow!!! what a change for the better. Place is excellent with great food during the day, and at night a relaxed atmosphere aided by the friendly table service by the efficient staff. SHall definately be coming back. Weekends are still the pumped nights of old which is great! cant wait till summer to use the courtyard!
Thursday, March 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

alberto e francesco
 w santino o` chef
w w santino
Wednesday, March 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

Joe Peters
 Amazing Pub
I have just discovered The Boot in St Albans and have been truly suprised!!
Fabulous welcoming pub with 1st class Ales and Lagers, good wine list too. Friendly Atmosphere and Charming Staff.
Well worth a visit
Wednesday, February 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

H Baxter
Waited 45 minutes for our order to be taken while all the waitresses had an argument. Wine forgotten and then dumped on table with no glasses. Food distinctly average but made worse by the appalling service.
Sunday, February 19, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Sandra Bedell
 good food
A really attractive pub, serving excellent food. Staff always pleasant and helpful. A lovely venue to go for either lunch or dinner.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

david hughes
 christmas lunch
we dinned at the colney fox on christmasn day and had a great time the staff were friendly and very helpfull
Tuesday, January 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tony Williams
 A very nice place!
Its in the old part of St.Albans with an interior to match, inviting and warm, particularly with the large log fire that is used during winter. There is a small secluded restaurant to one side where the food is excellent, but food may be eaten anywhere in the pub or in the garden. I like the cask conditioned cider but there are real ales as well. There are no games machines, pool, etc. but on occasion there are street festivals and music at night on a friday every several weeks which can attract a lot of people. However, most times its just a nice place to go for a quiet drink and/or meal without any hassle. Its a good place to take someone.
Monday, January 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Harry Cribbes
 great atmosphere and excelent Sunday Lunch
Dropped in for Sunday lunch having heard that there were new owners. Choice of Beef, Pork Chicken or Salmon. Decided on the pork which arrived with a seperate dish of 4 vegitables as well as roasted potatoes. Vegitables were cooked just how I like them, with a bit of firmness.
All in all a great meal washed down with a superb pint of London Pride. Will certainly use this establishment again.
Monday, December 19, 2005Rating: rosettes

 gettin betta
good pub gr8 on a friday hole range of music coz of new dj. lady terri xxx
Wednesday, November 30, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Superb boozer
Friendly bar staff, excellent beer and cracking food. This is probably one of the few proper public houses left in St Albans. You can also get one of the best pints of Guiness in St Albans in here, not to mention there is always guest ales available.
Monday, November 14, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Landlord ruins pub
A lovely pub, good food and ale but pity about the landlord - a man called Jan who was so intoxicated that all he could do was stare at my wifes breasts! My advice is that the he should leave the pub business forever so as to give his liver a well earned rest and rid the pub of all that Kylie music!
Thursday, November 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Improved food and attractive new decor but ladies go for the attractive barman ! ( like an aussie hugh grant !!) Yum !!
Wednesday, November 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great Sunday Roast
We had an amazing Sunday roast at the pub today. The food was truly first class and the deserts were fantastic. The service was excellent. I really can say this is a fantastic pub.
Sunday, October 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great English Pub Serving English Food
White Swan. Nr St Christophers Car Park entrance.
From what we could find it is the ONLY place in St Albans that serves English food at lunch time. Sloppy pasta dishes everwhere else we looked. White Swan is a little basic inside but warm and friendly atmosphere. Staff are polite and helpful. We had the homemade vegitable soup and a beef ploughmans. Both served with a chunk of bread. The salad was so fresh, it was as though you had picked it straight from the garden. Excellent and at under £6.00 for two can't be beaten. will visit again.
Thursday, October 20, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mr Rogers
 90th Birthday Party
Lovely food, lovely service, lovely place.
Saturday, October 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

S smith
 Bar service
went there on the 6th October

Poor bar management ment people were being over looked re being served

needs a kick up the back side
Thursday, October 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Excellent food, excellent service
I visit the colney fox regularly, it is always very busy and has a good friendly atmosphere. The food is good value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful. I am amazed at the bad comments I have read on this site and would recomment the colney fox to everyone.
Thursday, October 13, 2005Rating: rosettes

 It's Holywood, but Don't Knock it!
Oyez, oyez, welcome, kinde Syrre, to ye Old Fighting Cocks. Fine, but it doesn't cut much mustard for a real drinker. That said, ignore the theatrical clap-trap and you DO have a good pub, with a lovely interior and, in my experience, good beer, good food and good service. Well worth a visit, even if you don't have American friends visiting.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 How Can it be this BAD!
A superb location is just about all you can say for the Wicked Lady, that and its non-smoking policy makes its attractive to whingeing hypocrites (I don't smoke, but it's a pub for God's sake!). Personally I'd rather drink in a rat infested sewer than go back to this sad parody of a pub. Poor beer, poor service, a real don't give a monkeys attitude.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Its All On Tap at the White Hart Tap
A classic town centre boozer that beneifts from being set slightly apart from the kiddies boozers in the heart of Snorbens. Good, sometimes excellent beer, a great atmosphere, great fun. A real drinkers paradise.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 It's a Cracker
A great little boozer hidden away in the heart of the town. The Mucky Duck has been a largely undiscovered gem for thirty years. It blends its food trade and wet trade together well in a cheerful environment. For me the friendliness of this pub puts it above/on par with some supposedly classier establishments.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Sporty Spice - But Still Nice
Branded sportswear seems in vogue at this wide screen dominated boozer, but some very comfy leather sofas allow you to escape the Beckham Brigade and have a few pleasant pints. Surprisingly good.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

It all went wrong when they changed this one from the Pineapple twenty years ago. Mind you it was never that great then.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Lord Snooty Probably Drinks Here
Great beers, great building, great location. But it fails to make my top ten list due to the sniffiness of some of its punters. If you just want a nice drink in nice surroundings this is an excellent venue, but be prepared to tug your forelock now and again.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Typical Brewery Mish-Mash
Mediocre food, medicore staff, mediocre service, mediocre beer. Typical of the mediocrity that breweries/pub companies think that punters will swallow. I won't.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A Fantastic Music Venue
You don't go to the Horn to have a quiet pint and a game of dominos, this is one of the South Easts premiere music venues, with some of the worlds greats (and their greatest impersonators) turning up at this gem. For music I'd rate this place 6, as a friendly local I'd give it 2, in the end I had to settle on 4.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Always Consistent - Always Good
This pub has been a good boozer for thirty years, in fact it hasn't changed much which makes it a proper drinkers pub. Always good, but never quite made it to great. You certainly won't be disappointed.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 First Impressions Can Be Wrong
On first impressions you could be in the Blind Beggar awaiting a pie mash and liquor eating competition, this has the feel of a London local. Ad what's wrong with that. This is a very friendly local with lots of events on through the week.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Big, Brash and Sporty
Both the pub and its punters. Fat lads who wear football shirts as they lean across pool table in order to display their lard like builders bum seem to set the fashion trends in this establishment. Which is fine if you're 21 and think Wayne Rooney is a nice bloke.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 God's Waiting Room
Old, grumpy, feeling ready to die? If so then you'll fit right in at the Cross Keys, especially if you have pots of cash and a big house just up the road. Horse brasses of the world unite.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A City Centre Boozer
For some reason this pub always feels like a busy lunchtime boozer on market day, even when there isn't a market. It's a great atmosphere where the locals play such traditional pub games as nick the mayors chain. Great fun pub.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Have You Ever Been to a Harvester Before?
If you have you'll know why it's empty most of the time. Calling this a pub is like calling Ant and Dec comedians.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Diamond Geezers think its lavverly!
Cor blimey, wot a top boozer, at least it is if you like shouting EEEENGEerrrrland at football matches on supersized TVs, or watching fat birds with pushchairs doing karaeoke. Cushty!
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 One of the Best
Quite literally one of the best pubs in the country. Everything a good boozer should be, but with top grub as well. I cannot reccomend this pub highly enough.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Nice Village Boozer
An unpretentious village pub which does exactly what it says on the tin. A welcome antidote to the themed pub so beloved by idiot breweries.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Rough as Old Boots
If you think you should be on Eastenders you'll love it here. What a tip.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 A Welcome (and welcoming) Relief
We intended to eat in the Colney Fox, but the service there was so terrible - and downright rude - that we wandered over the bridge to find somewhere else to eat.

What a relief it was to find that the Green Dragon has a lovely little restaraunt that not only provided us with a lovely meal, but also very friendly service. Both the bar staff and waitress were friendly and helpful.
Thursday, October 6, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Excellent dining
This a lovely pub, serving excellent food in a friendly environment. Have dined there many times and never been disappointed.
The contacts are Julie & Jan Van Doorn
Wednesday, October 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Great place!
My husband and I went to this pub on 30/09/05 and had a lovely time. We had drinks in the bar and then a lovely meal in the restaurant. A gentleman, who I assume was the landlord, was very friendly and made a point of saying good bye to us as we left. We're hopefully going again this Saturday!
Wednesday, October 5, 2005Rating: rosettes

Passed where this pub used to be.
Sunday, October 2, 2005Rating: No rosettes

jamie Day
Thid pub closed 7-8 years ago, and is now a private house.
Monday, July 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Fit Bird
Fit bird behind bar - end of
Thursday, July 21, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Phil Baker
 Is this a pub?
Went for a drink & hardly any ales on! It was a very hot day & needed a drink! Went to the Pear & Partridge in the end! That says it all!
Thursday, July 14, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Best Pub in Toiwn
Lovely Bar maids and top Landlord! Football is king at this pub. Lots of fun and no Bullshit. P and P is the bollox
Tuesday, July 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Neil Mondal
 Pub Quiz
I suppose the pub is OK as I have been going to the pub for several weeks to take part in the Tuesday night quiz.
Sunday, July 10, 2005Rating: No rosettes

john king
booked a table for 8.15. eventually sat down to food at 9.45.
starters ok, mains pathetic. my steak may have been medium about 15 minutes before it was taken off the grill, it was rump, not Sirloin as on the menu, and the root veg, carrots and parsnips were raw.
Saturday, June 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

George Williamson
 Awful experience
Came for a drink and a meal for Fathers Day on Sunday 19th June 2005. Waited ages for Sunday roast & when it did arrive it wasn't as described! (Lots of items missing)
Dirty glasses & the place looked a mess. Won't be back!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 poor service
This pub has potential but the service is dreadful and the quality of the food poor
Monday, June 13, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Tim Holman
 City centre pub
Large but still homely, this pub provides a welcome refuge from the horrors of shopping. Several good beers and hot, tasty home-made lunches. Worth a visit.
Saturday, May 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

brian cain
 from good to bad
ordered drinks and meal drinks did not arrive had to ask twice.meals were awful service was even worse wrote to manager 3rd may 2005 still waiting 16th may that says it all. .never go again.
Sunday, May 15, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 simply the best
a fantastic pub. lots of atmosphere. great food very friendly staf, easily one of the best well run pubs in St.Albans.
Thursday, May 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

Emma Burton
 Terrible meal
We went to The Colney Fox for a meal for a friend's Birthday. The meal took 45 minutes to arrive, vegetables were not cooked properly & my friends pie was cold. We sent it back & it took a further 20 minutes to come back. The waitress didn't even apologise! She shrugged her shoulders & walked off!
We spoke to the Manager (if you can call him that) & he apologised & that was it! We left our meals untouched & will be writing to Head Office.

Terrible place, awful food & rude staff! Not advisable!
Tuesday, April 12, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Stephane monnier
 changes in The Garibaldi
Since the 26th of july the food served in The garibaldi it s Mauritian (mix of exotic, asian and creole) a very quiet pub, with a lovely environment and a very good barstaff.
The beer it s absolutly delicious.
Come and try it!!!!!!
Friday, March 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

 i wouldnt
got lovely staff shame bout the locals all old muttons
Thursday, February 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

g. weaver
think i should point out your addrss at the top of page says herEfordshire....opppps should as you know be herTfordshire
Saturday, February 12, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Judy Ewen
 The goat
Awful for Sunday lunch! Runs out of vegetarian food before 1 pm, and various meats not much later. Bar manager very rude. The pub looks lovely but they were as unhelpful and rude as you could be and I would not go back there. They need somebody who knows about catering to take over or not bother to serve food at all
Sunday, February 6, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Great Traditional Pub
Tucked away in the Mount Pleasant area of St Albans this very popular traditional English pub is a delight! A good range of real ales which are consistently mouth watering, friendly and welcoming ambience. The food is absolutely SUPERB! Try it, you will not be disappointed
Saturday, February 5, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Anna Cooper
 Jazz at the Lion
Check out the Jazz at the Lion evenings, every other Monday. House band with invited guests and then featured artist/band. Excellent new Jazz venue. Meals also available, so bring your friends for a very enjoyable evening out! Call Brian the landlord for more details, and to reserve your table.
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tim Holman
 Excellent locals' pub
Welcoming, and with a good range of drinks including 3 Fullers ales. Very popular with local residents. The food is excellent: I travelled from Brighton to try some!
Sunday, January 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tim Holman
 Real ale pub
A real ale paradise, with a fan base of drinkers from well beyond St Albans. Has at least 7 real ales on the go at any time, plus Belgian beers etc. Serves food at lunchtime. Also has some accommodation. ALSO has its own beer festival every couple of months, so as pubs go this one is very hard to beat.
Saturday, January 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tim Holman
 Fabulous backstreet pub
Clean, decent pub which serves a number of real ales (mainly Fullers) and an interesting selection of Malaysian food. Fairly quiet, except for invasions of rugger buggers on Saturday afternoons! - but they're nice people and there's never any trouble. Excellent barstaff.
Thursday, January 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tim Holman
 Busy city centre pub
Busy but friendly pub by the clock tower. Serves a wide range of drinks including 5 real ales. Well worth a visit.
Thursday, January 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Good Service
Went for food on a saturday. Manager particularly courteous. Went back in evening, almost a different pub - dj, dancing, but thoroughly enjoyed my time. Doorstaff very friendly.
Sunday, January 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ian Hames
 Great pub
A refreshingly traditional pub with wonderfully kept beer and fabulous food.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Locals London Colney pub
The Kings Head has everything you'd expect from a local public house.
- old men who've been in there since it opened at eleven in the morning.
- Football team aint that good either
The grubs good though.
Tuesday, January 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

P Redpath (Mrs)
 Poor meal and terible service
We used to visit you 2/3 times a week but haven't been for two years. We went last week. Disaster. Service terrible. Parts missing from the order. Vegetables cold. Steak overdone. Yet we love the Firecrest which has the same food and is part of your chain. We had Christmas lunch there - brill. We won;t be back at the Fox - a shame.
Thursday, December 30, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 Very nice food
Its not called The Ancient Briton, its a Harvester
Tuesday, December 21, 2004Rating: rosettes

alan cory
cutlery & croquery in state of poor cleanliness
Monday, December 20, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 over lit and faceless
pity yet another pub has become characterless like so many minimalist bars in the town.. I and my friends used like this bar but now only go occasionally.. I used to like their events like karaoke etc but it seems to be just another white wood over lit waiting room.
Tuesday, December 7, 2004Rating: rosettes

 10 out of 10
Excellent service excellent food great people will tell my friends!
Thursday, December 2, 2004Rating: rosettes

They used to have a no smoking area here which they recently got rid of, and also made it more café like (ie no soft furnishings and consequently really loud) so sadly it is nowhere as nice as it used to be.
Sunday, November 28, 2004Rating: rosettes

 Historical note
We read this historical note outside Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Reputed to have accommodated Oliver Cromwell for one night during the civil war, stabling his horse in what is now thought to be the bar area. The underground tunnels of the Inn providing useful bolt holes in Troubled times
Monday, August 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

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