Harden's survey result
“One of the best in the area” – this fifteenth-century hostelry in the cathedral quarter (named for the landlord’s dog) only has “a small dining area at the back of the pub”, but provides “a very good menu – it’s limited to a few dishes which is encouraging as they are all very good!”
“Top grub, a cut above the local culinary landscape”, has earned a devoted following for this fifteenth-century pub in the St Albans cathedral quarter, named after a dog belonging to landlord Sean Hughes – who “continues to be the host with the most”. The menu changes monthly, but may include a smoked duck Caesar Scotch egg, or a spectacular prime rib of English dairy cow to share at £80.
“The chef outshines himself each visit” according to ardent local fans of this “wonderful old pub in the preservation district of St Albans”. Séan Hughes and Drew Knight, who launched the operation close to the cathedral in 2015, have now re-worked the kitchen to offer monthly menus that change with the seasons – or from day to day, depending on suppliers. Highlights include large sharing platters such as prime rib of dairy cow.
A “small” and “cosy” dining room tucked away behind a small pub – and with a new offshoot, The Plough, in the hamlet of Sleapshyde. “The food (the weightier ‘Bill of Fayre’ out back, and snacks up front) shows a great deal of thought and the staff obviously feel proud about what they do, as they deserve to”. If you feel like a cocktail, make it a Martini – barman Roberto Fiorillo surprisingly snaffled the ‘World's Best Martini’ award in 2019!
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