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CLOSED. Now a house and has been for some time..
Number11 - 9 Aug 2015 13:18
Now completely a house. Should be removed from here.
GaryB007 - 14 Apr 2015 21:30
Currently being converted into a house.
GaryB007 - 2 Mar 2014 16:39
Still closed.
GaryB007 - 18 Jul 2013 22:27
Closed again.
IMG1975 - 6 Apr 2013 10:51
Rumours around that this is closing down. Decent beer and some good bands. Client�le mostly friendly. Never found any dirty glasses and most pub toilets smell.
IMG1975 - 7 Jun 2012 15:03
Pretty awful, dirty glasses, filthy punters, smelly toilets - avoid
weezel - 3 Sep 2011 00:46
Pretty awful, dirty glasses, filthy punters, smell toilets - avoid
weezel - 3 Sep 2011 00:44
Twinned with the King Offa I reackon. Prepare yourselves....
Bouncer12 - 27 Nov 2010 12:42
Went in for a darts match on a thursday evening (as part of the opposition) and must agree with baldylocks april review. The staff and people were very friendly and the beer selection was brains SA, Brakspear and Tribute the last two of which I had and they were in good nick.Its good to have another decent beer pub to go in.
Chunkyetti - 6 Sep 2010 21:45
Would normally have steered clear of this pub as have found it unwelcoming before, but I know it has had undergone a change of ownership so thought I would pop in with the missus to see if it has changed much since my last visit (albeit a few years ago!) and we were pleasantly surprised, the place is looking much cleaner and has obviously had some time and money spent on it. The staff on the bar were friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was much nicer than I remember. A good selection of Ales were on offer, namely Tribute, Reverend James and Ansells Mild! Something I haven't seen for a long time! I opted for the Tribute and found it most appealing and the wife had a glass of Pinot Grigio. I was informed by the Landlord (Jay) that they were looking to focus more on the Ales than the pub had in the past, with a much more varied selection. The weather was nice so we headed outside to the very large decked area, again this was looking much cleaner and more welcoming, with hanging baskets and flowers and new outdoor furniture. All in all we had an enjoyable experience and I will certainly be returning to sample some more of the Ales on offer!
baldylocks - 27 Apr 2010 21:32
Average pub, it's OK but there's better around. Beer OK, staff OK, a little rough round the edges but there's nothing wrong with that.
RedHarvest - 18 Dec 2009 12:38
came here about 3 weeks for sunday dinner well worth the money would come here again
mccorby - 9 Dec 2009 23:41
A sturdy, reliable sort of hostelry, but one which would be unlikely to engender enough interest from more discerning passers-by to sustain a whole evening, but sufficient to render it worthy of a short stop-off en route to somewhere a little more engaging. And as a local, I daresay it pulls in enough folk from the surrounding area to keep it busy.
There's not much WRONG with a pub like this, other than it is simply very average, as the previous commentator says, and it would struggle to provide a memorable experience to anyone other than the die-hard regular who uses it for convenience - well, at least whilst there's still thousands of boozers like it still open across the country (this of course is no longer a certainty!).
Cask-wise, Bombardier, Pride and I think GK IPA on last weekend - an uninspiring selection but all ale sampled was found in good nick which is the chief concern. Very pleasant service from the landlord, and overall a friendly, unpretentious vibe was experienced. Capacious and pleasant beer-deck at the rear, should weather permit its use.
Credit should be given for retaining the 2-bar layout; this adds a slightly different dimension to what otherwise would be a fairly dull set-up. Darts is available for those who care to cast the arrows while supping.

TWG - 27 Jul 2009 17:27
Pretty average. Quite small inside and divided into two halves, each being served by a central bar area. I quite liked the bar on the left as you walk in but thought the bar on the right hadn't been modernised very well. Four handpumps but only two were in operation, serving Bombardier and a reasonable Pride. Very cheap and cheerful food of the kind one might see in a transport cafe (sausage, bacon and chips, cheese on toast etc.). Friendly service, but all in all, pretty unremarkable.
grecian - 20 May 2009 10:03
Just a had a Sunday roast for the first time in this pub, Choice of chicken, beef or pork or a bit of all 3 for the same price(�6). Well worth the money & a repeat visit. Also had specials on John Smith bitter, �1 a pint & Guiness Red �1.50 a pint.
Albanian - 25 Jan 2009 14:56
it was raining earlier thought about stopping for shelter and a pint between showers.....kept on walking.
richerthanyou - 13 Aug 2008 22:09
came down here after reading rave reviews about being fantastic and found a rather grubby youth club selling beer, not good.
richerthanyou - 23 Jul 2008 14:00
this place has delined since my las comment, whats happened, com on DOM, sort it out, hehehehe!
weezel - 22 Jul 2008 18:50
First time today - never again. What a dump.
philanders - 1 Jul 2008 19:02
I think this pub is absolutely fantastic, since the new people took over it really has been a breath of fresh air and I spend as much time in here as I am allowed!

Keep up the good work DOM!
weezel. - 9 Jun 2008 00:35
Wot No Waffles??
level - 4 Jun 2008 22:48
chavs are at the top of the hill mate. you must have got the name of the pub mixed up.
GET_A_VAN - 4 Jun 2008 17:59
Chav Central. Avoid.
Terryadinfinitum - 4 Jun 2008 16:50
Snorbans has so many decent pubs, why choose this one which offers bog standard beer and food? Take your hard earned elsewhere....cor blimey innit.
weezel - 4 Jun 2008 16:35
hi back on the scene this friday.hope you;re all ready for some wicked tunes. dr jimmy rules.
GET_A_VAN - 3 Jun 2008 14:05
I absolutely love this pub despite any previous comments I may have made.

I don't know why my last comment was removed - beer in the evening? Am I not allowed to tell people I love them or admit to being a bit of a loser/turd burglar???
weezel. - 1 Jun 2008 23:06
Spend Thursday night in the pub, good game of darts, i here they have joined the summer league starts in a week or so. I am still happy to say but the drink is the best in town, very enjoyable. Good to know that landlord cares for his stock.
Just wondering Weasel (and i have worked out who you are but i will not name and shame in this forum) why you are so upset about the pub and why you still seem to drink in a place you moan about.
Might be a good idea for you to meet with the landlord and discuss ideas so you enjoy drinking in this pub again.
DJ 'Mod-Van' Chris,,,, 'The goat is on its way', ;-)
WelshCurryGoat - 30 May 2008 17:32
themed evenings?
weezel - 27 May 2008 17:23
I totally agree that the pub has gone back in time, approximately 1860's I should say.....poor stench of urine emenating from the toilets last week, enough to put one off their ale....a place to avoid and leave for the regulars to this a gay pub?
weezel - 27 May 2008 17:06
this pub isnt going anywhere in fact its going back.its going back to what pubs used to be its a friendly place that you can come to and enjoy a drink and a chat and every now and then have a party.
necatti - 27 May 2008 09:40
Who, prey tell, are these amazing bar staff??
uibhfhaili_abu - 26 May 2008 21:29
Mikey - It's about time we had another Curry! Laney, Alex and Mark - You're all dedicated followers of fashion!
GET_A_VAN - 26 May 2008 13:24
This pub is now wicked. Just like a pub should be! Ozzy and Marion, you've done us Proud! Good Beer, Good Food and Good Atmosphere....
GET_A_VAN - 26 May 2008 13:21
Hello chaps, back again....nice pint of lager and crisps, place could do with a tidy up and a lick of paint. Loud brash locals don't make it a particular fav.
weezel - 20 May 2008 22:32
Get her! Oh come off it, ducky, all this macho talk doesn't fool anybody. When I sat at the bar last week in my turquoise hotpants and bra top, readling aloud some of Ovid's saucier love odes, the boyz were insatiable. AND I got free cocktails all evening! So, sweeties, let's all come out in force in the warm sticky months and turn this place into St Albans' number one hot spot, if you know what I mean. Phew, what a scorcher! See you there! Love you all!! Ciao!!!
gutbucket - 17 May 2008 14:55
Fabulous, dahling!!!! Another "Sex on the beach", and go easy on the tonic. And don't forget to forget to put one of those little parasols in my glass. Life just gets better and better!
lordnewt - 17 May 2008 11:48
Judging by the comments below, the Duke of M just gets better and better! I must go back - it's somewhere quiet to read my Aristotle books, far from the usual rough and tumble of St Albans anarchy.
historyloony - 16 May 2008 14:59
Big shout to all the Duke geezers!!!!!! Wallop wallop. BISH BASH BOSH.Gertcha. Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit. I fink we are all top Geezers innit an all that..Wallop! Watch out ST Albans coz we is the bestest and hardest of em all and everyfink.Get in there!!!!!!!! Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit. Cor blimey look at the lills on that!!! Gertcha.
dukeboyz - 16 May 2008 12:56
Yo curry goat how are you mate i shall c u friday and on sunday WEMBERLY get in . Ozzy Maz dont worry about weezel hes ok we know who you are son i shall say no more on that one but there you go, you will be outed mate sharpish.Alex-nemo c u later mate and top the SAS AND EDGEWARE IN CROWD PLUS THE WATFORD SCOOTER BOYS BIG UP HOPE TO C U ALL LATER WEATHER PERMITTING. I WANT A S3 CHEAP IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO GET IT PLEASE LET ME KNOW TY LAYNE THE MOD.

layne72 - 16 May 2008 08:49
Brillaint pub, great people, very welcoming, top food, see you Friday for the arrival of the scooters. Anyone for more Curry Goat? Fantastic!
WelshCurryGoat - 15 May 2008 19:39
ha ha ha well hello there peeps.! what can i say , apart from absolutely crackin! i first went in and to be honest i thought it was a gay boozer, little did i know!!!! ozzy and maid marion have turned that place around PROPER! and now things have mod'ed up lets get this place on the map.I can only urge people to visit on a friday night and tell me they dont have a good crack! Woman dont feel intimidated coz i know its such a friendly and polite bunch of people and i garentee you, you will enjoy yourselves. P.s I'm single just ask for doctor jimmy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bye the way this is nemo i.e doctor jimmy and not layne 72 ok so to all the duke boys RE: STEVE STEVE IMMA MARK LAYNE ALEX WOBS MIKEY MARTIN ALAN OZZY MAS JOHN AND OF COURSE PRESTON any way its good to talk so how about the rest of you

layne72 - 13 May 2008 20:46
hello ozzy and maz, layne here just to say a few words about my local boozer, where shall i start? well im glad to say that the scooter boys have landed ive been waiting a long time for that and ozzy it can only get better my old son. to the SAS and THE IN CROWD good to have you and i cant wait to get me S iii and ride out with you all. As for my local pub what can i say apart from its great and to the likes of weezel who oppose WELL? THE NAME SAYS IT ALL AS YOU AINT GOT THE BOTTLE TO SAY WHO YOU REALLY ARE. Oh well thats me for today oz&maz big love to you both and you will be in scootering soon i promise big love LAYNE the real local.....
layne72 - 13 May 2008 09:23
Friendly Pub, Beer good, Friday nite Disco fun
level - 12 May 2008 23:07
Had a cracking night in here last week. The new owners are thoroughly good folk and the place seems to be deservedly fuller than it used to be. Well worth a try.
grilledsardines - 11 May 2008 22:28
Was taken over recently - a lot of things seem to be going on and I freaking love it! The new owners have livened up things slightly from when it was mainly a Welsh rugby pub and drinking my ale there is now a lot more enjoyable!
JamieC - 12 Apr 2008 18:21
mmmmmm... I love it!!
ilovemarianandozzy - 27 Mar 2008 16:12
Haha no grilledsardines. They have not - just a couple of fans! - 3 Mar 2008 17:06
Changed hands again. It's relatively early doors and there's not much difference as yet although the new management seem to have acquired a couple of BITE logins.
grilledsardines - 27 Feb 2008 17:52
This pub is under new management and the new owners are a great laugh and the pub has a very friendly atmosphere! I recommend it highly - if you are lucky enough to get chance to visit - I recommend ordering Ossy's Macarone! - 15 Feb 2008 15:45
This pub is fantastic!! I freaking love it!! The new Land Lord and Lady are top!! I'm looking forward to the summer time when I will be making the most out of the decked area... This pub should be at the top of everyones list!
ilovemarianandozzy - 12 Feb 2008 13:56
The DOM seemed to be going places on my previous visit when it had just been taken over. There was a new large outside patio area and plans for the bars. However nothing much seems to have changed since, it�s still a decent enough pub for a beer but nothing special. It may come into its own in the Summer months when I suspect the outside area will attract some punters.
Millay - 1 Jan 2008 20:20
Progress was being made.
But I visited early Saturday night of this last bank Hol weekend and there was no real ale!
This is very poor.
Any aspirations of getting in the GBG are out the window as far as I'm concerned - must try harder!
Triathlete - 28 Aug 2007 14:22
I think they've done a really good job on this pub. My other half appreciates the real ales and I like the wine. Much better than it was. Well done!
Sarah1976 - 13 Aug 2007 22:41
The Duke is about four hundred yards from my front door but I�ve probably been there fewer than a dozen times in three years. I got on OK with the previous landlord but he pretty much ran the place for the benefit of three or four middle aged geezers who sat up at the tiny bar and took major umbrage if anyone disturbed them by buying a drink. The new bod seems very young and enthusiastic, he�s gone in for the sports theme in a big way and seems to be making an effort with comedy nights and other bits and pieces. Also seems to have put a lot of work into the garden and it�s very nice. The beer has taken a turn for the better, not great but reasonable and the girl working last night was a winner. Sadly she was woefully underemployed as my friends and I were the only punters. They�re obviously working hard on the place and I hope it pays off but I wonder if geographically it�s doomed. There�s not much housing in the immediate area and it�s quite a trek out of town with the prospect of the drag back up Holywell Hill at the end of it.
grilledsardines - 19 Jul 2007 16:29
All in all I like this pub; nice beer and always a friendly welcome. I think they have gone a bit OTT with the Sports Theme and Big TVs (especially since the lounge area isnt massive) but it is in an excellent location at the corner of the hill and the park and no journey to either park or town would be complete without popping in for a cheeky half (and a bag of posh crisps). Room for improvment (but not for big tellies)
anonymous - 29 May 2007 15:35
New manager, who has injected more of a "sports" theme. But don't worry: if you just want a simple drink or food there's room for you too. As I've noted previously, this pub's fortunes are variable to put it mildly, but at the moment things are getting better.
onemorefortheroad - 27 May 2007 14:03
Slowly improving, this pub. It's just had a minor refurb and there are plans to restore evening food. There are even real ales (Spitfire and Youngs Bitter, although supplies seem to be erratic) and an impressive selection of wines.
The welcome is friendly and I walked out of the toilets smiling (pause for effect), amused by the excellent Laurel & Hardy photos.
I've usually been disappointed by this pub in the past, but currently it's on the right track.

timkholman - 28 Nov 2006 08:33
I lived opposite this pub for 12 years as a child (1952-64) so remember it very fondly. Was in there a couple of years ago on a nostalgia trip with an old Abbey Primary School friend I had not seen since 1961 who was on holiday from was smashing!
grannyboozer - 23 Nov 2006 01:07
A pub on the skids, if ever I saw one.
onemorefortheroad - 10 Oct 2006 20:29
Pleasant, authentic pub. Routine selection of beers, but all in good nick. More interesting is the food: hot, wholesome lunches between noon and 3pm (except Saturdays and Mondays) and - yippee!- a new Thai restaurant, 6pm - 10pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Actually the new Thai food is a bit of a gamble; other pubs in the area have tried it but without success, due no doubt to the high density of Thai restaurants in the city centre. Still, nothing ventured nothing gained, and the DofM might be sufficiently distant from the competition to make this idea a winner. Worth checking out.
anonymous - 10 Feb 2006 15:43
This is one of the friendlest little pubs in hertfordshire. The food is home made and the beer well looked after. (Only decent pint of "Speckeled Hen" in the area).
Always a warm and friendly welcome by both host's and patrons.
Food served all day and sunday lunch is scrummy.
When it's cold outside the open fire's are roaring.
A wonderful pub after the horrors of shopping at the market.
anonymous - 9 Feb 2005 13:18
Always dead, but very friendly place, bit dark and small, not really worth the trek down to it (5mins from Pea Hen / White Hart iirc
Dave - 30 Oct 2004 12:25
I visit this pub quite often and find it very friendly.They have a non smoking bar and a public,and a large function room,the food is home cooked!We need pubs like this that you feelat home in..
Janet Pearce - [email protected] - 4 Jul 2004 19:58
Small and friendly with a nice country pub feel to it. Two bars and an enclosed beer garden out the back. Green King IPA and Adnams Bitter available. Located at the bottom of Holywell Hill and an ideal excuse for a little snifter before attempting the climb.
Millay - [email protected] - 18 Aug 2003 21:30

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