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Three Hammers, St Albans - pub details

Address: 210 Watford Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3EA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13976) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations How Wood (1 mile), Park Street (1 mile), St Albans Abbey (1.4 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
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> Current user rating: 5.7/10 (rated by 30 users)
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This is my local. The food is standard pub-chain stuff but perfectly acceptable and there's a wide choice. I've never had any problems with serving times for meals but then I eat there only 3 or 4 times a year.

The bar still maintains at least 4 real ales, Pride is the regular, and, apart of one glass of "Rocking Rudolph" Xmas ale (never buy a beer with a jokey name) they have always been good choices and well-kept. The interior is deceptively small but well-kept. There is a semi-separate dining area. Dogs are allowed in.

The garden is even smaller now as part of the land has been given over to building a Co-op.

The landlord and landlady are friendly and chatty, the staff is variable but have, as far as I am concerned, fallen below average.

greybeard - 30 Jul 2017 00:50
To say that "service can be slow" is an understatement. This is not a bad place to stop, but if you are waiting for food, be prepared for a LONG wait. The beer is all right, but when it gets down to it this is a M&B chain pub. I have used this place several times as a break from the long journey from the South West to East Anglia (it's about 1 mile off the M25), but I doubt I will use it again. 5/10
HenPen - 11 Apr 2016 16:26
Another facelift for this pub Autumn 2015 and the interior has improved with a more sensible seating layout. New set of taps with 10 real ales on the bar.
It is still staffed rather light and although they do their best service can be slow.
Prices have crept up over the last couple of years. It used be that only Wetherspoons was cheaper but now prices are more or less average but a small discount to Camra members.
Beer quality is still an issue. Its very strange here, pints are poured and they look and taste OK but by the time you are halfway down the glass the beer has lost condition and developed an unpleasant taste. When the beer is poured I notice that the head is made up of very uniform bubbles not the random sizing you usually see in real ale, I'm not sure why that should be I haven't seen that anywhere else that actually serves "real ale" as Camra would define it. This pub does have very long beer lines to their tap room and I guess that cannot help.
The staff will change your pint with just the odd grumble if its not good enough but I always feel guilty about it if I've drunk a significant portion of the beer already.
I do hope they can sort their quality issues out.

One more word of warning - don't go on a Tuesday night as its Quiz Nite. The quiz master who makes constant gaffs and struggle with the queens English is amusing for about 5 mins. She shrieks the questions over the Tannoy so loudly that your head will resonate and conversation is impossible. Best avoided.
Triathlete - 4 Feb 2016 11:49
Nice to see six beers on at the bar - although not the greatest choice.
Regular ales are: Brakspear Bitter, Doom Bar and at least one decent brew, Wadworth 6X.
Guest ales today were; Summer Lightning, Adnams Southwold and the one I went for, Al Murray's Beautiful British Beer.
It wasn't in the best condition, so therefore not beautiful.

I wish I could feel better about this pub, but it seems to disappoint.
It has a large car park, central bar surrounded with plenty of tables, standard Ember Inns menu and the staff okay, but does not float my boat.
fugglehops - 1 Aug 2015 21:17
Had a meal here Friday 25th July. For a Friday evening meal in what is essentialy a locals' pub it was very acceptable - food good & plentiful with good, attentive service.

Ther were about six ales on with a CAMRA discount. The Hopback Summer Lightning was very good, the Black Sheep Holy Grail was less to my taste.

This multi level Ember Inn was clean & tidy with a large beer garden at the rear.
flashharry1965 - 12 Aug 2014 14:12

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