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The Rats Castle, St Albans - pub details

Rats Castle

Address: 246 Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4UN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 26359) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations St Albans (0.9 miles), St Albans Abbey (1.8 miles), Park Street (2.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.9/10 (rated by 18 users)
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Coincidentally, I was in the pub the same evening as panther98 and must disagree with him in several respects. Two fairly obscure real ales were on offer - Two Hoots Golden ale from the Jospeh Holts brewery and another whose name I can't recall, but I think had something to do with Scotland and trains. This was a decent pint. The clienetele is changing as the Fleetville area becomes gentrified, so there was an interesting mix of older men and younger professional types. The barmaid was very friendly but on the downside the music was far too loud. This pub used to be a real rough dump, but it's been refurbished, it's got real ale, and it's on the way up. Worth a try if you're in the vicinity of the station.
Number11 - 17 Aug 2014 18:03
A mediocre pub, overall. I would agree with other reviews here saying that its biggest asset is the customer service. The quality of the beer or those locals in attendance is not the best. The place needs to be looked after more.
panther98 - 17 Aug 2014 14:39
This place used to be terrible but has improved a lot over the past few years. Still a few locals in there who can occasionally be a bit obnoxious but for the most part it is generally friendly. There is generally at least one real ale on but quality can be variable, a friend has had to leave his beer on more than one occasion and even the lemonade was found to be undrinkable one evening! Bar staff are generally friendly but a brusque manner can occasionally be found especially later in the evening. Was in one Friday when a live band was on, it was too loud for normal conversation and in looking round the pub, virtually nobody appeared to be listening! If you are in the area looking for a drink then it is worth a visit, but I wouldn't travel too far to go there.
manx_888 - 11 Apr 2011 12:52
Went in last Friday and found the pub to be buzzing and friendly. There was a live singer on who was really great. The beer - HSB - was first class. Really well kept. Service from the staff very good. It had the feel of a good local. I wish them all the best and will definitely visit again.
dead_or_alive - 12 Mar 2010 17:38
As below, a good pub, friendly, decent beer, plenty of space round the pool tables. Sport on the TV but not too loud. I'll be visiting again.
RedHarvest - 18 Dec 2009 15:56

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