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The Speckled Hen, St Albans - pub details

Previously called: Bunch of Cherries

Address: Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0XG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7247) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations St Albans (1.4 miles), St Albans Abbey (2.3 miles), Park Street (2.9 miles)

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Reasonable pub, formerly known as the Bunch of Cherries. Normally pretty full whatever time of the day or day of the week you go in there. Beer is ok but nothing to write home about. Comfortable interior though. Other reviews on here mention the pub quiz, but for us non-quizzers my main point is that the speakers' volume is often up too loud which is off-putting and makes it difficult for those not participating in the quiz to continue their conversations. This is the case in many pubs with quiz nights, but I particularly noted it here.
manx_888 - 9 Dec 2011 15:40
Large out-of-town food-led GK pub on the Hatfield Road. The pub is nothing to write home about to be honest: it is too big for the length of the bar, so service is pretty slow, and the ale does not tend to be served very well. The food menu is nice and smart, and obviously has pretensions to be more than basic pub grub, although that's basically what it boils down to. I attend every so often for the Thursday night pop quiz, which as other reviewers have said is extremely well-run, very enjoyable, and probably the best pop quiz (or maybe even pub quiz full stop) in St Albans.
grecian - 1 Jul 2010 13:30
Not a particular interesting place, but the beer is OK. For me, the main redeeming feature is the brilliant and well-run pop quiz every Thursday night (which even makes up for the sometimes surly bar staff). 6/10
TazzyBoy - 18 May 2010 13:16
Great friendly pub...great food.... and the pop quiz on a Thursday is by far the best in the area, if not the country (and I've been to most of them!)
Merv - 27 Apr 2010 16:51
This is the most un child friendly pub around. We have never been made to feel so unwelcome. We went there and were expected to sit in the small conservatory area. The main pub was very quiet with probably only about 12 customers, however the conservatory was full with a private party which consisted of the majority being adults with only a couple of kids. We were told we would have to wait outside for a table to become available! It is December!!!! Asked why and were told it was to do with the license and no children allowed in the main bar. This pub is in the heart of a family community. We will never return.
arniegirl - 27 Dec 2009 23:35

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