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The Spotted Dog

8 High Street, Flamstead, St Albans AL3 8BS, England
+44 1582 841004
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, British
££ - £££
8 High Street, Flamstead, St Albans AL3 8BS, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us visited the Spotted Dog on a Friday night. We had such a good time we stayed until late. We were made to feel so welcome and the selection of drinks was great and we really enjoyed trying some of the Gins...More

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I was going out for a walk in the area with my 4 year old. Wed aimed to start with a pub lunch at the 3 blackbirds pub next door, but was not to be. Having been told to wait 30 mins, the pub then...More

Thank Perry46
Reviewed 21 March 2018

We felt at home as soon as we entered Coffee Dog and that was made more so by the very warm welcome we had from the lady serving coffee. The coffee was good and made to order. It also came with a small biscuit on...More

1  Thank mouseHerts
Reviewed 31 December 2017

We had a Sunday Roast at The Potted Dog. The food was amazing, and they have local beers on tap. The Spotted Dog is an old pub, with a modern twist. The staff are friendly and welcoming. It is clearly a dog friendly pub, so...More

2  Thank rjs6Pint
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Great to see small pubs like this making their own food and not buying in pre prepared food. Nothing like homemade food. Small menu great food. Keep the good work up. Well done.

Thank Perki46
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Very friendly and welcoming + nice place but no excuse for the very very slow food service, especially after response to an earlier comment - took over an hour to come (food was fairly basic and a pretty much empty pub). Order made and delivered...More

Thank anonY3084KO
Tom B, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thanks for your review. As always its useful to receive comment both positive and negative. It really does take some effort to add a revue so your strength of feeling has been taken on board. I fully agree there is no excuse for a delay...More

Reviewed 2 August 2017

Only had drinks however the staff and locals very friendly. Comfortable and homely. Not the usual pub. Settees and easy chairs with coffee tables. Magazines, newspapers and books to read. Home to home without the washing up.

Thank eileenc88
Tom B, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thanks for your review, great that you feel its a homely place, just what we wanted to create - the wood burning stove kicks in soon to add to the atmosphere. Regards Tom & Claire

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

A nicely decorated and well maintained pub but staff were very stressed on the day we visited and not very friendly. The food took 35mins to arrive and was very average. The humus was dry and the pasta was bland.More

Thank Sunil_Mumbai
Tom B, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

I am sorry you did not have a great experience at our pub. We were away at the time but I did pick this up with my manager on our return. I understand that we were, for various reasons, short on staff that day which...More

Reviewed 16 July 2017

The pub has a great atmosphere, menu choice is good. But was put off booking or eating due to the image of one of the chefs in his uniform that looked like he had slept in it. What does this image say about your kitchen..........More

1  Thank Fiona M
Tom B, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thanks for your observations, a lesson very well lean't by myself. No excuses but I had been working all weekend on my own (my chef on holiday) doing all prep, cooking and portering and lost sight of what my customers value in this regard. I...More

Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Great friendly pub with gorgeous food. Enjoyed the premium burger and delicious steak. Thoroughly recommend the Spotted Dog, well worth a visit.

Thank Sarah888888
Tom B, Owner at The Spotted Dog, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thanks so much for taking time to complete a review, I know they are hard earned and we are delighted you had a excellent experience. Many thanks Tom and Claire

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5 April 2018|
Response from Tom B | Property representative |
Hi, Sorry we do not do food in the evenings at the moment, only just picked up your message, apologies. Regards Tom
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$29
Bar, British
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 High Street, Flamstead, St Albans AL3 8BS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St Albans  >  Flamstead
  • Phone Number: +44 1582 841004
  • E-mail
A friendly family pub providing superb quality locally sourced food, lovingly kept real ales and great selection of wines. The pub has a unique front room style made up of re-used furniture from previous decades. Open for lunch 6 days a week including superb Sunday roast. A cafe is open in the morning offering dark Italian roast organic coffee and a tantalising selection of locally baked cakes and pastries. Great walks from the pub and dog/wellie boot friendly in the bar area.
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