Reputed to be the oldest pub in England/UK it seemed to be an ideal setting for a romantic (day before) Valentine's meal with my wife. The pub is certainly old, a bit weathered about the edges, but that is to be expected. That wasn't a problem except that there was a very strong smell of damp at one end near the sofa which didn't really help the whole experience.
The mid week meal boasted 2 vegetarian starters and main courses ( my wife and I are veggie ) which seemed promising. The starters were nice enough though not spectacular. The 'brie' and tomato tart came back with stilton instead of the brie. The waitress advised us of this and we accepted the change. When it came to the main course we were informed that there was only one of the leek dish we both wanted, despite the fact the pub was deserted and it was early in the evening. Again we accepted an alternative, ' haloumi salad', although it wasn't what we wanted. This dish was totally disappointing, a few bits of salad and maybe 5/6 small portions of haloumi. For the £9+ price tag this was very overpriced. I was starving at the end of it. However we accepted the food and finished off our wine. The main disappointment of the evening came when we came to pay. Having noticed that they were advertising wine from £11ish at the entrance and we asked for the cheapest wine we were presented a bill at £15 a bottle.The waitress argued with us when my wife queried it, to be told that this was an offer that wasn't current. When I informed the waitress that I wasn't happy that they hadn't got the main course we wanted and that the salad was inadequate I was told with a very snooty attitude that 'nobody has ever complained before'. Needless to say that I was upset and informed her that 'I' was complaining. There was NO apology for any of the difficulties. My wife and I are always the last to compalin about anything so for us to reach a point where we did her is out of character. I would tell you to avoid this place at all costs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is Britain's oldest pub, set overlooking Verulamium park lake in the heart of St. Albans. Serving great food great wine and a fine selection of real ales. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ye Old Fighting Cocks Hotel St. Albans