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Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

$$ - $$$, British,
16 Abbey Mill Lane | Albans, St Albans AL3 4HE, England
+44 1727 869152
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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16 Abbey Mill Lane | Albans, St Albans AL3 4HE, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very enjoyable Sunday lunch here on 3 September. We booked for 54, met another 2 on the way to the pub - and it was no trouble adding another two spaces on our table. All of us had the Sunday lunch - 4 x...More

Thank peterlewisj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very unfriendly service on our last visit and no contact made about the complaint which has now meant we will not be returning. Avoid.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by after seeing the Abbey Church and the remains of Verulamium. I enjoyed the Farr's Black Listed, brewed locally. We had an early supper, around 5:30, and it was not busy yet. Food was very good. As we left I asked how best...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in with friends for a couple of drinks this weekend. I hadn't been here for years, and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was! It's like the Tardis; so much bigger on the inside than it appears to be, but with two...More

Thank Andy-S60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first time in St Albans and I had heard about a pub staking a claim on being Britain's oldest and that that claim was backed by the Guinness Book of Records. How could I resist? After visiting a few sights and clocking up close...More

Thank MrBarkley
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and the service was warm and friendly. The building itself is worth a visit, it's like drinking in the middle ages

Thank M_D_Edmonds_art
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with my Dad and my little boy on a Thursday lunchtime. We were there early and it seemed quiet, we sat inside and the owner got us some cushions so my little boy could be more comfortable on the bench. I ordered the...More

Thank Alessandra D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the fighting cocks on many occasions. It is a busy pub , especially at weekends for lunch and evenings. We both love the atmosphere the beer garden and the safe surroundings for our young children. It is a very friendly, warm local...More

Thank Amollycat
Christo T, Owner at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. Thank you so much even more for being a customer. See you soon

Reviewed 18 August 2017

Visited here yesterday with my husband after a long walk, haven't been here for years and my first impression was how neglected the place looked, the pub signs weren't there, sad looking hanging baskets, needed a clean up and some weeding done, not very inviting...More

Thank Gill R
Christo T, Owner at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

Hello Giil Some of what you say is accurate and I agree with. The sign is being replaced although it's not as easy as that with a Grade 2 listed building. It's not a two minute job or a small expense. We are working on...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Such a disappointment. We came here with family having had such lovely food in the past. The menu has changed to burgers and pizzas. The pizza we ordered was raw, which we sent back to be replaced with another undercooked one! The staff were so...More

Thank Josharp0679
Christo T, Owner at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your self but you are so wrong about the menu. We have added to it and it is not just pizza and burgers. I have had the pub over five years and am qualified to correct you. I understand...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Abbey Mill Lane | Albans, St Albans AL3 4HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  St Albans
  • Phone Number: +44 1727 869152
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