Our group will be indulging in the best, no nonsense pubs St Albans has to offer. It's for friendly people who want to get together and socialise over a drink in a decent pub.
Where will we go?
Our pubs of choice will:
Not be bars. We're after places with a bit of character, history and interest in them.
Be quiet enough we can actually hear each other talk (unless we're going for pub band, in which case all bets are off)
Have a respectable range of drinks – so that's proper beer, interesting wines & decent (hopefully non-ice cube laden) ciders. But if soft drinks are your thing then that's OK too.
In general, we will avoid:
Pubs/Bars with TVs
An over excess of 'woolly jumpers and beards' (St Albans may be the birth place of CAMRA but that's what CAMRA meetings & events are for)
So, to give you a feel, some of the ones I'm thinking of for starters (not a full list):
Lower Red Lion
White Hart Tap
Rose and Crown
What sort of people should come?
St Albans Pub Goers are friendly people that are happy to chat about anything and everything. I'll always endeavour to make sure new (and nearly new) attendees get introduced to people – so, please make everyone welcome and don’t' be afraid to start randomly chatting to stranger (and be ready for people to do that to you too )
Due to the nature of some of the pubs (i.e. relatively small) I will sometimes limit numbers for a given event. Sorry about that. Obviously, these are public houses, so, that doesn’t actually stop anyone from turning up. However, I want to make sure the landlords/ladies are happy to see us and that we don’t crowd out everyone else in the pub (or, indeed, ourselves). So, please bear that in mind.
Also, with groups of medium numbers it's more important that your RSVPs are accurate. So, please:
Only RSVP "Yes", if you intend to come (i.e. not waiting for a 'better offer')
Should your plans change (which is fine) please update you're RSVP as soon as possible so someone else gets chance to attend.
For pubs with good beer gardens, this will be less of an issue (in summer )
I'd like to give a respectful nod to a couple of other groups I hold in high regard:
http://groupspaces.com/PubTours/ - This is a Pub group which organises visits/crawls mostly in London. It's run some friends of mine (and once upon a time by myself too. I will be organising for this group now and again too soon )
Hope to see you St Albans Pub Going soon (I plan the first event will be in first half of July)