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The Goat, St. Albans

37 Sopwell Lane
St. Albans
AL1 1RN
Phone: 01727833934
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Goat

The Goat Inn as it is called is situated a short walk from the middle of St Albans.
Once inside the bar faces in an oblong shaped room to the front,which is split into two areas by a wall,the room is carpeted and the seating is normal tables and chairs plus two settees,there is a bar billiard table to the front and lots of board games on a shelf.
The room to the rear is oblong shaped and carpeted,the rear area of this room is up two steps.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Wells Eagle IPA,which went down very well,the other real ales were Youngs Special,Redemption Big Chief and St Austell Tribute.
Decent background music was playing.
The pub was almost empty on my mid Saturday afternoon visit,which was a shame.
This is a pub i could settle in for a session.

Pub visited 24/6/2017

On 10th September 2017 - rating: 8
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Goat

As previously mentioned this pub tucked away on Sopwell Lane has a bit of the ‘tardis’ effect going on and is significantly bigger inside than it looks from the terraced frontage. It is two main bar areas either side of a large square serving area, and as both front and back sections have sets of handpumps on all full circuit has to be done to see what’s on.
The back section stretches back a fair way and has several distinct seating areas before leading out to the spacious enclosed garden. In fact it stretches so far back that you can enter the pub via a back alley way from the parallel Albert Street. But the front bar section is the most characterful with its bar billiard table and large collection of assorted board games.
Like the others had to go for the Redemption Big Chief and it was in fine form

On 23rd August 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Goat

Little change here in the intervening years. To add to the original review, there’s a dart board, Sunday quiz night and live music evenings. The bar billiards table is still in situ (but needs re-felting) and the huge selection of board games persist. Interior getting pretty scruffy (as opposed to ‘lived-in’). Interesting fact is that the pub was a brothel, many years ago. Four ales on from the Youngs list; St Austell Tribute, Youngs Bitter, Wells Bombardier and Redemption Big Chief (in good shape). Surly barmaid and no other customers. Desperately needs some oomph injecting - could be one of the best in SA but seems content to coast in the ‘worth going to on a crawl’ list, somewhat.

July 2009
Traditional multi-roomed island bar pub which had four ales on (St Austell Tribute, Crouch Vale, Deuchars and Pedigree) plus a cider (Westons). My Crouch Vale was good and I enjoyed a game of bar billiards in a genteel atmosphere - genteel because it was very quiet indeed. Odd, given the White Lion a few yards up the street was pretty busy and it was high afternoon on sunny Sunday. Also spotted a large selection of board games to choose from, some books and a TV (switched off). Small side patio. The Temperance Ladies in the Gents made me smile. I rather liked it here and will make a beeline for it next time I'm the town - and would hope to see some more customers! Rated 7

On 1st August 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Clive Thompson
St Albans Abbey, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
St Albans City, 0.72 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Park Street, 1.93 miles, 37 min walk (show)
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26th May 2018, 08:58
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26th May 2018, 08:43
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Weekend lunchtime only - last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes - Back bar can be hired - last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday - last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 October 2015 by ROB Camra
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