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Craft & Cleaver, St Albans Central, St. Albans

62 Catherine Street
St. Albans
AL3 5BU
Phone: 01727851414
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Pub SignMan left this review about Craft & Cleaver

This pub has gone through numerous names and makeovers in recent times, currently finding itself set up as an in vogue craft beer bar. The main bar has exposed floorboards and a rough hewn, pewter topped bar counter along the back wall. Any signs of the pub’s history or character have been pretty much erased, with a grim scaffold bar back symptomatic of the situation. The nicest area for drinkers seems to be to the left where a mix of sofas, high stools and standard chairs serve a range of tables with a small fireplace on the end wall which weirdly had bottles of Adnams Copper House gin stacked on the mantle. Board games stacked in the rear window and a pump clip collection snaking its way from the wall across the ceiling added to the feel of somewhere suited to settling down with a pint, which was less easily said by the right hand side of the room. Here, a lone banquette opposite the serves tables set for dining and beyond this, past a partitioning wall with an open, arched window, there is a space with a much longer banquette under bare brick walls with very little in the way of character. Clean, pastel shades predominate, but the decor is so minimal that it all feels sterile and difficult to love. There must’ve been some sort of garden out the back, as most customers vanished around the far end of the bar, never to be seen again.
The pub doesn’t serve cask ale, but does instead offer a great range of small batch keg products from the likes of Weird Beard, Camden, Brooklyn and loads that I’d never heard of. I tried Mad Squirrel De La Creme Milk Stout, which set me back £2.60 for a half and was quite a sweet brew that didn’t really appeal to me. The staff were a bit stand-offish with pretty much all their customers and I just sat in the left hand part of the pub on my own, sipping my beer thinking about the next pub on my list.
I didn’t really get much from this place, but it’s a reasonable enough compromise between a modern craft bar situated inside a traditional pub. I’d come here on occasion if I lived locally, as it’s always good to dip into the craft world now and then, but the town has loads of great, characterful pubs with bags of atmosphere that beat this place hands down.

On 13th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Craft & Cleaver

Made-over in a very modern style, with background music to match. Offers food from its in-house smokehouse. Ten craft keg taps on the counter (including seven regulars and three guests) plus three handpumps rather hidden away at the back of the bar offering Waen Pamplemouse (£4.30), Great Heck Stormin' Norman and a cider from Kent.

On 23rd August 2015 - rating: 7
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moby duck left this review about Craft & Cleaver

Nice modern pub/bar,fairly spartanly furnished with bare wooden flooring throughout.A good choice of craft keg beers along with three cask beers,I went for the Mad Squirrel Milk Stout which turned out to be excellent. A good buzz here ,I liked it very much.

On 28th July 2015 - rating: 8
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13th Nov 2017, 21:43
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
10th Sep 2016, 23:07
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Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 9pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - 0:30am
Saturday12noon - 0:30am
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