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Waterend Barn (JD Wetherspoon), St Albans Central, St. Albans

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St Peters Street
St. Albans
AL1 3LE
Phone: 01727814100
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J D Wetherspoon

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Alan Winfield left this review about Waterend Barn (JD Wetherspoon)

Waterend Barn is a Wetherspoons pub that i had problems in trying to find.
Once inside this is quite a large Wetherspoons with different areas,there is a small area facing the entrance which has normal tables and chairs,the main room is through this with the bar facing,the room is large and oblong shaped,there are normal tables and chairs to the left,but this area is set aside for diners only,the right side has tall tables and chairs for drinkers,the ceiling is very high.
There was a decent choice of guest beers on the bar,i had a drink of Haresfoot Lock Keeper's,which went down well,the other real ales noted were Haresfoot Sundial,Sambrooks Junction,Farr Brew Porter,Titanic Captain Smiths and Spoons regulars GK IPA,GK Abbot and Doom Bar.
This is only the second Weterspoons that i have visited Wetherspoons that has had a separate area for diners,Cannon Street Spoons the other.

Pub visited 24/6/2017

On 29th August 2017 - rating: 7
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Graham Coombs left this review about Waterend Barn (JD Wetherspoon)

Well-described by Pub SignMan below. I will only comment that the address is misleading as it is actually in Civic Court; from St Peters Street go behind Ladbrokes, or there is a passageway from Victoria Street by the Slug & Lettuce.

On 20th July 2017 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about Waterend Barn (JD Wetherspoon)

Hidden away a little from the main thoroughfares, to the point that I walked past the place twice before I eventually found it, this is a huge Wetherspoons pub created from two 16th Century barns which were brought to St Albans in the 1930's from nearby Wheathampstead. On approach, you pass through a fairly large outdoor patio seating area before moving into a sizable porch with a blue plaque which gives you a handy synopsis of the pub's history. You then enter into a relatively small room which connects the two barns. A laminate floored walkway passes from one bar to the other with carpeted seating spaces to either side of it. There are pleasing windows to the front and a large arch brick fireplace on the back wall, with smart wood panelling and plain mirrors rounding out the decor. Moving through to the right, you enter the large main bar/barn which has a mix of carpets and exposed floorboards and a very impressive high wood beam ceiling. High tables with copper tops fill much of the front section of the room in front of an impressive lit fireplace with a tiled chimney breast and incredible large artwork above. The servery runs down the right hand wall and, in comparison to the rest of the area, has a fairly unremarkable counter and bar back. The rest of the room has been filled with standard tables and chairs plus a couple of button backed armchairs in front of a second lit fire towards the rear of the room. The back wall was perhaps a little inappropriately covered by a massive pull-down screen which was showing a cup fixture involving local favourites Tottenham Hotspur, although the fans were thankfully quite muted. In the front left corner there is a door through to a snug-like room called the Blenheim Room - a wide, shallow space with a mix of sofa and standard chairs, providing a peaceful retreat from the main bar area. The left hand barn appears to be the smaller of the two, but that's not to suggest that it is any less impressive. It's a lighter and brighter room thanks to a row of lattice windows down one side. Standard seating pretty much fills the entire room and the barn has the same wooden framed ceiling and some massive artworks at either end.
There are plenty of handpulls on the bar here, although six of them were doubled up with 'Spoons regular ale options. Thankfully these were supplemented by six guest ales from which I chose a pint of Haresfoot Wild Boy which was in decent shape if not a particularly interesting beer. There was a huge queue running from the bar almost out to the lobby when I arrived, which I promptly ignored in order to stand at the bar like a normal pub-goer. I was then served pretty much straight away - who queues in a pub?
This is a very interesting branch of Wetherspoons and one which I'm struggling to find another similar example of. The unique two-barn layout is well worth exploring and the place had drawn a large crowd which made for a lively atmosphere. As with most 'Spoons, some interesting beer options are pretty much a given, making this a good option to include on any crawl around town.

On 22nd April 2017 - rating: 7
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St Albans City, 0.55 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Patio - last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No - 50p CAMRA vouchers only - last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 September 2015 by Quinno _
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