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Dylans Kings Arms, St Albans Central, St. Albans

Pub added by Graham Mason
7 George Street
St. Albans
AL3 4ER
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Pub SignMan left this review about Dylans Kings Arms

This is a cosy two room pub/restaurant in the historic centre of St Albans, occupying a lovely old timber framed building with striking glazed tile bands either side of the two entrances, one of which is now seemingly blocked. The pub is split into front and back rooms, both of which have a strong emphasis on food, so much so that when I arrived on a Thursday evening, I was forced to sit out on a picnic bench out on the cobbled street in front of the pub, due to every table inside being booked by diners. This denied me the chance to get a proper look inside, but I was allowed in to fill out the various bits of Covid paperwork, so I was able to have a quick look at the front room which has the servery over to the right and some decent seating options to the left. The walls are half panelled and dark wood beams across the ceiling help give the room an authentic traditional pub feel, enhanced further by muted lighting and various paintings, photos and mirrors around the walls. The front windows were liberally filled with generous flower displays, adding some good colour to proceedings and acting as something of a snob-screen to prevent passers-by from peeking in. The bar has a nice dark wood counter although it appears to be fairly modern and seating comes mainly in the form of high tables and stools along the left-hand wall, although more comfortable tables and chairs can be found by moving through into the rear room where things seem to have been set up more explicitly to cater for diners.
There was a constant stream of diners coming and going throughout the course of my visit, which suggests the place is very popular but had the downside of keeping the staff within the pub rather than coming outside and taking my order, so I was left in the cold for some time before I was able to order a pint of the sole cask ale – Three Brewers of St Albans Golden (£4.50). Once the beer arrived, I was pleased to find it was in good nick, with a satisfying big foamy head. Eight craft keg beers were also listed on the drinks menu, including brews from the likes of Gypsy Hill, Verdant, Boundary and Tiny Rebel.
I’m not sure I can offer a fully formed opinion of this place, having barely made it over the threshold, but I was able to surmise that it lends itself more to the diner than the drinker, but that should you wish to persist, you will at least be rewarded with a good quality pint to sup in a reasonably attractive, albeit food-led environment. I’m pleased I stopped off here but with so many good ale houses around the city, I’m only likely to head back here if I want something to eat.

On 13th November 2020 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Dylans Kings Arms

Very easy to miss as you walk down George Street and that would be a shame.This old building has just one functional door into a tap room with a fine exposed wooden beam ceiling and some interesting hunting trophies of two Rams Heads.It's all very authentic with some high tables and a drinking shelf along the modest front window.Up some steps is a more formal restaurant and some fine cooking smells were wafting about.
There is a Snacking Menu in the tap room ,which looked interesting with a median price of £8,but this is upmarket St Albans.There are 9 keg taps but these seemed to have produce formerly by craft brewers but now takenover by mega breweies (viz Camden Town,Beavertown,Goose Island )
There are three handpumps offering a real cider ,Oakham JHB and a very decent 3 Brewers English Golden Ale in a CAMRA beer festival glass.
This is a quality establishment,maybe not suited for a massive session but most worthy of a crawl visit when in the area.

On 22nd August 2019 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about Dylans Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is situated in the middle of St Albans.
Once inside there is an oblong shaped room which runs to the rear,the bar is on the front right side,there are tall tables and chairs in the front area,the rear area is up three steps and there are normal tables and chairs here.
There was one real ale on the bar which was Dark Star Hop Head,this was a very nice drink.
The pub was quite busy with drinkers in the front area,there was decent background music playing.
I thought this was a decent pub to have a drink in.

Pub visited 24/6/2017

On 10th September 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
St Albans Abbey, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
St Albans City, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Park Street, 2.09 miles, 40 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Dylans Kings Arms, St. Albans
13th Nov 2020, 16:23
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
22nd Aug 2019, 18:58
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint, includes real cider - last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 November 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 July 2019 by ROB Camra
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