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Watch Christo's guide to St. Albans

Boss of real ale bible calls time after 40 years

RAISE a glass to the man who saved us from gassy, fizzy 70s beer and helped create the classy craft ale revolution we’re enjoying today. At the age of 78 – after his 24th edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide – Britain’s Mr Beer is finally retiring as editor. But his crusade to bring us better brews and protect the people who make them will go on. Over a pint of Moor’s Hoppiness – one of his favourite new brews – Roger Protz talks me through the revolution. “In the 1970s there were just 105 breweries left as a result of a wave of takeovers and mergers by six big brewers who were pushing bland, fizzy keg beer which was ready to drink as soon as it hit the pub. It was awful.

YE olde fighting cocks joins fight to save st albans pubs

Christo has joined a number of publicans in the city to give his support to Sean Hughes, the owner of Dylan's and The Boot, who has launched the Save St. Albans Pubs Campaign, which is calling on the government to offer additional rate relief to pubs who are facing a 72% hike in rates that is likely to lead to severe job losses and pub closures. Talking to the Hemel Gazette last month, Christo said business rates for the pub are due to soar by 47% over the next five years. That works out  at having to sell 7,000 extra pints per year to make a profit. 

Hughes echoed Christo's comments, telling the Herts Advertiser that the Save St Albans Pubs campaign had calculated 80% of pubs in St Albans will see their rates rise by 72%, which equals £27,000 a pub....

herts food & drink awards 2017 nomination

Following our recent prestigious local award of Best Pub we have been nominated for best pub in Hertfordshire. You can see the investment we have made in the pub over the past nearly five years and I look forward to continue to make more. Whilst this pub is on my watch we will continue to make it as good as it can be.

pub of the year winners

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks took home the Best Pub award at the St. Albans and Harpenden Food Festival 2016. This is the third time We have won the award and just highlights the amazing work the team ....

beer lab

The beginning to follow will be the middle; I have no idea when it will end. Salmon are a delicacy and plentiful if you know where to fish, we have Salmon on our menu, we like it. However, the beer Lab wants to catch...

comedy night raises more than a smile

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks played host to a comedy night on Saturday 18th February to help raise money for Verulamium at play - a great local charity raising money to improve the play facilities in Verulamium park. 

blacklisted beer

We teamed up with St Albans newest brewery Nick Farr and Matt Elvidge of Farr Brew to brew our own beer. The editor of the good beer guide and CAMRA's Roger Protz on the food festival finale too....

saracens partner

We have recently signed a three year deal and are now Business Club + members to the mighty Saracens. Many have asked me if the commercial value is worth it...

open mic night is changing

Friday night is all about our Open Mic. Established for 6 years now and proud to say Friday is still all about live music. Our open mic hosts some of the finest talent around. It is yet another ....

Peta has called for Ye Olde Fighting Cocks to change its name. Our customers however, have another idea!

peta call for pub name change

We have recently signed a three year deal and are now Business Club + members to the mighty Saracens. Many have asked me if the commercial value is worth it...

best Sunday lunch

We have lost count of the number of customers asking if they can buy clothing that our staff really show off, it seems that there is quite the demand for anything with our famous logo on...