Red Lions And Fighting Cocks

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Continuing the stroll around St Albans with the band of merry men I met up with in The Robin Hood, we had visited The Mermaid, then the Boot. Next was the turn of The Lower Red Lion. Another pleasant old pub , rather homely inside.

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Rabbit rabbit

The conversation resumed, aided in my case with a decent drop of Tring Side Pocket For Toad, a beer I rarely see south of London. It’s a cosy two room pub and the hand pumps were in the other room, but can be seen across the bar with clips either side of the handle to save any confusion.

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I can see you

At this point I was getting so good at this photo lark I was taking them without even realising I actually was, here’s an arty one of the carpet, my knee and Richards Oxblood Doc Marten footwear.

St albans lower red lion carpet.jpg
Art

 

We left the pub and I stopped to admire a display of Cacti in house window along the way.

st albans cacti
Is that a rose amongst  the thorns?

 

After a short stroll we reached  The Six Bells and it was here that my talent for sub-conscious photography left me, I didn’t take any apart from one of the impressive fireplace.

st albans six bells fireplace.jpg It was yet another traditional locals pub .

We then took the ten minute or so picturesque walk across Verulamium Park with Paul Mudge blazing the trail as usual in the general direction of pub number six Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, reputedly one of the oldest pubs in the land, originally dating from the late 8th-century.

St albans Ye Olde Fighting Cocks 2015
photo from 2015

Its quite spacious inside and although its a popular with tourists and locals alike, we chose our drinks from the ample selection and found a table large enough to accommodate us all.

St albans Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pumpsSt albans Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

By now it was dark outside and we made the way to the last pub for me on this trip. The Great Northern, It seemed rather plain and basic inside but functional nonetheless with some decent beer to be had.

st albans Great Northern pumps

It had been a great day out , but it was time to head for my train, a quick visit to the loo beforehand revealed a blast from the past  and some proper advice.

st albans Great Northern loos

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6 thoughts on “Red Lions And Fighting Cocks

  1. “with the band of merry men I met up with in The Robin Hood”

    Well played! (thumbs up)

    “Rabbit rabbit”

    Does Richard have two pints in front of him?

    “Art”

    As I mentioned in one of Martin’s post; Banksy should be worried about you lot. 🙂

    “Is that a rose amongst the thorns?”

    I’m married to a Rose. Trust me, thorns are part of the package. 😉

    “and it was here that my talent for sub-conscious photography left me, ”

    I’m guessing a few pints may have had something to do with it (or the good company with regards to stimulating conversation of course!). 🙂

    “with Paul Mudge blazing the trail as usual”

    Ah. That would be the other Mudgie. 🙂

    “revealed a blast from the past and some proper advice.”

    Always buy your tickets in advance? (kidding!)

    Cheers

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  2. Great post Citra.
    I have to admit I share your tendency for subconscious arty photos – must have many photos of my feet and various street pavements…

    ‘Is that a rose amongst the thorns’ – great quote – but no…it’s an orchid.

    One of the oldest pubs in the land – must be with ‘Ye Olde’ in the name – stands to reason….

    Best photo is definitely the Pink Floyd poster – great find. But why do the need to display it in the toilets instead of the main pub…?
    …I will never understand the psychology of pub toilet decoration – but I suspect Boak and Bailey will write a book on it eventually…

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