This weekend sees the end of the two week long St Albans Food and Drink Festival. There have been a variety of events around the city over the two weeks, but today was the first real chance for Mr C and I to see what was going on.
Today there were a series of outdoor events and luckily the weather stayed dry for them. An al fresco food court was set up along side a stage celebrating World Music Day (which I thought was in June?) and some of the city’s restaurants were serving up “outdoor takes” on their usual menus.
When Mr C and I arrived, just after 12 noon, many of the chefs were still preparing in their new outdoor kitchens. We therefore decided to go and try one of the local restaurants themselves. We decided to head down to the Verulam Arms.
This pub is currently promoting itself as “St Alban’s Free-range pub” [sic]. Although I hadn’t realised their poor grammar before entering I was hopeful about the food that we could get there. We knew that the pub chef was up at the food and drink festival cooking for people up there, and as a result of this the pub itself was only serving a limited menu. It still all sounded really nice though so we ordered our drinks and headed out to the “Pimm’s Garden” which proved to be quite a sun-trap.
Our food came after not too long a wait. The pate and home-made chutney that I had was really quite delicious. Mr C had a sausage sandwich with a side order of chips – also quite yummy. The staff were very friendly and service good. I certainly look forward to coming and eating here again.