Farriers Arms

Hertfordshire - St Albans

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

32-34 Lower Dagnall Street
St Albans
AL3 4PT

OS ref: TL145073

Tel: (01727) 851025

Email: anthonypassmore@gmail.com

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Nearby Station: St Albans City

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (St Albans City)

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A two-bar locals pub, little changed since the early 1960s. The disused doors to the lower bar indicate it was once split into bar, snug and off-sales. It now has a wooden floor, distinctive post-war bar counter and bar back and a brick fireplace of the same vintage. The light wood dado with attached benches is older. A sliding door leads into the upper bar which has an inter-war bar counter, an Art Deco fireplace and old dado panelling with benches attached. Note the plaque proclaiming that the first-ever CAMRA Branch meeting was held here in 1972.

A rendered brick corner street local which is little changed since the early 1960s with two small bars. This has been a pub since at least 1869; part of the building was originally a shop which was incorporated into the pub early last century.

The lower bar on the Lower Dagnell Street side has three (two disused) doors indicating it was formerly split into a bar, snug and off sales. The right hand door led to the off sales but the partitions were removed in the early 1960s and the bar here was changed as originally it went straight to the side wall where there is now a dart board. The off sales was only the width of the door and the black beams were added in the 1960s to strengthen the ceiling. Only a tiny part of the partition that separated the bar on the left from the snug on the right remains by the present entrance door. This bar has a wooden floor, distinctive 1950s style bar counter front, a 1950s (or older) bar back of shelves with mirrored panels and only one fridge has replaced some lower bar back shelving. The light-wood dado is old with wall benches attached and there is a 1950s brick fireplace; some panelling above the dado on the right hand side looks modern and the panelled ceiling is painted white.

A sliding door (always open) separates the small upper bar which has a panelled bar counter from the 1930s, a 1930s Art Deco brick fireplace now painted grey, old dado panelling with wall benches attached, a plain baffle and panelled ceiling painted white. Outside gents and ladies now under cover. Note the plaque on the pub which states "The first branch meeting of CAMRA was held in this pub on 20th November 1972". Parking can be difficult and vouchers are required during the daytime which can be bought from the pub.

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