To be fair to CAMRA-HQ, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a bad Beer Guide pub in the city, though the homebrew at the Farmer’s Boy was always a bit testing. If honest, I miss the Farrier’s Arms, a bastion of McMullens in it’s day, albeit also a bastion of Gooners.
The Robin Hood is a bastion of good beer rather than choice, always a good line to take in my experience. It’s also a bastion of early ’80s cheesy pop, greeting me with this classic;
Personally, I believe pubs that play Sheena Easton should get a free pass into the GBG, but apparently some branches believe beer quality should be the overriding factor.
The Robin Hood isn’t in for stunning architecture, or breadth of beer range. Or even Locale credentials.
Just quality, the best Harvey’s I’ve had since Hailsham. Cool, rich, tight head, proper glass, I rated it NBSS 3.5+, in another undemonstrative St Albans boozer.
Some very plain bench seating, and a sense of not much changing over the decades, bar a diminution in lunchtime drinking. I used to have meetings here across the road occasionally in the ’90s, when the Mermaid was always the post-work boozer of choice for the Oakham (probably still is).
Just a skipping CD player and the one cheery chap for company, and I’ve no idea what he was drinking in that giant glass.
“Senses Working Overtime” replaced “9 to 5” on the jukebox, just as it is written, and all was well with the world.
Just keep picking Beer Guide entries for beer quality, South Herts CAMRA.