I woke up this morning, took one look outside and said 'Well, I am not leaving the house today.' After a day or two of snow, I get seriously sick of the stuff, and after slipping and sliding my way home last night (admittedly after rather a lot of red wine), staying inside seemed like the best plan.
Luckily, my housemates persuaded me to see daylight and so I wrapped up warm, pulled on my trusty Hunter welly boots (normal shoes just don't cut it in this weather!) and ventured into St Albans for a walk in the snow and a yummy roast dinner.
I've been thinking about doing more posts on my little town for a while - I've lived in St Albans for my whole life, and yet I don't talk about it all that much. Since moving, I now live walking distance from the centre, and it's such a pretty place, I want to share more about it!
So in addition to the pretty photos of a snow covered Abbey (don't you think it's rather Hogwarts-ian?) I'm also going to do my first pub review. I'm on a mission to find the best roast dinner in St Albans, and figure I might as well record my attempts here!
The White Hart (website)
This pub is in one of St Albans's oldest buildings (dating to 1470) and has been given a bit of an overhaul in recent years. It's cosy and sumptuous with friendly, attentive staff. The prices aren't the lowest, but £12 is sort of average for a roast in St Albans.
The roast was nice, but a bit disappointing. It looks fairly small on the plate but it was plenty, and the chicken was moist and tasty. The roasties and yorkshires were a bit dry and I would have liked a lot more vegetables on my plate. The menu said they were honey glazed, which I don't believe they was. The gravy was awesome though, rich and red wine-y.
Overall, 7/10, mostly for the friendly service. Could do better, though!
However, the dessert gets a full on 10/10. Despite being on Weight Watchers, I couldn't resist the sound of Peanut Butter Parfait and I'm glad I didn't. It was AMAZING. Rich and sweet without being sickly, and satisfyingly peanut buttery (why do so many places scrimp on the PB?). I'd go back again, just for this. YUM.