Friday 30 January 2015

Burgers and hot dogs from The Snug, St Albans

I'm moving in a few weeks and will yet again be a few minutes walk from the centre of St Albans. I can't wait to spend more time discovering places and sharing my favourites with you - lately it seems to be becoming a very cool little city and I'm happy to spread the word.

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I headed to The Snug for lunch - a cosy pub by the clock tower with excellent cocktails and amazing food. I was pretty obsessed with trying their Christmas burger this December, but upsettingly I never managed to make it in time (pleeease bring it back this Christmas - I hate to miss limited edition food!). However, their regular menu more than makes up for it - lots of American inspired food, which is right up my street. I was a very happy lady indeed when they asked if I fancied doing a review.

We both had a non-alcoholic cocktail to start with (I know, I know, but I was driving and Matt was feeling a bit delicate) but despite the absence of delicious booze, the English Fizz was really good - apple, cranberry, raspberry puree and elderflower. Yum.

Nachos were next, which we shared. They were really tasty, with lots of toppings and cheese layered all the way to the bottom. It didn't look like a huge bowl but it was more than enough, especially when we got to our mains.

Hot dogs are The Snug's thing, and I couldn't resist. I had the Pig Dog, which was topped with pulled pork, crispy bacon and American mustard. It was so good. I did have to lame out and eat it with a knife and fork so I didn't get it all over my face and clothes (which is my speciality, I'm a classy lass) but that's hardly a criticism. I would have preferred a brioche bun, but as the filling was so flavoursome, the simple soft roll actually complemented it really well. And I've never met a portion of sweet potato fries that I didn't like.

Matt chose the MYO Snug Burger, which meant he could choose his own toppings from an epic list. His bacon, brie and onion relish combo was such a winner, I didn't even get to try it! Outrageous! (Ok, I totally didn't share my hot dog either...)

We didn't have dessert because we were stuffed to the gills, but I'll be heading back soon to try their Oreo sundae. Oh, and their mac'n'cheese. And halloumi sandwich. Hey, I may just start early and go for the lumberjack breakfast (how good does that sound?)

We had a lovely time - the service was great (and always has been, whenever I've gone in, for the record). It's always packed on weekend evenings, but I love heading in for an early drink or beer garden times in the summer. As it's right in the middle of town, it's a great option to grab a bite - a hearty two thumbs up from me and my (very) full belly.

Thanks to the team at The Snug for a lovely trip - we'll be back!



  1. I live close to St Albans and I really enjoy days out there - I haven't eaten at The Snug before though! I'll definitely have to pay it a visit after reading this post (your'e making me hungry!) xx

    Ioanna |

  2. I love The Snug - the food is so good! Although it always makes me nostalgic for it's pre-Snug days and the £2 doubles they used to do! x

  3. The food looks good and yummy x

  4. Oh this looks amazing, I love the sound of Matt's burger!

    Maria xxx


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