Vote for the festive pub of the year

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News release: 15 November 2018

An annual contest to find the most festive pub of the year in St Albans has been launched – and nominations are invited.

Hare and Hounds gets its prize last year
The competition – sponsored by The St Albans Review – is intended to encourage the City’s pubs to bring an extra sparkle to St Albans’ during the Christmas period.

A judging panel will visit nominated pubs to see first-hand what efforts they have made to mark the festive season.

They will assess the decorations, customer service, drinks selection and general atmosphere before deciding the winner. 

In particular, they will be looking for something that sets the pub apart from the others, such as an innovative idea or the personal touch

The winner will get a certificate and a glass trophy that they can show off to customers.

Nominations should be sent by Monday 10 December to

Last year’s winner was the Hare and Hounds, Sopwell Lane, with the Rose and Crown, St Michael’s Village, triumphing in 2016.

Councillor Salih Gaygusuz, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business and the Community, will be one of the judges as will Councillor Roma Mills.

Cllr Gaygusuz said: “This is a fantastic way of recognising the pubs which add some excitement to the Christmas atmosphere.

“St Albans is a wonderful place to be during the festive season and we want to encourage our local businesses with their efforts to make it extra special.”

Cllr Mills said: “Pubs put in a terrific effort at Christmas to make St Albans a more attractive place for residents and visitors.

“This contest is a fun way to reward all that hard work and is a well-established part of the City’s Christmas programme.”

Picture: Cllr Mills, 2nd from the right, presents last year's winners the Hare and Hounds with its award.

Councillors contact:
Councillor Salih Gaygusuz, Portfolio Holder for Business and Community at St Albans City and District Council, Tel:  01727 858289, Email:

Councillor Roma Mills, St Albans City and District Council. 
Tel: 01727 837319

Media contact: 
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130 E-mail: