In a prime position opposite the Cathedral, Clarion Collection Hotel St Albans is right at the…
The Holly Bush
“Country pub with old-world charm”
POTTERS CROUCH, HERTFORDSHIRE
Close to St Albans with its Roman ruins and good local walks, there is a delightfully welcoming atmosphere at this picturesque 17th-century pub, which is tucked away in a peaceful hamlet. Wooden benches and tables, antique dressers, log fires and exposed beams set the interior style and there’s a large enclosed garden. Both traditional and modern pub fare is offered. At lunch there’s ploughman's, baked potatoes, garden salads, deli platters, burgers and toasted sandwiches; while on the evening menu there might be lamb koftas, feta cheese salad, pittas, tzatziki and olives, followed by cherry and almond tart with double cream.
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About the area
As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.
The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.
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