The word on the St Albans street

JUNE 2017

We’ve not had a Word of Mouth post for a while so here we go. This time I’m hitting you with food, hair, nails, homewares and an open air cinema – all on our St Albans doorstep.

Food and drink

St Villa has brought British European, contemporary fine dining to St Albans. Downstairs is sophisticated yet relaxed, with an open kitchen and space to eat or have a drink at the long marble bar. Upstairs there’s more formal dining and outside there is a large sun-trap of a terrace to enjoy a cocktail or dine al fresco. They have just launched their new Summer menu, which includes some options for children and a special lunch / early evening menu which is a smaller selection of dishes but is great value for money. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to hear about their Summer BBQs and any special offers. They take online booking on their website. [St Villa, 2 Marlborough Road, St Albans,]

The Fleetville Larder is a lovely addition to the St Albans food and drink scene. It’s a deli and coffee shop type affair; serving up drinks, cakes, pastries, breads and light bites – salads, smashed avocado on sourdough, bruschetta etc. On the shelves you’ll find jams, pickles and chutneys and locally produced Chiltern oils, Dizzy Bee granola and bars, Campfire gin, Virginia’s kitchen preserves and Farr Brew beer. And not forgetting the important things, there’s a fridge full of artisan cheeses and a great selection of wines, available to have in or takeaway. There is a small toilet at the back, which does have a baby change facility. There are highchairs too but it’s not a big place so it’s a better option for a child-free coffee and catch-up…or a glass of something stronger. They’ve recently started taking table bookings for Friday nights – cheese and wine night anyone?! (Open until 10pm Fridays only). Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with what’s new. [The Fleetville Larder, 129 Hatfield Road, St Albans,]

Sadly some popular St Albans restaurants have recently closed…Paprika, Jade Garden, Four Nations, Zaza and Freddies. Zaza has reopened as another Italian called Alloro – they are continuing to do the Tuesday night special that Zaza used to do – £21.90 for two courses and unlimited wine. Freddies has also changed owners and is now Saute Grill, a Turkish bar and restaurant.

Hair and nails

If you’re looking for a new hairdressers, look no further than Trinder Hair – a fabulous new salon, run by Marc and Sophie Trinder. With more than 20 years of experience between them, the Trinders were previously part of the artistic team at Charles Worthington; they’ve been stylists for the BAFTA’s and London Fashion Week…and now they are here in St Albans to give you a new look. (Check out their Facebook page to see photos of some recent hair transformations). The salon is getting rave reviews – so much so that you’ll have to wait a good few weeks to get an appointment but it will be worth the wait! Appointments can be made online through their website or Facebook page. [Trinder Hair, 19B Verulam Road, St Albans,]

Another new name on the St Albans beauty scene is The Salon Nail Boutique. With a relaxing ambience and décor of greys and neutrals, this salon prides itself on luxury pampering in a fume free and toxic free environment. You’ll find all the usual Manicures, Pedicures, Gel Nails, Nail Enhancements and Nail Art services but no acrylics or harsh chemicals. Bookings can be made online. Bring your cash as they don’t take card payments. [The Salon Nail Boutique, 127 Hatfield Road, St Albans,]

Retail therapy

Cositas opened on Holywell Hill earlier in the year. It’s a cute little treasure trove of homewares and gifts. You’ll find everything from furniture to glassware, mirrors, artwork and accessories for your home. Stock changes regularly and they also have pop-up displays from local businesses. And if you’re of a creative disposition, check out their monthly workshops – furniture painting, abstract art or how to make your own terrarium garden. [Cositas, 32-34 Holywell Hill, St Albans,]

St Albans Film Festival

From the 5th – 9th July, St Albans will play host to its 4th annual film festival. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is open-air film screenings in the grounds of St Albans Cathedral. Two of the films being shown are Thelma & Louise on Thursday 6 July 2017 from 20:00 to 22:30 and Inside Out on Friday 7 July 2017 from 12:00 to 14:00 Tickets are still available. The full line-up of events can be seen on the film festival website >

The final word on the street…

Is about us! Our next St Albans event is book club on Wednesday 21 June, from 7.30pm – the book we’ll be discussing is Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. Find out more about this event here >

And last but not least, in case you missed them, here are the links to our most recent blog posts:

*Looking for a new book to read? Take a look at our latest book club shortlist >

*To the Mum who’s trying to juggle everything life throws at her. One of our members gives her thoughts on why Mums won’t stop doing it all >

*Planning your next family getaway? Here’s a review of a child – and parent – friendly resort in Crete >

*How do you spend your spare time? In need of something new to do? Get some inspiration from our post on classes and activities around St Albans >

That’s it for today. Don’t forget to let me know [] if there’s a person/product/place you would like to recommend (it doesn’t need to be St Albans based). x


1 Comment on The word on the St Albans street

  1. While you’re in St Albans if you have a chance, check out the waffle house there. It’s really great, they have an exclusive waffle menu for all times of the day, both sweet and savoury. Yummy!

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