The Maida Vales' refreshing approach to music sees the group avoid the usual suspect sounds we've heard time and time again. Instead, the band favour the more eccentric tones and feel-good numbers of the early Stones, Kinks and the more recent such as Dandy Warhols, Supergrass and The Raconteurs. The Maida Vales' keen ear for melody, hooks and groove make for a stand out, infectious, fuzz-pop sound.
Run by landlords Mark and John, the Mermaid is a traditional pub in the heart of St Albans, serving ever-changing real ales, the best selection of traditional real ciders anywhere locally, and a range of Belgian beers. The pub's newly-expanded and covered garden complements its charming interior filled with breweriana.