Fears that the oldest pub in Britain faced closure have since been quashed.
A variety of national magazines, including The Sun and The Daily Mail, reported that Ye Olde Fighting Cocks was fighting for survival amidst the energy price crisis.
Landlord and co-owner of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Martin Robinson, allayed fears by announcing that “we are still very much alive and kicking”.
On social media, he said: “The headlines are misleading. Our management team told the journalist that turned up on our doorstep that a lot of pubs are going to struggle this winter due to the rising energy costs.
“Compared to many others across the UK, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is lucky: we are situated in an affluent area that attracts tourists.
“Our pub’s been jam-packed full with you wonderful people, we have had an amazing summer and for that we are truly grateful.
“Myself & my team would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the emails, phone calls & messages you have sent with offers of help, cash & fundraising ideas.
“It means so much to us that people from St Albans, & all over the world, feel this way about the pub.”