Self-published author, Chrissy Smith, has released her latest historical fiction novel based around a former restaurant in St Albans.
Chrissy Smiths latest book, The Pilgrims Rest, is set in the popular restaurant that once resided at 1 Holywell Hill many years ago.
The novel reminisces on the family and staff who lived and worked at the restaurant and all the ghostly sightings, as well as an ancient tunnel found in the far corner of the cellar which runs underneath Holywell Hill to the centre of the Abbey itself.
Chrissy’s family ran the restaurant during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, so she was able to draw on factual evidence, as well as intermingle religious and historical truths and legends about the city.
A reader said: “If you have any knowledge of the legendary family run restaurant, The Pilgrims Rest from back in the day then, this book is a must.
“If you lived and grew up in the city of St Albans between the 60’s – 80’s you will find plenty of interest within its pages.
“Being lucky enough to have known many of the characters in the book, who are described here with great warmth, it provides a fascinating insight into this catering institution and those who ran it.
“The story of the enigmatic Alf is woven among the tales of daily life of the family, the restaurant and its staff.”
Another said: “A fantastic story well written loved it, I believe it should be made into a film I would love to go into the tunnel. The parts on the family brought back many wonderful memories.
“Fascinating story set in St Albans where I live. I liked the way time was used – going back and forth from one era to another. If you know the area, you’ll love it – but if you don’t it’s still intriguing.”
The Pilgrims Rest is now available on Amazon.