The Snug in St Albans has always been a popular cocktail bar, it has almost every cocktail imaginable, including ones made with ice-cream and now it is not only the garden that has had a makeover, but the menu too.

I went along to see the transformation and the interior seemed small and cosy, however the garden is now bright and colourful with booths and has a summer festival vibe.

To start with we ordered a couple of Snug signature cocktails - my friend had the Captain Pugwash, a rum based cocktail with Kwai Feh lychee liqueur, lychee puree, elderflower, apple juice and ginger ale. I went for the Pornstar Martini, which is made from Absolute vanilla vodka, Passoo passion fruit liqueur, passion fruit puree and served with half a passion fruit and a shot of Prosecco. Both were divine - the shot of Prosecco complimented the Martini really well, while the lychee and elderflower added a refreshing quality to my friend's drink.

Feeling peckish, for starters we created our own sharing platter (three dishes for £10.95), which included mozzarella chunks with a chilli sauce, glazed chicken skewers with a Sailor Jerry dip and shredded beef quesadillas. The crispy breadcrumbs the mozzarella was coated in was seasoned well and went well not only with the chilli sauce but the Sailor Jerry dip too. The glaze on the chicken skewers was sweet, but not sticky (which is a good thing) and tasted delicious.  I don't eat beef, but my friend said the quesadillas were packed full of flavour.

For the mains I opted to go for The Kiwi burger (£10.75), which was a homemade lamb burger with spinach, sliced beetroot, pineapple and a poached egg and came with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. An unusual combination, which surprisingly blended well together - however, it was a little dry for me and I did add both ketchup and mayonnaise to it. As sweet potato fries go they were pretty standard - it would have been nice if they were crispier and I was disappointed with the coleslaw as it tasted a little bitter, which is unusual.

My friend chose the Pulled BBQ Brisket burger (£9.25) for her main, which was slow cooked shredded beef brisket marinated in a barbecue sauce and came with skinny fries and coleslaw. We also added some onion rings (£3.45) to share. She described her burger as tenderly cooked and full or flavour, and even the skinny fries were lightly spiced and went with the burger well.

The onion rings on the other hand were more batter than onion and quite greasy.

Whilst we pondered the menu trying to decide on desserts, we both had another cocktail. My friend went for the Apple and Blackberry Crumble, which was Zubrowka vodka with blackberry liqueur, blackberry jam and apple juice. Another surprising combination - we expected it to be very sweet, but in fact it was quite zesty and complimented the vodka very nicely.

For my second cocktail I chose the Ginspector Morse and as the name suggest it was a mix of Beefeater gin, triple sec, lemon, apple juice and raspberry jam. Again all the ingredients complimented each other to give a lovely balanced flavour that was not too sweet or bitter.

Finally for dessert we decided to share a Brownie Sundae (£5.25) - although we didn't have much choice, it was either that or an Oreo Sundae. When it arrived, the first thing to note is that it was a very generous portion for the two of us - a good chunk of it was just vanilla ice-cream, but despite this, it did round off our meal nicely.

Overall if you are after a cocktail bar with plenty of choice for drinks and a light bite or just something a bit different to eat and not really fussed about dessert then I would certainly recommend going to The Snug, hence the four-star review.