THIS year's Festive Pub of the Year competition will be decided on Friday.

Twenty pubs have been nominated by Review readers and they will all be put to the test this week by our mystery drinkers.

Each establishment will be assessed on a number of different criteria including the decorations, the level of Christmas cheer on show from staff and of course, the pub's Christmas menu.

Our Retailer of the Year committee - which comprises of the Review, St Albans District Council, St Albans Chamber and St Albans Civic Society - has challenged city centre pubs to push the boat out in a bid to be crowned St Albans Festive Pub of the Year, a title won by The White Lion in Sopwell Lane last year.

Pubs nominated this year are:

Bar 62, Catherine Street

Verulam Arms, Lower Dagnall Street

Cock Inn, St Peters Street

The White Lion, Sopwell Lane

Spotted Bull, Verulam Road

Waterend Barn, St Peters St

Crosskeys, Chequer St

Lower Red Lion, Fishpool St

Farmers Boy, 134 London Road

Robin Hood, Victoria Street

Hare and Hounds, Sopwell Lane

The White Swan, Upper Dagnall Street

The Peahen, London Road

The Portland Arms, Portland Street

O’Neills, Victoria Street

The Boot, Market Place

Slug and Lettuce, Victoria Street

Great Northern, London Road

Fighting Cocks, Abbey Mill Lane

The Goat, Sopwell Lane

Find out which pub has taken the 2011 title by logging on to this website on Friday afternoon or by reading next week's Review.