St. Albans is a crowded town. Homes are strings of what we'd call townhouses; front doors are right up against the street.
Neighborhoods feature pubs full of people (why don't we have more pubs in the U.S.?). The pub where we ate lunch had yummy paninis and sandwiches.
At dinnertime we wandered a good bit (as we had, in truth, for lunch, it being a crowded Market Day and all). We finally parked illegally, as a number of other folks had done, and had a gorgeous meal at a Bangladeshi and Indian place. The number and variety of restaurants that we encountered in St. Albans was impressive, from chippies (fish & chips shops) to elegant seafood establishments, from pizza joints to a high-end Italian restaurant where we couldn't be seated without a reservation!