Excellent British food
An innovative British menu. I enjoyed everything, though my US friends found some of the flavours unfamiliar. Excellent value with the TopTable discount.
The food was slow to come, but the service was otherwise good. The restaurant was humid on a warm evening.
Very good as usual
We have been numerous times and never disappointed, even though we went early, 4.30, and there were only a few people in the restaurant at first it was buzzing. I would like to commend the staff who are always polite, pleasant and attentive.
I wish there was more choice of fish, Sea Bass for example as the two fish they offer I don't like, also seafood as a main would be a good option.
Great food and service
From the outside the restaurant looks like a standard pub however once inside, it is definitely a classy establishment. We went for pre-theatre dinner and were in a rush. The wait staff were extremely accommodating. The food was fantastic and definitely worth the price. Would definitely recommend this place.
Great experience, again!
I booked an evening meal with an old friend and my wife. We had steak - fillet, ribeye and sirloin - and all were cooked to perfection and were very good quality meat.
I thought I had booked a "50% off food" deal, but it turns out that I had not. I was not able to verify the booking as I had insufficient reception on my phone, but I eventually realised that I must have been wrong. To my surprise, the manager agreed to take 20% off my bill as I had booked in good faith and had been confounded by my own computer illiteracy.
A slightly more expensive experience than intended, but impressed with management flexibility.
One of our favourites!
I love this restaurant. On this visit there were a number of items on the menu which were unavaliable, which was unfortunate, but still managed to have a lovely meal. Excellent value with the TT deal.
Pre Theatre Dining Experience
We arrived very early evening, probably the second group of diners to arrive. The door staff were helpful and courteous.
The waiting staff were attentive but they did not rush us to decide on drinks or food. Interestingly 4 of the five diners wanted 'fish and chips' and 'Salmon' dishes, unfortunately they were 'off'. We then chose a combination of the Black Bream, Salads and the Beef Wellington, which were absolutely scrumptious!
Fortunately, we did not want Starters or Desserts, as we would not have had time to eat them before needing to leave to go to the Theatre around the corner; that was ok as the portions were large enough to satisfy our appetites. We ended the meal with teas and coffees, which were fine. I would go back again.
Lovely birthday treat
I bought a 3 course dinner and whisky masterclass voucher through Amazon and thought it was great value for money. The whisky masterclass was for my boyfriends birthday and he throughly enjoyed it.
A shame that on the night we visited there was so little choice on the menu as most of the main dishes were 'off'
Great as always
I've never had a bad meal or bad experience at Albannach. This time, one of us was 30 min late, and the restaurant didn't try to rush the rest of us at all - the waiters just brought us drinks and left us alone. And when we finally ordered, both the service and the food were great - as always.
Albannach on Trafalgar Square
Food was really delightful, the portions seemed small but we were both full at the end of our two course meal. TT deal made it very reasonable especially as the food was really cooked incredibly well. Service was friendly but eventhough there seemed to be so many people employed and sort of hanging around (not short staffed!) it took a while for our order to be taken. I will return good ambience.
Lunch at Albannach
I've had the special £10 deal on steak and chips here before, but this time went for the Top Table 50% off food on al a carte - v good idea. Great goats cheese and beetroot salad. Lots of wines by the glass. Relaxing atmosphere.
Very good service and very nice food. A bit expensive but I would definitely go back. Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and she loved it so cant complain
Warm welcome at the door and service at the table. Enjoyed our food and ambience.
Dinner at Albannach pre-opera for a birthday treat. Free bottle of champagne if it's your birthday! New waiter was a little perplexed but otherwise the usual friendly service. Venison with beetroot mash, celeriac and berries excellent. 50% off food made it very good value.
We are ladies of a certain age and for many years have met once a week to eat "out". A few months ago we discovered Albannach and have since eaten there on numerous occasions. Our budget just about covers a meal at your restaurant, with wine (which we shall not give up). Our favourite dishes were Oysters, Duck, Liver and Steak, but since the new Westminster restrictions and because of the extra charges for certain items and those not included in the Toptable offer we find our choice of food limited, therefore we may have to find another restaurant which can offer us a wider choice, which is disappointing as we truly enjoy being in your restaurant.
Weeknight birthday meal
Husbands a big steak/whisky fan so loved it!They had a lovely menu,even for a vegetarian.He said steak was delicious!Lovely sides to go with meats.Beautifully decorated restaurant/bar.The only slight let down was the delays by staff.We really wanted to order food after finishing whisky tasting but had to go and get a waiter. Then we wanted a drink to go with food-again had to go and ask someone.They really werent that busy so Im not sure what the delay was about.We had to keep waving at people after waiting quite long periods of time to get attention.Overall a lovely evening but slightly more attentive staff would make it perfect!Would def recommend it as have been here previously and the staff are always lovely,even when a bit slow :)
The staff are fantastic, service is great and I think that makes a dining experience. The food is good but not excellent. Our meal was fine but in general a little over cooked, beef chewy, salmon on the rubbery side etc. So overall I'd say this is a nice restaurant with good service just be very specific if you don't want the chef over cooking your food.
Excellent meal and wine in
Excellent meal and wine in a very convenient location. With the 50% this made it even more pleasurable but we would have been willing to pay the full price for this experience. Asked whether we had a good meal our reply was that "well we will probably come back again!".
Had a lovely dinner with friends and very impressed by the food and service!
Pre Theatre Menu
Great location and plenty of staff to ensure we received a prompt service when on a tight time schedule prior to theatre show.. Food well presented and met expectations. An enjoyable experience
Meal was delicious, service was charming and helpful when asked questions, I would definitely go back again!
Good food and nice ambiance
Good food and nice ambiance a bit spoilt by tables being too close to each other. Excellent service, though 12.5% added to the bill without asking. Worth it other than onto drinks. Excellent position in Trafalgar Squre makes for easy access to theatres. Very good haggis served, but could do with more neeps on the plate!
Albannach, thank you so much! At our request in advance, you put on a fantastic 3 course dinner for Canadian Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we were the only ones who opted for it, which means that you went to a lot of trouble for 3 people. It was a creative take on traditional turkey and pumpkin pie (a pumpkin cheesecake) and we so appreciated it. Your staff were all hovering around to see if we enjoyed it! We hope you will do it again next year and with more publicity and advance notice we can find some more Canucks who will join you.
I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!
We wanted somewhere reasonably nice to eat, not too expensive and convenient for the theatre and found Albannach through Top Table and on the theatre's website.
Expecting the overpriced, mediocre food usually served at restaurants overlooking tourist attractions anywhere in Europe we were delighted to find that even at full price it wasn't going to be a particularly expensive meal.
The food was good and exceptional value once 50% had been deducted. Portions were big too
The staff were very friendly and the service, excellent
There are some mixed reviews out there but based on my experience I would definitely go back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.
Albannach does not disappoint
We have been to Albannach several times and usually take guests from overseas to enjoy the location (overlooking Trafalgar Square), the decor (deer-themed) and of course the wonderful Scottish cuisine. We enjoyed seared scallops, beef and yorkshire pudding, mussels and the house speciality, Beef Wellington which was very substantial but absolutely delicious. We expect to be back!
excellent food, i have been
excellent food, i have been there before and highly recommended
Haggis, salmon, and cranachan
How can you go go wrong with the menu? Great fares. The service was very slow but I think our waitress was new. The food was very good, the portions were perfect - 2 sharing platters for 5 we're perfect starters. My lamb chops were cooked perfectly. The 5 of us shared 3 desserts and all three were perfect. I love this restaurant.
2nd visit and it didn't disappoint. Good food, good service and a pleasant ambience. I'll be back.
Great birthday meal
I booked a table for my birthday, for myself and several friends. Some of us had dinner first, and the rest drifted in to join us for after drinks. The staff were very welcoming to all of us, and we enjoyed excellent service throughout the meal, and for drinks, without being either rushed, or ignored at any point - service was equally good for food and for drinks after. We finished off in the club downstairs, which was a great end to an excellent evening. The whisky range was as good as always, and the food great in itself.
Quick and Tasty Pre-Theatre Meal
Pleasant meal overlooking Trafalgar Square. We used the 50% pre theatre offer, eating early before a show. This made the bill reasonable for the quality and location. Service was nice and quick, just as we needed for a pre-theatre meal. The TT offer was missed off the original bill, but sorted out quickly and without fuss. Great for Whisky lovers.
Great As Always!
This was our fourth/fifth visit to Albannach and again we had great food and service. We took along some friends and they really enjoyed it too! Keep up the good work!
Good food, good ambiance
I've been to albannach 3 times and it never failed to disappoint me. Everyone I've been with love it too! From the food, ambiance and lovely service. It's especially a good deal with toptable offer. Can't wait to go back again!
So pleased to have found this place
We booked a table for our pre theatre supper and had the 50% off our meal deal from Top Table. The place was super and we had a great view looking over the square. The staff were really friendly and explained the menu choices to us and the costs related to the deal. We had two great courses each, a good bottle of red and hubby had a whiskey chaser for £80, Would highly recommend this place and we will definitely go back when we are next up in London.
Good meal and service. We had children come to join us for drinks and staff were more than accommodating.
Pre theatre delight
I saw that Albannach had mixed reviews so was a little apprehensive. However, my wife and I had a very good meal, and the service was excellent. The Cullen Skink was fabulous, but my black bream, although well cooked, was a bit on the small side. My wife had mussels as a starter, very good and a generous portion. Her fish and chips was also very good. I would say that the full price is a very full price, and the Toptable offer is needed to make this work. We will use this restaurant again.
Not a complaint atall, but we did dine at 7pm on a Friday night and the restaurant was very noisy. Surely only a sign of your success?!.
Scottish themed dining
We have dined at Albanach on a number of occasions. Food always of a good standard but this time service was indifferent and choice of whiskers limited. I had to ask for 4 different types before one was available from stock - not what you expect from a restaurant which promotes it's 'extensive' choice of malts.
It would not stop me from dining again but I would check in advance that restaurant is holding in stock the choice of malts it promotes in its menu.
Never been in a Scottish restaurant
but I have to admit that it was a very good experience. The food was wonderful. Great flavour combinations - I had venison and my husband had haggis. Portions are not large but it is quite enough for a pre-theatre dinner or lunch. I would like to go back and try something else from the menu.
Something different and very good
I have not been to a Scottish restaurant in London before, but I do think this place offer a wee bit of Alba. If You enjoy good food and single malt, this is definitetly a place to visit. However, do not expect a place for quiet conversations or tranquility. In other words, a great place for after business meals, but not for a romantic dinner.
Great pre-theatre offer
The location of this restaurant (right on Trafalgar Square) and the decor lend it a special ambience and make it convenient for visitors to the National Gallery. I booked the pre-theatre offer for 4 of us and received 50% off the ala carte menu (it should be noted, only for starter and main). The menu showcases some fresh local produce like Scottish scallops and traditional dishes like cranachan. Definitely recommended if you want to try cosy British cuisine.
Excellent Pre-Theatre Choice
I picked this restaurant due to its closeness to Her Majesty's Theatre and the 50% discount for pre-theatre bookings. Booking on line was a doddle, service was very good and food tasty, my personal preference is against having to buy my vegetables as side dishes, it annoys me, but that didn't stop the food being cooked well and tasting good. Unfortunately we were stuck on a table by the corner of the staircase and there was no back to the bench for one of my companions and my back rest was an uncomfortable wooden panel and window ledge so I had to fold up my coat for a cushion. It was also dark beyond ambiance in that corner which made seeing the food tricky.
Excellent modern British cuisine
The food here was really delicious, lovely choices on the menu. Great ambiance, decor and layout. Wonderful flavours and presentation. The staff were perfectly attentive and lovely in their demeanor. The 50% pre-theatre deal is great. My only comment is that the exclusions online are not the same as the exclusions mentioned when in person at the restaurant limiting the menu rather drastically. Would go back.
Albannach we will be back
Absolutely great food.Scallops and cullen skink starter amazing, my husband had the beef wellington which he stated was "marvellous" and i had fish and chips - the best batter ever. Big hearty portions and attentive, without being overbearing staff.
One main thing let the whole experience down - the LOOs! They really do need an overhaul, one soap between about 6 sinks, grubby walls and a rather nasty smell. They are downstairs and out of sight, but when you have to go it doesnt make for a nice trip.
I tried the Albannach after being recommended by a friend and had lunch with a colleague, the ambience was good if a little quiet, service was efficient. I had Beef Wellington which was delicious, perfectly cooked, my colleague had the nicoise which was also really good. I would recommend it although probably more atmosphere in the evening.
Excellent as usual
Albannach on Trafalgar Square for a pre-theatre meal, though we ended up having the 50% off food offer. Recommend the fish platter as a shared platter. Lamb chops done perfectly. Attentive but not intrusive service.
We had a fabulous meal here
We had a fabulous meal here - we were late for our booking but it was no problem and the service was excellent - despite being very busy... and with the 50% off food offer it was great value for money. A good place to go for whiskey buffs as the selection on offer was extensive.
Great decor, superb food, exceptional drinks menu, however let down a little by the slightly brusque service and the dreadful loos!
I booked here for something slightly different for my boyfriend's birthday and I have to say everything was amazing. They took note of my dietary requirements and checked my orders to ensure I could eat them. We had the seared beef and scallops to start, venison and 10oz steak for mains, with sides, and champagne jelly and tipsy laird for dessert. Wine and drink suggestions were spot on too, and the birthday message in chocolate for my boyfriend with dessert was a lovely touch! Can't recommend Albannach highly enough - we can't wait to go back!
Great place for a special time.
I took a friend in in Friday for a pretty Christmas treat. Really lovely food and service. Afterwards we visited the nightclub downstairs to dance the night away. Thoroughly recommended.
St Andrews night
Slightly disappointing no noticeable celebration of Scotland's national day but a very enjoyable meal, with good, friendly service. Patient with our indecisive group! Drinks were quick and the G&Ts very generous with the G.
Venison was tender and tasty. The rump steak a bit chewy. The cullen skink was good although not hot. Everything else was good