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The Albion
The Albion

The Albion Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.the-albion.co.uk
  • Email: info@the-albion.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 607 7450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 12.00 pm-3.00 pm
    Saturday: 12.00 pm-4.00 pm
    Sunday: 12.00 pm-9.00 pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 6.00 pm-10.00 pm
    Sunday: 12.00 pm-9.00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: English, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Albion is the perfect location for your special event whether a birthday, business function or wedding, from a large table to the hire of the entire pub including the garden.
    Our chefs will adapt to all food requirements, from snacks to banquets, with Whole Roast Suckling Pig a crowd pleasing speciality.
  • Private Party Contact: Jana Koubova 0207 607 7450

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus 43, Walking distance to Angel Tube and also Highbury Islington Tube
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Albion
The Albion is a Georgian gem left over from a time when Islington was fields and farmland, and where the regulars would take afternoon walks out of the city to visit us. We have a lovely garden which resembles places found in the South of France with the wisteria blooming and the willow creating a nice and relaxed atmosphere. In the back of the garden is an old barn which used to be a bar, and the rumour is that the Sex Pistols played their first concert in the barn. Inside, the log fires create a lovely atmosphere during the cold months, where you can wrap up and enjoy a drink or food both in our dining room and bar areas. We are frequented by regulars from our local area as well as their dogs. We happily provide both water and biscuits for visiting dogs and love to have them around. One of our specialities is a whole roast suckling pig with all the trimmings (buttered carrots and greens, roast potatoes, gravy and apple sauce).Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerEnglish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "The Albion is resting on it's reputation but the fact is, it's just not that good. With a Myriad of other Gastro pubs in the area doing fantastic fare, I (and my entire household) won't be bothering to go back for another sub-standard, overpriced evening. We've been there 3 times in the past 3 months: 1. We opted in for the suckling pig @ £350 w 'all the trimmings....' I don't think 10kg of under cooked carrots, some cabbage and some pretty underwhelming roast spuds classifies. Additionally the meat was spartan and flavourless. 2. We booked a table for an afternoon roast on a sunday: 3/4 roasts were sold out, as were both specials. 3. Friday: 2 x lamb raw not rare, mixed up the order, scallop starter sliced in half to resemble 2. A joke"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "I read quite few reviews of the Albion before visiting. I was slightly skeptical but I'm glad I went. Told a member of staff we were here for our half seven booking and as we were a little early, she said our table wasn't ready yet. Not a problem as we were seated on time. I ordered the beef, which came with one think slice of beef, a carrot, a parsnip, roast potatoes, peas, a yorkshire pudding and gravy. It was well cooked, but I think another slice of beef would of been a nice addition. The food was actually really tasty. It did come 30 minutes after we ordered, but this wasn't a problem as Sunday roasts should be a relaxing experience. Service was very good and I cannot really fault the place. Will go back again."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "My wife and I came here on a birthday trip to London. We had Sunday lunch at the Albion. It was our first visit to the Albion and to Islington. Some of the recent negative reviews regarding waiting times and staff behaviour on Tripadvisor and TopTable made us a bit trepidatious. Our fears were unfounded - the food and service were excellent. The setting is wonderful - didn't know there were such quiet, leafy areas in London. As good a Sunday lunch as we have had anywhere in UK - the Belly Pork was outstanding. The sirloin was very good - but the portion of beef served was a bit meagre - and this is the only gripe we had. Will definitely recommend the Albion to friends and family and will definitely be back."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Booked a table for 3 people for 3pm on Saturday. Shown to a table in the garden at 3 and placed our order at c3.10. Were asked to leave a credit card before getting any drinks which we didn't like but complied. Waitress warned we might have a longer wait as had chosen a hot starter (scallops) - surely these take no time to cook? Explained we were going to the Arsenal match (k.o. 5.30) and needed to leave by 4.45, assuming this would not be a problem. Starters didn't come until 4, an hour after we had sat down. Reiterated the need for us to leave at 4.45 but after much chasing including threatening to walk out, main courses arrived at 4.40 - had to bolt the food down, ruining any enjoyment. Overall, very disappointing."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I have dinned here a couple of times before, it is a lovely old pub with lots of character, & whilst in the past it has been very good, this time it was rather disappointing. Service was very slow, had I not caught the eye of the waitress I fear we could still be waiting for drinks now! Starters were ok... though mains were very disappointing. They were presented very well, however, my chicken pie was very oily & my colleagues triple fried chips were described as "like taking a mouthful of the Mediterranean" (a tad salty!). Sorry to say that this is not somewhere I'll be rushing back to..."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "our meal took 3 1/2 hours... we made a reservation at 6:30 so we could get home early and then we spent the entire night waiting for our food :( :( :("
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Ruined what would have been a nice evening for me and my six friends. They said food would be 30mins. In the end we waited over 1hr 15 mins. It was particularly unfortunate as I have a young toddler who was getting fractious after waiting around so long. The waiter also smashed a whole load of wine glasses whilst clearing up an empty table next to us. Thankfully they did take 25% off food and we did not pay the service charge but we would much rather have had a meal on time. Food itself was ok - I had the fishcake which was dry; they really need to serve it with a sauce like Hollandaise. Overall very disappointing. I will never, ever return to the Albion during peak times."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Had Sunday lunch here on 23rd March. Had booked a table in advance and the restaurant was clearly very busy but just had to wait 15 mins in the bar before being seated. Atmosphere was really nice and the building itself is lovely. The quality of the food was really good but could have been a bit warmer. The dessert was also amazing. However, the service let the experience down a bit. We had about 4 or 5 different waiters serving us, they were incredibly slow to bring water, food, dessert, drinks etc and they were all rushing around in a very disorganised manner. The table beside us had to wait more than one hour between their starter and main. overall, I would eat here again but if the service was no better, it would be my last time."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Good food, lousy service. What a pity. Recently moved to the area and had heard many good things. I booked 6 of us in for late Sunday lunch - including my cousin who was on honeymoon with his wife who had never been to the UK. Service was awful. It took ages to get served drinks & for food to arrive. Plates remained in front of us so long we ended up getting front of house to clear them - no waiter/waitress in sight. I don't understand why with such a large number of covers they would not have had more staff on for a Sunday. To their credit they refunded our starters as a sign of good will, but just investing in more and better staff would have meant they didn't have to do this. We weren't the only ones who ended up with money off..."
    dined on 16/03/2014
  • "My friends and I ordered drinks, waited half an hour whilst reminding any server that came our way, and eventually walked out never having received our drinks."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "We went to the Albion for dinner, after many people advised us to go and reading enthusiastic reviews online. As soon as we stepped in there was a very intense and pretty disgusting smell of toilet. They gave us a table in a corner but very close to the bar. There were people standing having their pints literally two steps away. The whole place was therefore very noisy and crowded, and the music didn't help. Waiters were nice and helpful, but we had to wait for an hour and a half to get our food!!! They did not even apologise for that. The food itself was good, but nothing special. Posh pub food. Not good value for money though as we spent 25 pounds each for a main course and a pint each. No starters, no dessert. Not recommended."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Dined at The Albion with friends on a recent Saturday. Very pleasant experience all around: lively atmosphere, nice decor, eclectic mix of guests, tasty food, very good value for money. Service was a bit slow/junior but still decent. Will definitely go back."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere (although it got pretty busy) and friendly staff. We feared being chased off the table after 2 hours, especially as our friends did not arrive punctually, but that didn't happen. I wouldn't say the food was exceptional, but it was well cooked, traditional fare and portions were good."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Fantastic food, but not a place for a quiet, intimate dining experience. It was very noisy, too many tables squashed in, we sat on a thorough fare for the gents, the kitchen and en route to other tables! We did ask to move but not possible. The food however was superb!"
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Arrived promptly for an 8pm reservation (two people). Restaurant less than half full most seemed to arrive from 8:15pm onwards. Placed our order quite quickly and waited patiently. Despite two apologies from staff for the delay, promises of free desserts and assurances that our food would be next out from the kitchen (it wasn't), by 9:30pm we still hadn't been fed. We gave up the wait and left. Our order wasn't complicated (pie and burger) so no excuse in that department. Other tables were clearly having the same problem with embarrassed staff dishing out free bread and wine. We won't be returning."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant as Sunday roast was supposed to be outstanding. It was decent but certainly not outstanding and portions were small, especially the size of desert was laughable. I have eaten same quality and bigger portions at better prices & service here in Chiswick. The service was unfriendly and incredibly slow - we waited for 1.5 hrs for our first course. Somewhat disappointing as I had high hopes for this one - was mentioned as one of the best roasts in the UK in an article .."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "I had booked a table at the Albion for Sunday lunch with a group of friends. Overall we were served by at least 5 different people. On more than 4 occassions someone from our table had to either go to the bar to order a drink or find waiting staff to make an order. Our main courses took around 45 minutes to arrive, but the food was delicious. Despite the struggle to actually order them the desserts were excellent too. We ordered the cheese and chutney which arrived with just 3 crackers and no chutney- there were grapes which our waitress dropped on the floor. We were informed that there were no grapes left after this and that there was no chutney- instead we were given apple sauce. We refused to pay service charge and received no apology."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "The Albion serves good food well in a busy atmosphere. The low-ceilinged dining room seems to amplify the noise, but that's a minor point; we enjoyed our visit."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "The Albion was always a reliable pub to take guests for food & drink, but upon my last visit I felt like standards had dropped immensely. I arrived before the rest of my party and was shown to our reserved table but was not once asked if I wanted a drink while waiting for the rest of the group. The food we ordered was pretty poor. Starters of scallops were really small for the £9 they charged and did not taste fresh at all. The burger had no flavour and was completely overcooked and dry. The triple cooked chips used to be amazing, but on this night they were just ok. Mushroom pie was a bit small and tasted ok, but it just seems like the quality of cooking overall has dropped. Not sure I will go back unless things change in the kitchen."
    dined on 19/02/2014
  • "I never fill in these types of things but there lies in my recommendation. It is expensive, which leaves little room for error but thankfully the food was very very good- tender sirloin roast with very refined trimmings. The wine list is of decent quality but with only a few bottles under £30 it is pitching itself even beyond Gastro pub...which it isn't quite. However, not only would I recommend; I'll be returning; with a concealed bottle of plonk in my sleeve."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "We visited for dinner on a Sunday and absolute everything we ordered was fantastic. We had one smoked salmon starter, and one ham hock terrine starter - both perfect. Then roast beef with trimmings and a sea bream for main courses. Both difficult to fault. Then shared sticky toffee pudding. This seemed to be by far the most popular pudding (the choice is a bit odd). Overall absolutely recommended !"
    dined on 09/02/2014
  • "We had a great evening at the Albion. It is our local restaurant and one of our favorites."
    dined on 19/01/2014
  • "I've previously only known The Albion as a great place for Sunday lunch. After Saturday night, I now have to add that it's also excellent for dinner. We had the Beef Wellington for two special followed by the Venezuelan chocolate desert. It was all excellent; the place was absolutely buzzing and the service was outstanding."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "Great Sunday lunch at the Albion, tasty food and a great atmosphere, I just wish we had somewhere similar in staggering distance."
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "The Albion is a charming venue for dates or dinner for groups, whether you eat in the lovely garden area, or inside, where there are plenty of little nooks to give you privacy even when they're full (which is always). The staff are wonderful and the food never disappoints. I have always ordered the chateaubriand with triple cook chips, and both compete with any restaurant in London. What gives the Albion the edge for me is the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I eat here several times a year and the experience is never less than excellent."
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "Great ambience, very nice location. Super for eating outside in the garden should the weather permit. However the menu tends to be repetitive and the choice is a bit slim. Even though the food is good, I believe this gastro pub could do better, especially cause the prices are not negligible."
    dined on 24/01/2014
  • "A really good early evening post-football dinner on a Saturday evening. Kept it simple, but Burgers were brilliant and Rib eye steak best ever tasted! Plenty of other more sophisticated options for those making a night of it! Lovely atmosphere in the pub, lively and friendly, including for families - a baby or two, but no trouble (well managed by parents!). Staff accommodating and helpful. Bare boards and walls and quite bright lighting in the bar area means not especially romantic; if that was what you were looking for, suggest asking for dining room! Wherever you sit, booking is advisable!"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "Excellent service from everyone, and the food was delicious! Menu selection is interesting with a mix of some old favourites and new ideas. Relaxed atmosphere. We will be returning very soon!"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "Charming pub in Islington serving solid English roast for lunch. The pork belly was better than the beef surprisingly. They could have been more generous with the beef ( only 1 slice) and the Yorkshire pudding could have been airier. Sticky toffee pudding was delicious. A nice spot to while away a Sunday afternoon."
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "Staff were unfriendly, maybe because of how busy it was. We were seated half an hour late. Lighting was horribly bright and decor looked cheap painted white. The noise level was so bad we could only hear the person next to us. The food was ok, but not amazing."
    dined on 12/01/2014
  • "Hi. Booked for lunch at the Albion for 02/01/14 at 12.30pm and received confirmation of this booking. However, when my wife and I arrived (having travelled from Kensington) the premises were closed and no-one was in sight!! Don't know if this was a problem with Top Table or the Albion itself but it appears there was a communication break down somewhere. Had dined at the Albion previously and it was excellent hence our re-booking on this occasion. Obviously no pleasure in the experience this time around."
    dined on 02/01/2014
  • "We booked a table for 11 for a family lunch with high expectations. The first problem was that we had a "restricted menu" because of our number - but had not been told that in advance. The waitress was unhelpful and dismissive in an "I only work here" way, which contrasted with the other rather more charming staff. The food, when it came, was good, but frankly so it should be. The main problem was that it took absolutely ages to arrive. 1.5 hours between arriving and main courses being served. Fortunately only the children wanted pudding, as we only had a choice of 2 and cheese."
    dined on 05/01/2014
  • "The Albion has been a firm favourite of mine, since I moved to Islington 6 years ago. It is STILL my fav pub! Amazing food and fantastic service. We had the roast beef, great size portion and an enormous yorkshire pudding. Followed by sticky toffee pudding and honeycomb ice cream, will be returning very soon. I cannot recommend The Albion enough-make sure you book!"
    dined on 05/01/2014
  • "The Albion is a local establishment that's not very welcoming to one-time visitors. It's a lovely place, with delicious fare, snug decor and a lovely garden in season, but to take the family when travelling back to Islington, it wasn't a good choice. The night we were there, it was overrun with private parties, one of which was staged in the small room you have to pass through to get to the ladies. Good luck with that! The staff did not do a proper job of balancing their time or attention between the big private gatherings and mere diners like us. Not friendly. And yet, I remember the Albion fondly and will probably go back. I just won't be recommending it."
    dined on 15/06/2013
  • "Solid british pub food, nothing really outstanding but tasty. Good service although not the most efficient, in fact it was rather slow but friendly. Good ambience, although the rooms to the front are much nicer and as it was winter we could not take advantage of the best feature of this place, the great garden."
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "Essentially I only book the Albion as the food, for me, has been consistently good. The back room/restaurant is soulless. Bright, harsh lights and massive chairs that just get in everyone's way. The service was also hit and miss but I think they were surprised by the amount of people who just turned up on spec."
    dined on 27/12/2013
  • "We've been twice now and the result the same! Food was okay the first time and very good the second time but the service was wooden and not really friendly! It's still just a pub with higher prices. The waiter was good though."
    dined on 26/12/2013
  • "Make sure you finish your meal on time as they will ask you to leave at 11pm without a smile. Lovely pub, but I will not be going back to eat."
    dined on 14/12/2013
  • "Lovely pub, well worth the walk from Highbury & Islington Station!"
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We were greeted by the waitress to be told we had two hours....this straight away ruined the evening by saying that it stopped us from feeling relaxed! We were only a table of two so even if there was a limit of 2 hours there was no need to say! It set the atmosphere from what was supposed to be a chilled evening to feeling like we had to watch the clock! Not how we wanted to spend our anniversary! Despite that the quality of the food made up for it as it was lovely!"
    dined on 07/12/2013