About 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).
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 12.00 pm-3.00 pm
Saturday: 12.00 pm-4.00 pm
Sunday: 12.00 pm-9.00 pm
Monday - Saturday: 6.00 pm-10.00 pm
Sunday: 12.00 pm-9.00 pm
£26 to £40
020 7607 7450
Bus 43, Walking distance to Angel Tube and also Highbury Islington Tube
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: 02076077450
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
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The Albion Ratings and Reviews
The good - The burgers and roast are the...
The good - The burgers and roast are the best items on the menu. I was also very keen to try the hog on a cold winters day with a great fire and bottle of wine. The bad - The Albion has been taken over by new management, since then the restaurant seems to hate to have to serve you as a paying client and asking them for anything seems like a massive chore! Even ordering food or perhaps a glass of water. This place used to be amazing, great food + atmosphere! Considering my last experience I won't be back, if anything it will just be the garden outside.
Everything was really nice. Salads were ...
Everything was really nice. Salads were fantastic and the roast of the day incredibly good. Congratulations.
Hands Down.... best Sunday Roast in London!
An amazing place to have a chilled Sunday Roast in the courtyard. The specials are a must. You really need to book one week in advance if you want any hope of getting a good table!
We have been coming here since 1980's. Much more recently we have been coming more for the lovely garden and the improved food. This time the fish cakes and the sea bass were excellent, and the chips outstanding as usual. I had not had their battered fish before, though, so tried it and was rather underwhelmed by the batter, rather tasteless. Still, this is our local foodie pub....shouldn't complain. Such a pretty and vibrant venue suitable for all ages.
Nice Sunday Brunch
We came at 11am and had a nice leisurely brunch. The food was great and not too expensive. One thing to look out for: the kitchen stops making brunch at 11:30 (sharp!) and doesn't start cooking lunch until 12:00, so plan accordingly!
A bit disapoointed
2 years ago we had a great steak....like it Should be This Time it wasn't as delicious as we expected and hoped. We will Come back for Dessert but no longer for meat ;-)
Not Just an Ordinary Pub!
Wow! Without a doubt one of the best pub lunches I've ever had! We came here to celebrate after getting married at the town hall and The Albion was a more than suitable location for such a meal. Fantastic staff, brilliant food and despite it being Monday lunchtime, it still had atmosphere. Plus, it also felt warm and cozy which was excellent as it was pouring rain outside! I'll certainly be back again!
Great atmosphere but slightly slow service, food is excellent
First and last visit to the Albion!
Saturday brunch at the Albion, party of 4, seated in the garden: The welcome by our waitress left much to be desired. We felt rushed and somewhat unwelcome from the beginning. For instance, the waitress asked if we wanted drinks before we had all sat down to our table. In fact, half the party was still making its way to the table when she made her enquiry. We ended up ordering drinks with our food and 10-15 minutes later the first two mains arrived but the drinks were no where to be seen...I made my way to the bar and was told that the drinks were being made. There was no reason for the delay as the restaurant was very very quiet. My wife and our friend began eating their blueberry pancakes and the pancakes were quite literally rock hard. I'm still amazed that the kitchen would send out just below standard food. The two remaining mains arrived (two "Farmhouse Brunches") which were good although my wife and our friend were still foodless. The restaurant should have taken our Farmhouse Brunches away and brought everything out again once the pancakes were ready. Our waitress did offer us a discount on our total bill as a result of the concrete pancakes but that was basically it. In short, the restaurant was effectively empty yet we still received poor service and even worse food. This was easily one of our worst London restaurant experience in the last 5 years.
Very good experience in a very special p...
Very good experience in a very special place... but quite noisy
Nice location, dreadful service..
Chose to eat here so we could sit outside and take advantage of the lovely weather. We seemed to be ignored by the staff for some time, despite trying to flag down one of the the many staff members flitting about. Finally got drinks after ordering twice, following general confusion from staff demanding who we'd given our order to, and when, very odd! Both had the burgers which were ok, nothing amazing to report. Soon after our meal we seemed to be harassed by every member of staff saying we had to go inside, the tables were still pretty full outside, so we stayed put finishing off our drinks as everyone else seemed to be. We had paid our bill and decided to move inside with our drinks as even though there were still other diners outside, the constant demanding that we retreat indoors was just annoying. As we reached the door to go in, the maitre d demanded to know where we'd been sitting, we pointed to the table, and carried on inside. She panicked and started shouting to other staff "where were they sitting! where were they sitting!" I suspect she thought we were attempting a runner! All a bit of a farce really, won't be going back, plenty of other stress free places to eat nearby.
Kick out of our table
We've booked a table for the brunch in the nice garden outside last Sunday. We've ordered our food and drinks at the same time and we've been served quite quickly. The small issue was that the food was served quickly but not the drinks. It took the staff another 10min to get us our drinks. However on this one the server apologies. Around 1h after we've arrived we've been kicked out of our reserved table absolutely not nicely as apparently the table we were on was reserved for lunch. The waiter was extremely rude when asking us to move. Once we've told her we had reserved and it was her colleague that put us on this table she just walked away, no apologies, nothing. What seemed crazy to us was that the garden was half empty so why this table???? We therefore went to pay, once again we explained how we've been kick out and nicely the service charge has been removed automatically but absolutely nobody apologies. It seemed common sense for us but apparently not...
Beautiful outdoor space, poor service
Service has declined significantly, which is a shame for such a local favourite. I understand the occasional "off" evening but the service was incredibly poor, so much so that I will reconsider returning. Waiters were literally exasperated and running around. Patrons were so desperate to "flag down" help that they resorted to leaving their arms raised or standing and waving them over. Food was mediocre at best. We were told that patrons now need to open a tab to get a bottle of wine with their meals. The explanation, "a lot of people have been running off without paying". Hello, newsflash, they probably can't find a server? Very disappointing. Albion... what happened???
An overpriced letdown...
A confused establishment, neither fish nor fowl. It prices itself as a restaurant but delivers food, service and ambience of a rough & ready gastropub. I used to like this place but it's definitely lost it's way.
Dissapointing dinner and service
I suggested the Albion for my friends welcome dinner in London. I have been in the past and had a very positive experience. Unfortunately this time I can't say the same. Although sitting in the beautiful garden during a lovely hot Thursday evening the general feeling was of disappointment. Mostly of us chosen the pork dish , which was extremely dry and tasteless. The other dishes were just about okay. Service was quite confusing and caotic. Drinks kept taking long to arrive and I have to keep remind the waiters the orders. I could see they were trying and I worked with hospitality for a very long time so I appreciate at least the effort but that is not enough when you are paying around £20 for a main and £5 for a drink. I will miss the garden but I'm definitely not coming back to the Albion. Neither my friends.
Great garden and food etc but the maitre...
Great garden and food etc but the maitre d (/lady who checks reservations and shows you to your table) was very rude and unwelcoming.
High standard pub grub
Very good food - esp the sausage roll and wild boar fritter things. Rather pricey. With these high prices, I would have expected more plush surroundings but the furniture was all a bit rough around the edges. And a strange smell hit us as we entered the pub - the smell of toiler detergent. Dog and baby friendly.
Find of themselves, not interested in customers
This is my last time at the Albion. I keep giving them chances, and I jeep regretting it. The general staff attitude seems to range from outright hostility to lack of interest. This evening's catalogue included asking three times for drinks, food coming out not to order (they did re-do it as asked, but half our table had to wait ten minutes while the other half had to decide whether to start or have a lukewarm meal), seating three tables right next to each other in a corner of the empty restaurant, and having to request cutlery. Then they helpfully add 12.5% service on to the not unsubstantial bill for the privilege of going to the once-rated "best gastropub in the UK." Sorry guys, other places nearby have upped their game substantially and actually want my business. I want to like you. It's just too painful.
Nice place. Shame about dining duration strictures
Nice space outside, nice food, pleasant waiting staff. Two things detracted - the precise rules around the length of time you can spend at your table, reminiscent of school dinners At primary school and the sneaky way of charging extra to have veg with your main course.
Short of expectations
Unfortunately the staff were inattentive, which I think stemmed from a lack of control in the kitchen. It took about 1.5hrs to get our food. Admittedly, it was good when it arrived
Great food, but careful where they seat you.
Lovely pub ambiance and very good food. I would go again but would specify a table in the dining room. I get it, they are trying to accommodate as many diners as possible on busy nights but to pay the dining room prices for a tiny table shoehorned in between the front door and a very busy crowded pub was a bit much. It was like eating on a rush hour tube carriage. The dining room is lovely and serene by comparison. Maybe management should consider a more modestly priced bar menu to supplement the dining room menu. Or a free drink or something. Service was fine and friendly if a bit hectic. Loved the food though. Can't fault that. And the chips.....oh hell yes that is a bowlful of crunchy joy.
Nice but Pricey
Lovely setting and atmosphere. The food was delicious but a bit overpriced. Service was friendly and quite attentive although not very competent or knowledgeable. The meals did not come with side dishes and I had not noticed the extra sides of potatoes/vegetables to be ordered separately on the menu nor did the waiter ask us would we like any sides so the food was pricey and not totally filling without the sides and by the time the food arrived and we realised this was the case it would have been too late to order them. Asked for port for dessert which the waiter had never heard of (I had to spell it for him) and then they didn't have any. Wine was delicious though again a little pricey. Overall a nice meal and if you are willing to spend a little bit more (and remember to order your sides!) a very delicious restaurant.
We were a group of 7 for Sunday lunch. We waited almost an hour for food. The orders were all wrong and the waiter didn't even correct them. A waiter dropped food into my wine glass, took the wine away and didn't replace it. The food was mediocre. The staff barely understood English. It was a dreadful dining experience and a pricey one. we will not be back.
Worst service I've ever experienced
I went there for brunch with a group of friends and we experienced the worst service we've ever received. It took ages for anyone to get our order, the drinks orders were all wrong, and the food arrived 40 min later. The manager explained that they were struggling and that this bad service was unusual, but we didn't get any gesture from her and the waiter brought us the bill that included the service charge!!! I am shocked to have received such bad service. It's a shame because otherwise the place is really nice and the food is quite good.
On my reservation I asked for table outside. Knowing that not all bars/restaurants allow this I asked them to drop me an email if this wasn't possible . They didnt bother, turned up our table was inside. On the hottest day of the year so far. Waste of time walking up there and then we have to schelp around trying to find somewhere else, which is excactly why we reserved in the first place. Ended up at the Pug and Butcher which was, as always, excellent.
It was extremely busy and we had to wait...
It was extremely busy and we had to wait 35 minutes for our drinks and another 20 minutes for our food. We had theatre tickets and were very pressed for time in the end. The place and the food are great, the staff friendly but completely overstrained that day.
Great Sunday Roast
We went here for Sunday roast and everything was quite nice! Food and drinks were fantastic! We wish the weather was cooperating a little more or we would have sat outside.
An absolute gem
A brilliant pub, with quality comfort food that isn't extortionate. Would highly recommend!
Favourite pub in London
The Albion is my local and is STILL my fav pub in London. We had the burger, really well priced and excellent. Service was great and the staff made us feel really welcome I would always recommend The Albion!
Dinner for 3, great place, but so so dishes
Although the service was very good, we were disappointed by the value. With such prices, we were expecting very good dishes and I have to say, they were so so. I had a fish on the bone and of course, i was aware there would be bone, but didn't expect the fish to have so many small bones. It was a bit painful to eat. One of my friend ordered the same dish and had the same issue. There were three of us and overall, we all thought it is a very great place to have a drink, but probably not have dinner anymore.
Succulent roast. Probably the best I've ...
Succulent roast. Probably the best I've had in London.
Great Sunday Lunch Venue
We booked for 12.30, as this was the only option available three weeks in advance - a popular place! Fantastic food and service. Our waiter couldn't have been lovelier. We were seated promptly, and not hurried to finish up, which was nice. As it filled up it got very Made In Chelsea, so leaving wasn't a hardship, but as long as you can deal with crashingly middle class twenty somethings, or you are one yourself, the other punters shouldn't be too much of a problem. If I have a criticism its the tokenism of the vegetarian main courses, which seem to be an afterthought compared to the meaty options, but it's nothing you can't live with. In short, this is a great Sunday lunch venue, and I'd happily go again.
The service and food were both great - everyone we came in contact with were very friendly and attentive and the food really tasty. But, and there is a but, the experience just didn't hit the mark. Firstly we were seated opposite the bar on a table clearly too small for a party of three (I kept on getting bumped into by people trying to get served) and it made it feel like I was in everyones way! There were some other minor irritants - like the music being too loud (it was only 1pm on a Sunday) but I suppose the main thing was that there was simply no atmosphere. It was all a bit...conservative. There was no laughter or jolly conversation going on around you - nothing to say you were in a fun loving and trendy pub ( a market they are clearly aiming for). So I suppose the upshot is - if you're looking to take your mum and dad somewhere for a 'pleasant' meal you could do a lot worse than The Albion. But if you're looking for a fun night/afternoon with mates then move along
Had a great roast here. Got very busy an...
Had a great roast here. Got very busy and had to be seated in bar area as limited room. Food was exceptional and service fast. Only improvement to would be if somehow the seating for food at bar could be separated somehow.
We had a lovely experience here! The staff was nice and attentive. Also our food was incredible - had the beef rib roast for two with potatoes, carrots, & kale and was in absolute heaven! Perfect for a late lunch and early dinner.
Great pub Food, in a lovely atmosphere w...
Great pub Food, in a lovely atmosphere with considered service. Go.
I went with my husband for dinner in this lovely pub, the food was good and the service great. We enjoyed our dinner.
Good food, good price. Review done.
I didn't have to wait for ages even though they were busy serving Christmas lunches to the masses. Ox cheek was amazing. If you also have the venison be sure to ask for the triple cooked chips on the side. Very filling, very quick service, loved the food and the music wasn't the same Xmas repeats as totp2
The Albion - Sun 21 2014 - a good Sunday :)
Very, very, very friendly and accommodating service. They were packed, really busy - and we turned up 2 hours early with an extra 2 people - we asked to eat earlier and they made room for us. The roast beef rib was nice, a great sharing dish for two (it was one of the specials) - their medium rare was perfect, but my mate said it was a little bit too fatty for him. It was on the slightly pricey side - I spent nearly £20 more than I was expecting to - but you can put that down to booze and having a good time. You get Yorkshires, roasts spuds (proper ones), gravy and the two veg were carrots and kale - one more veg would have been nice (I was hoping for snips as it's nearly Xmas). Overall, everyone said it was a success - and now I'm well popular! :) As a note: I did try and rearrange our booking for more people and earlier in the day several times the week before, but they never picked up the phone - maybe email is the answer. I only had a main and was full - Will definitely go back.
A slightly disappointing experience
The waitress was over-eager at the beginning, later the service was slow. The soup was tasty but lukewarm. The venison was rather gristly. The apple crumble was a little bitter and there was not enough cream.