The Albion

4.5
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733 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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).
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vipDamianT
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always great, even in these Covid times, they do it in style.

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CharlotteM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff who were so welcoming and attentive (especially to my dog!) Food was delicious, really lovely menu with interesting seasonal dishes. Atmosphere was lovely, we were close to the fire and really cosy!

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GuillermoG
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!! The food was fantastic, the environment is lovely as well. It’s a classic in London. Don’t miss out this magical spot in the middle of Islington!

JR
JustineR
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

The venue is amazing, perfect for Cosy evenings in winter and nice bottle of rosé on the terrace in summer. One of the cutest pub in London !
Unfortunately the food is not great, and slightly expensive for what it is. I’d recommend to go there for drinks and nibbles, maybe not for a fancy dinner

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OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good service

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BenjaminW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Imagine it is normally very quiet but sat next to large table of rather merry office workers (or at least collegues) having a party. Wonderful food!

AF
AdamFoodies
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is more a place for having a drink. Although the food was good, the whole atmosphere feels more geared towards having a drink.

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john
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

poor menu -unexciting , fish not fantastic. indifferent service..Neither a good pub nor restaurant.Nice garden space in summer.

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vipClarke
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great girlie lunch here. If it's a sunny weekend in London, you can't go wrong with this place. One of the best beer garden's in North London.

Really attentive and friendly service in what was a very busy lunch sitting, so well done to them. Food really good. Highly recommended.

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EleonoreW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent evening with friends and family! The rooms are very nice, and the waiting staff very helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend the asparagus starter, the gnocchi and the haddock fish and chips! Slight minus, you cannot book online for more than 8 people, and getting the pub on the phone is not easy.

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Katt
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Wonderfully pretty pub garden with very friendly accomodating staff. Pleasantly busy on a nice mid-week evening. Asked for table in the garden when booking and got the best table!

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vipEatinglondon
London
25 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice pub to go for dinner. Wine by the glass a bit overpriced but decent food.

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vipTamzinT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Traditional pub, great service and menu. Accommodating for special requests

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After losing its way for a while, the Albion seems to have found its mojo again. We were recently here for a wintery weekday lunch.

The front bar was busy; the ambience was good, with fires burning at both ends.

Our service was prompt, and our food excellent.

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vipAlexV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Such a disappointing experience of service. They told us to wait for our table in the garden and then forgot about us. They were seating people who were due to seated way after us. The experience was a total shambles

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BethM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We were really looking forward to our meal at The Albion having fond memories of it in the past. The food and ambience were as good as we hoped.

Unfortunately we were left disappointed in the lack of service - we had to ask for pretty much everything.

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MatthewF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This is a beautiful pub and the nice were very nice and helpful. Unfortunately there were some quality issues with the beer and the food. We went on a Sunday evening and it appeared that they had run out of the better qualify food and drink by this point. For example, the wine we wanted was not available, and the meat for the roasts was fairy sub-standard and dry. However I will say that when we commented on this, management were very apologetic and we were provided with a suitable discount.

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LBridge
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arguably the prettiest pub in London and matched by lovely food and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Had a delightful cosy Saturday evening.

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SteveE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

As I sit here trying to pay my bill and try to catch someones attention to explain the amount on it is not right, to be shown the palm of the hand and brusk and off hand nature from the Maitre D (not the waiting staff) that it all became clear why The Albion is not my go to local restaurant. Yet again it’s the ambience and attitude from the front of house that is cold bordering on chilling. You can’t fault the food even though the creme anglaise had split looked like cottage cheese but tasted like egg custard tart, I forgot how much I liked egg custard!

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sarahr
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, was perfect sunny day in the beautiful garden. Scotch eggs were excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, great food

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CaroleT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sunday lunch was fair, but needed to be served hotter.,the beef was good but the Yorkshire puddings were stone cold and rubbery. Roasties also luke warm.

JD
vipJasonD
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sunday roast was good not spectacular. Yorkshire pudding was burnt. Food was good.

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HM12
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great kids menu and set up. Delicious Sunday roast.

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PaulJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience4

If I was under 30, slightly posh I think I would of liked this place a little more. Food’s good, waiting staff were brilliant, nice building, restaurant part was great as well.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great also with my friend's dog! all the stuff were super friendly!!!
Food was great!

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Hoxtonman
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous food. Genuine service and hospitality. Dog friendly 👍🏼

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KatherineH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had Sunday lunch in the lovely outdoor area at the back of the pub. The food was really good and considering they were so busy, fairly prompt. We were kept waiting a little while for our table and the service at the bar was slow but the pub has a lovely atmosphere and I would recommend it to friends.

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Neeks
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I came to The Albion on Sunday with my partner and a group of friends for a Sunday roast. We ordered the Rib of beef for two. It was absolutely delicious even when I had to have it medium-well (I am pregnant)
The vibe was great and we really enjoyed our meals and they enjoyed their Provence rose.
The only thing I would improve on would be the service from when we sat down to getting our food was just over 45mins due to no one being around. I understand the beef may take a bit longer but nobody told us nor was around to let us know.
Great place all in all though and we will be back for sure! Highly reccommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really expensive for a roast. For just two people, our bill came to £50 for two roasts. They played 70s music which was weird. Other than that, the place was nice. Considering bringing a group back here.

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CamandLuke
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely as always! Been to the Albion both for big birthday meals and date nights and it never fails to deliver - Sunday roast is hands down one of the best in London

MA
MArinap
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Been many times. Always great food and vibe. Gorgeous pub and beer garden. Service is consistently terrible :(

AM
AnitaM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely homely restaurant/ bar with great food and service.

AF
AnneF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at the Albion. Service was friendly and funny. The food was outstanding and portions were generous. Only draw back was, that we were seated next to the music speaker, so it was a bit difficult to understand each other.

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VicG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great place and fab outdoor pub garden. However a lot of the food options had run out and the menu wasn’t particularly seasonal - offering mainly roasts on a very hot summer’s day.

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ColinS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A neighbourhood pub with a lovely country feel and quite a large beer garden out back to enjoy in the warmer months.

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Polly
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Everything was lovely apart from all the beers and ciders being flat and cold

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DaveF
London
31 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always worth a visit, fantastic fiod, great Sunday roast.

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CharlesB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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Jess
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service and moody staff! Food ok and wine ok but won’t come back!

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The Albion is rated 4.5 stars by 733 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.