The Albion

4.1
682 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cosy
  • Outdoor Eating
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).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
English, Gastro Pub
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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
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Phone number
020 7607 7450
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Manu Bhatt: 020 7607 7450
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Public Transit
Bus 43, Walking distance to Angel Tube and also Highbury Islington Tube
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 682 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.7
service
4.2
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3.7
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Il locale è molto carino. Tipicamente British con tavoli all’interno e all’esterno. Atmosfera simpatica. Il servizio e la qualità del cibo però sono solo sufficienti. Peccato, poteva essere un’esperienza eccellente...

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5.0Dined on 12 June 2018

Great dinner and vibe

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2.0Dined on 28 May 2018

It is one of the best outdoor spots in Islington on a nice day but past few times I've been the service hasn't been great. Also, for the cost of the food things like the chicken for 2 to share was dry. I wouldn't expect this for the prices.

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3.0Dined on 28 May 2018

It was great, the terrace and the good are very good, but there was a blonde waiter that was a little bit out of place. But the rest of the stuff were really nice

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The Albion has been slipping the last couple of years, food slowly and service rather more quickly. Seems a clear case of resting on its laurels. Shame, as the courtyard remains one of the top spots for a roast on a sunny Sunday.

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3.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Let down by a poor selection of beers sadly but whole roast chicken lovely. Sitting in the garden delightful. Staff friendly.

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3.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Food was delicious, the triple cooked chips and pannacotta were so yum, could have had seconds! Outdoor tables were in lovely beer garden but as it was Sat night of the Royal wedding and FA cup final and weather was great, it was heaving and noisy and crowded with drinkers standing around seated diners so your private dining space felt invaded, with wafts of cigarette smoke and vaping fumes in the air. The toilets needed a clean and tidy up when visited at 7.30pm. So overall experience was rated a 3-star for these reasons despite excellent food. This is a place that would be lovely for dinner on a quieter day or perhaps at lunchtime.

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3.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Disappointing. Service really slow and the garden was empty as raining so staff weren’t stretched. I ordered the burger which was awful, stale bread and dry burger. Chips were good though. Sad as it’s a lovely pub and have eaten before there and been happy

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Fish and Chips are a must try the batter and fish in side are just melt in the mouth. Friendly staff, place is kept clean.

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5.0Dined on 9 May 2018

The food is sometimes a bit heavy, and it's not cheap, but it is a gorgeous spot in Islington. We sat in the garden under the lovely wisteria. I can also recommend it as a summer night time spot, when the fairy lights twinkle in the garden. Extremely popular, so book ahead.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

The Albion is still a lovely pub. The service was both flawless but also friendly and warm which you sometimes don’t get if somewhere is trying to be too upmarket.

The food was great. We had a burger, sausage and mash, and a vegetable pastie. The only issue I have is that the the price of these items was £12.50-14.00 each, the pasty being most expensive. Other pubs and restaurants do these sorts of dishes slightly cheaper and better. I remember going for the first time a decade ago and dreaming about the food afterwards it was so good, so it would be great if they could return to previous form or just be fairer with the prices.

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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Both times I’ve eaten here the food has been stunning but the service is shocking! The waiting team members leave you for extremely long periods of time and forget food and drink orders. However! They are great at putting it right, are friendly and the food, drink and ambience over rides the service to the point that I love to go anyway!

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1.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Beyond disappointed by our meal on Sunday night. I have eaten at the Albion a few times over the past 8 years, and decided to book for our friend’s birthday dinner. I associated this pub with gastronomy - which is why I chose it. We were 2 vegetarians out of four and upon ordering were told that the nut roast had run out. This was obviously the first disappointment, we were met with absolutely no accommodation when we asked if an alternative could be provided. The waitress was completely nonchalant and unhelpful, simply shrugging her shoulders. Following this, we were only able to pick from the one other vegetarian option which was far from satisfactory. The argument that this is a meat eaters place obviously doesn’t stand as the vegetarian roast was the one which sold out. I chose the fish and chips - it was soggy batter, greasy and just such low quality - something SO easy to get right! I was really shocked. The whole meal was honestly one of the worst pub dinners I’ve ever had. When we relayed our disappointment to the waitress (again met with a blank stare) we were treated to £4.50 discount and a starter (which one of the vegetarians had as a main, and which was inedible) removed. We decided in blind faith to try a pudding, maybe it would lift us - cold custard and average crumble. The service was absolutely terrible, at 7:30pm we got the impression they were desperate to get out for the evening. This pub is far from cheap, we were paying for premium pub food, there didn’t seem to be any care and consideration across the board. The whole experience has left me so angry, it was day light robbery. So, following this I definitely will not be returning to the Albion. The birthday dinner was ruined.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Myself and friends had a lovely roast dinner here. The food was incredibly well cooked and we all finished our plates. Great selection of desserts too. The pub itself was busy and buzzy and the staff were very efficient. I'll definitely be returning...

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3.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Came for the Sunday roast, food was outstanding, and the beef was perfect, the setting is lovely too. Very let down by the service, we had a reservation, sat down after waiting in a queue at host stand for 15 minutes. Waited 25 minutes for anyone to come over and ask if we wanted drinks or food (no one even walked past a table who we could have asked), food arrived quickly but then waited 15 minutes for gravy and then wine followed 5 minutes after. So we had no drinks until half way through our meal. No one offered dessert at the end or asked how it was/if we would like anything else. Went and found someone to pay who never brought change back even though there is a service charge on bill, asked again and waited around standing at the till. Quite frustrating.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Good night out. Expensive for what it was.

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

It's a great pub but when the sun is out and garden busy, the service goes rapidly downhill. We weren't served for 20 minutes and struggled to get any attention; we asked a couple of staff members who just said they would come back but never did. The food was good enough but nothing outstanding. A glass collector then came over and rudely asked to take our glasses when it was clear there was still wine in them. When I said we weren't finished, the waiter rolled his eyes and walked off. We then had another waitress come over and slam the bill down on our table despite us not asking for it. Whilst I understand we may have been required to vacate the table, the way of dealing with this was extremely unprofessional and abrupt. The atmosphere at the Albion is great and the outside area is perfect in the summer, so despite the poor service I would go back - however they need to learn to deal with the busy periods in a better way.

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4.0Dined on 19 April 2018

Food and service was good in a lovely beer garden which was perfect for a sunny evening.

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3.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Food took ages to come. Maybe because it was lovely weather and we sat outside. But it was way too long even for patient people! It was dark and cold before we finished eating our main.

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1.0Dined on 15 April 2018

£35 for a rubbery bit of lamb and 4 roast potatoes. We also had to pay extra for the Yorkshire puddings! Completely overpriced and an absolute waste of money. Would recommend the garden in the summer, but the roast was pony.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

We booked the Albion for a casual lunch on a Saturday after arriving from Australia that morning. It’s a lovely historic pub within a quiet residential neighbourhood in a nice part of London. It’s got four or five large dining areas most with fireplaces if it’s cold but a huge back beer garden also which would be amazing in summer. The staff were very friendly, food was excellent (two of us had the rib fillet steak and it was perfect, the other the chicken pie special which came out baked in a dish along with peas and mash potatoes which almost won the day. We also had the apple and pear crumble for desert which was completely unnecessary but was also amazing. Good wine list, beers on tap etc. so overall a great experience and certainly somewhere we will go back to asap.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Great Sunday roast, the best crispiest potatoes!!
Big lovely garden too which is great for families and young children

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3.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Lovely pub with open fires but the roast lunches were average at best and all in all far too expensive. The Panna Cotta desert was delicious but the wine and meal prices will put me off coming back

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

We had a pleasant and cozy Saturday dinner. Two mains of generous proportions, wine and sorbet about 28p per person. Nice atmosphere indoors, but also in the garden, where even if we didn’t seat there, it seemed lovely with the lights hanging around etc. Recommended for both small or big groups’ hangouts and personally would definitely try it again.

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3.0Dined on 25 March 2018

We knew things were out of control when we arrived and the bar was covered in dirty glasses. It took more than 5 minutes to greet us. Our waitress was doing her best but clearly harrassed and exhausted. She graciously changed the warm prosecco, bringing it back in the same glass. The team had worked late the night before and had a full-on Sunday.

Most of the food had run out. Our roast was average. Its usually better.

The difference between The Albion on a Sunday and other local pubs is the lack of a proper manager in charge. Bring in a grown-up and put on a better face for your local customers.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Amazing food and good atmosphere - easily one of the best meals I have had.

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Had a lovely meal there recently with a friend- food was great (we had the ribeye steak). We also enjoyed the music- seemed to be the best of the 80's which made us chuckle. Will definitely go back again.

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4.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Cosy, pretty, neighbourhood pub. Very busy and buzzy on a Sunday afternoon. Once seated, the service was friendly and efficient. Sunday roast beef lunch delicious. Good and reasonably priced wines.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Unfortunately the over-cooked food (main course & pudding)spoilt what would have otherwise been a good dining experience. Have eaten there before and it was very good, so would give it another chance.

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5.0Dined on 15 March 2018

The Albion is a beautiful neighbourhood pub with excellent food. It is great for big groups - they cater with ease. It can be a little expensive but it is worth it as it’s a nice, relaxing setting.

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

great lunch, great service, great atmosphere, the only let down why cant you do real roast potatoes instead of deep frying them?

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5.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Best roast ever. And the sticky toffee pudding is so good. Such a great vibe in the summer.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Fantastic food and wonderful atmosphere as always.

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3.0Dined on 4 February 2018

I have eaten here twice, I love the pub and the ambient feel. I love to take my jack Russell along as they are dog friendly, always make you feel welcome, the food is usually satisfactory, however on this occasion the Sunday roast was warm, the roast potatoes were hot on the outside but not cooked fully on the inside, I asked for more gravy as we only had a smidge on the plate, the Yorkshire puddings were burnt and dry as cardboard.. the sticky toffee pudding was heavenly. I can only put this poor main course down to the fact that we booked our table for 19.45 and perhaps being later on a sunday the roast gets a bit tired .. not sure ! but it's a shame as I took a dear friend from abroad and raved about it but felt rather embarrassed that this was our experience. Sorry Albion

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

The 28-day aged sirloin which I asked to be "very rare" was more medium than medium-rare. It was tasty and the potatoes were excellent, but overall I don't think I will return (it is just around the corner from my home) anytime soon. There are better steaks for less in the neighbourhood, and wine lists that have more choice in the affordable range I tend to go for.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Great food and great service. The only small downside is that the music was a bit too loud so it was hard to hear across the table.

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4.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Quiet Friday lunch so didn’t need to book a table. Burgers, with and without cheese, were great as were the triple cooked chips. White wine could have been colder but on the whole a very nice, relaxed lunch.

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5.0Dined on 31 January 2018

We had a lovely evening at The Albion. The food was absolutely delicious - very generous helpings - but more importantly the staff made a great fuss of our dog and gave her a couple of treats. We will be back!

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2.0Dined on 28 January 2018

The pub was so busy that the staff barely looked at you. Food arrived quickly but was not hot enough and at £18 for a Sunday roast I was not that impressed. Dessert was good but had to ask for the complete order as it was not all brought up together. Wine list far too expensive for a pub - £40 for a bottle of Malbec! Would not go back - overpriced and overrated.

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4.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Wanted to try it for ages.
Food was lovely. Service spot on.
We really enjoyed it.
Downside very little space to sit on a Sunday until we were seated. Bar area is overflow for dining and so you can't sit with a drink.
It was very pricey so an ocassional treat.
Amazing Bloody Mary!

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