The Albion

4.2
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726 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Sunday Lunch
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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20% off food

When ordering a minimum of two courses per person, including mains, from the a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 18 September 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 18:00-22:00

London Restaurant Festival: 20% off food

...from the a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 October 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 18:00-22:00

What 726 People Are Saying
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j
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

C
London
20 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

EW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

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!

E
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

TT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

AV
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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

BM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

MF
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

LB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SE
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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!

s
London
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food

CT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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

HM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great kids menu and set up. Delicious Sunday roast.

PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

H
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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

AM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

VG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

CS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

DF
London
31 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

CB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

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

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I like the Albion. The food is consistently good. The ambience consistently good. The outdoor dining is consistently good. And the service, for years now, is consistently poor.

The staff do not try hard and can be abrupt and there can be long waits for drinks or attention from staff.

When I arrived and tried to ask for the table I had reserved I was impatiently referred to the "host" without being told where I would find her. I tried to catch a waitress' eye in order to ask for drinks and she shrugged me off as though I was someone she did not have time for. When we were eating our mains we were asked how the food was with the impression that they did not care what the answer was. No one offered us the dessert menu after dinner. I felt like an inconvenience rather than a welcome guest.

If the Albion were to get this right it would truly be a special place. I suspect it's so popular that they do not feel they have to.

AA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious! I keep coming back again and again - my favourite Sunday Roast in London! Only annoying thing is that any time we wanted to be served we had to call someone over rather than being checked on.

OS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took visiting family there for Sunday roast - was delicious and enjoyed by everyone from 1 to 50+. Patio is delightful on a sunny day.

J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely to sit in the garden in such warm weather , staff are so friendly and accommodating .

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Albion has such a beautiful hidden garden, so get a table outside. We chose a weekday night to avoid crowds. The service was friendly and prompt, and the food good. It is relaxed, peaceful and great for conversation and good meal. Highly recommend.

N
London
18 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

lovely place and garden with friendly staff but overall food was very disappointing ..£18 for a shared charcuterie board which could have been far more attractive and generous for that price..not much meat and what was there looked rather tired and definitely not worth that cost! Didn't feel the love in the food at all! shame

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent garden for warm days - a great relaxed dining/drinking atmosphere

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