I finally visited the place but in a suit and on a day where sitting outside was for the bravest only (and the smokers). The pub was a disappointment to say the least. After pushing through the bodies that blocked the way to the bar, and waiting for a short time to be served (nothing horrendous), we ordered two pints of bitter. The barman, during the entire transaction, only said two words: eight pounds. The price would have been easier to take if he had attempted to engage us in some sort of conversation, but his inability to even ask us what we wanted set us off to a bad start.
The good tables were reserved with no indication of when the people were expected (so we couldn't take a decent table for 20 minutes as we had our single drink), and we ended up sat near to the toilets. I ordered a bar snack, a decent sized sausage roll for £3.50. It was, to my surprise, incredibly good.
The Albion falls in to the horrible category of neither being one thing nor the other. It isn't a pub and and it isn't a restaurant, and whilst it's clearly in the Gastro Pub area, I felt unwelcome throughout the experience and would rather spend my money on food in a proper restaurant.
It does have a very large outside area at the back (and pleasant seating at the front) and I am very reliably informed that the food is incredibly good. Unfortunately, for me, it was just an unpleasant place to be.
I will return on a summers evening when I am cycling home and see how it is then.
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It's a gastro pub
Caledonian Road and Barnsbury 0.4 miles
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