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Reviews of The Albion in Goldsmith's Row (Average Rating: 7 of 10) see review guidelines
Rex Rattus left this review about The Albion in Goldsmith's Row
I had heard about this shrine to West Bromwich Albion Football Club, but only managed to pay my first visit last week. The place is jam-packed with footbal memorabilia, including pennant from major clubs - I didn't spot the CPFC flag, but it must have been there somewhere. The wall at the back is covered with WBA memorabilia, including a photo of someone called "Jeff Astle". And in case you haven't yet got the message, a visit to the toilets takes you to the "Baggies", boys and girls.
The pub itself is rather nice, although quite small. There's a lot of banquette seating, with metal framed tables and small round stools. All the tables have little messages painted on them, such as: darts on Mondays, quiz on Thursdays, cheese toasties available, etc, etc. The dartboard was in use, as was the ouside seating on the warm and sunny day when I visited. They have Cask Marque accreditation, and had four ales on - Gornal Brewery Thomas Guest Cobbler (£2 a half), Black country Ales Pig on the Wall (a mild), plus Deuchars IPA and Timothy Taylor Landlord. I didn't see any sign of food on Wednesday afternoon, but they must do it as I saw toasties advertised on one of the tables.
This is an unusual sort of pub to say the least, but it's a decent enough little place as long as as you don't support Aston Villa or Birmingham City and aren't fussed about the over-the top football stuff. It's worth a visit if you're in the area. Two ales from non-mainstream breweries is OK, and although Greene King signage remains on the outide, luckily there was no sign of any of their ales inside.
On 19th March 2014
- rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Albion
Back in the days of the Big Six breweries the Bass Charrington Duke of Sussex was one of the best pubs amidst the plethora of appalling dross in the E2 postal district. At some point over 30 years ago it became a Shepherd Neame House. It is now a genuine free house that is becoming a GBG regular. It was renamed to the Albion or more correctly the Albion In Goldsmith's Row in 1998. It's only a small wooden floored single bar as well described below. Although it claims to be a Sports Bar it doesn't have the boorish atmosphere that most of these type of pubs usually have. It was busy on my Saturday evening visit and although there was sport showing on a screen it didn't dominate the proceedings.
There are four handpumps on the bar with two regular "safe" options Deuchar's IPA and Taylor's Landlord. On the other two pumps there was Hardknott Lux Borealis which I would assume is a rare beer for London and something called Hank which I can't pin down at all as it was rather too busy to make enquiries.
My only gripe was the price of £3.90 for a "cooking" strength beer, as after all this is a back street pub in Hackney. Apart from the high price, I thought this was a cosy little pub with friendly staff.
On 17th November 2013
- rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Albion
Perhaps the name should have been enough of a clue, but I was very surprised upon entering to find myself in a West Bromwich Albion pub, here in the East End of London. The pub is made up of a single rectangular room with dark beams and some comfortable banquettes under the windows. The servery is on the left hand side of the room, allowing just enough room for a dartboard and a couple of slot machines between it and the door. A TV was on in one corner showing something unmemorable and music was playing over the sound system, but not so loud as to impede conversation. For all of that, the most noticeable thing about the pub is the vast collection of football memorabilia which takes up just about all of the wall space. Footballs and trophies are lined up on top of the servery and there are numerous scarves and shirts throughout. There is also a remarkable collection of pennants covering teams from home and abroad and it’s quite a challenge to spot your own team’s colours amongst all the others (I failed). A corridor to the rear leads to the toilets and it is here that the West Brom theme starts to take over, with signed items, life size player images and toilet doors labeled Baggie Boys and Baggie Babes.
Four ales were being dispensed on my visit – Taylor Landlord, Adnams Ghost Ship, Wytchwood Hobgoblin and Deuchars IPA. My Ghost Ship was a bit of a disappointment – not the first time I’ve had a troublesome pint of this brew. The staff seemed friendly and there was a good Saturday evening crowd in, creating that nice buzz you get in a proper ‘locals’ pub.
I liked the feel of this place and enjoyed viewing the landlord’s memorabilia. The pub has a nice community feel to it and is well worth a look if you find yourself in the area. I wonder if many Baggies fans ever make it out here.
On 23rd October 2012
- rating: 7
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- Accommodation : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Car Park : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Darts : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Pinball : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Pool Table : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
- Real Cider : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- Wheelchair Access : No last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .
- WiFi : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by Aqualung .