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The Albion, EC4

3 New Bridge Street
Phone: 02075830227

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Tris C left this review about The Albion

This is a Victorian pub which was a Firkin pub briefly sentenced to be a branch of O'Neils before returning to its original name in the 2000s. Still Young's and far from being their best. This is almost more like an upmarket 'spoons than the traditional pub it once was.
Lots of bare brick with TVs showing ice hockey at a deafening level to a crowd that is clearly a follower of this minority sport.
Ales: Young's standard line-up and not at its best form.
There are far better pubs over the border in Farringdon so I shan't be returning.

On 22nd September 2016 - rating: 3
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Quinno _ left this review about The Albion

Modern Youngs outlet with, as stated below, little of their usual branding. A triangular open plan room with a battleship grey, aquamarine and white paint job plus two undressed brick walls. Loud music, dim lighting and suits. Four pumps; Youngs Special, Bitter (pretty good nick), Truman Blind Side and Westons Rosies Pig. 2 quid for my half. Craft beer pushed heavily, five pumps at the bar rear with a large amount of London-centric bottled stuff displayed in purpose-built shelving. A workaday bar but I’ve been in much worse examples.

On 2nd April 2016 - rating: 6
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hondo . left this review about The Albion

A young's pub serving 2 real ales and food.

On 19th November 2013 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Albion

A Youngs pub, albeit one with very understated branding, comprising a irregularly-shaped single bar of modest size. Refurbished, with modern furniture and decor. During a busy afternoon, the bar was well staffed and people were being served quickly. Four handpumps, offering Bombardier, Ordinary, Special (£3.50, and in fine condition) plus Addlestones cider. Overall, this place gives the impression of being well run and is worth stopping at if passing.

On 13th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Albion

I was surprised that it wasn’t packed in here when I visited two days before Christmas as this pub is on a main road and around the corner from City Thameslink Station. I also think that it is much improved since shaking off the O’Neills chain and all things faux Irish that they come with. Now a Youngs pub it was not surprising to see Special and Ordinary available and the other two hand pumps were drawing Albion (another Youngs brew, maybe rebadged in a marketing ploy?) and Addlestones cider. There is also a standard draught selection and I received a decent Guinness from the very friendly barmaid. I spotted two plasma screens and Sky Sports is shown here, but as there was no sport on during my visit there was some music playing in the background.

Food is served and there is a bar and dining room upstairs.

This place is better than it used to be, but there are better pubs in the immediate area.

On 7th January 2011 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Albion

Now a Young’s pub which has reverted to its original name and totally transformed from the ONeills plastic identikit pub interior of the previous incarnation, and as I largely despise the ONeills chain I have to say this is a much better place.
Seems to be more focussed on food as its target demographic is the surrounding office workers and, although nowhere near as bad as some, the overuse of clean wood and brown leather seating and quite expensive food menu makes this place border on being a Gastro pub.
In saying that there were four hand pumps on the go and these included CW Bombadier, and Youngs Ordinary and Special.
My pint of Youngs Special was very good, but if it’s a vertical beer drinking session you are after there are better, more suited pubs in the near vicinity.

On 17th July 2010 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Albion

I had a quick pint of Amstell in here late on Saturday afternoon before heading home. This is probably the smallest O'Neills that I have been to, but it is still unmistakably an O'Neills pub.

When I am back in the area I will give this pub a miss, not because there is anything intrinsically wrong with it, just because there are much better pubs on offer.

On 19th June 2007 - rating: 5
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