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The Albion, Clifton Village, Bristol

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Jonathan Wilde left this review about The Albion

Due to reopen in June according to Evening Post after revamp.

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Since my previous review this has been purchased by St. Austell Brewery. Little seems to have changed decor wise, and it was still very busy on a recent Saturday evening visit, which made service at the bar somewhat tricky. Despite three or four bar staff on, there were so many oblivious punters propping it up that there were only a couple of spaces to actually get served.

Beers on tap were predominantly from St. Austell as might be expected, with their Trelawney, Tribute and Dartmoor. The solitary guest was Otter Bitter. Ciders were Cheddar Valley, Thatcher’s Gold and Albion Hot Cider which I presume was a festive one.

Review from 20th May 2012:
Rescued from obscurity a few years ago, this has been done up and refurbished and is now very much in the “gastro pub” genre. That said, it’s still a popular drinking spot, and was packed to capacity on a recent Friday evening visit with many of the punters spilling out in to the courtyard area at the front of the pub.

The main bar area is a L-shape affair with the bar counter in front of you and the pub continuing on round to the left, although this appears predominantly to be used for dining. There is a lectern in front of you as you go in where a waitress will take note of your restaurant reservations, reminding you that there is a strong emphasis on food here. As previously mentioned though, it’s still a popular spot with drinkers and there was barely standing room at the bar, never mind anywhere to sit. Decor is the usual gastro pub mix of bare boards and Farrow & Ball paintwork.

We were dining on this occasion and so were shown to an upstairs area that is purely for eating. This is a pleasant enough space with more bare boards on the floor, pale green paintwork, paintings on the wall to remind you of where you food had come from (i.e.; dead animals) and a couple of old brick fire-places, one of which housed a wood burning stove and the other a pile of old wine bottles. The food menu was a decent enough and fairly concise selection, although with a meal for two and a bottle of wine setting us back over £100, it’s clearly not your basic “pub grub” offering.

Beers on tap were Wye Valley HBA, Doom Bar, Gem and another whose name unfortunately escapes me. Ciders were Stowford Press and Cheddar Valley.

On 19th November 2012 - rating: 7
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