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Royal Albert, New Cross, SE14

460 New Cross Road
SE14 6TJ
Phone: 02086923737
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john gray left this review about Royal Albert

Liked this pub a lot.Nice interior but tables and chairs are a bit low for comfort. Very warm with the open plan kitchen at the rear blasting heat and fishy smells around the pub.Beer fest on so loads of good beers to choose from.I chose 8 of them to try and no duds.

On 21st October 2016 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about Royal Albert

This one had on an excellent ale selection, with Bath Gem; Bristol Beer Factory Seven; a Darkstar trio of Hylder Blond, Darkness, and Hophead; Brass Castle Brewery Cliffhanger; and Gipsy Hill Brewery Beatnik all available. There was also a draft cider called Mango. This is a good selection even by Antic standards. I spotted an open to view kitchen at the back on the right (although not a menu) in a largish area furnished with normal tables and chairs and with sprigs of flowers on the tables. This may effectively be the dining area although there didn't seem to be anything to prevent drinkers from sitting there.

This place is much less quirky than most Antic pubs I've visited. OK, there is a big "guy", sitting at one end of the bar with a sign saying "penny for the guy" and that proceeds go to Epileptic Action. This sort of thing is traditional of course - but not usually in pubs in my experience - and is undoubtedly a worthwhile endeavour. The stuffed animals in glass cases and the bar billiards table didn't really look out of place either. It's all quite restrained by Antic standards.

On the heritage front there is a bit of original Victorian tiling in one of the entrances; some narrow etched/cut glass bands in some of the windows as well as in the old saloon and public bar doors. The bar back including some etched/cut glass looks original as well. The main bar area as you enter has a phalanx of red leather sofas dominating the centre of the room, but there are banquettes with small round stools and normal tables along the right hand side of the room. I didn't see any fruit machines or others of that ilk, and the music being played at background levels was some authentic blues.

I found this to be a very comfortable pub with an excellent ale selection. My half of Beatnik was in great shape. I'm not likely to get to New Cross very often, but if I did I would want to visit this one again. This one gets the nod from me.

On 18th October 2014 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Royal Albert

Situated roughly halfway between New Cross and Deptford Bridge stations, the Royal Albert is another success story from the Antic chain. This is essentially a two room affair, opened out to a degree but still retaining the feel of a front bar and rear dining room. Entering through the corner door you find yourself in a reasonably sized square room with a good amount of bench seating around the perimeter and standard table and chair groupings elsewhere. A bar billiards table was positioned against the front wall and to the left there was a large TV screen showing the evenings Champions League fixture. The L shaped servery squeezes the right hand side of the room as it runs towards the rear of the room, with just about enough room to allow comfortable passage between the bar and seating opposite. Some board games were stacked on a window sill in this part of the pub, which eventually opens out into the rear dining room. This area is dominated by the open kitchen on the right hand side and has more standard seating in a fairly unremarkable room. The pub seems to have avoided a lot of the quirky and kitsch Antic decorative touches and I'm not sure I would have identified it as an Antic pub had I not already known this was the case. We visited as part of a large group and we all ate, with my pie being particularly tasty and ridiculously large. Decent music played throughout our stay, occasionally getting lost under the babble of the surprisingly large mid-week crowd who'd gathered on a bitterly cold December evening.
The row of hand pumps that run around the corner of the bar offered Dark Star Critical Mass and Partridge, XT 6 Red Ruby, Five Points Pale and Plain Ales Indulgence. I tried the Red Ruby, which seemed a bit lifeless, and the Indulgence which was fantastic. Friends who braved the Critical Mass (7.4%) said that it was on fine form as well. Gwynt Farmhouse Cider was also on handpull whilst keg options included local offerings of Camden Hells and London Fields American Black Ale and Weizen Doppel Bock. The young team of bar staff were a real credit to the place, taking time to have a chat with all their customers as they served them and being very helpful with our food order.
This is a good addition to the steadily improving New Cross ale scene. Whilst it didn't quite match up to some of the chains stronger pubs, I thought this was a good pub nonetheless with decent beer and very friendly staff. I seem to find myself in New Cross quite often and would be more than happy to visit this one again.

On 3rd February 2014 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
New Cross ELL, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
New Cross, 0.24 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Deptford, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Royal Albert, SE14
21st Oct 2016, 19:19
Review submitted by john gray
18th Oct 2014, 18:18
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 18 October 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 October 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
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