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Albert Arms, SE1

1 Gladstone Street
SE1
SE1 6EY
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Rex Rattus left this review about Albert Arms

This place still does a reasonable selection of ales. When I was in on Friday they had on Jennings Cumberland, Ringwood Best Bitter, and the two Brakspear offerings of Bitter and Oxford Gold. I went for the Brakspear Bitter (£3.40 a pint) which was in fine nick, and is a good example of a low ABV session ale. There was a chalkboard menu on one of the walls, and although the lighting was a bit too dim to read it from the other side of the room, I did see that a standard beefburger was £5.45.

The pub has two completely separate rooms, but joined by a short passageway by the stairs. The corner room in which I sat was furnished with half a dozen or so standard tables and chairs; the walls have matchboard panelling up to dado level and above that are mainly exposed brickwork. This seems quite a comfortable and homely little bar in fact. The larger room - the Albert Bar - is similarly furnished but with some more modern looking black and white wallpaper.

Being St Patrick's Day weekend all the usual pseudo Irish paraphernalia was on display, and Irish folk music was blaring out. I am sure that I've not seen this pub on a typical evening it probably being being busier than usual, but nonetheless I quite like the place. It's a real pub doing decent beer. But as stated by others, there's not much competition in the immediate vicinity. I would certainly visit again.

On 18th March 2013 - rating: 7
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Nick Johnstone left this review about Albert Arms

Hardly worth the walk here but is a welcome relief from the disgusting complex that is the Elephant and Castle. Tiny front bar and some odd stuff scattered around including some cellar doors stuck on the wall. Beer was rank and the 'music' was deafening.

On 12th May 2011 - rating: 5
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Roger Button left this review about Albert Arms

There is little doubt that this is my favourite pub in a rather dour area for imbibing. From the outside it looks like a straightforward local but the quirky and slightly eccentric interior shows great imagination: a good balance between clutter and functional features. The 2 bars have copious amounts of bare wooden floors and stripped brickwork and the walls are laden with everything from clocks to candlesticks, barometers to brasses and a few lanterns, tin helmets and road signs thrown in for good measure. Lots of screens for sport: 4 screens (+ big screen) in the back bar and another 3 in the smaller front bar. Fruit machines in both bars and a dart board in the rear next to a tiny but equally interesting snug recess. Good service with tables being cleared and wiped as soon as anyone left. The only downside was beer selection. Of the 3 hand pumps, 2 were off and only the ubiquitous GK IPA was available. They advertise Guest beers and a few old pump clips were on display so perhaps it wasn't my day. A pub well worth knowing about if in the area and the short walk to avoid the dreadful pubs near the repulsive Elephant & Castle complex is fully justified.

On 22nd March 2007 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Elephant & Castle, 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 0.7 miles, 13 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 2.19 miles, 42 min walk (show)
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6th May 2018, 08:45
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6th May 2018, 08:45
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