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Albion Inn, Chester Central, Chester

4 Albion Street
Chester
CH1 1RN
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Quinno _ left this review about Albion Inn

A backstreet pub with a reputation – cantankerous/idiosyncratic landlord, a list of things and people barred from entering, WWI memorabilia and a traditional atmospheric interior – so we had to do this one! A two bar pub, the left side is a little more public in feel with floral patterned William Morris wallpaper and the most punters. The right side has two rooms with more early C.20th wallpaper and fittings (think standard lamps!), alongside a piano (which would be the only music if it gets played, as the piped stuff doesn’t get an airing in here). Plenty of WWI paraphernalia to admire, though I think there may have been more previously. Two ales, a dull choice of Ringwood Razorback and Wainwright (NBSS 2.5). The place is like a living museum and you need to get up here to see if very soon, as the landlord is retiring at the end of the year. Catch it whilst you can.

On 1st March 2019 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about Albion Inn

Moorhouse Pride of Pendle and Thwaites' Lancaster Bomber were the ales on in here. Again I forgot to ask for the sparkler to be removed, and when the barman heard me mention this to my companion he offered to pull me another pint without the sparkler. That's service for you - declined of course, as it would have meant wasting a perfectly decent pint of beer. There were sandwiches, and something else called "butties" for £4.90, as well as very generously portioned main meals at reasonable prices as I recall.

A sign outside claims it's an atmospheric pub, and they're right on that one. It's essentially unchanged from previous reviewers' visits. The sign is still there advising on who isn't welcome, and the mass of WWI memorabilia is still to be seen everywhere in the pub. The layout can't have changed much since WWI either, retaining three very distinct rooms. The largest is on the left, accessed via a small vestibule, and is what I guess could be regarded as the lounge. When I was in it had been reserved for some private event - something literary or theatrical I think - but I managed to poke my nose in to see that it was a very comfortable looking room, with its own bar counter, and if possible had even more WWI stuff in it than the other rooms. To the right from the vestibule is a very small room with its own tiny bar counter, and with an old piano with ornate marquetry as its main feature. A doorway from this room leads through to a larger (but still quite small) room. All furnishings are tradtional - obviously.

I reckon that this is a quiet pub, or rather it was on the Wednesday lunchtime when we were in, with no music or TVs on to disturb anyone. I reckon that this is a gem of a pub, and should be on the "must visit" list for anyone visiting Chester.

On 16th September 2015 - rating: 8
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Al Bundy left this review about Albion Inn

A great pub. A real 1914-1918 feel at 2015 prices. To add to authenticity the lights go out and the curtains are drawn every time an aeroplane or airship goes over head. Possibly. Outside is a sign informing potential customers who are not welcome e.g. hen/stag parties, drunken pub crawlers, anyone called Kaiser or Adolf. Like being in a war. Without the bombs.

On 21st June 2015 - rating: 9
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24th Jul 2019, 13:10
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  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 24 July 2019 by Quinno _
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