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The Albion, Warrington

Battersby Lane
Warrington
WA2 7EG
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Albion

Located on one of the roads leading out of the centre of Warrington, cut off from the town centre by various retail park developments, the Albion is a very large, multiple room pub that has the feel of an old hotel or inn. The pub is centred around a drinking corridor typical of many Northern pubs of this ilk, which has access to the bar and numerous side rooms. The corridor has a nice decorative tile floor, with detailed mosaic features in the porches, and a smart, curved bar counter in front of a traditional bar back. There was a modest crowd in on my early evening visit, but almost all of them were frequenting this space, stood around, or perched on a stool at, the bar counter. To the front right, there is a rather cramped looking little public bar where most of the remaining customers had congregated. This room has limited, basic seating, mostly under the front windows. Over to the left, a large square room can be found with banquettes around the perimeter and a large open space in the centre. A pleasant fireplace on the end wall suggests the room might be cosier than it initially appears, in the Winter months at least, whilst elsewhere, a TV screen was showing a live rugby league fixture. Beyond this, also on the left-hand side of the building, an almost identical room appears, with the same furnishing arrangement, an elaborately framed mirror above the fireplace and a TV screen, this time switched off. Much like the other rooms, the walls have been painted in a rather sterile neutral shade and decorated with a few bits of contemporary art. To the rear end of the corridor, a smaller looking room has been given over to a pool table, with minimal seating and a large Andy Warhol-style print on the back wall. Commentary from the evening’s big rugby league fixture was audible from just about all parts of the room and I suspect were the match not on, music would’ve been piped through the pub in its place.
I could only see four handpulls on the bar, one of which was unclipped, leaving a choice of George Wright’s Elixir and Pipe Dream and Lincoln Green Marion. I plumped for the latter and was served a fairly ropey pint by a very personable old-school barmaid at the wallet-friendly price of £2.65.
I felt this pub had a lot of potential but was probably in the wrong part of town to capitalise fully. The building is clearly very impressive but has been given a bland make-over that robs it of much of its character, whilst the beer range is well intentioned but was lacking in quality on this visit. I’d be prepared to give this one a second chance, but with Warrington’s better pubs clustered in the town centre, it’d would take a bit of convincing to head out this way again.

On 11th December 2019 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about The Albion

This Victorian pub looks slightly uninviting from the outside but that is far from the case once you are in. Multi-roomed, there are 2 serveries serving 2 of the 4 rooms. 4 handpumps on the bar with real ales from Cheshire breweries today with beers from Merlin's, Stockport, Pied Bull and Beartown breweries today. A friendly welcome on this mid-afternoon Friday visit made for a pleasant hour. Worth seeking out if you're in the area.

On 3rd February 2017 - rating: 8
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David Knibb left this review about The Albion

Since Mark, Gill and Kevin took over, this pub has improved beyond recognition! There are now a number of real ales with regular beer festivals, excellent (I believe) lagers and real cider. The redecorations included the creation of a library/study room for those looking for a quiet drink while retaining the pool table. It is also an official meeting place for the "Sons of the Desert" - the official Laurel and Hardy Fan Club.
All-in-all, a must visit pub.

On 22nd December 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 4 recommendations about 4 pubs]


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Warrington - Town centre - real ale by Dave Taylor
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Warrington Central, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Warrington Bank Quay, 1.37 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Padgate, 1.77 miles, 34 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Albion, Warrington
11th Dec 2019, 10:53
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
3rd Feb 2017, 16:13
Picture submitted by Al Bundy approved

Pub Details

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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - May - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 31 October 2005 by hondo .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 02 October 2013 by Alan Hurdle
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 31 October 2005 by hondo .
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 31 October 2005 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 October 2005 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
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