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The Albion, Warrington

Battersby Lane
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Steve C left this review about The Albion

Due to scaffolding being up outside the Albion it didn’t look very inviting as I approached last week, and I wondered if it was actually open. Thankfully it was, and it was actually quite busy with locals blocking up both bars, which I found surprising for late on a Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately the eagle eyed barmaid spotted me through the crowd so the wait for a beer wasn’t long. The bar I was served at supports four hand pumps that were all drawing local ales. There were also standard and premium keg selections.
The two entrances, from Scott St and Battersby Lane, both lead to a tile floored central lobby that is faced by the aforementioned L-shaped bar. There are several rooms accessed from this lobby, including one at the front where all the women and children had assembled whilst their men talked business at the bar, like a seen from a bygone age. To the left of the bar is a pool table and televisions are located throughout. I didn’t visit the second bar.

On 22nd March 2022 - rating: 6
[User has posted 3929 recommendations about 3905 pubs]

Real Ale Ray left this review about The Albion

Large Victorian corner pub, which has won a Camra Community Pub of the Year award. This is a multi room pub which has a decent looking display of original mosaic floor tiles when entering the pub from the main entrance. It also has a couple of marble fireplaces and original bar counter.
The main attraction for us was the friendly and chatty manageress, who was very helpful guiding us through their four handpulled ales and giving us loads of samples. She even put a fresh beer on whilst we were and brought us a glass into the lounge for us to have.
Four handpumps, Ossett White Rat, Merlins Wizard, Mobberley Summit and Saltaire Citra. The new beer on was Jolly Boys Brewery Jolly IPA.

On 19th February 2022 - rating: 7
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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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Warrington Central, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Warrington Bank Quay, 1.37 miles, 26 min walk (show)
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Latest updates View all updates for The Albion, Warrington
22nd Mar 2022, 12:22
Review submitted by Steve C
19th Feb 2022, 12:58
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 December 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint, 10p per half - last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • 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 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • 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
  • Karaoke : Yes last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • 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 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 21 November 2021 by ROB Camra
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