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Prince Albert, NW1

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163 Royal College Street
NW1
NW1 0SG
Phone: 02074850270
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Tris C left this review about Prince Albert

Located in a none too attractive backwater and owned by Laine's since 2007, this is an early Victorian pub (1843) which boasts some absolutely fantastic glazed Charrington's tilework. It also features the original Charrington's leaded lights which probably date from the 1930s. They are exceptionally rare in that they reference Marshall Taplow's, Charrington's spirit blending arm.
I came here some years ago when braving the area one night and found the pub to be pleasant enough, though the dark (black?) furniture and film posters were a bit sterile and pretentious. Happily they've now gone and the interior is a little more traditional. Opened out yes, but with a rough bare boarded floor and some conventional old school tables, some with extendable leaves. Painted white, there's the central field panelled bar with brass foot rail and thereafter there's much attractive dark three-quarter height field panelling to the walls. Stairs lead up to a function room-cum-restaurant which serves the same food as downstairs, namely a hotch-potch of burgers...tzatziki...nachos with cheese - so more American diner than gastropub. At ground floor level there's an enticing 1930s' fireplace, which sadly wasn't in use, despite the biting cold, courtesy of the Beast from the East. Muted music played - The Police - and no TVs were spotted, despite the rugby. Outside, there's a very pleasant secluded beer garden which is very popular in summer. There are some good, modern lavatories though whether or not they too are popular in summer is beyond my ken. Customers seem to be quite young - possibly students from the Royal Veterinary College down the road and some aging bohemians who probably lived their lives here in the '60s, like Withnail.
Friendly staff presided over: Caledonian's Deuchars, Adman's Mosaic Pale Ale, Laine Brew Co's Doubloon Golden Ale and Wells' Bombardier's Burning Gold at a staggering £3.25 for a pint of 4.7% ABV ale - this is what you'd have paid in 2008 and very decent it was too.
This pub has matured since my first visit in at least seven years and is now a very reasonable place, especially given the prices. Always the maverick, I think it's a lot nicer than the Constitution on the opposite shore and makes for a great double when combined with the Colonel Fawcett up the road - worth visiting if in the area.

On 28th February 2018 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Prince Albert

This pubs inclusion in the 2018 GBG drew my visit,and although there is a beautiful glazed tiled Charrington exterior with original windows and Toby Ales inlays,that's were the good news ends.The interior is now open plan ,although the many doors hint at the original subdivision of rooms.Some wood panelling remains.The furniture is square extendable dining tables with some sofas but the lighting is overly modern with large orange plastic globes above the bar and a chandelier type display above a rear section.The stairs to the first floor dining room have been whitewashed and the overall affect is sterile and unwelcoming.
Worse was the fact that only one of the four handpumps was working ,serving Wychwood Dirty Tackle (OK but £2 the half) .Two reversed clips were for GK IPA and CW Bombardier Gold and if this choice is typical it simply reinforces my opinion that some local branch CAMRA members know nothing about good beer given their nomination of the pub for the GBG.There is a selection of craft keg with two Laines beers among the taps,while infused gin is also advertised.
Although there is a pleasant beer garden shielded from the traffic by an evergreen bush,this gentrified pub wont be on the list for a revisit.

On 18th February 2018 - rating: 4
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moby duck left this review about Prince Albert

There is beautifully green tiled exterior to this ex Charrington pub, so it was rather disappointing to discover a rather nondescript interior lacking any real ambiance. Wooden floored, the walls were white with little of interest adorning them. There is an upstairs seating area presumably for dining. Only one ale on from the four handles present on the bar, Bath Forest Hare, It was though a good drop. The pub is worth seeing but I may hesitate to go in again.

On 18th November 2017 - rating: 5
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Map location corrected by Tris C
Camden Road, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Kentish Town West, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.85 miles, 16 min walk (show)
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28th Feb 2018, 21:47
Review submitted by Tris C amended by Tris C
 
28th Feb 2018, 21:46
Review submitted by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Front courtyard - last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 50p per pint, guest beers only - last updated 21 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 February 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Darts : No last updated 06 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes - 105 standing/80 seated. - last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 June 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays 7.00 pm. - last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 13 December 2015 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 February 2018 by Bucking Fastard
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes - Disabled WC with baby changing. - last updated 28 February 2018 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
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