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Albany, Twickenham

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The Albany was my first stop on a Thursday night crawl of a few spots I hadn't been to previously in Twickenham. It's a Shepherd Neame pub next to the railway line and handy for the station. I only ventured as far as the bar at the front. But, there are seemingly other rooms. The two Shepherd Neame beers are Spitfire & Whitstable Pale Ale. There is a guest ale too. This was Wimbledon Pitbull on my visit. Unremarkable pub that will presumably do a good trade due to its proximity to the station.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Mar 2019 19:10
Well managed pub selling food and Shepherd Neame beer. Also very close to the railway station (along the line a bit reached by a path).
rainlight - 1 Sep 2015 08:54
This is just about the nearest pub to my new house and I'm happy with that. It's not a pub to necessarily spend all night in (not cosy enough), but the food is excellent (and yes, why would you eat out, or at home even, on a Monday night when it's 50% off all food?). The Shep Neame beers a good (only a couple of choices, usually something like Masterbrew and Spitfire) and the wine is also good (apparently according to my other half - the wine reviewer..)

As the nearest pub to the station (and it would have been even closer to the original station which closed in the 1930s), it does have that "passing through" pub feel. Good for a beer after work. It is very good on a sunny evening - the huge windows make it feel very airy.
lipster - 15 Dec 2012 08:42
i wish i managed this place, as it must be making huge amounts of money. Why else would i be refused service after getting of the train and popping in for a last drink about 5 mins before closing time. They must be highly profitable if the lazy, work-shy female barstaff is instructed to refuse custom, cos she can't be bothered and is too busy chatting up her tattooed squeeze sat at the end of the bar.
If your getting off a late train, go to the Patch, as the staff may refuse service at their own discretion, just based on idleness.
TW1 - 1 Jan 2012 14:14
Gastro pub. Would only really go to eat. Good food, friendly staff, good beer. Mondays are a steal with almost all the menu half price, a beer and a nice big steak for less than a tenner.
the_light_knight - 22 Oct 2010 14:39
Good beer, Good food, Good service. Bit quiet except the obligatory Sky sports on in the corner even when there are no sports to watch.
Sodalltodo - 28 May 2010 17:00
Excellent pub attracting professionals (maily couples). Food is excellent, staff professional and friendly, good music. Mondays half price food from the usual menu with the exception of a couple of the more expensive items. Beer is fresh and cold. Nice patio garden area on quite back street. Clean, relaxing, friendly!
700 - 3 May 2010 12:41
I used to eat here all the time. However they don't do Twickenham Ales anymore which is a real shame. Spitfire doesn't quite do it for me though the food is good, but over priced. BRING BACK THE TWICKENHAM ALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
drunkintheevening - 5 Apr 2009 15:59
Lovely calm place. Nice range of beers and some interesting lager to boot. No nuts though!
farnook - 11 Jul 2008 13:37
This is not a pub. Its a noisy restaurant.
nickthefish - 10 Jun 2008 13:42
Food is very good, nice atmosphere and they make a mean mojito. I think the chefs are south african and they regularly change the specials. Highly recommended.
southstand - 25 May 2008 17:49
£7.60 for a Guinness and a glass of wine!

But OK on match day as its off the road a bit and so quieter.
Orinoko - 15 Apr 2007 18:55
Personnaly I think The Albany is the best pub in Twickers . It is managed by two of the most afable guys you could meet - beer and wine good food amazing, the only down side is they dont have any crisps. This is a pur where you can actually go and enjoy someones company without being deafened by music or distracted by sports.
roasta - 23 Mar 2007 14:51
went in Mid afternoon,
very quiet, very nice, very good music.
Tucked away, somewhere to bring a wife?
tomas.aquinas - 8 Sep 2006 17:09
Recent visit and I brought a pint of soda water and lime which was extremely overpriced, when I questioned the price the barman got quite shirty with me - I wasn't refusing to pay just commenting! What happened to freedom of speech? Some colleagues were eating and the comments were good although one had requested a tuna steak rare-medium and it was truly over done. Presentation of food good and pleasant decor although the atmosphere is a too snooty. Keep your gastro pub.
anonymous - 26 Jul 2006 21:33
Who cares about non-MEAT eaters?

Go away you tree hugging weirdos

It's a funny pub this one, but being so close to the rugby ground, they were mad to shut it down.
TheGP - 16 Jun 2006 10:20
Went here for the football game and a bit of food, great atmo, decent bit of grub, and most of all, no agro.....nice one!!!!
anonymous - 15 Jun 2006 19:50
Bit odd to split a pub into a restaurant and bar in the way it has been done here, but still a nice venue. Bar staff seem pretty friendly....but £2 for a bowl of Twiglets....you're having a laugh!
Zod - 11 May 2006 16:14
definitely agree about the MEAT. it is a restaurant for the most lavish of 4x4 driving middle-englanders. has to be as grandly ornate as it is to satisfy the tastes of these mini cooper driving city types who eat MEAT and drink red wine.
anonymous - 28 Mar 2006 17:36
menu suited to meateaters and the middleclasses. very poor selection of food if you AND EVERYONE ELSE WITH YOU DO NOT EAT MEAT. Like the person below says: full of yuppies usually blocking entry to the toilets wih their showy conversation. Very clean though, nice decor and friendly staff.
anonymous - 19 Mar 2006 20:24
How I wish this pub wasnt so pretentious.This used to be the best pub in Twickenham years ago before all the wannabe's moved here because they could'nt afford Richmond or Chiswick.Twickenham does not need any gastropubs it needs good pubs- to have a drink and a laugh with family & friends without chavs or their antithesis..snobs
bobl72 - 21 Feb 2006 13:40
Went to The Albany on a Thursday night with a bunch of girls , it has a really nice feel to it and the staff were very friendly.
We ordered dinner and did wait a while but the food was excellent, mussels were plumb and well flavoured and the steak cooked for perfection, we had desserts and were impressed with the banoffie pie.
Would definatley go back again as the staff were friendly and surroundings pleasing, could be twickenhmas new secret.....
Tamzin - 8 Feb 2006 15:23
stopped in here for a pint just before christmas - must say i rather like the place although agree with previous comments about the prices. nice decor. friendly barstaff. nice atmos. didn't try the food but no doubt will before too long. 7/10.
swatto - 6 Jan 2006 14:48
Must say I have never eaten here so cannot comment on the food...but the décor is really good and it has an open and airy feel to it. When we went it was a quiet afternoon so the staff served us our drinks at the table, which was great...

Nice atmosphere and great service...however the prices are a little on the steep side even for twickers.

spacer101uk - 31 Dec 2005 18:58
Half of me likes this pub for the sheer cleanliness and good decor from its refurb and if you want a sophisticated pint it's worth a go. Just do not eat here if you like your meals at a reasonable value. Not sure how many punters they can attract being hidden away down here.
StGeorge - 11 Nov 2005 02:05
The Albany has been done up really well - the perfect gastropub feel, and the staff are all very friendly and keen to please. The problem is the food just isn't good enough (and too expensive for what you get - bland flavours and mean portions), and the choice of real ale is very poor. Really hope they improve as it's got all the makings of a great gastropub (something Twickenham desperately needs!).
crusty - 31 Oct 2005 18:57
Menu looked nice ( we visited on a Tuesday night at 8pm) and ordered 3 different salads which took 45 minutes to emerge from a not very busy kitchen. On questioning the waitress when we would get our food she said another 15 minutes (this was after 40 mins already) no apology, I had to ask what the hold up was and was fobbed off with some fable about problem in the kitchen. No offer of olives/bread to placate us, just an offer to refill water (tap)! Restaurant only had 4 tables in use. When food arrived it was completely average and for the price and the wait was not worth it. Too much effort for a meal out.
floozie - 26 Oct 2005 09:20
Now has the distinction of being probably the most expensive pub in Twickenham. Clear they expect the punters to pony up through the nose for the refurb)

Had the misfortune to go there on Saturday to find a poor selection of beer (even the one I chose was off) and not much else to say about the place.

Menu fine if you don't mind paying restaurant prices to eat in a pub.

Decking was nice !!! (assuming you don't mind looking at a bus terminal)
Jethro2 - 24 Aug 2005 22:38
This is a really nice pub. High ceilings and big windows make it light and airy so smoke is not such a problem. Good selection of wine and beer, both lager and real ales. The food is great and reasonably priced. I can especially recommend the salads and the Sunday roasts. Staff are polite and friendly. So far, it seems to attract a nice crowd. All in all, a great addition to Twickenham. More of the same please.
ehopson - 16 Jun 2005 14:45
I feel this pub has been done up rather well. I was glad to see that the pub had not been turned into flats, as a lost pub is a sad thing. Far, far better than the rough old Albany. Staff were friendly and the beer wasn't bad either.
mike2004 - 3 May 2005 13:34
I was very surprised to see this pub had reopened, I also thought it was turning into a block of flats. I've thought it would be a shame to lose a place in a location such as this so I look forward to checking it out, although All Bar Ones are not my favourite of places so I hope it's not too similar...
Cleversaz - 2 May 2005 14:19
Having now visited the revamped Albany, a more unlikely refit I have yet to see - They have lost all the toothless old regulars and pool tables and gained a very fancy pub, decorated in an All Bar Oney style.

Not all bad, certainly better than the recently revamped Cabbage Patch, so I would go here rather than there.
TheGP - 30 Apr 2005 22:25
The Albany was seemingly gone forever, I last went in here in it's old version years ago, which was a dodgy ropey old pub indeed. Then it appeared to be turning into a block of flats.

Now from the ashes, it appears to have re-opened as a "Gastro-Pub" Review of the new version to follow soon..
TheGP - 29 Apr 2005 10:43

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