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user reviews of the Albion, Hampton Court

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Nice olde worlde pub near Hampton Court station. Friendly, quiet - and it''s an Ember Inn which means reliable food and cheap pints, though not a particularly varied selection of the latter.
Trev - 2 Sep 2017 09:46
Bit rougher around the edges than you would expect for this part of the world.

I liked it.

Very good pint of Exmoor Silver Stallion.

Photos and story at http://bit.ly/2a2SnEC
Mappiman - 17 Jul 2016 12:51
Been there few times now for the Sunday Roast, found the staff friendly and helpful. Been busy when I've been in there, and everyone around seemed very happy with the food. Ordered the roast and got a nice plateful was very well cooked and great value for money. Even though was busy didn't have to wait to long either.
johnven1 - 14 Jan 2016 20:52
I have visited this pub regularly for over 6 years and positives are: reasonable pricing and that the locals frequent it en masse.
One constant negative is the surly unfriendly bar staff, its as if it is passed it on to every new member of staff like a badge.
CheshireCheese - 7 Jan 2015 19:19
Our experience couldn't have been more different during an afternoon visit. The service was excellent, a good choice of micro brewery beers and around £3 a pint. There were no objectionables present. I guess we were lucky and we will definitely go back.
Steamer1 - 9 Dec 2014 10:40
We came here after ice-skating and dinner for a quiet drink and were greeted by single-cell pond life downing lager and unable to handle their alcohol. This is not a family pub. We were surrounded by effing and blinding and burping. Every other word was F*** this and c*** that. When I heard the N word being used liberally, I downed my drink and left. The whole experience was deeply uncomfortable. I would never ever bring anyone I like to this pub. I didn't realise just what animals inhabit the earth... and they all seem to congregate in that pub. Even as we left a fight was breaking out in the street, which started inside the Albion. At least they had the decency to take it outside. More effing and blinding. F**king this. C*** that. We went to the Mute Swan which was much much better; it only had one person in it who couldn't handle his booze.

The only good thing about the Albion is that the barman seems alright and there were 2 really cute dogs sniffing around the place but that was it. Never going back there again. Avoid like the plague... unless you're a knuckle-dragger who likes beating people up as a hobby, in which case, it's perfect!
schmoo67 - 1 Dec 2014 23:08
Really welcoming pub. Great service, particularly from the young chaps behind the bar. Food was nice and good for both locals and those visiting hampton court. Very cheap too! great value
WR91 - 18 Sep 2013 12:32
Lively, good mix of people & the beer we had was damn good as well. A strange pub though. This could have been "olde world" and full of character at one time, but clearly had a modernisation refit at one time which doesn't work for me, or the feel of the pub building.
Wilson_MacDonald - 1 Jun 2013 07:26
Visited a couple of weeks ago for a shift half in early evening. The pub has been knocked through and modernised at some stage - yet it is still . It was quite busy but had little wait for service and the ale was in decent nick. Parking is very difficult - there's no car park and the roads have permit holder restrictions. However it's right by the railway station and seems to have a lot of local trade. Room to smoke at front and cosy tables by the windows.
SimonM - 9 Nov 2012 09:57
Words defy me to describe how appalling this pub has become. As a long term regular, it now takes on average 10 minutes to get served. The whole place still stinks, and I wouldn't bury my worst enemy in the toilets.

The bar staff are more concerned with serving their mates than serving other punters, and many of them can't string two words together; and the "landlady" genuinely couldn't get the steam off piss. (Having drunk there twice a week for 7 years, she recently asked if I was a regular...) She really ought to be put out to graze now...

The beer and food over the road in the Prince of Wales are far, far better, but dearer, and the clientele are a cut above.

There was talk of a wholesale renovation of the Albion, but the brewery recently withdrew funfing to let the place fester for a few more years.

If you desperately need drink beer which is 50p/pint cheaper, then maybe the Albion is for you. For all others, I would steer well clear.

ExAlbionite - 14 Aug 2012 22:47
My sort of pub, welcoming to all and full of life, so was surprised to see the Ember Inns ownership (seems much too small a pub for that nonsense. Worthington Red and London Pride were above average, and the overstretched staff were friendly. Rather let down by and hour and twenty wait for the well-priced food (order clearly forgotten) - these things happen.
mtaylor40 - 1 Apr 2012 09:31
We have been a regular here for many years. It has got worse and worse. the brewery does NOTHING about it because the few regulars that DO still drink here are spending money, and that's all the brewery (Mitchell & Butler) are interested in. STEER WELL CLEAR, and DRINK ELSEWHERE!! Like we now do!!
jackenden - 8 Jan 2012 21:44
Visited here yesterday for a swift half. I'd forgotten I'd been here several years back. It's now an Ember Inns pub and was a little bit too crowded and rowdy for my liking. Several of the customers had clearly been there for a while and were the worst for wares. The bar staff were also struggling to cope with glasses mounting up on all tables. 4 ales were on - Wadworth Bishops Tipple, Ichen Valley Treacle Stout, Thornbridge Pica Pica & Fullers London Pride. Enjoyed watching one of the aforementioned customers depart on his foldaway bicycle and zig-zagging the wrong way down the one-way street outside.
blue_scrumpy - 7 Jan 2012 09:45
Pub under new management for about 6 weeks now. Most of the locals now drink elsewhere, and the only regulars are the police to stop the fights and the drugs. Suggest you give it a wide berth, no use complaining to the new manager, nobody knows who it is. They have yet to be seen!
martinpd - 29 Dec 2011 17:39
Good little local close by Hampton Court Station. They have a good rotating range of ales, usually with something a bit different to the norm. Lot's of locals use it - a better pub than the Prince of Wales over the road!
tricky_dicky - 24 Nov 2010 10:29
I still think this is the best pub in Molesey! Friendly local crowd who are happy to chat, cheap beer and relaxed atmosphere, helpful if slightly mad bar staff and the new menu is pricier than old but include some tasty new additions and veggie options.
staycrunchy - 1 Nov 2010 14:17
Pride, Ordinary, Meantime London Pale Ale and Skinners Pennycomequick. Had a board giving upcoming ales. Seemed to be a pub for locals but no bad thing. Beer was good.
GuideDogSaint - 17 Oct 2010 23:25
Cask and guest beers kept well, friendly staff but currently a smelly dirty pub inside and out. Many regulars have migrated pending a promised refurb, we know not when. Guvnor Darren a bit soft with staff (dirty tables and floors) and seems to have lost the plot.

camrafan - 6 Oct 2010 22:40
Usually packed with people outside drinking...that's because inside it stinks of the toilets. Should be closed down and sorted out and returned it to what it should be, the best pub in Molesey.
pubsniffer - 30 Sep 2010 14:35
Bit smelly, but the beer's good, and cheap too. Probably the best pub in Molesey...
ElDickster - 14 Aug 2010 16:22
One of my favorites, don't go there as often nowadays but always enjoy my visits when I can
Chinners - 26 May 2010 01:09
this pub has the most gorgeous bar staff ever. I was in today (sunday) about 2-3 in the afternoon after completing the london bridges bike ride and i ordered some very well conditioned, cask marqued Timothy Taylor. Very good beer but was blown away by the gorgeous blonde behind the bar. she smiled at me, i smiled at her, kept looking at her through the window. I was the blonde 21 year old guy who couldn't keep his eye off you. if possible could someone tell her to email me? greg.dunne@live.co.uk anyway. the beer was great and well conditioned. cool, and the bar staff were very friendly.
gregdd - 23 May 2010 17:13
Paid a visit here a few weeks back and I'm only getting around to posting my thoughts: It's a hellhole!
Ok, I'll admit I may well have caught it on a bad day so I will go back to give it a second chance but on the day I did visit I noted the following:
It was full of chavs and football louts.
It smelt to high heavens of piss.
The staff were more interested in posing and chatting up the skirt in the place.
I hope that it was a once off and that when I go back things will be better. Watch this space!
Legolegs - 20 May 2010 00:59
This is a great local pub, granted the toilets could do with an overhall but it's a friendly, cosy traditional pub enjoyed by generations of local families.
It is really important that we keep these little treasures alive and thriving as so few still stand!
Lharding - 13 May 2010 20:00
Why does this pub smell of toilets? Dont understand as like it as a whole but cant stand the smell. Cheap beer though.
loveapint2010 - 1 Apr 2010 12:19
Going from strength to strength as the last couple of times I went in it was pretty busy and had a great atmosphere. Oh and I got a pint of IPA and a Polar Beer and it cost me less than 3.80. Is this, apart from 'spoons, the cheapest pub in Surrey? Food very reasonable too.
Oakman100 - 5 Jan 2010 11:29
Not bad pub and surely one of the cheapest in Surrey let alone Hampton Court. Been in a few times recently and the beer has been OK and staff are fine. Sometimes have a guest on for special occasions?
Oakman100 - 3 Sep 2009 17:50
Things are gradually a 'bit' better here. There seems to be a little more stability with the staff at least. The toilets are still a complete mess with broken tiles/sink units, no soap and stinking p**s all over the floor. The quality of the bitter is variable and drinks are still served up in random glasses - they seem to have an anfathomable never ending supply of Guinnes 'Red' pint glasses in which they serve bitter, lager, cider - and it seems anything but Guinness!

I have just realised I started the review with the statement that things are getting better (!?) - hmmm that says something about how it was a while ago!

mrpride - 22 Jun 2009 12:21
Sorry to disagree with everyone but I think this pub is OK. Maybe I need to get a life I don`t know. I don`t drink beer - only wine and the Albion seems to have what I want. They`re one of the rare pubs that have updated their decor and kept the atmosphere without becoming like an All Bar One. It still feels like a pub. Maybe we`re never going to get the drinks we want in a pub (I`d like Moet et Chandon at a good price -dream on) but if I want to go somewhere where my friends and I can have a few drinks in a good atmosphere then I think the Albion`s OK. I don`t give a shit who the landlady is just as long as I can get served with a nice drink and find somewhere to sit to drink it
267s - 15 Mar 2009 02:05
Been in here a couple of times, first time was a Saturday night, second time a Friday lunchtime.

They're apparently assigned the CM, but although the pint of Landlord I had first time round was good, the second time I went the Pride wasn't as great. However, it seemed to be that the glasses smelt a bit soapy, so whether this had anything to do with it I'm not sure.

Bit of a 'tradesman' type pub, builders, plumbers etc, which makes it a 'bit rough'. I like that in a pub but it may not be everyones cup of tea. Competition is poor though so they're always going to do well.
The_D_Man - 6 Mar 2009 14:55
why did bev, the old landlady, have to leave she was great but i bet she is very happy at her new pub the new landlady is horrible she just stands at the end off the bar nattering away getting herself drunk me and my eldest son went there for a meal it took 40 minutes for the food to arrive and my burger bun was all soggy i will not be going back there again
doctorwho08 - 26 Nov 2008 22:49
Dropped in for a quick pint early evening, didnt strike me as particularly good bad or otherwise. nowhere near the best nor then nowhere near the worst. had a bottle of cider after seeing a person in front of me complain about his beer. didnt fancy chancing a crook guts. after reading some of the comments , im glad i didnt try the beer. toilets were ok , far better than most I use in the city.
Prob wont visit again , but then very rarely ever in the area
kiwiphil - 15 Oct 2008 19:44
well there is only one person to blame and that's TANYA DAVIS the area manager. what a big shame serves the brewary right.
callumbrooks - 13 Oct 2008 17:40
What an absolute dump of a pub, which is a real shame, as it used to be a lovely place, and always very lively.

Visited on a week night in August and I couldn't even rest on the bar when I ordered a round as it was completely sodden with beer.

The place is absolutely filthy and is overflowing with glasses, and general rubbish strewn everywhere.

Dis-interested staff to boot as well...what a place.

Dump,Dump,Dump someone get in the cleaners quickly!!!!!!!!
marchw - 21 Aug 2008 09:18
The Albion has competition now from the Prince of Wales, time to step up owners.....
MrsY - 21 Jul 2008 16:16
I work very close by so The Albion has been one of my regulars for a few years now. I hadn't realised that they present manager had left [was leaving] but it does explain a few things. The new faces working behind the bar seem more interested in talking amoungst themselves than serving.....none seem to have heard of the saying "service with a smile".....
road2ruin80 - 16 Jul 2008 11:27
what a shame another manager who has been failed by the brewery and the woman boss tania i think her name is. walking around but showing no support. big shame as the manager was good, sadly he's leaving.
lets watch it go down the pan again. well done brewery
callumbrooks - 30 Jun 2008 16:42
Walked in then out again. The stench of stale piss was overwhelming and the two members of staff were too busy stockpiling the fridge with gassy lagers to even notice us arriving. Complete shithole sadly.
nickthefish - 27 Jun 2008 07:03
Sadly little has changed in recent months. The tables are overflowing with dirty glasses and the toilets are broken and filthy. There seems to be little pride in levels of service or evidence of staff cohesion.

As I have stated before I think the pub is resting on it's laurels with regards to location and loyal regulars but recent refurbishment of other local competitor pubs may begin to impact on business.

All very sad.....
mrpride - 25 Jun 2008 13:08
When I first started drinking in The Albion, the landlady Bev was great, but she left! I hoped the new landlords would be just as good, but The Albion has got worse and worse. It takes over 30 mins on some nights to get served. Never enough staff. I'm often unable to order food and if I can it takes an hour to arrive. The toliets are just disgusting. The ladies have only had one loo working for over four weeks and the men's smell horrible and this smell often welcomes you in to the pub - nice. Please please please improve....
awfulalbion - 8 May 2008 19:56
The pub has floundered over the past few months, but it does seem to be getting back on track, although rather slowly
martinpd - 10 Apr 2008 18:22
Once great, then nose dived when the previous Landlady, Bev, left. Recent signs of improvements sadly appear to have been short lived. This is my local, and in the last couple of weeks alone, food has been unavailable due to lack of kitchen staff, the International Football wasn't being shown (apparrently because their Sky Licence had expired!!), and the state of the Ladies' toilets (so my other half says) has deteriorated to the point of being disgusting.

In 'The City', it's known as a 'Dead Cat Bounce'... Show signs of recovery, then continues to get worse...
ExAlbionite - 31 Mar 2008 17:09
what a great pub, been there a few times and it looks better and better each time, i heard some local guys talking of the landlords sad news, shame because he was doing really well, the last couple of times we've been in it seems the guys and gals are under pressure (short Staffed) lets hope when the landlord (Stewart) is back it'll all be good again. great pub in the summer.
jimmy2 - 2 Mar 2008 15:24
after spending new years eve here,it was a really friendly warm and relaxed attomosphere,the land lords dressed up as sandy and danny,great laugh, very clean and will deff return after speaking to other regulars they are pleased to have a great pair of new landlords, daniel and stuart, well done you are doing a great job,
toffeetart01 - 1 Jan 2008 20:27
Nice to see The Albion getting to back to what it used to be. The new landlord and his partner are good guys and making a real difference in a short time. The Pub is cleaner, has much friendlier staff, better music and altogether a really nice atmosphere.
Donkeykong - 21 Dec 2007 13:22
Popped in recently for a few pre Election beers and a big, big improvement althou the current decor is not to my liking (it was better as a classic old fashioned pub in my opinion). . . . good stuff!
Chinners - 14 Dec 2007 14:53
Indeed! Nice to get a sense of motivation and pride in the surroundings. Fingers crossed for the coming weeks......
mrpride - 3 Dec 2007 19:58
**Newsflash** Hey - guess what, they've put in someone who cares. New manager since 1 week. Clean gents toilets! (why couldn't previous 'managers have done that??) No more stale smells! Correct beer glasses! Decent smart bar staff! Wonders will never cease. I really hope this is not a flash in the pan, all those unhappy punters that left - come back and check it out. This could be the beginning of geting the Albion back to being a half decent pub again.
tubbygrubagain - 1 Dec 2007 19:59
The brewery will not take action unless customers contact them direct with a complaint. If people feel that strongly, visit their website and contact them direct.

Worth a try!
anonymous - 7 Nov 2007 12:27
Don't think I've ever seen a pub go into such a steep decline. Since the departure of the previous management this pub has gone from being one of the best to one of the worst in the town.

Appalling management (more lack of)
Poor quality staff
Constantly running out of specific beers or wines
No wine glasses for about 5 weeks
Toilets that smell so unbearably we move onto a different pub rather than use them.

Try to go there as little as possible these days but on occasions it is where our friends are.....

Time to get someone in there that cares.
magnersmagnerson - 23 Oct 2007 11:04
Totally agree with mypride. Its a brewery run pub, Mitchell and Butler I believe. I just cannot understand why they seem to refuse basic funding of this (used to be) lovely old pub in a brilliant location. Lack of glasses, basic drinks - Brandy?? Cleaners, etc etc. The list goes on. Not to mention a decent permanent landlord/lady. Shame.
tubbygrubagain - 18 Oct 2007 23:37
Disagree with the person that wrote about Prince of Wales not being very good and going to Albion,you can only see by the comments that it is badly run and staff are crap, hope whoever takes over this lovely pub which used to be is more pleasant that the Manager now and he will get his regulars back staff cant even open a bottle of wine
anonymous - 9 Oct 2007 17:17
Not sure where to start. Been coming here for four years but in the past few months have observed a significant and saddening decline.

The essence of my observations is that the new land lady doesn't seem to take much pride in her product. Beers are regularly served in the wrong brand glass (might sound a picky comment to make but it is in attending to the little details that customers feel that their custom is appreciated) and wine in strange goblet style 'Jacques' glasses. When challenged we are told they have run out and can't afford to buy new stock. The staff regularly make mistakes and are, to be fair, always overwhelmed due to understaffing (on the friday night of a recent rugby game there were two staff trying to serve the entire heaving throng). The toilets are a flooded mess and the soap dispensers never refilled.

This pub has a fantastic location and a great mix of punters and could be so much better. Perhaps there is an element of complacency or ignorance. I don't know if this is a brewery or individually run institution so am not sure who to complain to formally - hence commenting on this forum. Perhaps a bit of modern 'electronic' customer feedback might work?

All very sad to see............
mrpride - 6 Oct 2007 10:38
A crying shame. What was by far the best pub in the area during the 'Bev era' has taken an awful turn for the worse. Jodie, the new landlady, is pleasant enough, but she's never about. Instead, she leaves an inept and rude staff to provide the awful service. Harry was a shining light, but now he's gone, the only thing worth turning up for is Tuesday's excellent quiz, but the new bar staff have even taken the edge off that.
Once a regular, I'm now frequenting The Bell round the corner until the brewery get wise to the shambles this pub has become. Come back Bev, all is forgiven!!
ExAlbionite - 3 Oct 2007 21:47
Since Bev went pub really gone downhill, Jodie new Manager not very friendly very unhelpfull and bar staff are rude lost lots of custome especially now since Harry went will be worse. The only good thing about this place is the wine is cheap and quite good other than that nothing to offer. Bring back some good staff and management to this place.


sexypeople3 - 29 Sep 2007 12:25
Agree with last comment. Sadly gone downhill since Bev left. New management (if you can call it that) are lazy, rude, usually drunk and the place is a mess. The new young staff are clueless behind the bar half the time. Such a shame for this lovely old pub in a great location in an up and coming area.
tubbygrubagain - 21 Sep 2007 19:33
What has happened to this pub.
Bev has gone, the toilets smell badly.
Have not even spoken to the new manager because she is never there.
Two beers unavailable and also short of wine.
When will pub owners realise that to run a good pub you have to have a good person at the helm.
anonymous - 24 Jul 2007 20:34
Superb pub - good food, great quiz on a Tuesday night and a pint of Youngs for 2!
grahamdrinks - 19 Jul 2007 16:26
We frequently go to the pub quiz on tuesday nights which is definitely well worth a visit! Your whole evening is sorted, from the yummy food, the entertainment (particularly the guy that reads the questions) and a bit of friendly banter with the other quiz teams.
swim - 26 Jun 2007 14:13
Great pub, Bev great and the price of wine and the
beers and food are very good.
anonymous - 25 Jun 2007 15:51
Jolly good pub, new landlady is great - happy days no worries
halfnhalf - 16 Apr 2007 16:56
Nice enough pub with a contemporary yes comfortable feel. In a narrow shopping street close to Hampton Court station. Reasonable prices for a fairly posh location - 4.95 for a pint of Guinness and a pint of London Pride, ale served in excellent condition too.
Rich66 - 28 Jan 2007 10:32
Extremely pleasant pub in a street one or two back from the river opposite Hampton Court. Deuchars which tasted nice and a couple of other ales as well. Quiz on Tuesday nights. If I lived anywhere near here I would come here a lot.
beeronaut - 16 Jan 2007 23:27
I like this place, it has all the right ingridients for a sucessful place. Nice layout, beer is outstandingly cheap and its big enough to fit a few in.

Also the barmaid (landlady?) was very pleasant and welcoming, and the pub quiz was a right laugh.

Good work
sharpe - 13 Dec 2006 13:05
Whats all the talk about terrible refurbishment. Everywhere need refurshing from time to time. Every few years everyone redecorates their own house but I bet you don't hear anyone say It looks awful. Yes it's refurbished and yes it bloody well needed it. You can't win. Been here in the past for quiz nights and thouroughly enjoyed myself . The place looks great. final.
alocalpunter - 16 Nov 2006 22:23
Pleasant staff, decent beer but terrible refurbishment when I visited last week. Far too many tables, all the old character has been lost which was a main selling point to tourists visiting the palace. It's a bit like a cross between an airport bar and a tacky art gallery, the music nights are also no more, not that I know where they could puyt the bands. Dissappointing.
Petricks - 20 Oct 2006 15:03
oh why? speed dating in a pub!! nasty!!
anonymous - 29 Sep 2006 10:27
I really liked the Albion. Went in on a Bank Holiday Monday, and although it was busy, the atmosphere was really good, footy was on the TV, a good selection of beer and excellent service was received. Sat near the back where it looks like an Indian take-away with tables, but that didn't alter the fact that this pub should receive excellent reviews.
DAFCpubreviewer - 6 Sep 2006 01:24
Visited the Albion a few times recently after years of not using it.

The refit has improved the place and found it to be very friendly, with good service.

The landlord Bev (I heard her say she doesnt like being called a landlady) has the ideal personality to run a successful pub. Equally good with customers and staff from what I've seen.
magnersmagnerson - 4 Jul 2006 17:13
Been back a couple of times recently, and its an awful lot better than when I first went a couple of years ago. Sounds like there's a new landlord, and the bar staff are now actually friendly! They smile! They're helpful! Think it's open late as well (midnight I think), and they've got rid of the air raid siren. Good range of beers too - proper ones I mean - as well as the usual lagers.

Basically, ignore my previous comment. It's a nice pub now.
ElDickster - 2 May 2006 19:01
perhaps one of the best pubs in the area, was crap once but keeps getting better.
littleboyblue - 24 Apr 2006 20:11
What a delightful little pub this is. We were passing and it looked inviting so we went in and were most impressed. I had quite possibly the best pint of ale I've ever tasted, twas a Shepherd Neame (quelle surprise) named Late Red, sadly a guest ale and when I returned for more of its mouthwatering loveliness two days later it was, alas, no more. I could've drunk a whole barrel of the stuff tho so this hardly came as a surprise.

It was packed on Friday night. It's one of those pubs that's just really welcoming and makes you wish you lived round the corner. Really warm atmosphere and it's certainly as inviting as it looks. Friendly, polite and attentive staff - we were served immediately despite how busy it was and to top it all off, they were showing a premiership RUGBY game! Yes, that's RUGBY, not football, bloody marvellous! I was most pleased, especially since we got a table right in front of the huge telly (and Jonny was playing :).

There are some lovely sounding dishes on the menu and all very reasonably priced so I shall most definitely be returning to sample some. What a wonderful little find this was! Highly recommended.
Cleversaz - 14 Nov 2005 15:36
Paid our second viset to the Albion on a Thursday music night.As before,the pub was packed to the rafters.A good atmosphere with friendly punters.Would happily go back for the live music on a thursday.....pick up a gig guide.
Stella_Fella - 28 Oct 2005 10:52
Top pub in Molesey in my humble opinion. Quiz nights, live sport, decent beers including a guest ale every couple on months and soon (hopefully) live music periodically every 3-4 weeks. It is also the local HQ for the Official Monster Raving Loony Party!!!!!
Chinners - 29 May 2005 15:45
I agree in general with parkhillian's recent comment. The place has settled down quite well with recent low-key manager. The main thing is even with sports TV and games machines, the type of punter and 'old-boozer-style' has not changed too much. There is a good mix of locals and regulars still, some have even come back! Yes, it did used to be the best pub ever (well in Molesey anyway), and actually was quite posh, with a Routier badge for food no less. Avoid Tues night if you're not a fan of pub quizzes, (that go on till 10pm!!)and non-smokers might want to bring an oxygen mask on busy nights.
tubbygrub - 7 Jan 2005 12:19
This place must have been the best pub ever once, as I thought it was OK when I when I went there last night, and yet previous contributors go on about how its gone downhill.

Its a steady if unspectacular old style boozer. Clean tidy, relatively busy (for a Thursday night in January, anyway) and the staff were perfectly polite and friendly.

I wouldn't necessarily rush back to The Albion, but would quite happily pop in if passing.
parkhillian - 7 Jan 2005 11:37
TG here again - er, don't remember the smell being my main point, but still, it's been a while. Since April the Albion has got a new manager! Ok , he has the personality of a glass of tap water, but hey, you can't have everything. My BIG gripe at the moment is - they shut the pub down this week for a re-furb, mainly of the flat upstairs I gather. So what, you might think. But it's Hampton Court Flower Show week, and The Albion is one of the closest pubs to the show! Thus reducing their profit on the busiest week of the summer to nil. Manager's reaction: "Nothing to do with me." Hmmm, which brewery runs this pub? Rich, maybe you can help me out here?
tubbygrub - 9 Jul 2004 13:51
Tubbygrub, again you have a complaint. Ok to start with it is a pub... Staff do come and go. It's part of the trade, but if you look at the albion the main members off staff have all been there for 6 months or over. Also the other recent comments... I think you will see that there is no longer a 'Nasty Smell' as you walk in the pub because the floor was pulled up and the problem was fixed... again this was no one's fault and the smell has been there for years. Tubbygrub, how can you say that the staff are 'Lazy' or 'Rude'? also us regulars are not dwindling, i think you will find that we are all in there every night more or less. If you have all these complaints... why don't you consult the manager over it?
L-F-U - 23 Apr 2004 10:09
Er, hello? Are we talking about the same pub here? Read some of the other recent comments L-F-U, and I think you'll find a common pattern. I drink there because of the (dwindling numbers) of regulars that drink there too - not for the various temporary managers and bar staff that come and go. And I keep hoping things will improve if they can ever find someone decent to run the place. Agree with you about last landlord. Now if a good bar opened up in the immediate area I think you'd find a mass exodus from this sadly neglected pub.
tubbygrub - 23 Apr 2004 08:19
I have to disagree with you tubbygrub. I too am also a local at this pub and i have to say that although it has no landlord the pub is run better by the assistant manager than it ever was by the land lord. The staff are friendly and hard working and are always chatty especially with us locals. Out of interest if you moan about itso much why do you carry on drinking in there?
L-F-U - 22 Apr 2004 15:45
I've visited this pub regularly during the 7 years I've lived in the area. It's gradually declined further and further until I won't go in there anymore. I used to work for the brewery that owns it years ago and I'm disgusted with how they've let it get into such a state. I'm going to have a go at contacting some of the people I used to work with and see if that has any any effect.
Rich - 19 Apr 2004 15:05
Well here we are again. Not getting any better is it? Now the poor Albion is landlordless AGAIN. Losing it's charm? Definitely. Such a shame. Being a regular I can't believe that they have let it go this far downhill. Michelle and Eldickster - I totally agree. Why should a lovely Olde Worlde pub on Hampton Court Palace's doorstep be run down in this way by a brewery that don't give a toss I don't know. Yes it's dirty, yes the staff are lazy and rude. See you in there tonight then...
tubbygrub - 26 Mar 2004 13:47
Normally quite a good pub, only by the locals, but have to say that there was a nasty smell of stale beer on the carpet that spoiled my whole albion experience.
Michelle - 27 Feb 2004 22:32
Bad pub. Bar staff surly at best, and that's if they can be bothered serving you. They call time at bang on 11pm. When I say call time, I mean set off some kind of air raid siren which lasts about ten minutes and gives you the distinct impression they want you to get the hell out. Now. Don't go there. Buy six cans of Kronie from the store opposite and go home. It's nicer there.
ElDickster - 25 Feb 2004 19:33
One of the better pubs. Good beer and food. Plenty of room, but gets busy in summer.
Worth a visit if in the area.
Parking is tricky but can be found nearby.
Good place to post-work pint or Sunday lunch.
anonymous - 5 Jan 2004 17:22
Under the new management I am delighted to say that The Albion offers one of the best pub experiances I have had the pleasure of enjoying in quite some time. The locals are charming, the food is of extremely high quality, the staff are usually very sharp and courteous, which add to the experiance of watching a good game of rugby with your mates on the sizeable screen in the corner.
Dirk Marsh - 13 May 2003 17:57
My girlfriend and I had the misfortune to order a meal in this pub last Sunday Lunchtime, When it arrived 1 hour later ( after being told it would be 10 to 15 minutes) It was horrid, Half a sausage with burned onions in a stale pitta bread with a salad that is going brown `round the edges is not what was described on the menu, I won`t even try to explain the potato dish that we also ordered, apart from the fact that it had been microwaved to oblivion, and the melted cheese made it look like someone had been sick on it!. But being British, we didn`t complain, We just left.
john - 13 May 2003 00:30
alright but....nice leather sofa and open fires in the winter. Used to be full of intersting people to talk to, nowadays - bit awfull with little atmos
jim - 23 Apr 2003 15:00
I was a frequent visitor there in '85 and '86. The pub had a friendly feel to it. Nice to see the water bowls down for the dogs. So sorry to here that it is losing its charm. Best wishes to Rani Padayachee who, I guess, is still a customer.
Dave - sonofcliff@excite.com - 24 Mar 2003 04:20
I have been to this pub for years. Went there last night for the first time in awhile. Having read the revues. It was not as bad as I had thought - but the Bar staff in Track suits were a bit odd!! This pub has such potential old stlye pub with low roof and right next to Hampton Court. It definantly needs better managment - great sign in the mens toilets on the cleaning rota!!
Mike - 19 Mar 2003 15:30
Sadly I have to agree with nick and A LOCAL - it is a sorry state of affairs at the moment - The Albion is sinking fast, into a grubby sea of wall to wall TV, dirty ashtrays and sullen unkempt bar staff. No wonder hardly anyone decent goes there anymore. What a disgrace. Alan and Bridget were great, but long gone. I can't say Steve and Kim are really what the Albion needs now....Are you listening Six Continents???
tubbygrub - 27 Feb 2003 16:24
Dear deluded anonymous, face it, Jerry's not coming back. However, all you mean-minded little people can see what you make of the new landlord who takes over this Sunday.
tubbygrub - 22 Oct 2002 09:59
BRING BACK JERRY. I have drunk in this pub my whole life and when I buy a drink I dont need surly staff in dirty tracksuits behind the bar. As for 'tubbygrubs' comment about old 'regs' on a Friday - what a load of twaddle. If the pub carries on the way it is you'll be lucky to see anyone there let alone locals
anonymous - 19 Oct 2002 20:27
Sorry, never read such a load of rubbish. This pub has seriously deteriorated since the departure of the last landlord. REAL locals do not want to be drinking in the current environment. Bring back someone/anyone who is interested in developing the potential this pub really has!
michelle & michelle (any real locals will know who we are!) - inge.williams@virgin.net - 18 Oct 2002 01:20
Catch up with Austin Powers and his groovy chums tonight - yeah baby, yeah....Get me another large one mate.
tubbygrub - 10 Oct 2002 14:29
Strangely opposing comments about this pub...do you believe the hype? Check it out and see. Best night is Friday when a good mix of old 'regs' mingle with the 'ex-barred' and general newcomers young and old. Much better now the new managment have dimmed the too-bright lights around the bar.
tubbygrub - 23 Sep 2002 12:37
Heard that this pub, which was my local once, was under new management, so visited it the other day - what a delight. Warm friendly atmosphere, cheerful bar staff and a very helpful working new Manager! Will definitely be making it my local again!
M.Ansell - 20 Sep 2002 15:01
We visited this pub recently, now it is under new management and found the atmosphere to be very friendly. We had a thoroughly good time and will definitely be visiting it again.
Maureen Brooks - 20 Sep 2002 10:04
I Don't Believe any of the comments made about this pub. Me and my wife visited this pub the other day any was welcomed with a warm friendly atmosphere. All staff were great and the Manager was serving customers behind bar. a excellent place for a quite relaxing evening drink. 10 out of 10
Steve - 18 Sep 2002 22:37
would have preferred it if they'd not kicked us out because it wasn't busy enough.
Darren - 9 Aug 2002 11:27
A disgrace. Drunken landlord boozing with his mates while customers wait for overworked bar staff to serve them. Worst pub experience EVER. Waited fifteen minutes for service, while landlord said 'I'm on my day off' and 'if you dont like it, go somewhere else'.
david gates - davidg@hotmail.com - 17 Jun 2002 19:45

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