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Albion, West Kensington

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I went in one snowy night near Christmas.

Couldn't have been better for atmosphere. The limited range of beers seemed fine and were well kept.
eddybeer - 24 Feb 2013 19:49
Scottish & newcastle tenancy. Looks great but short of good ale everything less than 4.5 %. no strong ale but great pub vibe
milsonman - 8 Jun 2012 22:45
Disappointed for the second time here. Two months ago entered half an hour before advertised closing time, but they were shutting up. Annoying but understandable on a quiet Mon night.
This afternoon gave time for proper appraisal. Some nice features (such as gorgeous 1920s type bar lights and curved leaded windows, but overall rather gloomy. Poor ale selection of Deuchars and Flying Scotsman; although encouraged to order twice by virtue of the same beers repeated on the adjacent pumps. Spare beer engines...some imagination please?
curioushistory - 26 Apr 2012 16:13
Rough-hewn (ie scruffy) and extortionately priced. 3.70 for Deuchars is way too high, particularly as the only other choice was Theakston's and some fruit beer. I wouldn't have minded so much if there was a wide choice but I could drink those at home. Having 'reserved signs on the two biggest tables isn't right either. This is a pub, not a restaurant.
djw - 18 Apr 2012 00:09
I was the only customer in here late this afternoon. Caledonian Flying Scotsman & Deuchars IPA were the 2 ales on offer. The pub seemed fairly pleasant, despite the lack of atmosphere. A quiz was scheduled for this evening. Service was fine.
blue_scrumpy - 2 Apr 2012 20:53
Rocking as always, certainly punching above its weight for a rather dead area of town, a very rare music led pub in london and clearly dear to the heart of those in the know, marvelous x
Bertie.Basset - 3 Apr 2011 03:22
The place is okay for a pint and it does try on the ale front ( Youngs Banana Bread Beer and Thwaites Wainwright were both drinkable brews) but there is just something about the layout that isn't conducive to stay for more than a couple of pints.
anonymous - 25 Mar 2011 00:11
A great little pub in hammersmith. Went there for the pin quiz the Monday night pub quiz on a Monday evening and it was very enjoyable. Was a bit dissapointed they only had one guest ale on but it was a very fine pint of wainwright. After talking to the landlord he explained that they clean the lines on a Monday/ Tuesday ready to put the ales on for the later part of the week to ensure they are at their best when most people are drinking. (wednesday to sunday). So if your an ale lover I'd recommend going in the later half of the week. They also offer a discount to CAMRA members which is nice.
Colinhill07 - 22 Feb 2011 13:12
Corner pub at the junction of Hammersmith Road and Munden Street. It has a narrow frontage, and although the main bar doesn't stretch back that far there is also an upstairs bar accessed by a narrow metal spiral staircase (or by a set of normal stairs at the back for the faint-hearted). The layout and decor of both bars is pleasingly traditional, and the atmosphere has improved substantially in recent years. There are six handpumps in the main bar with another four upstairs, but, on my last visit, three were clipped with Doom Bar, three with Deuchars IPA and one with Old Peculier (but this was off) with the others not in use. So, beer-wise, whilst the quality was fine, the choice was much more limited than I was expecting given its popularity in local CAMRA circles.
rpadam - 17 Jul 2010 11:47
Moved to London 6 months ago and at last felt at home when found the Albion. Staff are all friendly, beer is good (and cheap!) and the pizza is tasty. I could ask for nothing more.
lizomac - 27 Jan 2010 11:22
What a marvellous discovery! And now a true and good reason to get off the tube in this neck of the woods; The Albion!
In there last night, up stairs as a guest of Deuchars; superb beer, food, service. Run by two Lancashire lads, both brothers. Highly recommended.
Princemonolulu - 28 Aug 2009 09:45
Had decent deuchars ipa, cumberland on offer too,
oftenscore6 - 30 Jul 2009 20:30
open fire = good. lack of bitter = poor. cost of a 1664 = excessive. I like the place, and its really handy for a lunchtime beverage but am surprised by the cost.

is this aligned with the Princess Victoria at all? I think I recognised one of the staff here from the Vic but as I'm such a quiet reserved individual didnt ask the question... ;)

any other nice pubs/restaurants around here?
jabbasoft - 7 Jan 2009 16:45
Oh dear! Having psted the previous review, we thought we would pop in and see what was on real ale wise after a gruelling Monday back in the office..and the answer was nothing! They were all off..guys that's just not on at 1730 in the evening!What's happening?
jeremyb - 9 Sep 2008 06:39
Revisiting after quite an absence and just for the one, can only confirm previous postings, good vibe, a young barman who knew about ales and what seems like a promising selection of music (as well as advertising live acts). Will be back en route to Olympia station!
jeremyb - 5 Sep 2008 07:35
Much improved, a range of interesting beers and a good vibe in here now. Also the upstairs seems to be generally open (instead of generally shut and only open for special occasions as before) which is an improvement as the place is getting so popular it could use the extra space. Still very much a pub though, resisting gastrophication.
rainlight - 21 Aug 2008 23:35
I work just over the road from this pub, but even if I didn't, I'd go out of my way to drink here.
The guys (and girls) behind the bar at fantastic, the food is very good; try a mexican burger.
I'm reliably informed that the ale is great, and new guest ales pop up all the time.
Friday night is an excellent night to visit, as they often (perhaps always) have live acts on.
Yes it's a bit small, and yes, they can only put two tables outside cos of the council, but you won't find a better welcome and nicer atmosphere in any of the other pubs in the area. It rocks.
Mouldydc - 20 Jul 2008 01:18
I liked this. Two or three real ales on the pump including Hop Back Summer Lightning. Friendly service and a quiet and relaxing atmosphere in the pub - would be the ideal place to spread a Sunday paper out on the table and spend several hours reading it.
grecian - 7 Jul 2008 00:17
I work just across the road but hadn't been for a long while. In the past its never been up to much; indifferent beer and staff. Popped in on Friday and was very pleasantly surprised to find the new management making a real go of it. 5 real ales on tap, including the wonderful "Cross Buttocks". Apparently the guvnor intends to rotate the guest beers on a regular basis - let's hope this is true. Stayed way too late Friday night and couldn't believe how the clientele had changed, it was a very good atmosphere and live music too. Since the demise of the Radnor have been searching for a decent alehouse for work drinks, maybe the search is over.
Bodger - 4 Feb 2008 11:05
Yum. Ale.
vestanpance - 11 Nov 2007 13:20
Great to see new owners make a go of this, the potentioal is outstanding and the local office workers seem to be going back!
Bertie.Basset - 10 Nov 2007 18:35
This looks like it could be a good pub, but somewhat put off by some of the other clientele. One rather so-so pint, and left quickly...
rpadam - 31 Jan 2007 19:10
Popped in for a quick pint on New Years eve, ended up staying till the early hours. I had a fantastic time and the staff made me feel really welcome.

Anyway, thought i would write this as a thankyou to to all the staff and customers at the Albian, next time i'm in the area i'll definatly be comming back.

10/10
anonymous - 10 Jan 2007 15:32
Decided to venture into this bar the other day, as I thought it looked quite nice from the outside. Sorry I did. After nearly getting a dart straight in the eye as I walked to the bar (A stupid place to put the board. Surely Health & Safety issue) I brought what can only be described as a mediocre pint of bitter. Then I became aware of the other customers. God what a load of nasty, unwashed, foul languaged yobs.Quite put me off my pint. The staff were - adequate I suppose but that is all. Just goes to show that you should never judge by external appearences.
MavicChen - 24 Nov 2006 16:39
My things have changed! Popped in for a quick pint, ended up have a festive'rosey nosey' and left with the same! Had a nice feel, especially with the cosy fire. The Staff were cheerful and chatty, will definitely go back!
trent - 15 Dec 2005 09:49
This is a friendly bar, locals are a bit overbaring and depressing but beside taht it has a lot to offer. Staff very friendly not the drunken house of debauchery i was expecting!
BoboW14 - 13 Sep 2005 12:26
This was a decent pub a few years ago. now it isn't. Ales never consistent and it seems that being drunk and swearing is a prerequisite to entry
mrsjones - 9 Aug 2005 12:52
very clicky only go in a pack
anonymous - 26 Jun 2005 15:54
This pub used to be special.No longer.It is a lout infested,noisy sewer of a bar.You take your life in your hands walking in there,having to cross in front of the dart board & some bladdered chav types trying to aim at it.Why no one has lost an eye I dont know.The beers lousy too. Avoid like the plague.
Mr.Raffles - 2 Jun 2005 17:53

Don't even think about going to this place.
NO FUN NO CHEER AND NO GOOD. SHAME IT USED TO BE A GOOD PUB A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
aecjs - 25 Apr 2005 21:40
i disagree completely the albion is a fun local pub with a good atmosphere for all customers of all ages, i have tasted all beers cos im a person who likes a variety and a laugh.when ive been there the bar staff have always been help and kind and always keeping the pud in clean order.
dave - 23 May 2004 15:23
This well-kept smallish pub looks ok, has a good range of real ales and wines, and the bar staff are fine. Unfortunately it's impossible to spend any time there enjoyably because they play godawful pop music at an intrusive volume, and the place seems to attract lots of noisy drunks - which ruins the atmosphere completely.
foxski - 8 Apr 2004 23:46
i disagree, an awful pub..absolutely no atmosphere..and the guinness tastes like the lines haven't been cleaned in months. Barstaff sitting at the bar smoking and sticky carpet...not my idea of an oasis, especially with The Cumberland Arms around the corner and the Havelock Tavern just five minutes walk away. Go to the Albion - don't bother.
James - 21 Aug 2003 14:55
Small friendly pub which sells Bombardier and usually a guest beer. Can get full with the Olympia-exhibition crowd. An oasis of true pubdom in an area of theme bars.
Chris - 9 Feb 2003 00:01

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