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Albert Inn, Totnes

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With time for one more pub in Totnes, I chose the Albert. This is the home of the Bridgewater Brewery. But it only had one of their beers on. This was Albert Ale. Two guests were Teignworthy Old Moggie & Keltec Magic. The cider was Old Rosie. This was actually my favourite pub in Totnes. It had a lively atmosphere in the front bar, with a cover band playing rock classics. I retreated to the slightly quieter rear bar. The pub has a really traditional feel and locals were friendly. So was the landlord. Toilets are in the yard at the rear, where there is also a disused bar billiard table. I'm surprised this is not in the Good Beer Guide.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Jan 2017 20:42
Had a roast dinner here in July, excellent value, choice of roasts. We ate in the garden. Inside choice of main bar, or back bar with bar billiards, live music on saturday, choice of brewed on site ale at 4.2, 3.8, occasionally stout, the infamous HEMP beer. reasonable prices. This is olde worlde, a real treat of a pub, regular beer festivals
popeye321 - 20 Oct 2015 14:07
Back again after 2 year and it is as good as ever.
The Hunts real cider has gone, but it has been replaced by a choice of the local Wivilscombe 'Suicider' or Westons Old Rosie.

The Albert is now the only real cider pub in town now that the Bay Horse has gone over to kegged stuff.
jgurney1 - 19 Feb 2015 18:24
Had a pint here of their stuff, spot on. Also a cracking roast dinner at a very reasonable price. Nice people that made us feel very welcome. We will be back!
Fredco - 4 Feb 2015 20:32
The nameless cider reported on 7/8/11 has gone, replaced by the very good Hunt's Dry. The pub is as good as ever, and now has an expanded food offering, including a tasty vegetarian hommity pie (a local potato, onion, leek & cheese dish).
jgurney1 - 29 Oct 2012 23:10
A fantastic pub indeed.
Very cosy interesting interior and the back lounge bar is the best part of the place.
We sat outside in the suntrap beer garden which was very pleasant indeed.
Had one of the own Bridgetown ales (lovely jubbly it was called) which are brewed out the back which kept the cost of the ale down.
One of the best pubs in the country and away from the tourists as well

montie49 - 24 Jun 2012 16:39
An excellent pub. I enjoyed a very fine dry cider which "hasn't got a name yet, it's made by someone up the road". It also has keg versions of Sams & Sandford Orchards ciders - not tried while the excellent 'nameless' was to be had. Muzac-free while I was there (but speakers fitted so may sometimes be noisy). Excellent unreconstructed pub decor. I got a warm welcome from the two resident spaniels. Burgers, curry & pies but no sign of vegi food.
jgurney1 - 7 Aug 2011 15:54
I tend to agree with daveinbrum. A very nice pub but the BSA which we drank on our visit was definitely poor quality, considering that the pub is the 'brewery tap'. I suggest that anyone visiting should stick with what the majority of the regulars drink (AA), which will have a good turnover, and you'll be OK.
Trequites - 29 Dec 2010 18:36
I love this pub, more importantly I love their real ales, all brewed on site. In my modest opinion, they brew the the best real ale in Totnes (and one of the best in the UK) and I have sampled UK ales from all over the country. I first found this pub using a Campain for Real Ale (CAMRA), good beer guide map. I have mainly visited when visiting my relatives but it is always one of my first points of call. I mainly visit during the day and like many of the local pubs, it is very quiet, with only a couple of locals in but the bar staff are always friendly and informative. The locals are welcoming and always ready to impart any local info that you require. I drank the AA (Albert ale) and (Relativity), very tasty real ale. In the evenings they have quiz nights and great food deals. I wish I could take the pub back home with me, it's a great local.
gibbi - 15 Nov 2010 19:33
Was very quiet when I visited so can't really comment on locals but beer quality was poor considering it brews its own.
daveinbrum - 20 Jun 2010 19:52
This pub is a real find if you enjoy proper boozers. The beers are always excellent , and brewed out the back!. The locals are a friendly bunch and will include you in the witty banter if you let 'em Food is ok but basic and the locals all seem to bring their own in on a Sunday evening and share it out. We were offered various local sausages , cheeses and olives during one visit ! We really don't want too many people to find it as it will get spoilt!
steamraiser2 - 29 Dec 2009 13:21
Excellent small pub which I guess is largely overlooked by tourists, as it is half way up a hill across the bridge to the other side of the Totnes town centre. Part of me says thatís a shame as pubs need all the income they can get nowadays. But then the other part says thatís fine as it keeps The Albert for its eclectic bunch of locals and those of us who go out of our way to visit gems like this.
The Albert (which is named after Albert Einstein for some local reason that my wife did explain to me but I have now forgotten) is home to the Bridgetown Brewery, which opened about a year ago and is resident out back of the pub. It brews two ales - Albert Ale at 3.8% and Real Ale Activity, which is 4.8%, and a Stout (Rockfish Oyster Stout) at 4.6%. Tried them all and the Albert Ale was more to my taste. As mentioned it also has Dartmoor Jail Ale.
Itís a two bar pub but you could easily miss this fact as the Ďlounge barí mentioned below is tucked away with its own door around the back. This would be a real shame as this back bar is a superb snug and is full of dusty old stuff like the back bars used to be. For example there is an extensive collection of old snuffboxes displayed on the beam above the jump.
Also found a bar billiards table in the alley way to the garden and toilets and had to relive my youth, even though the Landlord explained that someone had walked off with two of the mushrooms.
Knowledgeable and friendly Landlord and an interesting mix of colourful locals who were more than happy for you to join in with their conversations.
So to conclude, as mentioned below The Albert is a throwback to the days when pubs were social drinking houses for the local community. Itís a gem. If you visit Totnes, donít miss it.

Gann - 28 Oct 2009 19:05
One of the best little pubs in Totnes . Very much a true local but it is very visitor friendly as well (as are the locals). I have always liked the rear "lounge bar" which has plenty of atmosphere and character and is full of clutter. Now brewing its own beer on the premises, but if not to your taste then there is always a good pint of Dartmoor "Jail Ale" to hand. They have recently introduced a stout which is very good:-full of flavour. Pie and pint night on Fridays for an excellent Steak and ale pie and similar pub food "nights" throughout the week with special prices and offers (e.g 2 pies , 2 pints for a tenner). Live music on a Saturday night. A real pub with real people and soul. Long may it remain so.
tarkatherotter - 10 May 2009 20:45
Over the bridge you find this warm and welcoming gem of a throwback. The good old boys behind the bar are exactly that. Having the brewery on the premises is great too. Let it be said though the latter sentence was the one problem on my visit, as both Albert ales on were bloody 'orrible(I think due to the brewing process for that batch rather than the general flavour of them both). Anyway, still plenty of time to to get that one sorted, so don't let that put you off
getsit - 21 Feb 2009 09:13
Visited this pub a couple of times recently. Welcoming place. It is also a brewhouse, I think. Worth the walk over into Bridgetown.
blamm - 25 Sep 2008 15:41
gagouldy - 24 Jul 2007 20:39
Quite frankly, one of the best pubs I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Excellent Guinness, the friendliest and most interesting bar staff I have ever met, an atmosphere that is both welcoming and local and, mercifully, not a tie-dyed T-shirt or flip-flop in sight. Beer garden out the back overlooks the neighbours' gardens, which is a bit odd. It does allow you to sit in the garden and drink beer though, which ultimately is its purpose.
gbiddlegbiddlegboh - 29 Mar 2007 08:32
The architype FREE house. The landlord can have the pub wonderfully understated, as he does not have big company accountants telling him to sell alcopops, and 'taboo promoitions'. Occasionally overlooked by passes by, this pub is a treasure of Totnes town, and any slight ideosyncrasies of the staff and the like, just show it's character.
Peter Reeves - 16 Aug 2004 22:51
The Albert Inn is one of those rare breeds of pub that has been left unspoilt by the breweries. The cosy freehouse is owned and run by Tim and Sue Langsford, who have more than 20 years experience in the trade, having run the Kingsbridge Inn in Totnes some years ago. You can always be assured of a warm welcome and a fine pub menu, more than 30 different types of whisky and real ale and guest ale readily available. The pub features a bar, a lounge/snug and a sun trap beer garden overlooking the River Dart.
Joe Head - 26 Apr 2004 16:20
good food and beer
roy payne - 5 Dec 2003 07:41

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