skip nav  

Albert Tavern, South Norwood

back to pub details

user reviews of the Albert Tavern, South Norwood

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

Underrated pub. Frequently go there on the way to/from Selhurst Park. Away from the main roads, sits on the junction of Harrington Road and Albert Road in a residential area. Near the tramstop and one side of South Norwood Country Park.

A Greene King pub, the beers always served well reasonably priced.
TV screens and Sky/BT for showing sports.
Food decent and Family friendly.
southlondonbeero - 20 Nov 2016 08:32
Not bad - been through a number of owners over the years. Current staff know their stuff, food good. Lived here for years, and it's the best it's ever been.
TinkertyTonk - 18 Jul 2016 18:23
Not sure when this place re-opened, but it was certainly open on Tuesday evening. South Norwood appeared to be a slightly edgy area. The pub itself is in a residential area and seemed a relative haven from the rest of South Norwood. Neverthless, it was nothing special with only Greene King beers on and a fairly bland modernised interior. Greene King IPA & Hardy & Hansons Rocking Rudolph were the 2 ales on offer, with a Ruddles best clip turned around and a fourth handpull unused. Doubt I would come back even if I was unlucky enough to be in the area again.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Dec 2011 13:21
Looking forward to this place opening again with new managers. Not long now.
drinkersince_1978 - 24 Nov 2011 17:57
Nice pub but think in last year gone down hill a prefer joiners arms....
1drinkinglady - 17 May 2010 21:57
Before moving to Weymouth in 2000 t'Bert was my local. I'd been using it since about a year after it reopened in 1966 (I was 16!)and I'd played for one of the two cricket clubs. In the days of Binnie and Don (Binnie now has the Harp in Covent Garden) it was an excellent boozer and I wouldn't hesitate to rate it 9 if not 10. When 11am till 11pm opening came in Binnie said "I'm not shortening my hours for anyone"! Since Binnie left the pub has had many landlords, some good, some bad and some appalling. It has also had many refurbishments.
Since I moved I've been back to South Norwood to visit friends (and, sadly, to attend funerals) and I've dropped in to t'Bert on most visits. The beer (GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen) is reasonable but not exceptional. The staff are friendly and the surroundings comfortable. It must be doing something right when you consider the number of other pubs in the area which have closed since I moved away.
Steveexpopes - 29 Apr 2010 11:14
have seen this pub have 3 different owners now in the last 5 years or so - the latest owners have improved the food menu, size of portions and quality of the food which i would recommend. nice space with pool table and friendly staff in general. however recently the owner has not been cleaning the garden area after her dog which is not very nice when going outside. fair prices and fair selection of drinks, overall, 7 out of 10.
nicci_bee - 4 Jan 2010 12:09
A reasonably friendly place, if rather empty even for a Monday night July 27th. Greene King beers aren't my favorite - the Speckled Hen being the best I think. The LBW I tried was quite passable, though the IPA a little below par.

It was a bit sparsely decorated, but comfortable and I read my paper and watched a bit of the 2020 cricket on Sky Sports. One regular sipped his ber, and read his book. A larger group was enjing themselves, and then several regulars drifted in for a Guiness or lager, and chat.

Apparently under new management - there was a notice in the gents about a focus group on July 20th wanting to know what patrons and others would like to see at the pub.
zorrodp - 28 Jul 2009 13:49
This is a pleasant pub & well decorated. However, the staff can be miserable & not particularly welcoming. Do not have much entertainment to attract customers with the exception of Sky. Ocassionally there has been a karaoke but was very mediocre.. A sound system called Toxic International played there a couple of times - cannot why the management has not hired them again. Needs more imput to make the pub a place to go to.
daisyg94 - 1 Feb 2009 15:28
Welcoming and with very decent Greene King (justifying Beer Guide), in an otherwise typical South London local.
mtaylor40 - 5 Jan 2009 21:57
Formerly a real ale bastion, now toppled.Clean rather clinical. the management seem to be going throufgh the motions instead of driving the pub forward. Possibly this is the effect of running a pub for G.K.
slerpy - 19 Dec 2008 13:04
Formerly a real ale bastion, now toppled.Clean rather clinical. the management seem to be going throufgh the motions instead of driving the pub forward. Possibly this is the effect of running a pub for G.K.
slerpy - 19 Dec 2008 13:04
Despite outside a really good place...nice and clean and good decor. A good place to go for a quiet drink and has the best beer I have had in a while...Really clear etc. and well kept.

Also, a place you can go as a woman and not get agro...And good friendly staff.

It doesn't
1drinkinglady - 2 Sep 2008 11:53
A very pleasant place to eat and drink, and watch the game. Rugby vies with soccer as the sport of choice on the several wide-screens on the walls here.

It is a modern pub which for a mad moment or two some years ago was bizarrely re-named "The Pickled Newt" breaking with 150 years of history. The locals didn't put up with it though and it soon reverted to "The Albert".

Incidentally - Binnie Walsh - now of The Harp Covent Garden - was the licensee from 1968 to 1989 and the Albert was a star in the SE25 firmament under her management. Jenny, the current manager is living up to the standards set years ago, and long may she prosper if GK allow her to do so.

The real ale here is often of outstanding quality (for GK beers) and is always very well-kept. If you have drunk GK beer in other places and been less than impressed, come here and be amazed at what this often-criticized beer can be like when at its peak.

A little oasis in a quiet neighbourhood. Recommended!
campanologia - 19 Feb 2008 19:19
Very pleasant little pub with helpful staff. The food I had was excellent.

john_the_jester - 23 Dec 2007 10:49
A nice pub with a good atmosphere and well kept GK ales. it's not special but it's better than most other pubs in the area. very busy on matchdays and fridays, weekday evenings it's comfortable. the bar staff are always friendly and the food is ok. there's pool and darts, quiz nights and meat raffles and they have a football team. a nice pub for a decent couple of pints in the evening.
blanksight - 27 Jul 2007 00:40
Jenny and her staff are turning The Albert into what could be the best pub in SE25. The real ale selection (from corporate gobblers Greene King admittedly) is always in tip-top condition. Yesterday, the barman asked me what I thought of the temperature of the IPA, and produced a digital thermometer to demonstrate the impeccable cellarmanship. (It was 13.5C. Ideal for real ale!)

Incidentally, the GK IPA here at 1.80 a pint holds its own taste-wise with the likes of Youngs Ordinary. When fresh and correctly served, it is, oh ye knockers of GK, a revelation.

All real ale is under 2.20 a pint by the way.

The lager drinkers of my circle inform me that all's well here as far as fizz is concerned. I even tried the Kronenbourg 1664 and found it remarkably inoffensive, nay palatable. Apostasy, I know, but some folks like it.

The Albert is used by a wide cross-section of the local community, and has been for over a century. The last few years have seen it knocked about a bit: The separate public and saloon bars were combined, and now the island bar has gone, ironically reducing the available space! The jury is still out on whether the latest makeover is an improvement. It's still fairly comfortable, tho' the nooks and alcoves have gone.

A wider selection of European beers, and guest ale from local microbreweries would really put this pub on the map, but GK being what they are, we are probably living in cloud-cuckoo land... Or are we?

Over to you, GK.

Alph_river - 4 Dec 2006 11:48
1960s pub replacing the original 3 storey Albert Tavern which was destroyed by a flying bomb in 1944.

Redecorated recently with a few more large flat-screen TVs and slightly fewer places to sit. The staff are efficient and friendly, and seem to take a pleasure in customer service, a rare thing these days.

Green King beers - the usual selection, but their IPA is well-kept and tastes less bland here than it can be. Good turnover perhaps?

Reasonable pub grub - if you are not on a diet.
zjp - 2 Oct 2006 15:36
I dunno about being on a council estate - there are some council blocks around but also lots of private flats and houses. This is a clean, friendly pub with good staff and a decent atmosphere. Lager is always good.
londonse25 - 19 Jun 2006 17:30
Popped in a few times last year for the quiz nights and was made instantly welcome. Friendly staff, very nice beer, Nicely decorated. Would Recommend this place.
Bedgey - 4 Jun 2006 16:30
I've used this pub for 31 years,and it's maintained high standards for the faithful locals under several licencees. Three very well-kept real ales from Greene King. Regular quizzes, community events and charity raffles are always well-supported. Friendly staff and ambience.
anonymous - 23 May 2006 10:30
This pub is hidden away on a council estate, but I was pleasantly surprised by the interior. Decent bitters available, food looked good (though I didn't partake) and all in all a well run locals pub.
pubcollector - 23 Aug 2005 23:31
Wonderful local. Where else can you see the local vicar?
Ian - 5 Feb 2004 15:22

got anything to say about this pub?

Please read our reviews policy before posting.
Only registered users can post reviews. Please log in. If you don't have an account yet, register here.