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|Address:||66 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS|
|Tel:||020 7768 0260|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £18.50||Champagne: £42.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)|
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I first visited Albannach a few years ago just for a swift drink, but had always earmarked it for a return visit, probably with a whisky loving friend in tow. Instead of which it was a special offer courtesy of Telegraph Selected that enticed me back last Friday evening.
On arrival, the welcome was not exactly warm and as we were a wee bit early, it was suggested that we had a drink in the downstairs bar, being that our table was in the ground floor area. I don't think I have ever done a u-turn quite so quickly. The lower level bar was, even that early in the evening, a shrieking mass of young people with the air of a somewhat seedy club (if my memory serves me correctly – such days are well and truly behind me now!) We quickly retreated to the other bar where the service was somewhat better than the initial welcome. It still is a whisky drinkers paradise, but I'm not convinced that the surroundings truly reflect the ambience required for true whisky appreciation…
The menu is somewhat limited, but for once, this is a restaurant that does what it does, well. I could not fault my smoked salmon or steak, both in terms of quality or portion size, but neither represent a particuarly exciting choice. The restaurant does however, have quite a “tired” feel to it, reflected perfectly in the way the menu pages were all somewhat curled, well thumbed and quite grubby. Must be one of the first restaurants I have been to in this price level that had no daily specials or additions to the menu, and overall, the restaurant just feels like an afterthought to both bars. Without the Telegraph offer we would have been looking at a total bill of around £150 – not excessive for central London, but I can think of many other places I'd rather pay that to…
A word of warning, they turn the lights down very low as night falls – I then managed to miss my footing stepping down from the slightly raised platform where we were seated. Fortunately I just suffered some bruising to my knee, hands and pride, but this just added to my overall indifference to the place.