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|Address:||10 Thornhill Road, London N1 1HW|
|Tel:||020 7607 7450|
|Price: £37.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) 6-10pm (Sun -9pm)|
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Situated away from hustle of Angel and surrounded by some of North London's great residential areas lies this superb pub that I am incredibly happy to have found.
On a whim, I told some friends we would be meeting here for a few drinks and some food if we fancied it…no one from our party regrets this decision in any way after our experience.
Greeted with a smile and seated (after a bit of re-shuffling) in the front bar area we ordered some drinks and settled in to relax and catch up.
By the time the second round of drinks had been ordered we had seen enough of the food going to other tables to decide that we would be mental not to order some. Between the braised pigs cheeks, chicken livers and pickled mackerel there was absolute silence and nothing but smiles. We all agreed the pigs cheeks were the winner of the starters but it probably helped that it was raining and miserable outside too.
With the mains ordered we ordered a cheeky bottle of red (top list too) and kept up with catching up. The staff are perfectly attentive without being intrusive and our waitress, Jana (or Yana – sorry for the spelling!) knew the menu backwards.
The main event began with the arrival of the Albion Cheeseburger, the confit duck, one of the great rib-eyes I've ever eaten and the roasted cod. The food was superbly presented, the smell was unreal (cue more turning heads and newer arrivals ordering like we did) and the food was nothing short of perfect. Great cooking, not too much going on and each dish having its flavours highlighted brilliantly. The triple cook chips are ridiculous and you would be certifiable if you didn't order some (even with a pint) and there was a sticky toffee pudding that was shared to finish our meal.
Everything is spot on. Not flashy, not expensive and served perfectly and professionally. There are hundreds of pubs that would be better off by taking a leaf out of The Albion's book and London would be a better place for eating if they did.
Bravo The Albion. I'll be back and so will many others if their meal and afternoon was anywhere near as good as mine.