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10 Thornhill Road
With polished wooden panelling, inviting wing-back chairs and handsome church pews inside its graceful Georgian premises, The Albion welcomes winter visitors. But come summertime, you won’t find
a spare inch in either the front courtyard or the large, comely, wisteria-draped beer garden out back. Both the kitchen and waiting staff can sometimes struggle to stay calm and match the
demand. Food is traditional British with a tweak. At lunchtime, yummy mummies nibble on purple sprouting broccoli with poached egg and truffled hollandaise, followed by treacle orange tart with
crème fraîche. In the evenings, the charcoal grill sizzles, and on Sundays there are roasts (for one, or to share). Prices are more restaurant than pub, but so is the wine list – and there are
the usual ales and lagers behind the bar.
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From: 06 September 2018
To: 30 November 2018
Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
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10 Thornhill Road
020 7607 7450
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Tube Station 473m
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury Station 473m
Young Actors Theatre 333m
Almeida Theatre 445m
Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) 6-10pm (Sun -9pm)
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Food + drink: 4
A long standing pub with good food and a popular garden. It happens to be near family so we went there after a visit. Lucky to have a warm evening and we were taken straight to a table outside without even having to ask, though it felt a bit cramped with several groups of people standing around chatting, enjoying Friday after-work drinks in the sunshine but sort of looming over the people seated to eat.
Food was good - started with warm grilled bread with butter, and wild boar croquettes (mostly like sausages in breadcrumbs) - followed by corn fed chicken with spring onion and pine nut slaw plus roast squash and seeds on the side. All fresh and summery, and then it started to rain. The service team efficiency in getting us with our food and wine back inside to a comfortable table was impressive!
Very happy to have had dinner here, much better than many of the places to eat in Islington, will very likely go again.
Food + drink: 5
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.
Stroll along some of Islington’s loveliest streets on a warm summer’s evening to The Albion and you’ll discover quite how popular it is. People spill out on to the pavement at the front and the huge courtyard at the back in just seething with life: the atmosphere is palpable and the place’s lure is obvious. Drinkers sit alongside diners and the whole place has the feel of a huge party – though not a party you can crash: do book! The menu is short and focused on seasonal fare (asparagus, summer salads and so forth). There’s a charcoal-grilled offering and I had a lovely Barnsley lamb chop with a mouth-watering crispy crust and a succulent pink inside – and a handful of decent Jersey Royals lubricated with chive-butter set it off perfectly. My guest had a braised duck led on summer vegetables – and lovely balance of wintery comfort food and summery bounty. A lemon cheesecake with Scottish raspberries (four of them, no less!) made a suitable close to the meal. A NZ pinot noir (£30) helped it all down nicely. Service is friendly if a little stretched by the hordes, be patient! The bill (shared starter, two mains, shared pud, one side and wine, including a couple of glasses of sticky) came to just over £100.
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