While The Albion may date back to the 17th century, a revamp a few years back has ensured that it’s still looking shipshape. Inside, you will find the shabby-chic look that is favoured by many gastropubs today – think sanded down wooden floors and distressed brown leather armchairs posted in front of a log fire, contrasted with royal blue walls and ambient lighting.
While The Albion’s look may be a little predictable, its food menu is anything but. From the open kitchen, the team of chefs turn out a menu in which classic techniques are mixed with innovation. The result is a run of seasonally-driven, finely tuned dishes which boast strong and clear flavours.
When it comes to enjoying a meal here, patrons can eat in the bar or ascend the tucked-away wooden stairs to the intimate dining room – the same à la carte is served throughout. Food is available from lunchtime and those popping by in the afternoon will be able to choose from a selection of freshly-made sandwiches served in baked white ciabatta. Fillings range from fish goujons with tartare sauce to Applewood smoked cheddar with Branston pickle and salad.
Later in the day, the menu is a more substantial affair. Those dining in groups who want to share can order a charcuterie board or a sharing platter piled high with the likes of sausage rolls, pork crackling and homemade hummus. If you prefer having a meal to yourself, opt for the likes of mushroom and leek pie, a trio of Cumberland sausages with seasonal vegetables, or perhaps a chicken, bacon and avocado burger which thick-cut chips. There are a few steaks on offer too, with cuts including Onglet and ribeye.
Head here on the weekend for a traditional Sunday roast that features beef, pork or lamb severed with all the trimmings, while decent prices, a snappy wine list and a suntrap outdoor terrace are further draws.