High-class pub that serves an excellent, if pricey, menu of modern British fare and a more affordable list of bar snacks
Given the general exclusivity of the area, it’s surprising how few high-class drinking establishments there are in Clifton Village. It’s not an area that’s short of good quality pubs – there are numerous others in our list of Bristol’s 20 best pubs, for starters – but The Albion just feels different.
It’s aimed at a higher class of customer, something that becomes plainly obvious when you browse the list of trips and activities put on for patrons and regulars. Certainly, there are few other pubs in Bristol that organise fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting trips.
With its grade II listed building, oh-so-tasteful decor, private dining rooms, roaring fire, courtyard garden, extensive wine list and top-quality single malt whisky selection, The Albion oozes class. Since its refurbishment in 2005, the place has become a must-visit destination for those looking for a quiet, cosy night out. Much of the clientele, though, are attracted more by the food on offer than the drinks or ambience.
The à la carte menu, in particular, is exceptional. It’s best described as modern British, with carpaccio, scallops, john dory, pigeon breast, lemon posset and confit duck nestling side by side with twists on familiar pub staples (surf ’n’ turf, rack of lamb, bread and butter pudding, and so on). This is pub grub elevated to fine dining, in a relaxed, easygoing setting.
If that’s outside your budget (a three-course meal, before wine, will set you back around £35 to £45), there’s also a bar menu full of pub favourites and sharing platters.
|Venue name:||The Albion|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight|