Time Out says
Halfway between Upper Street and the Caledonian Road, this Georgian boozer has an olde-worlde English charm entirely in keeping with its name. It’s far enough from the main thoroughfares to ensure there’s barely a whisper of traffic noise to be heard at the wooden tables in the walled beer garden, with its trees and colourful flowers. Beer-drinkers usually have three options on draught (perhaps Ringwood Best, Deuchars IPA and San Miguel), there’s a short list of summery cocktails, and the quality wine list complements a menu speckled with British ingredients.
10 Thornhill Road
|Transport:||Tube: Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury|
|Opening hours:||10am-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun|
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Users say (15)
Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:4
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:4
This place needs new management. They refused to sell us food, claiming only people who'd reserved a table outside were allowed to eat. They kept most tables inside with reserved signs even though nobody ever sat there. They said the inside tables were reserved in case the people sitting outside decided to move indoors. Seriously! The witchy manager lady and her flying monkey of a hostess were unbelievably rude. This place needs new staff. If they can't handle serving food to all their tables they need to hire more people. If you want to have a nice time I urge to go elsewhere. We are never going back unless they make some major changes.
This place is awful, they have a nice patio and they know it. The staff are rude, the chefs will bring you food however they feel like making it and the portions are a joke! Avoid!
The limited choice is pretty poor, for vegetarians it's terrible - all excusable but for the surly staff. Slow, seemingly inconvienced by every order, it strays into rude far to often to say anything other than this was an average, uncomfortable experience. Avoid.
Ate there last Saturday. The place was rammed and clearly the staff were overstretched. Once seated we ordered. Our (very mediocre) starters arrived but no sign of the wine as the host who took the wine order went straight outside for a fag and had clearly forgot the order. the order. It did come on the THIRD time of asking. The mains arrived. The order of Barnsley Chop with Dauphinoise potatoes and green beans turned out to be potatoes and some cabbage. When my friend asked where the chop was the waitress asked if he had looked under the cabbage! Terrible, terrible service. Who has heard of a restaurant forgetting the main ingredient of a meal i.e. the meat and then suggesting it might be so tiny as to be hidden by sloppy veg. My Beef Stroganoff was virtually inedible: quite the worst I have ever had, Then when the garden closed everyone piled in and stood around the tables in the dining room drinking. We were surrounded by pfolks within inches of us. They did take a bit off the bill when we protested but I resented paying anything for what must rank as one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. I'm sure the place is ok for a boozy drink or hen party but I would suggest you try one of the other excellent places to eat in the neighbourhood if you are hungry. This only gets one star because zero is not an option. Never again.
Rude bar manager who frequently shouts at staff in front of customers which creates tense atmosphere between staff and not relaxing for customers. He also ignores customers at the bar and has a stinking attitude expecting his staff to do everything whilst he stands about moaning at them.
Throughout dinner someone kept messing about with the playlist which turn into a drake soundtrack on full blast switching between tracks every minute or so. Very unusual experience and not what you want whilst trying to eat dinner.
I'm really surprised to read negative reviews of this place. It's one of my all time favourite boltholes in London. It's a fair walk from the station but that only adds to the secluded, neighbourhood feel.
The beer garden is second to none - It's huge and beautifully decorated with fairy lights and a massive willow tree. Yes you'll need to book because, lets face it, when the sun comes out in London beer gardens get busy. However, if the weather should change (as it invariably does) they'll guarantee you a seat indoors.
I've eaten there a few times and I would say that it was good, home-cooked pub fayre. Ingredients feel fresh and whilst the dishes are simple (think fish and chips, pie and mash etc) its good quality. I'm a vegetarian so I've never trialed their Sunday roast but I've heard great things and they even offer an entire hog roast should that float your boat.
With regards to the staff I've never found them to be rude - the pub is often busy so they're occupied, sure, but I've never had bad treatment here. In fact the Albion even offers table service in their garden which is a lovely touch on a hot day when queuing at the bar is literally the last thing you want to do.
I love this pub - its one of the first places I suggest when friends ask for suggestions of where to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Definitely worth a visit.
I actually like this place. Ooooo controversial. I do, I've gone there on and off for years and never had a bad meal, though I'm now starting to question my standards after reading other reviews. Agreed on the service however - the staff have never been great there though I've never been on the receiving end of really bad service. I would say the waitors need to learn their menu and stop smoking whatever it is they are getting high on - glazed eyes, agog and drooling some of them.
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