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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.


Venue name: Albion
Address: 10 Thornhill Road
N1 1HW
Opening hours: 10am-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury‎
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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.

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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!

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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.


In the spirit of chasing sun, my friend and I went to the Albion to try and get some of said sun in their beautiful beer garden. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, when we got there, the top sunny sports were taken by some lucky punters however, we refused to sit inside and instead hunkered down in the shade. The garden is beautiful. A wide space with plenty of room so you don’t feel cramped and aren’t constantly saying ‘excuse me’ while you try and make your way through. My friend and I had the fish and chips which, although took about an hour to get to us, were delicious. The service is also excellent - all the staff were super friendly and readily on hand to help if needs be. A touch on the pricey side which is why we went the weekend after pay day.

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.


Awesome pub for a Sunday lunch or a warm evening. This beer garden is huge and incredibly beautiful. There's a magnificent weeping willow that manages to shield the entire garden from the sun (okay, to be fair, I wish there was a bit more sun exposure there but you just can't have it all). The food – Sunday roast for me – was really tasty but it's also reaaaaally expensive. Definitely don't go if you struggle to make ends meet. This is the price of luxury. The area is lovely too.


The Albion is an elegant pub in Islington with a super cute garden at the back (lots of fairy lights and gorgeous trees!).

The staff looks very serious / formal but is very helpful.

I arrived in this pub with some colleagues hoping to enjoy the garden but all tables were booked! The waiters managed to find us a table for an hour and even another one to finish our drinks after that! (yep, adorable).

As you can get drinks for two different bars we did not have to queue for ages which is so enjoyable…
To sum up, I would say this is a lovely pub for afterwork drinks but remember to book a table!!


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. 


The service isn't phenomenal, I agree, but the roasts really are something else. Kind of reminds me of going to my aunt's for Sunday lunch - great food, just not served up with the friendliest face.

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.