Albion

Restaurants, British Shoreditch
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Albion
Michael Franke
Albion at The Boundary Project

Albion describes itself somewhat self-consciously as a ‘caff’, but no greasy spoon in London was ever designed and owned by Terence Conran, and certainly none has its own maître d’. But in spirit, at least, it is something approaching a café for 21st-century Shoreditch – a place where locals can drop in for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

The numerous tables set up for solo diners in the long, narrow, bright room seem to back that up. Menu descriptions suggest dishes wouldn’t seem out of place in your average caff too – ham and mustard sandwich, devilled kidneys, sausage and mash, fish and chips, bacon and eggs on toast. They’re all prepared with top-quality ingredients, great care and an eye for presentation. Mackerel salad contained generous chunks of smoked fish, interestingly bitter salad leaves and a blob of fiery horseradish cream. There’s an equally posh ‘corner shop’ at the entrance, selling fruit, veg, groceries and baked goods – you can watch the tempting loaves being hauled out of the ovens in the open kitchen.

The Albion formula is obviously a hit – as evidenced by a new branch opening in summer 2013 just behind Tate Modern.

 

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Venue name: Albion
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Address: 2-4 Boundary Street
London
E2 7DD
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8am-noon Mon-Fri; 8am-12.30pm Sat, Sun. Meals served 8am-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street rail
Price: Main courses £8-£14
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Tim
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Distinctly average on everything except the price, which was very high. I'd put the quality on par with wetherspoons - that is not to say bad, just very average. But the price is very high for what it is. Waiter very disinterested / standoffish - couldn't quite tell If you want very average everything for twice what it's worth, come here. There's a reason all the other reviews are average.

Ali
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A friend of mine suggested while we were in London along with some friends from italy that we go and have breakfast at your Albion restaurant located in Shordetich. upon arrival I was really impressed by the layout and local market look of the place, good ambient. However it turned out to be more of the looks and less of the substance. My wife ordered the poached egg on toast, I had the Albion breakfast but opted for salmon instead of the bacon and sausage, though my request was met , It was shocking when the plates were presented . Apart from the fact we had to wait so long ( and it was not so busy) as it seems like there was too many staff but no one knew what was doing!! the waiter was taking the order and looking elsewhere and seemed agitated , he looked like could be the manager judging by his distinguished outfit . The poached egg looked like it was done by a ten years old, dumped on a plate over a dry tiny piece of toast. not even a leaf of salad to make look more appetizing , the orange juice glass was half filled as if they ran out of juice, my breakfast was so small you could eat it in three mouthful. the beans were so undercooked like on camping trip . the salmon was tasteless ( knowing we were in Britain), my poached eggs were boiled and when I asked the waiter he said NO its poached , I said yes its supposed to be . I was annoying another one of your staff, I realized I should not be there . The presentation was so poor we were looking at each other and wonder what on earth , knowing I am paying nearly £11 for a breakfast looked and tasted like £1.99 on a motorway. I am not that type of person who complains for the smallest reason, but the anger I felt when I was asked to pay £70 odd pounds and we left feeling hungry we had to have a sandwich . This by far was one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had, knowing the hype and the service you project to offer. I did not want to offend my friend otherwise I would have walked . And I will mention to my friend the greasy spoon so on my next trip to UK I can have a nice breakfast delivered by a smiling lady.

ED
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My booking for 9 people was taken and only 5 minutes later I received a call from another person. I was told that the booking was wrong and the person rather than apologising for their mistake almost implied it is my fault. I was advised that I would need to pay £20 per person deposit and choose a menu for everyone. Two months ago a friend of mine made a booking and this was not the case. Of course I did not make a reservation and probably would not go back there. A pleasant place but really disappointing service.

Eloise
tastemaker

I’ve been so looking forward to Brunch at Albion ever since my series Instagram stalk but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Don’t get me wrong, the food we received was delicious and we were seated quickly by welcoming staff but the whole experience felt a little rushed.


The coffee pot I ordered came in a lovely pot but for the price, I was hoping for at least more water and, although I have no complaints about the taste of the food my the sweet potato chili hash with spinach and poached eggs, and my friends toasted muffin, smoked salmon, eggs and hollandaise, rushed out of the kitchen and they just looked rushed. The plates were a little dirty and the food wasted piping hot, not to mention my sweet potato was just a little too ‘al dente’.


When it was discovered we wouldn’t be ordering anything else we were then quickly handed the bill and encouraged to pay and leave. It was a nice brunch but for the money and the lovely ambiance of the venue, I just wanted more.


On a side note, £2.50 for a cinnamon bun the side of my head, definitely worth a second visit. 

kayleighar
tastemaker

This place is pretty standard looking for Shoreditch at face value, but the food and coffee is pretty decent when you look in more detail. A doorstop sandwich, coffee with additional almond milk and a wedge of cake was £11, that value is unheard of in these parts. No exaggeration, the sandwich was so giant I had to deconstruct it to eat it, and the cake was delicious and moist and chocolately, a decent chunk for the cost too. The coffee was great with a variety of milk options, from almond to soy and coconut. Their pies also look amazing. The staff were slightly more hipster than thou, but all in all a satisfying and tasty lunch that was crazy cheap.

Jenny E
tastemaker

I am a big fan of breakfasts and this place does not disappoint!


Arrive before 9.30am and you'll be sure to get a table no problem. The menu provides a great range of breakfast options and as you pass through the front doors, you'll see on show, the freshly baked goods full of temptation.


My staple choice here is the scrambled eggs (usually with a side of bacon or sausage). They are delicious, with a creamy consistency and luxurious buttery taste, you'll be hard pushed to find better. But all of the ingredients are fresh, great quality and tasty which is why I don't mind paying a little more.


The kitchen is semi-open plan and it's enjoyable to watch the chefs and kitchen staff hard at it whether making bread, pastries, or just your breakfast. Next weekend, get yourself over to this lovely, warm, relaxed restaurant for a heartwarming start to your day and if you're feeling indulgent, check out the pistachio and white chocolate pastry - delicious!

NG L

In my view food quality and price is basically okay, staff are friendly too. But half way through our starter the main courses came and put on the table disregard the small table and messiness, and also without the proper set of cutlery for our steak.  Not sure if they really want us to rush through our starter, stack up the plates and continue with our main course on small cutlery set??!  on request they took the main course and replacef our cutlery and plates when finish.  obviously the food came back has been over heated.

Chlo Fo
Tastemaker

Upon walking into the restaurant, I was impressed by the overall ambience of the place, it feels warm and welcoming as you walk through the deli area and into the main restaurant. Luckily our friend had arrived before us and secured a table as the queue was rather long, which was good given that there's certainly no hurry on the service front. This wasn't too much of a problem for us as we were looking to nestle in for a lazy Sunday afternoon, but we were pretty parched by the time the food and drinks menus actually arrived. Service throughout was pretty shocking, we waited ages for the menu to arrive, then around an hour after our starter we placed our orders for our mains (once we had finally managed to pin a waiter down). The waiter had no understanding of the menu (I think there was a slight language barrier that didn't help), he couldn't tell me anything about the dishes, for example when asked what vegetables were in the Autumnal greens, he said 'green vegetables'. On a plus note, the charcuterie platter was very good, it was packed full of a range of meats and pickles. Portion sizes for the main courses were rather small, which given the price was rather disappointing. I ordered the £14 steak and ale pie, it was nice, but nothing special and was particularly annoying given it came with nothing at all, making it very overpriced and underwhelming. The poor service continued throughout the meal, no cutlery was brought, we had to once again track a waiter down to bring some. The waiters are very inattentive, we had to pester them for everything, it's almost like they don't want people to spend their money there! The final straw probably came when we were leaving and I saw an empty condom packet on the floor, granted, this wasn't their fault, but they could have swept it up. As we were looking to stay a while and dine at a leisurely pace, we didn't let the experience bother us too much, but I personally will not be visiting again until I hear they've rectified their horrendous service issues. 

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Albion is a pretty restaurant and food shop just off of Redchurch Street and a nice place for a meal after browsing the Columbia Road market and Redchurch shops on a Sunday. Breakfast isn't too busy but come lunch time on a weekend there's a pretty constant queue for the restaurant. I recently had breakfast at the Albion - the service was very relaxed and the restaurant was about half full at 9:00. The menu mainly focuses on healthy dishes and juices although there is also an extensive list of decadent pastries on offer too. I had the egg and portobello bap - the filling was generous but the bread seemed kind of stale and I ended up leaving half of it. At £6 for a vegetarian bap it was pretty pricy. I also had an apple, carrot and ginger juice which seemed to be mainly apple juice. Coffee and tea is served in cute red pots and as I was leaving I noticed there was a good looking cereal buffet that I would probably go for next time. After my meal at Albion it was nice to look through the little shop with fancy, and expensive, cheeses, veg and baking.

Beverley

Disappointed with this place. Had one good waitress who was a great relief after the disinterested and unhelpful Aussie we started out with. Terrible white wine selection served warm in chunky glasses. Not great on a hot night. Food ok, but uninspiringly stuck in the winter for a summer night.

Degasbynight

I find that some of the reviews about this place are very harsh. I myself am quite a critical person when it comes to rating restaurants but I loved Albion - I think that it is a really fantastic place to have a nice meal in relaxed contemporary surroundings. On my visit recently with my wife, the quality of the food was very good and we both agreed that the ambience and decor of the restaurant/cafe were both very uplifting. Also, the service was friendly and courteous and the staff were very accommodating towards our baby. I would rate Albion 8.5/10 and that is a very high rating from me!:)

Will

I just don't understand the management at this place......every review you read of this place whether on here, Qype and all the other online review sites etc etc etc, says the same thing - ie appalling, couldn't care less service from the staff, which has certainly been my experience the 3 times I have been in here for brunch. You'd think they would then actually try and do something about it but seems not. I'm not giving them the benefit of the doubt and won't be returning.

idamonster

Went there for breakfast on a Sunday and got a table fairly quickly, even though it was 1pm. Breakfast was pretty good - proper rashers, sausage, black pudding, etc. No toast, though bread was provided on seating and on request and wasn't charged for. Coffee was great and the service was excellent. Poached eggs were underdone but everything else was smashing, especially the apple crumble with custard. Would definitely return for more!

Sarry

It's okay for a bit of brunch typical trying to be too cool for school although went there last summer on a nice day sat outside it did the job.

bob

Food is OK but nothing exceptional. Some staff are friendly but others expect you to be grateful for simply being there... Think the staff may be a little unhappy in their jobs. Bakery is not good - the ginger bread 'men/women' are very bland and most peoples' homebaking would achieve far better and cheaper results... Nice interior and good place to pass the time in though..just have a cup of tea or a drink instead of eating..!

Claudia

food is okay but nothing to shout about - apart from the bread and butter pudding which is AMAZING.

Susan

Lovely setting for a lovely lunch. Food was excellent, service was friendly and efficient. Will definitely be back for more!

Joel

worst service I have ever experienced. The staff are complacent and unwilling to even serve you, unless you desperately try and get there attention! this is a Skip cafe for sure!

Gubbs

Service is really, really bad. Food OK, nothing special. Try Canteen in Spitalfields Market for a much better experience.

Amanda

This is typically boring british food. have been her about four times and the food is really bland and can be done better and really easily at home.

Stella

Similar criticism as the previous reviewers: the service was downright appalling! Food was good but nothing special either.