Prince Albert

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Camden Town
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Prince Albert

Sitting on a stretch of Royal College Street without much to recommend it save for access to the Regent’s Canal, the Prince Albert can’t get a huge amount of passing trade. Still, even though the upstairs room (nominally a restaurant) was closed, a midweek evening in June saw it doing a decent trade in the airy, bright, street-level pub space. It still feels like a pub too – there were at least as many drinkers as diners when we visited, and the clientele covered an attractive mix of ages and genders.

The menu is heavy on comfort cooking: appealing-looking and clearly popular burgers, served 2013-style on wooden boards with fattish chips; haddock and chips; scotch egg; sausage, mash and onion gravy. However, the rewards may lie in the ‘seasonal specials’ section, which on our visit included crab claws with garlic butter and sourdough toast; a chunky, perfectly pink lamb chop with vaguely minty yoghurt and ‘aubergine caviar’ (in layman’s terms, baba ganoush); and some lovely braised beef short ribs, shredded and served in a little tower with mash and mushrooms.

Beers include four ales and Meantime’s London Lager. Service was polite but plainly short-staffed: try as they might, a single bartender and a lone waiter/bus boy couldn’t quite keep up.



Venue name: Prince Albert
Address: 163 Royal College St
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri; noon-1am Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-5pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat; 6-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town tube/Camden Road rail
Price: Main courses £9.50-£16.95. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £9.95 2 courses, £11.95 3 courses
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4.6 / 5

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Nice range of real ale. Lovely bar staff. Nice little beer garden. Dog friendly.

I took my wife here for a quiet meal. Even though it was quite busy, they made us feel like we had our own personal waiter throughout.
The food was excellent and service was commendable. well worth a visit.

Such a lovely place to go ,really great atmosphere ,friendly staff , delicious food, Can't  ask for more

Great pub with nice food, range of different drinks, good service and full of character.

Terrific venue - top staff and always welcoming.
Kasia and her crew are the dogs b&*^£ks!!

We held our wedding ceremony and reception in this beautiful venue.
Food was absolutely delicious
Staff were beyond amazing .
We still come here for our anniversary and for their wonderful Sunday roast.
My husband and I are vegetarian and The Prince Albert will not let you down.

Great place for a night out in Camden and a lovely space upstairs to have a birthday party! Like!

Great pub atmosphere, weekly quiz, great beer garden and fun staff. Great food and a good selection of ales and craft beer.

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Nestled away from the main Camden thoroughfare the Prince Albert is a hidden gem. Friendly staff, a great selection of beer and ales on tap and the Sunday roast is pretty good too.

Lovely local pub. Good drinks selection, not super pricey, awesome pub quiz, good solid food.

A pub that caters only for the snobs of Camden. Only went to this place twice because it is near my house, first time I got that really dirty look from staff as to say WTF is your kind doing in this place. That should have been warning enough but thought i would give it a second go despite the warnings from my friends about their snobbish outlook and niche clientèle. Boy was I wrong, as soon as I worked through the door it seems they were having a staff meeting, what stuck with is how the eyes lit up. Long story short one staff member was particularly rude. I wont be going back...

Love this place, food is great , staff are friendly, restaurant upstairs is great too

Great restaurant. Lovely service and fantastic food with a very warm atmosphere.