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Prince Albert

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Camden Town
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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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.




Address: 163 Royal College St
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
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
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