The Great British Pub – An Evening at the Albany
Since I no longer work in Central London, I’d all but forgotten the bliss of after work drinks. Particularly on a summer evening when the sun is still bright; the last thing anyone should want to do is travel down into the depths of the underground system and brave the sweaty armpit brigade on the way home. Far better to stay up in town and chill out for an hour or three over a beer or a white wine spritzer.
The Albany caters extremely well for post work drinks. There’s plenty of space in this refurbished Victorian classic, a range of good beers and ciders and a reasonable selection of wines.
It doesn’t reach the lofty gastronomic Michelin star heights of pubs like the Harwood Arms, but then, you can easily share one of their bar platters and have plenty for a light supper between two for well under a tenner.
In the interests of research we tried our best to work through three courses. It was definitely over ambitious – portion sizes are generous here. I ended up leaving the bun from my pork and chorizo burger, despite temptation, simply so that I could enjoy the fries with minimal guilt.
Meanwhile my companion was enjoying what looked like a deliciously sticky plate of slow cooked BBQ beef short rib.
Neither of us really did justice to the mains – pricing here is deceptive – don’t think that you will be compromised on portion size in order to keep the mains to around the £10-£12 mark. But, we both agreed that the food was delicious, easy and comforting. The sort of thing you could enjoy if your main focus was the conversation rather than the food. That meant without any negativity.
For a rather unnecessary dessert we picked the sharing platter, which at £9 gives you a mixture of lemon tart, chocolate brownie and chocolate cheesecake with a generous dollop of raspberry sorbet, another of vanilla ice-cream and just in case you were still hungry a big spoon of clotted cream. Actually I seem to remember we managed to clear the plate. Quite a result!
Gentle reader, I suffer for your sakes. You CAN enjoy The Albany and indulge yourself with Pimms or G&T. Your food bill will compensate unless you decide, like us, to try to eat three courses. Even if you DO, the bill should be less than £25 per person without alcohol. Perfect if you just can’t face another ‘eat at home ready meal’ and dare I say it, a lot tastier.
The Albany in Great Portland Street
240 Gt Portland Street, London,