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  • “Like a posh caff, Albion serves traditional fayre such as kedgeree and welsh rarebit and it's all very tasty.” in 9 reviews

  • “Especially if they feasted on the beef dripping chips, cauliflower cheese and kedgeree at this charming Shoreditch caff.” in 4 reviews

  • “We ordered the Kedgeree, chicken & crayfish pie, and fish & chips, followed by bread pudding and berry crumbles.” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    14/2/2014

    One of the best places in Shoreditch to go if you're looking for a delicious little Sunday brunch. Make sure to get there early though because they stop serving breakfast around noon and the queue is quite long (but very well worth it).

    We ordered a latte, cappuccino, muesli with yogurt and berry compote and cheesy focaccia with onions. Absolutely delicious. It hits the spot if you're looking for a divine way to start off your day.

    The atmosphere is wonderful as well. We sat at a wooden communal table and were surrounded by lots of lovely people who were all catching up and looking for a delicious brunch just as we were.

    On our way out, we couldn't help but grab a loaf of bread to-go. I highly recommend doing so! Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread.

    I highly recommend popping by!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    Sunday Brunch!  YAYAYAYAYAYA!

    We chose the Abion as one of my friends got a "20%-off-in-January-if-you-give-us-your-email" card.  And who can say no to 20% off?  Seriously?

    I must give kudos to their patience (even though there was a queue).  A member of our party didn't show up, so we sat for quite a while before we ordered food and they were completely fine with us just having a tea and nattering for an hour.

    On to brunch, which I personally found incredibly disappointing, probably because the words "healthy and low fat" doesn't really figure into my vocab.  Other words that don't fit in my vocab and personally grate and offend me?  "Not properly crisped food that should have some crisp"

    So having a whole hour to shifty eye the restaurant, I managed to nixed a lot of menu items: bacon- not streaky.  Nixed.  Toast- under browned.  Nixed.  Promising sweet potato hash- no sign of crispiness (admittedly this is on the "healthy" menu and my friends had it and enjoyed it.  My personal comment?  I might make sweet potato latkas soon, but now I'm thinking smashed sweet potatoes would work better).  Nixed.  

    I settled on an omlette.  Coz who f'ups omlettes?  Well.  Evidently East-London-Fash-Pack-Brunch places.  Seriously.  If I wanted a rubbery airplane food style anemic omelette, I would have eaten one on the plane last week.  Which was a shame, because the filling in the omelette was good (though, seriously I also didn't need a whole side of ham in it).

    So, please, Albion.  Next time, try heating up those pans properly, put a splash of oil in those pans and give us food that deserves to be eaten, and not nixed.

    *2 1/2 stars up to 3 due to 20% off and also said patience of staff.  Also because they had Aesop products in the bathroom.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/9/2013
    4 check-ins here
    Listed in Shoreditch

    I've now been here 3x. It's a solid 3.5-4 stars, but based on the sandwich value I'm going to round up...

    Sandwiches: Basically for the price of 1 sandwich (6.95) you get 2 sandwiches. Literally, 4 slices of bread and each an individual large sandwich. I thought it might be a mistake the first time (salmon/cream cheese) but I got the tomato and cheddar last night in the same formation. It's quite a deal, especially if you are hungry.

    The service is always a bit lethargic. The menu lacks descriptions -- none of the menu items has any indication of what it might be, might come with, or any details. I guess do your best? This seems like it might be an easy fix, especially when some of the items are quite foreign, even to my British dining companion. Pssst, Kedegree is a beautiful thing, just for the record.

    It's caught somewhere between "nice restaurant" and "cafe style." It's got a relaxed vibe and there are always mountains of pastries and cookies and pies flowing out from the large kitchen. It's almost as if its a large commercial bakery with a restaurant sat in front of it. A row of outside tables for when the sun may be shining, and a sweet little market with plenty of great "quick" takeaways, ingredients, vegetables, fruits and other delicacies. It won't come cheap, but really -- what does?

    They have Fentiman's Lemonade, so my life was happy.

    All in all, I suggest it more for a breakfast or lunch and elsewhere for dinner (the menu doesn't really change regardless) -- but a solid spot with some promise shown. If they spiffed the menu a bit and put some pep in their step, this place could be shiny.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    Not impressed by their breakfast, not at all...

    You do get a nice view of Redchurch St and all the hipsters and east enders strolling around in their vintage outfits... But when it comes to food, this place was a disappointment.

    The crab omelet was a let down by how 'airplane' or should I say air 'plain' it tasted and looked like on my plate. It was sad. Not to mention the price I had to pay for a sad plate. My side broccoli was mediocre, cooked till soft, but that's easy. Their other breakfast menu items are just standard, such as yogurt and other types of scrambled eggs and pastries.

    The sandwiches are huge, a bit more impressive I guess.. But a sandwich is a sandwich, it's easy as well.  

    The only thing I would recommend from here is their to-go bread and pastries inside the restaurant.

    Well well well, it is east london, so it's gotta be pretentious.

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/10/2013

    - cozy, nice and homely restaurant/breakfast place (we went there for breakfast)
    - pretty popular therefore you should go there early (long queues from 10 am on)
    - nice variety of breakfast dishes (diff. eggs, pastry, joghurt, etc.)
    - loved the rosewater fruit salad with joghurt (7.50 GBP), the almond croissant (large; 3.60 GBP) and the grilled sweet potatoes with eggs (9.50 GPB)
    - fresh orange juice (3.30 GBP)
    - friendly service

    Conclusion: We loved this place and definitely would come back for breakfast or just to buy some pastries to take away!

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/11/2013

    There is a line up for this cafe, so be prepared to wait about 20 mins. Though is it's in side, the time does pass quickly.

    I went to Albion a few years ago when the clean crisp concept of Shoreditch was just beginning. I feel that the Albion has not moved forward from that point.

    The food was great, though extremely expensive for dish when there are now plenty of other restaurants offering more substantial dishes for about 20% less.

    Friendly service has always been plus for the Albion and still is :-)

    Conclusion: if you haven't been, do go, though only as a reference cafe.

    Enjoy!

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/6/2013
    1 check-in here

    How have I not reviewed the Albion?! I've been here like 18 times.

    The Albion is a funny one, it's like that ex you keep going back to because you're too lazy to find someone new. Whenever I need to take someone to a breakfast place and my steadfast favourites are busy, I drag them to the Albion. But I'm not crazy about their breakfast, they have big jumbo sausage sandwiches and English breakfasts. However, I don't always want that much grease on my plate, so I order granola and toast. Their toast basket does come with great slices of doorstop bread and a butter dish that you can just slather on and not worry about anyone judging you. My friend did order eggs on toast and got one egg on a slice of toast for about 6 quid. Errr....

    And for lunch, I've ordered the huge doorstop sandwiches and cauliflower cheese. I think this place might be great and I just don't get it because I can't really fit that much stodgy carbs in my tummy. It's proper British food, comfort favourites that I adore  and ones my dad would like, mackerel, kippers, etc. If you have visitors from out of town that you want to take to a beautiful, light-filled restaurant that serves classic dishes, then this is the one!

    And for dinner, well I've cracked it on the dinner front. Just order mains and a dessert and you won't get the stodge-overload. I had the chicken and leek pie and it was flaky pastry perfection. We ordered a side of cauliflower cheese and dripping chips and struggled to finish them.

    Albion, I think we will forever have this crazy relationship. And I'll keep coming back. I just can't quit you.

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/8/2013
    1 check-in here
    Listed in 2013 Destroyer

    I had a breakfast meeting here a few weeks back, and was totally impressed by everything I saw going by on various plates. I had a scone and a juice, which is perhaps not the most representative sample of their fares, but both were pretty good, and it was a reserved and healthy breakfast, so I can't complain. The juice I had was a bit odd, very heavy on ginger I think, and left me a bit puckered after.

    The noise is quite loud, both in the restaurant and out on the street, though it's nice how open the place is on a warm day. There are long tables and small tables, good for intimate brunch, or a team meeting like I had.

    It is a nice location, just a few short minutes from Shoreditch High Street station. The service was good, although not really in a rush, and the prices were a bit high. Overall, it was a nice enough place... I'd be persuaded to head back for a proper brunch some day.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    Just went for a drink this time but hoping to go back soon for some of that delicious smelling food ! The atmosphere is lovely, quiet and intimate. The restaurant area is quite classy, compared to the more trendy entrance and shop area.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    The Albion is good. Really good.

    Food is of high standard and its in east london-friendly prices. Service is OK. If you're sat on the tables on the street expect a lot of waving to get noticed.

    Drinks are good. And also a bit on the high side of prices. Then again it's a high end hotel so its expected.

    I've eaten various things on the menu though I usually go for pastries and other breakfasty things (with a cocktail or two). I tend to end up there on Sunday late mornings/early afternoons and spend hours with sunglasses on, observing people, eating and commenting on pretty much everything.

    Expect lots of Sex and the city girls-who-brunch-over-their-last-city-date types, hipsters and the like.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2012
    1 check-in here

    First proper dinner out in London and I was very impressed. For starters the French bread and home made butter were out of this world. I would literally go back just for the butter.

    Started out with champagne and oysters followed by venison as the main course. The venison was one of the most tasty meat dishes I have ever had, seasoned to perfection.

    The only qualms I had was the service, I was there with a friend of mine, a gentleman a bit older than me, and I felt overlooked for being a younger woman. Our waiter was Italian and a bit pushy and pretentious. Other than that it was a fantastic dinner. The Johnny Walker Green Label was a perfect finish.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/12/2012
    Listed in London Calling!

    I laughed at Scott L's review that shared that Albion is "a cutesy place where cutesy people go and enjoy cutesy dishes". *applauds*

    I'm not sure if I qualify as a cutesy person, but I did totally enjoy both the place and it's offerings.  Cute?  I'll take it!

    I didn't eat at the cafe, so my review is not for the sit-down option at Albion.  My friend recommended the place, having read up on the Shoreditch options in great detail (you can take a researcher out of the office, but not the researching impulse, it seems.  Thankfully, I get to benefit from her delicious research).  

    We showed up close to closing and were welcomed by a beautiful display of quince and other holiday fruits, and two gorgeous Christmas wreaths.  The decor of the space is expertly done, as it feels both accessible and very special.  Cold dishes, salads and sandwiches, pressed juices and local beers to go.  The baked goods tower on different display platters and are serve-your-own: macarons, chocolate chip cookies as big as your head (no foolin'), salted caramel tarts overflowing with sweet filling, baked bars.  FORGET SWEET TOOTH, THIS IS FOR A FULL SET OF SWEET TEETH.  

    Yelp note:  some reviews seem to hint at mixed service but, if anything, we had over-enthusiastic staff (3 people helping 2 customers).  Bonus points for reminding me of some spots in Brooklyn (nothing like channelling your home-continent 'round the holidays!).  Would certainly recommend.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/9/2013

    Great bunch spot in Shoreditch. We all had the sausage, bacon and egg sandwiches, totally delicious! The bread nod pastries are all baked on site and look great! We waited about 20 min for a table on a Sunday so get there early!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/2/2013
    1 check-in here

    Service: EXCELLENT (yes, even in the UK, service can be stellar)!
    Food: EXCELLENT
    Atmosphere: Lively, but peaceful between meal times... perfect place for mid-morning or mid-afternoon tea, coffee and pastries.

    They were busy, and they didn't pressure me to order or to leave once I was done...so I took my time with my tea and read.

    I really liked my waitress (the one that looks like Scarlett Johansson) because she was patient and super helpful with choosing one of my last meals on my latest trip to London.

    I ordered a new menu option which was a stewed beef... amazingly tender and flavorful without being to salty. This place definitely proves that English food and customer service can be excellent.

    I also bought some scones on my way out - which were delicious.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/2/2009
    First to Review

    Being a mere "fan" of the Albion may not exactly capture my groupie status as I wait patiently (patience is a relative term...) for the buns to come out of the oven ...

    ...wait for it ... wait for it ... wait for it .... GO GO GO! MOVE! NOW! BUNS ON THE MOVE!! And subsequently shove one in my face, two in my purse, and five in a box for my flatmates. There must be some British crack involved in these buns (as is often the case...) because I just can't get enough!

    Freddie J recommended this warehouse turned British-culinary church of delicious and we sat for a light lunch in the cafe area. The highlight of our time together was a most adorable tea cozy that was literally a knitted tea-pot shaped jumper. Although my sandwich was attacked by mayo, which I despise, it was still gone in 60 seconds due to the speciality cheese involved.

    Perfect for a light lunch with a friend or a 1-man work party, (free wireless = gold) The Albion is definitely something you will be hearing much more of, be it by press, foodies, or friends with their mouths full of buns.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/12/2009
    ROTD 30/3/2010

    I practically had a nasal orgasm when I walked in to Albion.  The intoxicating smell of fresh bread definitely made my nostrils tingle and my mouth drool.  And the bread did not disappoint as a little bread bin of warm soft flavorful bread arrived at our table upon request.

    I love the space--simple, elegant yet casual, and just a place I want to sit and be because the white interior and big windows make me happy.  

    The menu is varied--British specialties a la carte, sandwiches, assorted veg.  I went with a pricey but delicious crab omelette, and the price tag was worth it because the crab was so fresh and delicious and there was a lot of it. I don't know what they put in the eggs (maybe cream, maybe crack?) but they were insanely delicious.  We ordered a side of cheese cauliflower and it did not disappoint.  
    Service was slighly off--I think it is because we were at the end of the long alley, so it doesn't really work for the waiters to flow down there to be able to check in.  
    The only problem is that I wanted to eat so much there--next time I will be taking a to-go bag home with a sticky bun and a cupcake.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/6/2009

    Ah Albion, gentrification incarnate. Not content with singularly homogenising the aesthetic of Britain's interiors with that bastion of modern design, Habitat, Sir Terence Conran has only gone and opened a restaurant slash hotel slash cafe on the site of Victorian London's most notorious slum and in the process likely pushed my rent up by a good 30%.

    Sure, I thought, it'll be grand being able to get a good coffee not twenty yards from home. That is if I can still afford a humble brew twelve months from now when those who formerly patronised Conran's bastion of pedestrian Sloaniness, The Bluebird Cafe, have treated The Boundary's opening as some kind of gateway drug to residing in formerly run down and out Shoreditch.

    Gripes aside, Albion does look very pretty. Lending Boundary Street a chic air and some much needed outdoor seating. Gripes back on the agenda: the service is not great. OK, I've only been to Albion for coffee, juice, etc and I understand my experience might have been elevated from the mediocre had I tried some food but Albion really is let down by its disinterested if sweet service staff.

    Oh, and the uniforms, as if it were actually possible, render the service staff even more invisible. Greige jackets a la H&M circa 2002? I think not. We are in Shoreditch after all Sir, time to brush up those design, and more importantly, service credentials...

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/3/2011
    1 check-in here

    Macbooks. A sea of Macbooks.

    Come here on a weekday evening and find an army of 20-somethings, faces aglow from behind their individual Macbooks, surfing the interwebs on the Albion's free wifi.

    Other than that:

    The food was mediocre.
    And overpriced.

    The service was abominable.
    Aloof, inefficient and unconcerned.

    The clientele was way too cool for me.
    (And I'm pretty cool. Ahem.)

    The Meantime Pale Ale I ordered was delicious.
    Once I sent back the Porter the server brought me mistakenly.

    But the fresh, free homemade bread was divine.
    And accompanied by the soft butter on the table -
    Perfection.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/5/2009

    If this place were just a bakery it would still get four stars. The sheer volume of wonderful breads and cakes is incredible. There are home made classic cakes like Battenburg, Victoria Sponge and Bourbon biscuits on offer, it all made me very happy. Beyond being a pseudo bakery The Albion stocks an amazing array of jar'd pickles, mustards and all types of wondrous things.

    The Albion although excelling as a traditional bakery with extras, is a British restaurant selling darn good British tucker. There were four of us dining in the open kitchen, simply but stylishly decorated restaurant. We all had different dishes and each one was superb. I had a Chicken & Crayfish pie with a side of Beef Dripping Chips. It was so good. I also devoured the cauliflower cheese, numerous rounds of bread and munched my way through much of my colleagues' plates.

    The Albion is a great restaurant of which I would certainly recommend trying for lunch. The prices are at the high end of reasonable but well worth it.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/9/2009

    I was so excited/anxious to try the Albion that perhaps I set my expectations too high.  I loved the idea of an affordable British bakery to finally bring back some of those traditional British baked goods that seemed to be disappearing in England.  So when I had the opportunity to try it while staying at a hotel nearby I was excited.  

    Unfortunately, it's another gentrified, hip, of-the-moment cafe/bakery.  Don't get me wrong as the baked goods are very good (I never tried the regular menu items as it was always packed and hard to get a seat---even for one) but it wasn't worth the price or attitude.  Seems like the staff there know how popular of a place it is, so it's brimming with attitude especially if you don't order the right things or run up the bill.  When i went there for tea one day, I wasn't the only one who was abandoned by our waitress as 3 other tables had to get up and track down someone to pay their bill----I almost thought about walking out without paying (it was under 5 quid) but thought better of it and barely left a tip.

    The Boundary project itself seems dead as even the pub down the alleyway no longer serves food (per edict from the owners I was told) so the Albion is the only choice there.  But do yourself a favor and walk out into Shoreditch as there are plenty of other better places with less attitude, cheaper prices and good food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/10/2011
    Listed in Brunch club

    My mental list of things to do today included:

    -Eat something massive
    -Order a bloody mary

    I accomplished both with ease. I will say though, that either it's my personal inability to focus on things before eating or they need to work on their headings, because I was convinced for the better part of 10 minutes that I only had a drink menu as no food jumped out at me.

    A breakfast bap and a spicy bloody mary later, I was back on track.

    There's a bit of a queue on the weekend but it seemed to move fairly quickly.

    Yeah the clients are a bit middle class hipster, but if you're sitting among them, what does that say about you? I'm not sure I can acknowledge those moanings as a valid complaint from people who commute with ipads in their backpacks. If you don't like the curb appeal of... um anything near Shoreditch high street, you could always get brunch in Dalston...

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/5/2009

    My belly hurts, my head is spinning and I feel a little sick yet still I loved every moment of this. No I'm not drunk, well maybe I am, drunk on foooooood! I can't even remember the name of the dish but it was their signature one with fish and rice and curry and goodness all rolled into one sweet sweet bowl of loveliness.

    This place is ideal for both lunchtime scoffing and evening dining, a professional feel that isn't intimidating and is welcoming. Yes we had to wait a while for the food but the service was quick and the food scrumptious. They even has home made Bourbon biscuits - I KID YOU NOT! As you walk in you are greeted by an array for freshly baked goods including bread and cakes...if you don't eat as much as I just did you may be able to nibble on on the way home.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/5/2011

    It is a very cozy restaurant, simple and do what its good at.

    I had their British Charcuterie, Skirt and Chips, and Break & Butter Pudding.

    I am very impress with the British Charcuterie.  It comes with a bit of pickles and curry sole slaw thingy.  They are super tasty!

    Their Skirt and Chips is ok, I would order something else.

    Their Break & Button Pudding is fantabulous.  It comes with a cream buttery sauce for you to add on and this might be possibly one of the best desserts I had in London.

    There are other interesting dishes like Leek potato and Stinking Bishop pie, Fish pie, poached pears and more.

    They serve breakfast also!

    I will definitely hit this up again.

    The End.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2009

    Albion.  Oh well, I like it.  I am almost disappointed as I write this.  The first time I went there was the opening weekend and the love in had already started.  Reviewers sung 'Conran is back' 'Conran never left' 'Conran is god'.  Which was interesting as the food was dire.  Cooking was done by heat lamp, not by stove.  Every dish brought out was wrong (as in brown bread not white, hard boiled eggs not soft, completely wrong dish, bacon when it should have been a sausage, the wrong drink).  Then the bill was wrong.  It was a debacle.  The counter culture experience was enjoyable because I got to say, "everyone is wrong, this is terrible".

    However, the good reviews have kept coming.  Yelpers love it.  So I buckled.  We went on a nice sunny Saturday afternoon and got a prime table outside and got ready for it.  And it was good, not amazing, but good.  The kedgeree and vegetarian fry up were better than fine; M&S-esque (but nothing more).  One thing I don't quite get is how stingy they are with the bread?  The bread and butter pudding I then had was great.  The staff were friendly and brought marmite or butter or anything we requested as quickly as they could. The sun was shining.  There were beautiful people all around us.  It was good.

    We topped it off with a look at the grill on the roof.  As soon as it is sunny I shall see if I can get a long term lease there.  It looks amazing.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/3/2010
    1 check-in here

    I'd be willing to give the place 5 stars, as it's got a very nice atmosphere, friendly service, and excellent British cuisine. The location is convenient for me, and the space is quite large. The food seems more traditional than St. John's, but the flavour a little more muddied. It's hard not to compare the two, and I'll definitely have to come back here to try a few more of the dishes before making a final decision, but so far, st. Johns comes out on top.
    Though I will say, the bread and coffee I had were both fantastic.
    I also ordered a steak and kidney pudding. My first really. It could have used more gravy and perhaps the crust could have been a bit less spoungy, but I have no basis for comparison. The food came out quite quickly.
    They play music inside, so I think for a date, this place might be a little better than st. John's... But it's not my fav

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/9/2012

    Seeking English food, Andrew took me here.  It's a cutesy place where cutesy people go and enjoy cutesy dishes.  One overly handsome gay boy sported an iPhone and an ego boosting conversation with someone important in LA.
    (See Larissa G.'s review.)

    I had rabbit stew and Andrew had kedgeree, which he wouldn't share.  We ate pork crackling and mushy peas and the link between English and American cuisine became abundantly clear.
    50£s for two with wine.

    Solidly good, but the protein portions seemed small to this Texan.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/4/2013
    1 check-in here ROTD 3/7/2013

    I followed my nose from the street to the gorgeous bread inside... Cute decor, filled with amazing smells and appetizing dishes. Great shepherds pie, great stuffed squash, decent fish and chips (chips a little soggy for my taste). The juices were great too. The menu was a little fish-heavy, but a couple delightful vegetarian options (the aforementioned squash). It was also excellent for people-watching. I wish I could've eaten everything in the attached shop. They really prove that proper British food CAN be delicious!

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/10/2010

    In a word: HORRIBLE

    Tasteless, overpriced food in a faux-naif atmosphere populated by bearded out of towners waggling their Sperry topsiders around while talking about their 'way cool' business plans.

    I love breakfast, I love eating out, I love Welsh rarebit, I even love faux distressed furniture (oh the shame) and I don't mind paying for the luxury of any of these but The Albion really disappointed me. The service was dire, my rarebit was revolting and soggy, and the clientele around me were so snotty and loud that I almost left half way through it was such a moribund experience.

    The only reason I gave it two stars rather than none was because the tea was ok and hot. And I'm generous.

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/1/2010

    Albion @ The Boundary Project
    (Pics at The London Foodie)

    I had meant to come to Conran's new eatery since Time Out awarded it 2009's "Best Cheap Eats" in London but only made it with Dr G nearly a year later, for a late brunch last Saturday.

    I was impressed by the understated elegance of the building and décor - as a former light industrial building, some of its interesting features were maintained (or sympathetically incorporated) like the refectory style cream tiles, the factory lights, and the large windows which let plenty of natural light into the Café.

    I also loved their food shop and open plan kitchen - the large baskets of fresh bread, cleverly positioned at the entrance of the building, welcome you into the Café and help to draw in even the most reluctant of punters.

    The menu is reassuringly simple with some British classics and "caff" style dishes that will appeal to anyone. Prices are not bad either with most dishes costing less than the £10 mark.

    I was pleased to see Greenwich Meantime beers on their menu @ £3.75, one of my favourite brewers in the country. I was lucky to attend a private tasting by this fantastic,  independent beer house a couple of years ago, and was completely stunned by the quality of their beers and the passion of the founder/speaker. I always order GM beers whenever I see them available, my favourites being London Porter, Union and the coffee beer.

    Dr G and I ordered a couple of staple dishes - I went for the "Full Albion Breakfast" @ £9.75 while Dr G had "Kedgeree" @ £9.50.

    I would have liked to continue the complimentary tone of my review and say that our food was as great as the décor, food shop, and beers, but unfortunately both dishes were rather disappointing.

    My breakfast looked great but did not taste it - the saving grace was the streaky bacon which was delicious, and the perfectly cooked eggs. With the exception of the baked beans, which were in fact not properly baked, and were very hard and nearly inedible, everything else was just passable.

    Dr G's kedgeree was an interesting choice - I cook kedgeree at home sometimes (one of my favourite brunch dishes) but had never seen a version like Albion's before. It was not a kedgeree, it was a risotto style dish made with basmati rice and cream. It had no discernible pieces of fish, be it smoked haddock or salmon - the fish had been I guess "pulverized" as there were no "flakes" to be seen.

    It was basically a fishy rice dish with cream, and was seriously lacking in seasoning. After the beautiful décor, the lovely bread, the charming service, expectations were high - I was gutted.

    As I waited for my food to arrive, I envisaged bringing some of my overseas friends and relatives who normally visit me in London for a taste of British cuisine - but judging by these two dishes, I would rather take them elsewhere.

    Tom of TomEatsJenCooks recommends The Modern Pantry when entertaining visitors from outside London for both a good brunch and the wow factor, but I still have to try this Clerkenwell place. I will report back as soon as I do.

    The total bill was £30 for two, including 12.5% service. This is not bad (£15 = main + beer) although for once I will have to disagree with Time Out as I can think of quite a few places where my 15 quid would be better spent.

    Verdict - Another classic example of style over substance - great décor, efficient staff, gorgeous looking food shop but seriously mediocre food. A possible Shoreditch choice for tea, cakes, or Greenwich Meantime beer.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/9/2010 Updated review
    8 check-ins here

    OK so my fish and chips experience last time was bad. Today I popped in just for a takeaway brownie and for £1.50 this was some fantastic brownie. Not quite in the Ottolenghi league but a hell of a lot cheaper and bloody massive.

    Mmmm, chocolate, gooey, hazelnut goodness.

    3.0 star rating
    12/7/2010 Previous review
    Went here on a Sunday lunch time having read good things on this here website and I really wanted to… Read more
  • 1.0 star rating
    16/4/2012

    No. Just no. Living locally, I loved this place when it opened up and used to go there a lot. However I just can not put up with the staff. It must be that they are really badly managed, as I can't imagine any other way that you would get that many people who cannot function in one team.

    The Matre D is horrible to them. I've seen the way he speaks to them and its not pretty! So in a way, I feel sorry for them, but not enough! If your job is to provide customer service, then you should do that or move on!

    Such a pity as the food is good, if a little over priced and the surroundings are lovely.

    • Qype User tali…
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    4.0 star rating
    18/5/2009

    One of my favourite places to go in East London for breakfast, the Albion is a large, upmarket cafe set in The Boundary building. Conceived as a bit of a Shoreditch House but without the membership code, it's usual to expect a 10 - 15 minute queue for a table if you go at any peak eating times.

    On my first visit I had a full breakfast which I didn't think was that great, but I've since discovered their breakfast baps. Bacon, egg and sausage is crammed into a freshly cooked bap which will fill you up completely for the tasty sum of £4.50. Much better value than the breakfast.

    I've also tried their chicken rolls and smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches. Both are massive and very yum.

    • Qype User cleois…
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    3.0 star rating
    30/12/2009

    I have been twice to this place and there is only one thing that seriously lets it down and that is the service. The food is excellent, menu nice and varied and everything cooked to perfection. The little details of the retro coffee pots, knitted tea cosies and the whole blocks of butter on the table are kitsch as well as a little 'nostalgic' in some ways.

    But twice now I have felt very let down by bad service. The first time I went in November the waitress treated us like dirt. The place wasn't exactly busy either which I found a bit worrying. She took a long time to ask us what we wanted and seemed to have an edge of high arrogance about her.

    On my second visit we were seated and then promptly ignored by the staff. No menus or offer of a drink. When we eventually did some to order a pot of tea it came with no tea cosy and again very grotty service. It felt like literally ordering some tea and a full English was asking the staff to go out in a field and milk a cow for our tea and then come bearing our breakfast on a gold leaf platter followed by them individually peeling each grape we might like.

    That wasn't the case. I repeat my point but I do feel that literally asking for a pot of tea and a full English isn't asking too much as it is on the menu. My companion asked for some extra toast and you might have thought that we had asked her to do some performative dance or something along those lines. The face wasn't cheerful to say the least.

    Albion has great stuff in there, but I am bitterly disappointed to go there for awful service. I know its Shoreditch but it really should drop the attitude as I feel it lets the place down. Living just 5 minutes from there I know full well there are places that are capable of being lovely as well as a little trendy, minus the attitude.

    • Qype User thelon…
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    2.0 star rating
    15/1/2010

    Albion The Boundary Projectbr /Pics The London Foodie
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    I had meant to come to Conran's new eatery since Time Out awarded it 2009's Best Cheap Eats in London but only made it with Dr G nearly a year later, for a late brunch last Saturday.

    I was impressed by the understated elegance of the building and décor  as a former light industrial building, some of its interesting features were maintained (or sympathetically incorporated) like the refectory style cream tiles, the factory lights, and the large windows which let plenty of natural light into the Café.

    I also loved their food shop and open plan kitchen  the large baskets of fresh bread, cleverly positioned at the entrance of the building, welcome you into the Café and help to draw in even the most reluctant of punters.

    The menu is reassuringly simple with some British classics and caff style dishes that will appeal to anyone. Prices are not bad either with most dishes costing less than the £10 mark.

    I was pleased to see Greenwich Meantime beers on their menu @ £3.75, one of my favourite brewers in the country. I was lucky to attend a private tasting by this fantastic, independent beer house a couple of years ago, and was completely stunned by the quality of their beers and the passion of the founder/speaker. I always order GM beers whenever I see them available, my favourites being London Porter, Union and the coffee beer.

    Dr G and I ordered a couple of staple dishes  I went for the Full Albion Breakfast £9.75 while Dr G had Kedgeree £9.50.

    I would have liked to continue the complimentary tone of my review and say that our food was as great as the décor, food shop, and beers, but unfortunately both dishes were rather disappointing.

    My breakfast looked great but did not taste it  the saving grace was the streaky bacon which was delicious, and the perfectly cooked eggs. With the exception of the baked beans, which were in fact not properly baked, and were very hard and nearly inedible, everything else was just passable.

    Dr G's kedgeree was an interesting choice  I cook kedgeree at home sometimes (one of my favourite brunch dishes) but had never seen a version like Albion's before. It was not a kedgeree, it was a risotto style dish made with basmati rice and cream. It had no discernable pieces of fish, be it smoked haddock or salmon - the fish had been I guess pulverized as there were no flakes to be seen.

    It was basically a fishy rice dish with cream, and was seriously lacking in seasoning. After the beautiful décor, the lovely bread, the charming service, expectations were high - I was gutted.

    As I waited for my food to arrive, I envisaged bringing some of my overseas friends and relatives who normally visit me in London for a taste of British cuisine - but judging by these two dishes, I would rather take them elsewhere.

    Tom of TomEatsJenCooks recommends the The Modern Pantry when entertaining visitors from outside London for both a good brunch and the wow factor, but I still have to try this Clerkenwell place. I will report back as soon as I do.

    The total bill was £30 for two, including 12.5% service. This is not bad (£15 = main + beer) although for once I will have to disagree with Time Out as I can think of quite a few places where my 15 quid would be better spent.

    Verdict  Another classic example of style over substance  great décor, efficient staff, gorgeous looking food shop but seriously mediocre food. A possible Shoreditch choice for tea, cakes, or Greenwich Meantime beer.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/1/2010

    The only two things going for this place are the pastries which are gigantic and regularly priced, and the fact that the kitchen is open late.

    On the multiple occasions I have been, I always ordered kedgeree. Of 5 times when i did so, the standard, quality and portion sizes varied wildly. I know this is a caff, but it purports to be much more.

    Compared to other Shoreditch establishments such as the Rivington Bar & Grill, the Albion falls very short on quality and value for money.

    As a concept, and as part of the Boundary project it works well, but it has to pick itself up, for sure!

    • Qype User smiley…
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    4.0 star rating
    6/1/2011

    I went to the Albion for a New Year's Eve lunch with my boyfriend - I had been once before and this was his first visit. I had the chicken salad sandwich (£6) and it was delicious! Lovely fresh bread and the chicken was delicious. You get two large sandwiches, so the only problem I had was that I couldn't finish everything!
    Unlike some other reviewers, we didn't have any problems withe the service as we didn't have to wait long for a table, everyone was extremely polite and we didn't have any problems with ordering or getting the bill. It was quite busy so better than I had expected. I was tempted to start buying cakes in the shop but sadly I was so full after our lunch that I couldn't even begin to think about dessert.
    Not the cheapest place to eat in shoreditch but definitely recommended!

    • Qype User F_…
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    3.0 star rating
    9/6/2010

    Quite pricey compared to many local eateries around Shoreditch, which would be worth it if the food was excellent. I would describe it as better than average traditional British affair, with the staff fairly non-committal.
    Such a shame as the interior is beautifully turned out and the counters display such reasonably priced and delicious looking breads and cakes to tease you beforehand.
    There are plenty more interesting eateries nearby not selling themselves under the guise of a brand.

    • Qype User Esoter…
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    4.0 star rating
    23/2/2009

    Recently opened, the Albion is Terence Conran's cafeteria styled restaurant on the ground floor of his Boundary hotel project in Shoreditch. The front of the restaurant is a food market/bakery, with open air kitchen and dining area tucked behind. Three of us dropped in on a Saturday night, between various pubs and lounges, and only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. They do not accept reservations, strictly first come first serve. We were more than happy to wile away the time by getting drinks at the bar attached to the fancy French restaurant downstairs. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed our killer cocktails (well mixed and tasty) in the lush, though small, basement bar and were seated back upstairs in the Albion in no time.

    The Albion has a very warm, relaxed and unpretentious feel to it. The space is anything but claustrophobic with high ceilings and huge windows. There are some touches of the old character of the building remaining, including exposed brick walls and some elements added that respect its industrial heritage such as the lighting and floors.

    The food was simple and delicious. I had Welsh rabbit and a chicken pie; both exceeded my expectations. The chicken pie was quite large and they were very generous with the chicken. The baked crust was perfectly flaky. The breakfast menu looked excellent as well; we're already planning a return visit for a long lazy brunch.

    I wouldn't recommend it as an über romantic spot (try the restaurant downstairs for that!), but it's a fantastic place for a relaxing meal and conversation with friends.

  • 2.0 star rating
    16/12/2010

    A really nice idea, but quite poorly executed in terms of the food.

    Pork crackling with apple sauce had an unpleasantly stale roast dinner taste and aroma. A chicken and ham pie was more air and pastry and than filling. And the beef dripping chips were way too thin and unsubstantial to support the crisped fat on the outside.

    It was just 'okay'. But quite expensive for what it is.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/5/2009
    3 check-ins here

    British food gets a bad rap. However, I'm sure if the naysayers were treated to lunch at Albion they'd change their doubting minds. Especially if they feasted on the beef dripping chips, cauliflower cheese and kedgeree at this charming Shoreditch caff.

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