The Albion

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Boyces Avenue,

(0117) 973 3522 

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Review byCeline Asril20/05/2008
Since it’s refurbishment in 2005, The Albion has become a renowned public house and restaurant in the heart of Clifton Village, offering within it’s wonderful setting a superb range of fresh organic produce with a daily changing menu; all of which ensures an immediate desire to return.

The Venue
Upon entering the enclosed courtyard, there is a relaxed air that continues as soon as you enter the front door. Comfortable yet rustic seating sits aside modern leather sofas and a grand log fire. With a variety of seating areas, you are able to tailor your evening completely, with a choice of sitting upstairs in a cosy and formal restaurant setting or downstairs amongst the pub atmosphere in the lantern room or at the chef’s table. Both options, although dissimilar, offer a night to remember.

The Atmosphere
As soon as you step inside The Albion, you become soaked in the buzzing atmosphere of the pub itself, and the fact that you can actually opt to eat in these surroundings adds vastly to the credit of this restaurant. Upstairs has a much more formal setting and although slightly more subdued it cleverly manages to maintain the magnificent ambience of downstairs.

The Food
As a pub alone and for a relaxing drink it is first-class, although the real Albion experience comes from sampling the delights of head chef Jake Platt. The ever-changing seasonal menu is contemporary with a traditional twist, with a cleverly selected number of dishes – enough to get the mouth watering yet not too many to dilute the quality. The lunch menu adheres to the same standard as that of the evening, offering classic dishes at more reasonable prices, with the same level of service and the ever-so relaxing tone.

The Drink
If you’re feeling flush, there’s champagne served by the glass like the Perrier Jouet NV at £8. If money’s no object why not splash out on a bottle of Dom Perignon Brut 1999, which weighs in at £110 a pop.

The wine list is extensive and rather impressive to say the least. The worldwide stock of red, white and rose wines takes in such treats as the robust Italian red Valpolicelli Campo Classico Superiore 2003 at the top end of £28.

If you’re a bit stuck on what to sample, the friendly staff will offer confident advice and recommendations. Similarly, the wide range of ciders and spirits are terrific, even offering hot cider to the more adventurous.

The Last Word
The quality of The Albion is beyond reproach; it’s a great pub with impeccable service and offers fab food if you work up an appetite. Although a trip to The Albion may cause a slight dent to the pocket, on the whole it is a marvellous experience, and one which is bound to leave you wanting more.
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