Parked on the quiet backstreets of Islington, The Albion is a bright and beautiful gastropub set within a graceful Georgian gem.
The food is traditional British fare with a twist, and the kitchen boasts a rather sensational Sunday roast — all restaurant quality, all restaurant prices. For a classic option, try the salt marsh lamb rump with fondant potato and minted lamb jus. Tender meat and robust flavours equal happy bellies. With a few days’ notice, you can order a whole roast suckling pig for 10-15 people for £350 (30-ish squids a head ain’t bad). To drink there’s a healthy wine list, a few cocktails and tried-and-true lagers and ales behind the bar.
On sunnier days, the massive wisteria-draped garden out back is irresistible, but be warned — no bookings unless you’ve got a big group. So we say, round up the troops and lock yourselves in for a day here. But this isn’t one to miss in the wintertime, snuggle in to the cosy dining room with its polished wood panelling, open fires and hearty roasts.
Best Bars tip: This place is heaving on sunny days, so if you can’t get a seat in the garden just order yourself a few jugs of Pimms and enjoy the slower pace of life on the front alfresco terrace.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips