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The Albany (London)

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240, Great Portland St, London, W1W 5QU, Tel: 0871 917 0007

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      03.05.2012 15:09
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      Nice, friendly place!

      We were staying at a hotel in Regents Park and so after arriving on the Friday afternoon, we went out searching for somewhere to eat. We looked at a few places in the area, however there wasn't anything that really appealed to us, and so when we came across The Albany we decided to give it a go. The Albany is a pub located on Great Portland Street which serves food.

      I would describe the place as being very unusual. At first I thought that it looked a bit 'dull' and 'depressing' but it was the fact that the place was very busy with youngsters that made me think, this must be a great place.

      The place is made from wood; wooden benches, tables, wooden floors, wooden banisters etc. It does look 'uncomfortable', but it was in fact very comfortable, if that makes sense. The place seems a little old fashioned yet crossed with a modern twist too which I thought was nice. I really didn't feel that I was in the middle of the city as it just seemed like a 'little place on its own'.

      Having looked at the menu, I wasn't really that impressed. I was surprised to see that the pub actually serves quite classy food - the type of food you would expect to see in a three or four star hotel. Studying the menu, there wasn't really that much that took my fancy, and I think that had I seen the menu before going in, I wouldn't have stopped there, only that the rest of the party (there were 6 of us), liked the look of the menu. Being a vegetarian however, I am sometimes awkward as I am a fussy eater. In the end I decided to go for: Asparagus, mushroom, pea & creme fraiche tart with beetroot & new potato salad (£10.50) which the friendly waitress informed me was really delicious.

      When my main course arrived, I was surprised at how beautifully presented it was; very classy and colourful. It was also a very large portion. I began to eat it and thought that it was lovely to begin with. However, as I got through the tart, I started to not enjoy it; it wasn't the fact that I didn't like it because it was 'badly cooked' or anything; it was perfectly cooked etc, just that it wasn't to my taste. Another member of the party also had this dish and thought that it was lovely. So it was probably just me being fussy.

      Other party members had traditional meals such as 'chips and sausage' etc, and they all thoroughly enjoyed their meals and couldn't praise the food and place enough.

      Pudding time came; I was pleased to see my favourite; sticky toffee pudding which I paid £5 for. This was delicious with plenty of gorgeous toffee sauce and ice cream. Again it was a lovely huge portion!!

      The staff were lovely; really friendly and happy to help. They also made time to chat to us which was really nice. They also brought our drinks over to us, rather than us having to carry them, even though the place was really busy. They also helped us to make our decisions when looking at the menu. The service was also very quick and efficient.

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      The pub is open Monday-Saturday noon to midnight, and on Sundays noon to 10:30pm.

      The place was very popular with young people- to me it looked as though it is a meeting place for 'after work drinks' as there seemed to be a lot of people in suits etc.

      I liked that the food seemed to be 'natural' and you could tell that it was fresh. I liked the fact that they used fresh ingredients. The food is also locally sourced which is an added bonus. We all thought that the food was excellent value for money.

      There was a good atmosphere in the place and you could sense the 'weekend is here excitement' (we were there on a Friday night).

      All in all, I would recommend this place!

      Thanks for reading!
      May 2012
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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