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The Albion

Bakery and Caf飣££
Tower Hamlets, London
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  • The pastries at The Albion is a can't miss
  • yash
    "wonderful, peaceful place to have breakfast in shoreditch"(7 Tips)
    Cate T.
    "Great British food at great prices"(6 Tips)
    Mike O.
    "The sausage and mash is excellent, as is the full Albion breakfast."(3 Tips)
    Neli P.
    "The red velvet cake and almond croissants are absolutely amazing!"(4 Tips)
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  • Adam R.
    Adam RobbinsMarch 22, 2015
    Great British fare, always. Perfect place for lazy lunching. The sandwiches are a favourite. Expect a short queue.
  • Utku C.
    Utku CanAugust 9, 2014
    Albion serves great British food on offer all day at their café/restaurant. They also have a small shop with some of the best organic produce in Shoreditch, but beware of the prices; it can be dear.
  • Fabio D.
    Fabio De BernardiNovember 19, 2014
    Lovely food... the half pint of prawns is amazing and portobello mushrooms on toast and Lancashire hot pot (lamb) are both very good. Avoid the Pinot Noir (Le Vieux Quartier, 2010), poor wine for £32
  • S Marks The Spots
    S Marks The SpotsJune 6, 2013
    Divided in a cute food store selling homemade bread/cakes and the café serving delicious dishes prepared in the open plan kitchen. Simple British food,bustling atmosphere,free wi-fi & homemade treats! Read more
  • Berk M.
    Berk MesekiranMarch 22, 2016
    They make £6.75 sandwiches but they're huge! You get 2 sandwiches made between slices of delicious loaf. You can even share if it you get something on this side. Nice little shop area by the entrance
  • María
    MaríaJanuary 6, 2015
    The stake sanwich melts in your mouth and the root salad is super tasty, specially when you've seen everything you are having raw at the shop.
  • Daren W.
    Daren WilliamsJanuary 27
    Great dessert place - cakes, slices, pastries, sweets, etc (passionfruit cheesecake was yum). Great coffee & tea. Plenty of space, good noise level in the evenings, great spot for post-dinner chat.
  • Shaileshwori S.
    Shaileshwori SharmaJuly 31, 2015
    Great service (even at the busiest time) and atmosphere. Sandwiches are massive and with unique flavors. My friend tried pea and ham soup and liked it. Amazing deli and dessert selection too.
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansJanuary 18, 2014
    The Coronation Chicken Sandwich is fluffy and delicious! You basically get 2 sandwiches for the price of one so you can eat both or take one to go. A great value!
  • Lucian
    LucianNovember 13, 2014
    Great place with fresh pastry and delicious breakfast. Try their pain au chocolat, it's one of the best I've ever had!
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GalánFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent Full English brekkie. Order an extra toast, some strawberry jam and a pot of Yorkshire Tea. Amazing. Plus: if you go by yourself you get to sit in no time.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanSeptember 1, 2014
    Fantastic for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. The sausage and mash is excellent, as is the full Albion breakfast. Also try the gunpowder tea, which is green tea based.
  • Jed C.
    Jed CarterJanuary 17, 2015
    The sandwiches here could feed a family of four for several days. Good crusty bread. Curiously, I'm not sure if you can really buy the veggies here, or if they are only shown for organic hipster-cred.
  • Kamara H.
    Kamara HardingFebruary 2, 2014
    Went here for coffee with a friend. Lovely ambiance and pastry selection. My pan au chocolate was way too much pan and next to no chocolate though. Soy latte was kind of unappetizing too.
  • Leiliane V.
    Leiliane ValadaresOctober 27, 2016
    Good to take a seat, drink a coffee and eat a delicious cake! You can see the food preparation through the glass. Great options for foodies in the store.
  • Claudia R.
    Claudia RDecember 9, 2014
    I ordered a roasted chicken sandwich with mayo and lettuce, but I didn't expect two sandwiches! :o It tasted great, I couldn't finish both of them tho, so I took one home in a doggy bag :-)
  • Janice T.
    Nice pot of tea and scone with fresh cream and jam! Cauliflower and asparagus soup was a bit too thick and spicy though.. Nice environment for chilling the afternoon.
  • Glenn E.
    Glenn EbertMarch 20, 2013
    Located next to the Boundary in Shoreditch, this pastry palace must not be missed. Their breakfast sandwiches are collosal, and homemade scones outrageously scrumptous. Takeaway never tasted better.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RaynerOctober 19, 2013
    The full breakfast is amazing. Expect a queue on the weekends but worth the normal half hour wait! Also pick up some bits from their shop to take home.
  • Teresa V.
    Teresa VillanuevaMay 26, 2014
    Food is good. Getting too busy to give you the proper attention and care. Waited too long (20min) for my coffee. Nearly finished my breakfast before it came. And even getting the bill is a wait.
  • Nicholas T.
    Nicholas ThompsonJune 23, 2015
    Amazing breakfast, monstrous croissants. Order a main for yourself and the almond croissant to share.
  • AAW207
    AAW207October 20, 2013
    Steak sandwich with chips was superb. And our service was prompt friendly and quick! Would love to share a picture but my plate is empty now!
  • Cris G.
    Cris GoncalvesMay 5, 2013
    Breakfast here is a must :) and the Flat White is really perfect, one of the best I've ever tried.
  • Morgans Hotel Group
    Morgans Hotel GroupApril 2, 2012
    Hailing the simple pleasures of British nostalgia, Albion is all plump Brown Betty teapots with knitted cosies, Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup tins as cutlery pots, tractors seats for stools. Read more
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleySeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place can get a bit nuts on the weekend, so avoid going at peak times. Off peak is lovely. Great sit-down food and takeaway nibbles.
  • Bradley W.
    Bradley WoodMarch 3, 2012
    Full English not great. Home made baked beans is a fail - why mess with Heinz perfection? Scrambled eggs were a bit grainy too. Come back later for the pork scratching on the lunch menu.
  • Morgans Hotel Group M.
    Hailing the simple pleasures of British nostalgia, Albion is all plump Brown Betty teapots with knitted cosies, Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup tins as cutlery pots, tractors seats for stools. Read more
  • The Guardian
    The GuardianApril 25, 2012
    "You can eat in the "caff" – a big Conranesque canteen space – for under £10 a head if you're careful, but with so many good things to take away from the deli section, why bother?" Read more
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanJune 20, 2014
    The porridge is delicious and there's great natural light in the back area. And it's adorable.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HainesFebruary 4, 2016
    Good place to go for pastries, fresh produce and organic food. Can be a bit pricey, but a nice experience and friendly environment.
  • Oliver W.
    Oliver WatersAugust 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot for coffee and a bite to eat. I can recommend the kedgeree and the cake selection.
  • Wallpaper* Magazine
    Breakfast-to-go from the Albion’s bakery at the weekend is a must - the giant pastries are second to none – but be warned, there’s only one coffee machine – so prepare to queue. Read more
  • Nicola G.
    Nicola GypsicolaJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    I simply love this place, food quality is definitely a thing here, pricy for brunch/lunch and so on but is definitely worth for a quick bite
  • Maarten d.
    Maarten den BraberApril 12, 2013
    Reasonable dinner for reasonable prices, at least by London standards. Don't expect anything fancy from the dishes, but be sure to check out the freshly madd bread!
  • Olly N.
    Olly NewportJuly 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Godly croissants and bread. Their food offering is seasonal, homely and very well cooked but pricey. £13 for steak sandwich and chips, ouch!
  • Vincenzo F.
    Vincenzo FerrieroJuly 12, 2013
    Albion breakfasts are killer. Great price for loads of great food! Their bread is sublime. A little butter and you're in heaven.
  • Portland
    PortlandFebruary 29, 2012
    Only had a cup of tea but definitely want to return for breakfast! Also next to the Boundary Hotel if you fancy an al fresco drink on the roof top!
  • Leah S.
    Leah SchwartzAugust 15, 2014
    Went two days in a row for breakfast. The scrambled eggs are delicious, the omelette and toast are just OK. Wait staff is super friendly and easygoing.
  • Christo P.
    Christo PapadopoulosAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I find myself systematically going back for focaccia, feta pie, bread and the weird raw juices in cosmetic style bottles. Join me ;)
  • Sera K.
    Sera KoçAugust 31, 2015
    you can do your work and watch people chilling when you are sitting outside and eating delicious tastes of course.. have you ever tried rooftop!? you better do:)
  • Maxwell L.
    Maxwell LoganNovember 8, 2015
    Cafe and small shop, with an in-house bakery and cake counter, where the vast majority of the food and drink products are British.
  • Bradley F.
    Lovely lunchtime sandwiches. At £4.50 they are on the pricey side, but with the quality bread I think it's worth it.
  • Nazli A.
    Nazli A.March 17, 2014
    Fine food and drinks. Service is good. Either alone or with family or friends Albion is a great choice in the area
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmOctober 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Uber trendy breakfast/lunch spot. The scrambled eggs & smoked salmon is delicious.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CulverApril 25, 2015
    No wait for dinner and great service. Rich chicken shellfish pie. Pimms and lemonade makes for a great spring/summer cocktail.
  • Jun S.
    Jun SSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great French food and wine is fabulous. Rooftop is a must.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClivazJanuary 30, 2016
    Great sausage rolls the almond croissant is legendary Excellent bread
  • Pip
    PipSeptember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef &~ale pie really quite good - do try. Service as perfectly tolerable as most places that put service on bill, they need to trust the customer and not treat us with such disdain. The bread is spec
  • Adnan J.
    Adnan JAugust 14, 2010
    I go here once a month, past three months twice had terrable service, turn around of service seems rarther high, why do i keep going back? the bread and butter pudding is the best i have ever had
  • JD
    JDOctober 6, 2014
    Food is always good but service depends on the day. Great place for dining alone and working from a laptop.
  • Ka Y.
    Ka YuanJanuary 4, 2016
    Very big portions, if you're not too hungry - share! And scones are amazing (And huge!)
  • Alexandros P.
    Alexandros PlexidasJuly 16, 2016
    Dog and hipster friendly 😊. Can get very crowded. Brunch was big and tasty and so did the coffee.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CruickshankJune 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great atmosphere, fantastic food. Try the breakfast bap; a whole cooked breakfast in a roll. Delicious.
  • Roy
    RoyDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Monday nights they do a main + beer/glass of wine for a tenner. Awesome deal!
  • Alice U.
    Alice UsachevJanuary 15, 2012
    Fantastic place for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for tea. Its comfortably in shoreditch with the unban sitting.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GratacòsMarch 7, 2013
    This is a must place if you are in the Shoreditch area. Trendy atmosphere and great food.
  • V G.
    V GuptaOctober 4, 2014
    The salt beef comes in an unusual hearty bean and pea broth. Very tasty.
  • Lopiteaux
    LopiteauxJuly 24, 2013
    One of the best bakeries in London, if a little expensive - also a damn good full English!
  • Ipshita S.
    Ipshita SharmaMarch 19, 2015
    You get a discount of you can show you went to the Tate modern which is right next door
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah P.August 16, 2011
    Lovely roof terrace. Food/drink on the expensive side however, so probably worth saving for those "extravagant" days.
  • yash
    yashJuly 1
    wonderful, peaceful place to have breakfast in shoreditch
  • Cat O.
    Cat OrrissJanuary 4, 2011
    Mussels in cider with freshly baked crusty bread... Heaven! Bakery amazing too. Perfect for breakfasts and lazy weekends
  • Jessie B.
    Jessie BadalSeptember 6, 2012
    Had a perfectly cooked rib eye steak with beef dripping chips to die for. Yum.
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.November 9, 2016
    Great brunch and nice venue. On busiest times, be prepared to queue a bit
  • Theo
    TheoOctober 17, 2015
    Really nice atmosphere, cool for brunch! Quite busy on the weekends. One of the worst services!
  • Container C.
    Container CampSeptember 10, 2014
    A culinary gem. There is also a roof terrace where you can have drinks.
  • J A.
    J AshrafJanuary 17, 2015
    Decent breakfast. Smoothies at £4.50. Question whether it was freshly blended as opposed to poured from an Innocent bottle though.
  • Olivia
    OliviaFebruary 23, 2016
    The full English breakfast is very tasty. Had no space to try the bakery.
  • Constance |.
    Constance | @croostifoodiNovember 23, 2015
    Great for afternoon tea, scones and hot chocolate are delish!
  • Laura
    LauraNovember 17, 2015
    Freshly baked scones are cheap and delicious. Dinner menu is not so impressive; underwhelming and a little overpriced, not good for veggies either.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WilliamsMay 10, 2014
    This place was a bit underwhelming and dry. My breakfast sandwich was the sausage, bacon and egg but it was mostly bread and they even forgot the egg. (1 of the 3 ingredients ha)
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoJune 16, 2015
    Sponge cake is a must, wish we had checked out the roof area.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    They serve side orders of pork crackling that you will crave for weeks afterwards. Read more
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're after a sandwich make sure you pop in at the start of lunch, they sell out quite fast.
  • Ilaria P.
    Ilaria ParogniMarch 18, 2013
    The sourdough bread is amazing and so is the afternoon tea - great value!
  • Leven Wenqi L.
    Leven Wenqi LiDecember 15, 2014
    Hipsters spot. Lovely food and good service. Great for a little bit and nice cup if tea.
  • Ben C.
    Ben ChevallereauJuly 31, 2016
    Not really convinced by this place! Waited quite long to be served. The fish was not cooked very well. Portions are small, had to eat something else at home. Finally, the service was already included.
  • Enzo M.
    Enzo MartinelliDecember 2, 2014
    At the bakery you can get cakes and pastries of considerable proportions
  • CBM 
    CBM June 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Good WiFi, plenty of outlets and the walnut, stilton and edamame salad is delicious.
  • Gus F.
    Gus FergusonNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like a great mocha this place should be high on your favourite cafés list
  • Christian L.
    Christian LøveråsOctober 24, 2014
    Samuel Smith organic IPA.
  • Amy D.
    Amy DSeptember 2, 2010
    The best scrambled eggs in London, great coffee and orange juice too. Brilliant for breakfast meetings. Service is fine,
  • A.
    A.July 3, 2013
    Fish pie is fairly delightful. Eggs are extremely fluffy. I like.
  • Michelle W.
    Bathrooms have Aesop hand balm 🙌🏻 toasts are good
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk CheyfitzMay 27, 2012
    The omelettes are heavenly, especially with chips and herbed carrots.
  • Katherine N.
    Katherine NormanMay 21, 2013
    Go for the salmon & eggs... and avoid looking directly at the brownies.
  • Will M.
    Will MacJanuary 2, 2016
    Very disappointed by the breakfast. Purely two unseasoned poached eggs and a piece of bread. No love, dry hard toasted bread w no butter. 8 quid each. St.John does it 100% better
  • carine
    carineJanuary 26, 2014
    Don't expect to be able to order from the brunch menu at 5 past 12 on a Sunday, even if you have been queuing for 30mins. Service variable and prices seem rather 'trendy'.
  • Judith A.
    Judith ArgilaNovember 22, 2014
    Salted caramel pastry is superb
  • Geert P.
    Geert PotargentFebruary 18, 2015
    Fresh breakfast, homemade bread, excellent coffee
  • Lau
    LauJune 27, 2014
    Morning pastries have 50% off in the afternoons...if there are any left of course!
  • Daim Y.
    Daim YoonApril 26, 2014
    Best food at Shoreditch with mode but worst staff who works in the counter for the products
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 4, 2015
    We had a giant cookie and a mocha, but neither was specially good
  • Laura
    LauraMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is great when they actually serve you. Food is amazing but pricey
  • David C.
    David C.December 14, 2015
    Just one bad thing: the menu: I struggled understanding sections and sub-sections. Bad structured, lack of headers, titles, sub-titles. In general the information architecture was poor.
  • Tiago P.
    Tiago PintoJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great selection of traditional bread loaves.
  • Robyn E.
    Robyn ExtonJuly 18, 2013
    The almond croissants are superb.
  • Tom V.
    Tom VandenbogaerdeNovember 13, 2014
    Try the full Albion breakfast, it's delicious!
  • Guillaume G.
    Guillaume GlaunèsDecember 21, 2013
    The kedgeree and duck are excellent, but stay away from their oysters
  • Bianca N.
    Bianca NgMarch 2, 2015
    Great fries, steak sandwich, and brownies. Super cute!
  • Paul L.
    Paul LowAugust 17, 2014
    On y trouve des jus vraiment originaux et de très bonnes pâtisseries à manger après une balade dans un flower market
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchwedeApril 29, 2014
    Nette Atmosphäre. Sehr beschränkte Brunch Karte. Croissants waren schon um elf aus. Kaffee durchschnittlich. Unflexible Küche / vorgefertigte Rühreier. Überteuert. Breakfastclub oder Ozone ist besser.
  • quttuman
    quttumanSeptember 21, 2014
    Shoreditch te gelip de guzel yemek ickn ideal. Fush and chips ve tabii ki steak sandwich superdi.
  • Christoph L.
    Perfekt zum Frühstücken und Brunchen, direkt hinter dem Ace Hotel
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