Albion Ale House
4 reviews of Albion Ale House in English
As mentioned in previous reviews their is no Jukebox or TV which makes for a great atmosphere, converstion and Beer are king.
The staff are all very welcoming and knowledgeable and are only too pleased to help guide you through the ales that are on offer that day.
The interior has been lovingly restored with loads of the original features (tiles, fireplaces etc) which all adds to the ambiance.
Probably see you in there soon!
Once upon a time the Albion was the favoured haunt of some of Conwy’s most hardened drinkers, albeit one of some architectural merit (it is in fact a Grade II listed building). In recent years it hit hard times and was eventually closed down. However there has been a recent development that will be of interest to proper beer drinkers.
The pub has been purchased by a mysterious London based banker with roots in North Wales. He’s re-opened it partnership with four local breweries – The Conwy Brewery, the Great Orme Brewery, Bragdy Nant Brewery as well as the Purple Moose Brewery from Porthmadog. The pub is now a dedicated real-ale boozer with a particular emphasis on locally produced ales.
There won’t be any food (apart from crisps) as the premises doesn’t have a kitchen so it will still be a drinker’s pub but hopefully one with a more discerning clientele than of days gone by.
As of 03.02.2012, this is The Albion Ale Bar. They do not serve nasty, fizzy keg beers, but do have some superb local real ale; at time of writing, a choice of four plus a real draught stout.
There are three areas – a lounge, the bar area and a “smoke room”, in which, of course, no smoking is allowed. The lounge and the smoke room both have wonderful open fires – essential as I am writing this.
The welcome from the knowledgeable staff is also warm and the locals are very friendly to we incomers.
There are no TV’s, no juke-box and no food (other than bags of Tyrrell’s crisps) so that conversation dominates.
Upper Gate Street is also the road which leads directly to the Youth Hostel, making this the first pub hostellers encounter heading into town – a definite plus for us!
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