The Royal Albert, New Cross Road

BC review to follow, please leave your comments and reviews here.

23 comments:

fabhat said...

I really like this place - I went on the first time on Friday with a friend and we have a lovely time. Lots of atmosphere, and not as young a clientele as the Amersham, but same arty vibe. Good food, very friendly service - excellent eclectic music (Billy Bragg!Duran Duran)that wasn't so loud that you couldn't talk. I'll definitely be back...

Brockley Jon said...

It's no secret on the blog that I love this place. Maybe Nick should be the one to write the review, to give it a fair hearing!

Bmax David said...

Been there on several occasions, appears to mainly be a haunt for teaching staff of Deptford Green and Addey and Stanhope when I've been there. Friendly staff, reasonably cheap drinks, then again, I used to go in there in its previous incarnation and it wasn't bad then, except for the occasional "trouble" outside. Would recommend if you're after a quiet pint in the evenings with the ability to have a chat too!

patrick1971 said...

Really nice pub and just what the area needed (it's at the end of my street!). Manages to be nice without being Claphamy or All Bar One-ish. Good food, too.

Richard said...

With an admittedly vested interest, the Royal Albert is a great pub and well worth the trek from Brockley.

I have been banging on about BC to the managers and I know they are keen to contribute - I'll be sure to let them know about this thread.

Darren said...

Stumbled upon this pub one night when the que for the Amersham was too long. Great pub, great atmosphere, really freindly staff, good range of beers. Just needs a few more guest ales with exotic names (i.e. The Badgers Finger).

Brockley Jon said...

@Darren, there were a few more random beers when it first opened, including a nice wheat beer, but they dissappeared fairly quickly, I assume because of cost or availability or something. Perhaps Richard can enlighten us...

Richard said...

I forget the name of the wheat beer, but it had a bear on the logo! I wasn't a massive fan of it and once Royal Albert saw how popular Grolsch Weizen was in Jam Circus they switched over. Apparently it's gone down really well.

I'm not sure about any interesting ales they might have done before, but I know they have thought about a cloudy hand-pull cider.

They have Fruli strawberry beer on tap, but that's incredibly expensive.

How's that for enlightenment?

Richard said...

Ah, it was called Gulpener (spelling?)

Anonymous said...

Brilliant brilliant boozer. You can tell its owned by the same people as Jam Circus! Did anyone notice how quiet it became once the amersham arms opened again? The fools, the royal albert is much better!

Darren said...

Richard. If the cloudy cider suggested is Old Rosie, i feel that it is my duty to inform you that the stuff is looney juice. I would suggest that a two pint limit should be observed at all times. Tastes really good though.

Anonymous said...

I went there on Saturday, a very pleasant pub. A fine selection of beers. The clientele seemed to be mainly students, but they scrubbed up well and didn't fidgit with the beer mats. ;-)

Anonymous said...

This place is just the kind of place to chill on a sunday afternoon. there is a great size seating area outside (even though it's on new x road; who cares), inside the decor is cosy with loads of sofas. The food is good value and tasty. there is a seating area for TV which is separate from where the main sofa/tables are. It's great! Papers, games etc etc. Plus I agree with the fabhat: the people are generally young professionals and not students

Anonymous said...

would be nice to have a brunch menu

Monkeyboy said...

I saw a very tall blonde girl there - she had a hat on. Most agreeable to gawp at (Guardian readers can letch with the best of 'em)

Mezzer said...

Just love this pub!

Went for the first time a couple of weeks back and couldn't resist a follow up visit on Sunday.

It's a mystery as to why it is often so quiet as it's by far the best place around as far as I'm concerned....

patrick1971 said...

Just seen this in the South London Press:

http://www.southlondonpress.co.uk/tn/news.cfm?id=11775

The chap who owns the White Hart at New Cross Gate wants to put lap dancers in there to boost takings ("Strippers or Bust", as the article comically puts it).

He is saying how tough it is, how his business will collapse without strippers, etc. What he seems to forget to mention is that the White Hart is a nasty hell-hole, and that the Royal Albert, the Marquis of Granby, the New Cross Inn and the Hobgoblin all seem to be doing pretty well. Maybe it's because they're clean and welcoming places? Just a thought.

I'd also be interested to know how New Cross Gate is defined for it to be one of the most deprived areas in the country. They must have ignored anywhere south of New Cross Road.

Danja said...

The NDC is north of the A2 (except maybe a fringe near Lausanne Road) down to around Millwall.

The guy is trying to sell the pub anyway. I was told Wetherspoons had a look but it was too small - and too expensive - it was said he wants £1m. And god is it a dump - just down the road, the Five Bells is a trad pub, but in a totally different league to that dump.

Brockley Nick said...

A friend of mine was asked to sign a petition against it. I imagine it will be a pound-in-a-pint-jar type of operation.

If it's a hell-hole already, I don't really see it will make a great deal of difference.

patrick1971 said...

The thing is that it could be a really nice pub. Great crossroads location, pleasant Victorian building, the whole of Telegraph Hill as a catchment area. If the Royal Albert can make it work in, arguably, a much tougher location, why does this guy have to resort to strippers?

And I don't agree with you, Nick, that it won't make much difference. I think adding strippers is taking a place to the next level of awfulness and sleaziness, and will actually make the wider area worse as well. We'll see...

Brockley Kate said...

Well said, Patrick, I completely agree with you. This is the first I've heard of it but I think it would be a terrible move and would gladly sign a petition against it - does anyone know where the petition can be found???

Brockley Nick said...

It was doing the rounds at the Telegraph Hill playgroup.

The Brockley & New Cross Bag Company said...

Went here last night. Think it's a great place. You get pints in those nice glasses with handles. They do home-made sausage rolls and pork pies. They do proper food too, but why would you bother with that when you can eat sausage rolls and pork pies? Good music too. Smiths, etc.

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