Albion, Shoreditch

Photography (above) courtesy of Albion Shoreditch Words by Shaun Cooney

You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in west London on the King’s Road, rather than a Shoreditch side street when stepping inside Albion. There’s nothing super-cool about Albion and that’s not a bad thing. A café, shop, bakery and patisserie, open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Albion has the atmosphere of a café, the smell of a bakery but the menu of a good neighbourhood restaurant. You’re guaranteed to find something you’ll enjoy on the menu, I went for an individual fish pie with golden mash on top. Made of the perfect ratio of mash to filling with a side of mushy peas accompanied by a bloody mary, that was just a touch watery. The fish pie, an exciting mix of white and shell-fish, made for a filling and very satisfying lunch that left me too full for dessert. Which from my seat opposite the kitchen, I could see being made right under my nose and left to sit in arms reach.

Albion is the perfect spot for a meeting, a casual brunch or for just having a quiet lunch on your own. This bright, airy restaurant with bakery and food store attached, where you can purchase sandwiches for lunch or sweet treats for the walk back to the office, is a pleasant break from loud burger bars and outdoor food trucks that saturate the area.

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