Albion is a glass-fronted cafe on the corner by Farringdon station. It describes itself as having a: “cafe, bakery, grocery, grill room, snug cocktail bar, charcuterie & cheese counter, pie room, wine & oyster bar, wine & craft beer shop, takeaway & juice bar” – so pretty much everything.
In practice, it’s a cafe/restaurant serving all day food and drinks with a fairly big farm shop-feel area and takeaway bar at the front. Feeling lazy, we decided to stay for their breakfast, rather than going elsewhere, having had a meeting here in the morning.
I thought after a few days of *very* unhealthy eating, I ought to have something more nutritious so chose from their “light and healthy” menu which was developed with nutritionists. I chose the sweet potato with spinach, poached eggs and chilli (£9.75), and added some smoked salmon to go with it (not on the menu – £4 for the salmon). It was really tasty with a good kick from the chilli, and the generous amount of smoked salmon went well with it. It was quite heavy on onions and sweetcorn (neither of which are mentioned on the menu, but luckily, both of which I like) but I’d definitely order this again.
Paul’s dish on the other hand was disappointing (and definitely not photo-worthy). He chose the fried duck eggs on toast (£8.50) and asked them to add a side of a couple of sausages (£3.50 for the two). The two eggs were cooked perfectly but they came served on one slice of dry bread and with no butter either on the toast or on the side. The sausages came on a side plate and tasted a bit cheap.
Though the farm shop/wine area and cafe area at the front was light and airy and looked like it sold some lovely food and wines, the area we sat in at the back just felt a bit dingy. Our table had seats one side and a sofa that was too low for the table on the other side. Also all of the knives were butter knives – no idea why, but not very useful for cutting anything.
Mine came to £13.75 which I felt was okay considering the generous portion of smoked salmon, but Paul’s sad looking plate of two duck eggs, slice of dry toast and two average sausages on a side plate didn’t seem worth £12. Overall the breakfast came to £34.88 including (very average) service, a sparkling water and a coffee.
Albion is definitely somewhere I’d go again for a coffee, a quick bite or to visit their impressive shop but I wouldn’t travel specifically to visit for breakfast based on our experience yesterday. Though I do also think, if we were sat in the lighter part and in the area already, we would return for breakfast or lunch.
Nearest Tube: Farringdon