The Albion has the worst attitude towards its customers that I have ever encountered in around 50 years of restaurant-going, during which I must have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on food and drink. When you order a meal, they demand that you give them your credit card, which they lodge behind the bar until you pay the bill. And before you ask – no , I do not look like a career criminal. I look ridiculously respectable and have, in fact, eaten dozens of times at the Albion before under previous managements.
I can understand that they may have a problem with dishonest folk who leave without paying, but I have never been treated as a potential criminal before in any pub, café or restaurant where I have eaten – and I’ve eaten in some pretty dodgy areas, believe me. The management of the Albion is extremely foolish, because just around the corner is the Draper’s Arms, with superior food and an appreciably better attitude.
I cancelled my order of food and wine and walked out. I shall not be returning to the Albion until it is under new management. If you don’t want to be treated like a criminal, I would advise you to boycott it too.