Alb

(also known as Albert, formerly Albert Hotel)

14 Smithfield Road
Shrewsbury
SY1 1PB

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 11.00 pm
TuesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
WednesdayMidday - 11.00 pm
ThursdayMidday - 11.00 pm
FridayMidday - 11.45 pm
SaturdayMidday - 11.45 pm
SundayMidday - 11.00 pm

Meal Times

12 - 3, 5 - 9 Mon - Thu
12 - 9 Fri - Sun

Owner

P&B Leisure Ltd

About the Pub

Formerly the Albert, renamed and re-opened as a "lounge bar with restaurant" in October 2012. This pub was extensively renovated by the new owners, who bought it from Marston's. Unfortunately, the ale and cider hand-pulls are stuck ignominiously in one corner of the bar, and tend to be hidden by a combination of bar furniture and customers. The makeover has been drastic and some of the original Victorian features have been ripped out. On the credit side, it is now much cleaner with quality pub furniture and wooden flooring.

There is a small snug, with large and deep settees available for private functions. Upstairs is a splendid restaurant, used for evening meals, meetings or promotions, whereas lunch-time bistro-type food is served downstairs at your table. The large inner courtyard has been partitioned off to allow people access to the bathroom facilities without exposure to the elements. The door at the end leads into an external courtyard. The pub's big advantage is its location - next door to the bus station and 200m from the railway station.

Drinkers of a certain age will remember the original Albert Hotel, one of the 15 pubs in the Branch area appearing in the initial 1974 Good Beer Guide (GBG) with the legend: "Mitchells & Butlers, Ansells, pleasant people and attractive pub with well kept beer". Arguably the pub's heyday was the 10 year GBG stint (1978-1987) when it was noted for its guest beer selection at a time when they were not so common. Darts players and Simpkiss drinkers of that era would no doubt be bemused by the current incarnation with cocktail menus on the tables. It is no less popular these days, but now appeals to a completely different demographic.

Currently promoting itself as primarily a cocktail bar, hand-pulled craft ales via the KeyKeg dispense are also available on draught, A recent example was Sharp's Wolf Rock Red IPA (Nov 2016). Their regular house beer (Alb Ale) is also brewed by Molson Coors (Stones Bitter of Sheffield). In such company, it's probably not a surprise that it was the first known pub in the area to reach £4/pint in October 2015.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Molson Coors Tadcaster Alb Ale (House Beer)

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Features

  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

Facilities

  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    The seating in front of the pub allows for year-round expansion when the weather is suitable, though the view of the bus station is more suited to people-watchers than those seeking quiet contemplation. There is a more secluded off-road courtyard to the rear of the pub.

  • Accommodation Accommodation

    Two boutique apartments.

  • LiveMusic Live Music

    Sunday nights.

  • Restaurant Restaurant Area
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    Courtyard at rear.

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Alb

14 Smithfield Road
Shrewsbury
SY1 1PB

Sat Nav Reference

52.71129, -2.75214

Transport

  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

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Bus station

Nearby Station (200m)

Shrewsbury

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