On arrival at noon, before our room was ready, Christina greeted us and took our bags so we could go and explore the town. However, the pub was so inviting that we settled down for a drink and a sandwich before going out, by which time our room was ready so we were able to quickly sort out our things before going out for the afternoon.
The double room is a decent size, tastefully furnished and has everything you'll need for a short stay. The location of the pub is ideal, being right alongside steps up to the city walls and the riverside is a few minutes walk away.
The Albion Inn is the only remaining traditional corner pub in Chester, and long may it stay just the way it is. It's so refreshing to find a 'proper boozer' these days. It won't be to everyone's taste as the pub has a zero-tolerance policy on many issues (thank God)! But if you want to stay in comfortable, friendly pub accommodation, and the rules of the house suit you, you really can't go wrong here.
Christina made us very welcome and served up wonderful breakfasts, even going to the trouble of asking if we wanted anything different to the normal breakfast menu and getting some excellent Manx Kippers from the market. The evening meals were also very good - wholesome, tasty, home-cooked traditional fayre. Residents are given a free bottle of wine with evening meals, which makes an evening staying in the pub very good value. In fact we had planned to eat out on one of our two evenings there but enjoyed the food and the atmosphere in the pub so much that we didn't bother.
Residents are also provided with a temporary parking permit and Christina kindly put one, wrapped in cling film, under my windscreen wiper when we had forgotten to ask about it and gone to bed.
We're actually thinking about going again, with some friends to take the other room, purely on the strength of such wonderful B&B hospitality, along with great food and beers in the pub.
Highly recommended. We both thoroughly enjoyed our all too short stay.