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“A rip off.”
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The Albion Inn
Ranked #25 of 79 Chester B&B and Inns
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130 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A rip off.”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

We visited this establishment in October 2013. The proprietress was moaning about a recently opened establishment which had received a '5' for food hygiene. This did become repetitive, and frankly, boring. We suspected a touch of 'professional jealousy'. Having experienced the Albion's casserole, we do not feel that the rival establishment has anything to worry about. Our 'casserole'. was massively, meagre of meat,The accompanying vegetables were nonedescript, lukewarm, soggy and the cabbage was stringy, with far more stalk than leaf. We are aware that our review 'flies in the face' of others, but we can only comment upon our experience, which was not good. We are top contributors to Trip Advisor, and by far the majority of our reviews are positive. Regretfully, this review isn't. Beware of this place - enter at your peril, and for Real Ale afficionados might we recommend the Cross Keys, at the town end of Duke street? (The food is better there, and less expensive.) We have no connection with the latter establishment, apart from being customers. We will not darken the doors of the Albion on future visits to the lovely City of Chester.C'est la vie!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We were made very welcome by Christina who combines high production values with a warm heart. The room was very nicely decorated and thoughtfully equipped; the breakfast was cripplingly good. And the pub is in a great location.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We enjoyed a one night stay at The Albion on a Saturday night. It is like stepping back in time but in a positive way. The hostess could not be more welcoming or accomodating. She is a fantastic advertisemnet for British hospitatlity. We had a twin room which had everything in it you would expect although it doesn't have a TV. they didn't exist in 1914! However they set up a TV in a little snug bar to let my partner watch Strictly Come Dancing to which she's addicted. We dined well there and were very surprised to find that the reasonably priced main dishes included a bottle of wine when two were ordered together. How good is that? Very good real ales as well. the breakfast was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. The Albion doesn't have its own parking but they either provide a parking permit to park outside or use an office car park at the weekend which is sited at the rear. Either way, there's no charge and no long distances to walk. The only shame is that they have only two rooms which means we can't take a large party of people to enjoy their hospitality. One final thing, they were totally relaxed about check out time as the room wasn't going to be used the next day. This further added to a stress free break.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Although I had been to Chester a number of times, this time we took the advice of the Tripadvisor reviewers and walked the circuit of the city walls. Really lovely way to see the city and the environs. On the north side, The Albion pub's blackboarded rules and criteria for entry ( including " family hostile") enticed us into this timewarp old-fashioned pub with lovely handpulled ale. The food looked good, although unfortunately we weren't hungry.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is a bit late as we stayed here earlier in the year. We looked at the reviews as you do and went for it. The hosts are tops! Christina could not be more helpful and welcoming, her hubby is the best pub landlord you could hope to meet. It's his pub and he runs it the way he likes, if you don't like it bugger off. The pl;ace is a monument to 2 world wars and the way a pub should be. It won't please everybody but who cares the gaffer certainly don't and as he has been there over 30 years he must be doing it right. It's a quaint old fashioned English pub, no lager,no music and excellent pub grub. Plus if you stay a breakfast you won't get anywhere else. The rooms are clean and tidy the beds comfortable and the ambiance is clearly designed to help you relax. You will be made very welcome and provided with a council parking ticket which is worth quids in Chester. Oh one other thing when you look at these reviews it is easy to get the wrong impression from the bad or poor reviews. Thing to do is look at the whole picture if there are 20 good and 3 bad, you have to remind yourself that you can't please all the people all the time. There is one on here moaning about lumpy mash, obviously this person hasn't got the brains to use the fork to sort out the lumps. Ask the gaffer about his time in the Merchant Navy if you have got an hour to spend.

Room Tip: If its gonna be warm weather go for the rooms at the back of the pub.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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North Warwickshire, England
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Stayed for one night and ate in the bar in the evening. Breakfast was great. It is certainly not your average pub / B&B and has a character all of its own. Christina was extremely helpful both before and during our stay.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Albion Inn
Address: Park Street, Chester CH1 1RN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cheshire > Chester
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Ranked #25 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Chester
Number of rooms: 3

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