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“Nothing special”

York & Albany Restaurant
Ranked #4,210 of 23,697 Restaurants in London
Price range: $16 - $48
Cuisines: European, Pizza
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Camden
Description: Perfectly positioned between hip Camden and Regent's Park, the York & Albany restaurant is a former 1820s coaching inn that's been transformed into a well-appointed townhouse hotel, restaurant, bar and terrace by the Gordon Ramsay Group. The townhouse has interiors courtesy of Russell Sage, and historic British architect John Nash to thank for its magnificent Victorian building.
Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I wanted to try a Gordon Ramsay restaurant while visiting London, and we liked the website's description of York & Albany. I wish I had read these reviews. I definitely agree that it was disappointing. I wasn't a huge fan of the neighborhood (it didn't feel very nice or totally safe to me... Sorry!) and nothing about it was great.

The restaurant part was pretty much empty at 6:45, so book later for better atmosphere. Our server wasnt friendly or helpful at all. The olives and cheese appetizer was ok, the scallops appetizer was ok, the sea bass was very fishy, and the peanut butter pie came with chocolate chip cookies that looked like they came from a package like Chips Ahoy. How hard is it to make a fresh chocolate chip cookie? I'm sad we wasted so much money here hoping for something great.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Had a Sunday lunch and enjoyed it . The atmosphere was good and the welcome was warm. Service attentive and efficient. Starters arrived and were ok - good fried squid and average olives so overall an ok start to the meal. One issue was the mains arrived before we had finished the starters so we had both on the table which didn't seem quite right. The roast beef and trimmings all good differently for the four of us ( well done / medium/ medium - rare and rare) came cooked to perfection and very tender . Good quality and vegetables and Yorkshire puddings good. A nice time

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Thank David F
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

the service was very slow...but the worst has yet to come...

after a very poor but expencive dinner,a MOUSE passed under our table and went to hide near the pizza oven...

i was very dissappointed....i had higher expectation of a Gordon Ramsey restaurant...
May he should film an episod of "kichken nightmare" here....

hei Gordon,vuoi che MUOROOO???

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Thank andrea s
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Nothing to rave about here. We are visiting London from Canada and decided we should try to eat at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant while we are there. We chose this small place out in Camden so that we could see another London neighbourhood while we're out there. It was nice to explore a new area of the city.

The restaurant seemed a bit shabby from the outside and we needed to double check the address to make sure we had the right place. It was ok inside but nothing to be impressed about, it had the feel of a slightly run down neighbourhood restaurant. The staff seating us were very nice but we weren't impressed with our table service - things felt rushed and not overly friendly. The food was very good, we all chose the three course price fixe menu. We didn't order wine as it was all overpriced.

We are used to seeing the 'optional' service charge added right onto the bill, but still find it annoying...when it's totalled into the bill, it's not really optional, is it? It would be pretty embarrassing to ask them to take it off if your service wasn't great. In addition, they had added on a £2 each 'cover charge'. This was noted in the small print at the bottom of the menu, but not explained. Our server told us Gordon had done this to avoid raising the menu prices, but this is really a hidden, confusing, and disingenuous charge that we didn't appreciate. Polite Canadians as we are, we didn't complain too loudly but it left me angry. We have not seen a cover charge in any other of the fabulous restaurants we have seen on this trip.

We won't be back to this or any other GR restaurant.

Thank Sharimck
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I recently held a work dinner here with a number of colleagues and clients and everyone was very impressed with the venue. We had a private dining room upstairs, which I think was a converted bedroom (we had an actual bathroom, not a toilet!) and the decor and general feel of the place was particularly nice (almost cozy, you might say). The food, however, was the downside. It was nice, certainly, but not good value for money at all (we even negotioated a set price for such a large group). If you've eaten at Claridges and/or Ramsays - don't expect the same level here. It's also worth noting that a number of people had certain tummy complaints the next morning (!) and they all had the same main dish, but that could be coincidence (although I'm not convinced!).
They also, rather cheekily, welcomed each arriving guest with a glass of wine and gave us two buckets of wine (without request) for our food. As such I presumed it was wrapped up in the cost, but of course it wasn't!

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Thank Tom B
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