My Best Meal Islington: The Albion & Barnsbury

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 09 Apr, 2017

Restaurant review 

This month my #feature blog #MyBestMealIslington is covering The Albion, a gastro pub in the Barnsbury area.

Barnsbury started its rise from the early 1960s when Islington began to regain its appeal to the middle classes: restored  old properties with often retained original architectural features were filled by young professionals and the district became known for its ‘liberal intel­li­gentsia’ – including numerous writers and journalists, as well as Tony Blair before he became prime minister.

As this is not your average area, The Albion is not your average back street pub either, even by leafy Islington's standards.
It is arranged to appeal to the professional "posh" locals ( grand interiors) whilst maintaining a nonchalant I'm not trying vibe with prices to match, and it offers generally an excellent Sunday Roast with good service and a strong wine list.
It has a front courtyard and a lovely and spacious beer garden for summer which makes it a perfect venue for somewhere to eat and drink al fresco.
Well, as this week looked and felt more like the South of France with gorgeous sunshine, all the tables were taken when I went ( quelle surprise ) and I had to wait for some people to vacate their table to sit ( I think my mother's puppy eyes and me looking menacing might have done the trick).Both the kitchen and waiting staff came under pressure  to maintain calm and match the demand.

The food is traditional British with a tweak and, from the service to the tasty wines at just the right temperatures, to the perfectly cooked beef (the vegetable were a tad overcooked for me although my mother loved hers) and the truly scrumptious dessert (mom didn't lick the plate as it is not good manners apparently) everything was superb.

The place was packed which didn't help when I was trying to write down notes ( and taking food-instragram seflieswas a definite no-no , how common daaaarling ).
I had been a few times for drinks before in the winter and my companion was able to try a few beers before choosing, which I think is really nice and helpful .

If you don't mind that the prices are more restaurant than pub, including the wine list,  then I would recommend The Albion for a relaxed, cosy ( but posh) atmosphere, with good food, drinks and service, #MyBestMealIslington #BansburyChallenge.

Islington is a foodie heaven with more restaurants and eateries than you could try if you were to go out every day or night of the year and is definitely a place to visit just for the food alone.
I challenge you to come and try   The Alma Pub (Canonbury) , La Ferme ( Exmouth Market ) ,  Trullo (Highbury) and The Albion and see if you agree with my review/s. 

Try them, you will thank me for it  x

The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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