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I've been in a lot of boozers in my time but I do believe that this is the most immaculate looking pub I've ever frequented. For cleanliness and décor 10 out of 10, but it does give a rather sterile atmosphere. The beers good, the service is faultless but yet...yet....

beernotfood - 31 Mar 2015 21:58
A friend recently stayed here for Bed & Breakfast. He was charged £110 for a basic single room for 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) and was informed bluntly after arrival, "by the way, there's no breakfast, we haven't got any staff on in the mornings". Being rather unassertive, he didn't complain, but spent the whole weekend grumbling about the place. Be warned!
Stan_Attabar - 5 Feb 2014 14:11
I went into the pub last night (Sunday 6th Nov). It was quiet but the lady behind the bar was very friendly and the beer was good. They had 4 ales on (including a mild!). It's a good venue. The people who ran it a year or two back spent a small fortune on refurbing the place and then tried to move it upmarket on the food front. It was OK but you need to have some serious wonga to keep the early momentum up. I hope the current management get some support as they seem to be doing the right thing! I'll be going back...
misfithound - 7 Nov 2011 14:16
good choice of beers friendly good to see someone trying to generate a friendly pub
CHRISPA - 3 Mar 2011 20:22
The new managers Luke & Nicole are always friendly & welcoming & remember what you drink every time you go in
Have just started a quiz night which needs everyone's support and serving food again soon which we are looking forward to
Good selection of beers and wines available
The locals are really pleased to have this pub open again, thanks!
helliesangels - 2 Mar 2011 18:08
pub now re-opened early evening, serving drinks only, awaiting full kitchen re-furb as preavious tenants had removed everything! Greene King have been trying to get the pub back for over six months and have been very helpful to the new tenants, who want it to be a locals pub with food. The staff are very nice & attentive and the comments posted by needawee who works at the fox are uncalled for and wrong!
mschelsea - 2 Mar 2011 09:31
I've been in here 3 or 4 times since it re-opened and love it. It's a really nice change from the other pubs in town: clean, comfortable and relaxed. With friendly, welcoming staff/management.

Great selection of drinks, although a combination of these and a late license can be a bit dangerous!

Certainly my favourite pub in Farnham at the moment.
arp - 27 Feb 2011 22:08
Needawee, you've got it all wrong pal. This is the best pub to open up in Farnham in a long time. Lovely vibe, lovely manager who makes everybody feel welcome, great beer and wine choice, cool beats, and food to be starting soon I believe,long may this pub stay open in this end of town! Just what we needed. The Fox in Bourne isn't a local pub, it's too far out in the sticks.
neale - 27 Feb 2011 21:51
The pub has re-opened. I've been in twice, and both times it was pretty dead, yet the manager seems to have a really negative attitude towards his customers. Paying customers deserve to be treated with good customer service or I can't imagine it will be open very long again. The Fox in the Bourne has the best customer service ever - perhaps the manager should nip down there for a training day.
needawee - 22 Feb 2011 11:41
Now reopened. I know no more than that!
misfithound - 4 Feb 2011 16:14
Drove by the other day and it looks to be shut. End of review.
getmeonein - 11 Jan 2011 13:54
What poor sucker is going to run this? This site is testament to the support they will get from GK (none at all then)! Six Bells it is then...
katieb - 7 Dec 2010 18:02
Closed as at 16th September 2010, awaiting new tenancy agreement.
weydonian - 16 Sep 2010 20:05
A group of youngsters got persuaded in the usual GK con to spend a shedload of money on doing this place up but didn't really then have the experience to deliver the goods! Do GK ever actually spend any of their own money on the pubs they own unless absolutely forced to?

Been in a couple of times in recent weeks to find just one ale on on the first visit and then none at all on the second. It's a shame because this place has possibilities but it just drags along the usual declining slope...
misfithound - 20 Aug 2010 11:43
This is an odd one. In evenings it does have a youngish clientele but "hood-rats" is a very harsh way to describe them. Maybe "young people" is more appropriate. Certainly not badly behaved in my experience.
The food is good and I completely recommend the Sunday lunch carvery which is really good vfm and high standard too. They do seem to have a problem with the beer. Only one of the handpumps was on and despite the badge saying GK IPA I was told it was London Pride (in a Greene King pub???)
It was very good but seemed an odd situation. Decor in this pub is superb - a really high spec and staff are friendly and helpful. I hope it does well
BobBoiston - 23 Mar 2010 13:13
Visited last week and all the hand-pumps turned round (see earlier entry). hardly anyone in there at 9:00 on a Friday night and those that were appeared to be hood-rats. Just walk on by.
Castiche - 9 Mar 2010 16:17
I think its been taken over again recently and has gone downhill since then. We tried to book a xmas meal here, but kept being fobbed off and not phoned back so gave up in the end.

Looks like they have given up on the food side of things now and the clientale seems to have got quite a lot rougher.

A shame as this time last year it was looking good.
VastGirth - 25 Jan 2010 12:47
Been renovated since last photo taken and seems to be very well done. Unfortunately I visited when there was not one real ale on - all four pumps were turned round. Told that Greene King hadn't delivered. Went straight to The Six Bells, a short walk away (also a Greene King pub) and they had plenty - Sun Dance went down very well ! The Albion is worth a second visit though. Hopefully next time I'll get to try the ales and possibly the food, which I'm told is excellent.
triumph - 4 Aug 2009 22:41
Just been to the Albion again, had the best fish stew ever with fish from Brixham in it. Noticed they have En suite accomodation now which they were kind enough to show me...........very swish indeed. Had a half of ruddles which was fresh on, very good pint/half pint. They've got Speckled Hen, Ruddles Best and GK IPA coming on. I asked if they were going to get anything other than the usual GK fodder, alas they are tied to GK on ale, Bah Humbug, it's not their fault though and they are frustrated with the situation.
pubsilike123 - 16 Dec 2008 13:45
I agree with Jack Winters, this pub is one in a million. As for the identity crisis I don't think you could be further from the truth, this pub really does have identity unlike so many other establishments. On the leaflet I have bought home with me it says "Bar Food Rooms" and that's exactly what they are doing at the Albion in a very cool way. I love it.
pubsilike123 - 8 Dec 2008 16:24
The refurb is fantastic and the place looks amazing! I really dont agree with the identity crisis at all! infact i think it is completely the opposite. Whilst most pubs stick to the cliche style this pub has gone all out to make it different from all the others.

its a great relaxed atmosphere where a mixture of people from students to OAPs can all enjoy.... cosy log fires, great food, good beer and great service! everything i want from a pub....

jackwinters - 3 Dec 2008 23:39
I have friends who are getting excited about this pub since the refurb but im struggling to match their enthusiasm. Dont get me wrong the place looks good, food is pricey but good, barmaid has the best smile ive ever seen, boring greene king beers are acceptable, its all just a bit... meh
Think maybe it is suffering from an identity crisis.
C'mon the Albion, decide where you want to be in the market and put some effort in... Oh and fix that bloody front door from slamming every time someone comes in!
animalbicyclevehicle - 2 Dec 2008 15:28
I have friends who are getting excited about this pub since the refurb but im struggling to match their enthusiasm. Dont get me wrong the place looks good, food is pricey but good, barmaid has the best smile ive ever seen, boring greene king beers are acceptable, its all just a bit... meh
Think maybe it is suffering from an identity crisis.
C'mon the Albion, decide where you want to be in the market and put some effort in... Oh and fix that bloody front door from slamming every time someone comes in!
animalbicyclevehicle - 2 Dec 2008 15:28
Drove past last week, the refurb has happened! Any one been in?
Harlap - 11 Nov 2008 17:16
Good Greene King ales in an average local pub, plans for new works looked promising. Mainly for locals with a few builders staying in the B&B above the pub. Overall a comfortable pub, look out for Poppy the land ladies pet dog with a slight limp (which comes on hard when there's food about!).
Harlap - 18 May 2006 14:22
Alright on recent visit. Fairly quiet. Beer was good. Three real ales on priced at 2.60 and 2.40 a pint. An oasis of a half-decent outlet in East Farnham now Six Bells has gone downhill.
misfithound - 10 Apr 2006 14:03
Seems like a sort of haven of tranquility and jolliness. Sells Everards at the moment


Will2 - 13 Feb 2006 17:07
Very passionate about the pub quiz they have here. Decent range of ales
aleman - 13 Feb 2006 00:27
Typical Green King pub, nothing special
anonymous - 7 Aug 2005 22:20

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