The Albion is one of a clutch of old-fashioned pubs on this stretch of the High Street in South Norwood. Visiting on the evening of a crunch league game between Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion, we wondered how many away supporters would be confused by the sign outside proclaiming "The Albion: home supporters only". As football pubs go, this one is not that bad. There is no real ale to speak of, and lager came in the obligatory plastic glasses (a contradiction in terms which we have yet to resolve), but there was an altogether more welcome lack of blaring music, loutishness and endless renditions of the Dave Clark Five's "Glad all over" and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" (both Palace anthems), as regularly witnessed in the most partisan of the local pubs to the ground, the Clifton Arms. It has a charming - if poky - little beer garden at the back as well, with some covered seating. As with all football pubs, we will need to return on a non-match day to get the real deal, but on this evidence a decent boozer.
Reviewed by kentish_man
29 Jun 2010