Prince Albert, SW9 8LF
- 020 7274 3771
- 418 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
Despite several attempts by the owners to rebrand this pub and the death of the remarkable landlady who fended them off, this is still, in itsbruce's opinion, one of the best pubs for miles. This was true even before almost all the good pubs in Brixton disappeared and the essential character of the pub has not changed.
This pub has a loyal and friendly clientele (a "mixed" crowd in all the good senses of the word), many of whom have been regulars for years and who contribute much to the atmosphere. Unlike the unpleasant and soulless Prince just down the road, it's never aggressive even when packed (which usually happens only when there's a concert at the Academy). During the day it's a cool, quiet and spacious place to relax.
There are always a couple of real ales on tap - Ruddles and Wychwood at the last visit - though it sadly no longer has the Flowers Original that used to be a permanent feature.