A TRADITIONAL Chester pub has been recognised by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in his new magazine.
Landlord Mike Mercer was delighted after discovering The Albion Inn, in Albion Street, had been included in Jamie Magazine for its beer and food.
Mike, 70, who has run the pub for the last 40 years, said: “Any publicity is better than none and good publicity is hard to get.
“Most of these guides, we are in because of the standard of the food and not because we have paid to go in.”
Mike says his daughter Claire Churchill, a trained chef, is the hidden talent behind The Albion’s reputation for quality fare.
The magazine entry reads: “Coronation Street-style corner pub with good beer (Batemans, Black Sheep), hearty food (Staffordshire oatcakes) a collection of World War One memorabilia and more Union Jacks that the Costa del Sol.”
The Albion is praised in several publications including the Alistair Sawday Guide, the CAMRA Good Food Guide, the Lonely Planet, The Rough Guide, the AA Best in Britain and Stuart Maconie's book Pies and Prejudice.
“People come in and we say ‘How did you find us?’ – because we’re tucked away – and they say ‘You’re in such and such a guide’ and I didn’t even know because they don’t always tell you,” added Mike, who is famous for his blackboards outside the pub, stipulating who and who is not welcome.
“There is one guide to Chester that recommends places to go for stag and hen nights and we are in it! We wouldn’t let them in.
“There are no shots and no alcopops or anything like that.”