The Royal Albert Hotel is an unpretentious watering hole in Surry Hills. The bar is full of character, with a classic, friendly pub feel, void of the overly trendy crowds found in many of the inner city bars. The tasty bistro food is hearty and homely and there is a good selection of beer, wine and spirits on offer.
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Royal Albert Hotel is the typical image of the good old Australian pub: a corner establishment in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood, complete with its original old charm decor with the additional olden-days train station furnishings to make the pub a little more alive.
The seating areas are quite limited and not very spacious (and I would recommend making a reservation if you are thinking of visiting this place as a large group).
The pub sells burgers, hot dogs, and a few Asian varieties such as dumplings (as they also have a separate Asian restaurant at the back).
Their most well-known food item is the Royale with cheeseburger served with crinkle cut fries. I tried this burger and absolutely loved it: very juicy and fresh. The serving size was quite large too. To make things even better, they have a self-serve condiments area filled with plenty of sauces: wasabi mayo, Coney Island mustard, amongst other things.
A local pub for the locals. We weren't so local but felt like it when we were there. The food is better than average and the service okay but it's the atmosphere that we loved the most. Constant chatter, music here and there and an unpretentious feel about the place. Fun place to hang on a Friday night.
I've been here several times now and I'm still a fan of the place. The vendors of the Bamboo bar are really sweet and welcoming. The service is prompt and the food is pretty good too.
Personally, I prefer it when there's not so many people... early afternoon on a weekend or during the week is a quieter time but it doesnt feel like another trendy bar. If anything, the people I've seen frequent the place are more diverse than other Surry pubs. Still a good'un in my books.
This pub recently had a change of owners and i have to be honest, i was a little hesitant after seeing some of the changes they were making (such as removing the pool table).
The menu didn't help, looking a little too try-hard for this nice little local watering hole. but I'm here to say my fears have been put to rest. The food is really good at fairly standard pub prices. I had the wagyu beef burger and it was top notch.
The new staff all seem friendly enough and, at the end of the day, they haven't changed too much. It'd be sad to see it turned into another trendy inner city bar with no vibe.