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The Virgin Queen (formerly Albion in Goldsmiths Row) (Remarkable Restaurants)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fuller's - Southern StarExcellent1
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleGood1
Adnams - Ghost ShipGood1
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Belhaven - Robert Burns Scottish AleNot Tried0
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0

Visits Details

09 May 2018 (Stephen Harris)
My first look at the new incarnation of this pub. It could hardly be more different from how it was before frankly – even the layout has changed.
Fuller's - Southern Star4.00ExcellentI got a much better impression of this beer today – really good southern hemisphere hop flavours.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
27 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
It was a bit of a warzone outside as I approached this pub. Two gangs of youths, some with scarves wrapped around their faces and wielding heavy-looking sticks, were engaged in throwing fireworks at each other. After a while, I figured they wouldn’t be interested in me so I just walked through, hoping I wouldn’t get caught in any crossfire. I found the pub’s main door locked, but the side door open. Despite the aggro outside, there were plenty of people in for the pub quiz.
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20GoodDecent enough pale beer.
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
31 Jan 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Very quiet and peaceful in the early evening – in fact I think there were just two other customers in.
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50GoodAmber in colour. A rather light blend of malt and hops.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Belhaven - Robert Burns Scottish Ale4.20Not Tried

About The Virgin Queen (formerly Albion in Goldsmiths Row)

The pub sign. The Virgin Queen (formerly Albion in Goldsmiths Row), Bethnal Green, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Bethnal Green, Greater London, E2 8QY.

This pub was established by 1842 as the Duke of Sussex and originally it was tied to the nearby West's Brewery. It passed to Charrington’s via Hoare's and by the early 1980s had been acquired by Shepherd Neame. It became a freehouse in 1994 and in 1997 the name was changed to the Albion, to reflect the then owner’s football predilections. It is a small pub, with at that time a decor which was dominated by football paraphernalia. There is a small, walled, patio garden and a conservatory to the side. Further renamed to The Virgin Queen in December 2017, at which time all the football memorabilia was removed and the pub fully refurbished. A lot of wood panelling has been installed along with a fireplace and a splendid wood bar-back – all salvaged from a former pub somewhere. .

We have visited this pub 3 times, seen 7 different beers and tried 3 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E2 8QY