Bridge Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 1AA
This Victorian treasure was built in the days when such buildings were measured in terms of grandeur rather than square-footage. The scale of the main room is slightly breathtaking with a massive inverted "U" shaped bar looking rather like the stern of the Titanic. It was lunchtime when I visited and the few customers were lost amongst the rows of tables and chairs. It is a strange mixture : fruit-machines and video display screens share wall-space with a marble fireplace and a mahogany display cabinet. In the latter part of the nineteenth century my grandmother was a barmaid in a Keighley hotel : I rather hope it was the Albert.
The pint I sampled was a pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord. It could be little else - this is Keighley the home of Timothy Taylor's and the Albert is still a Taylor's house. The pint was well-kept and a decent pint of Landlord is always a pleasure. A true bitter which goes about its business without too much show or fuss.