|Albertine Wine Bar|
But, while the Albertine was always a great place to get a drink, you wouldn't necessarily have praised the food.
Now, all this has changed, as the Albertine has become one of the best restaurants in Shepherd's Bush.
The menu in the bar on the opening night yesterday was the sort where you want to order everything - so we did. And it was all delicious, especially the sausage roll, chicken wings and risotto. The bar still retains the character it had under the old owners, but with a fresh coat of paint and a big refurbishment it all feels much more attractive. And the wine list is as good as ever.
The Albertine is a place that made history - it's where where the very first EastEnders script was written. It has history and character, in a neighbourhood where too many places to eat are chain restaurants without much of either.
For Allegra it's a very personal story, since the Albertine was founded by Allegra's Mum back in the late 1970s. For local residents, it is great to see this lovely piece of Old Shepherd's Bush not just restored to its former glory, but better than ever.
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