A landlady with a reputation of being one of the best in the business has taken over the running of the classic Penarth public house “The Albion” – (the grey one on the corner of Glebe St and Salop St ).
She’s Pat Reynolds, who many customers may remember at the Cefn Mably eight or nine years back and, after that, at the Windsor Arms. Although she doesn’t look it, Pat has been in the licensed trade for over 20 years is one of an exclusive band of “rescue” landlords of specialist firm Westward Management who turn around declining pubs and bring them back to top form.
Traditionalists will be relieved to hear that Pat doesn’t plan any major changes at The Albion. The live open-mic nights will continue on Thursdays with top professional acoustic guitarist and band leader Tony Morley. On Fridays the alternating range of live bands will continue as will the famous Sunday Karaoke sessions and the long-established weekly charity quiz.
…But that’s not to say everything is going to stay the same. Pat is respected throughout the trade for the standard of her beer-keeping, her scrupulously-clean cellar operations and beer-lines, and for making sure every pint she serves is absolutely top-quality. She said when she first arrived at the Albion she found the beer was in a “dreadful state” . She refused to pull a single pint until everything had been thoroughly cleaned, sterilised flushed and tested – and fresh barrels put on line.
There is one thing however that Pat still has on her “to-do” list – and that’s find the pub-sign of HMS Albion – the Royal Navy aircraft carrier which bore the name of the pub (although the pub itself is much older than the ship and was originally called the “Albion Inn”).
The painted sign once graced the corner face of the premises but “disappeared” when the outside colour scheme was changed from red to grey a few years ago.
…If anyone knows where it is now, maybe they could let Pat know.