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The Albannach

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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
Young and coffee in varying degrees, Kat also says stuff @ThoroughlyMode
Published June 1st 2011

And how do you say that?

Are the first responses from most people when I suggest we meet at The Albannach. So I'll save you the trouble, lassy or laddie: it's pronounced All-ban-accck but with a guttural sound on the multiple c's. And if you're curious it means Scottish, or Scotsman in Scottish, or more correctly Scottish Gaelic.

So it's Scots for Scot. And you should have guessed by now that it's a home from home for the wee kilted folk, a place that serves the largest collection of Scotch Whisky (without the 'e' remember) in London, with a best-of-British menu to match and included on that list of dishes are haggis, neeps and tatties, which are on the menu all year round.

There are several stings to The Albannach's bow or flutes to their bagpipes. There's the restaurant, which has a view of Trafalgar Square, and which spreads up to the mezzanine, the ground floor bar - which is ideal for a spot of afternoon or early evening drinking, and then there's the A Lounge and the vaults, which are underground and vault-y this is where you can go for a spot of fling-ing, if whisky makes your feet feel like dancing.

The basement isn't just called the vaults to be cute, this used to be a bank and these arches of solid, underground brick are where they used to store their treasures. Book a place in the vaults if you know there are going to be a few of you and you'll get free entry to the A Lounge.

The cocktails are inventive, if a bit on the whisky heavy side, the grill menu is impressively British and very varied: their lamb is black faced and their haggis comes in at 16.50, and their whisky list is something from north of the border.
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Why? Haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky
When: The A Lounge is open until quite late
Where: 66 Trafalgar Square City of London, Greater London WC2N 5DS
Cost: Not too bad considering it's ON Trafalgar Square
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