The Albany is a restaurant, pub and sports bar with gaming facilities, where we found ourselves early one Wednesday evening. I was worried that it wouldn't be a suitable place for kids, but the space is large and divided into various sections - the gaming side, the restaurant area and the pub/bar area, so I needn't have to worry at all.
|Spacious dining area out on the balcony|
|Specials on the chalkboard|
We sat at the restaurant area where it was large and spacious. There were highchairs for the kiddos, and the lovely waitress even brought out some paper and coloring pens without us asking, to keep Liam occupied while we ordered.
|Cooling down with a Tohu Road Sauvignon Blanc and Monteiths Summit Beer|
|Seafood Paella (NZD21)|
|Corn and Zucchini Fritters|
|Steak and Fries (NZD15)|
Overall, The Albany exceeded my expectations, serving food that's a class above regular pub food, in a casual, informal setting. The bar area gets a little loud, and you may be glanced at once or twice for walking in with an infant (which happened to me until I realized the restaurant was actually next door), but the surroundings are pleasant, the pricing is decent and the food, tasty. What more could you want on a Wednesday evening?
276 Dairy Flat Highway
Tel: +64 9 415 9515