You are made wait in the shop area where you will be tempted by cakes, bread, teas, wines, dairy products (organic, bien sur) and other treats. It is a bit like queuing to pay in the fenced-in areas of Marks & Sparks next to all the nuts and chocolate - only the stuff at Albion is a hundred times more tempting.
Once seated in the very bright and airy dining area (it felt very Scandinavian because of all the light wood and minimalist decor), I ordered a bloody mary and a bacon sandwich. I thought the brunch offerings were a bit dull, but it was a tasty sandwich. The service was friendly and fast.
After our meal we browsed through the impressive selection of delicious and exciting goodies in the shop. I'm definitely coming back for some of their cakes.
Albion is on 2-4 Boundary Street in Shoreditch E2 7DD. 0207 729 1051