CONFESSIONS of a guidebook editor, as I sometimes am. Every time I compile Camra's Good Pub Food guide, I include The Garibaldi in Albert Street.

When I write the entry, the food is always fine. But by the time the guidebook is actually in the shops, there is a new landlord and eats have deteriorated.

At this moment, though, the menu's fantastic. I can't actually tell you what it tastes like because its creator, Miss Prayong Copas, was in Thailand last week when I visited and her dishes weren't available.

Her Koraja menu is filled with mouthwatering Thai dishes which, I'm told, she prepares herself such as starters like Tom Yum soup, rice cakes mixed with pork, coconut and red curry.

Some 25 main meals include red vermicelli noodles with seafood, stir-fried beef with garlic and vegetables in oyster sauce, Thai red curry with bamboo shoots and coconut milk, Thai duck curry with potatoes and pineapple, and the intriguing Thai jungle curry.

All main dishes are under £6 and are served every lunchtime plus Thursday to Saturday evenings. Hopefully Miss Prayong is back by now and I can try them.

Actually, the Thai flavour should be no surprise as this is a Fuller's house, and many of its London pubs boast a Thai restaurant. In The Garibaldi it is a narrow sunken dining room with adjoining glass topped eating area.

Fuller's cask London Pride, ESB and Summer Ale are £2.30 a pint, as was guest beer, Cameron's Strong Arm. But I chose a small bottle of their malty barley wine Golden Pride, a prince among beers as it should be at a stonking 8.5 per cent.

The Garibaldi has a delightful flower-bedecked frontage and back garden, but it's high time Fuller's gave the interior a little attention. Some of the seat covers were looking sad, and I had the strangest feeling that the nicotine-tinted ceiling really was nicotine.