The Alma, Crystal Palace
A pub which sports a sign for toasties in its window is always going to attract our attention, and we're glad to report that the Alma didn't disappoint. When Fancyapint? first reviewed this one, we found it rather empty; but our recent Saturday afternoon visit found arguably the busiest pub in the area. It feels like its changed hands in the process and it was certainly attracting a fair cross-section of locals when we stopped by. Nevertheless, it's a fairly straightforward pub: a pool table down one side, a screen on the other and a bar down the middle. One interesting nod to attracting a different crowd though: the covered area outside the pub hosts a Market Garden every Saturday and Sunday (it must be thirsty work buying those plants...).
25 May 2012
Well I'm afraid the Alama you visited that afternoon is no more. The names the same but that's about it. The place has changed hands and gone is the toastie sign, the pool table, the live bands, the tv and the good mix of folk, including myself who used to frequent the place. Its been turned into yet another bland gentrified or gentrifried pub. The drink was never the star attraction at the Alma but for a place where there was always something going on and with the odd lock in it was spot on. A greatly missed Crystal Palace boozer.
95 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2TA
020 8653 3223
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