The Alma, London

Our rating: FAP Rating 2 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 1 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
The Alma can be pinpointed as having the feel of the first wave of gastropub makeovers. Loungey furnishings at the front of the pub and more formal tables at the back, it's a look that feels almost old fashioned compared to some of the more lairy pub conversions we've seen of late. This one's a subdued, grown-up affair: its maroon walls suggestive of restful imbibing rather than riotous drinking. On the drinks front, they seem to make a special effort, with occasional beer festivals and brews from the London Fields Brewery when we last visited. It's definitely a foodie pub though, but the dining space at the rear doesn't dominate proceedings. So far so good, but our last visit didn't last very long. Having decided to try their Sunday Roast (not cheap at £14.50 plus 12.5% service charge) we were duly taken to a table next to the bar. 15 minutes later, however, no-one had come to take our order (and we were still drinkless, too), so we decided to go the excellent Lord Clyde on Essex Road. This warranted a sarcastic "bye" from the chap behind the bar, who hadn't exactly endeared himself from the start: we thought "hello" is the usual greeting when someone walks up to a bar, rather than a scowl. There are enough good pubs in the area that provide decent, friendly service, so based on our last visit, give this one a miss.
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18 Oct 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
And herein lies the problem with any website where you rely on just one person's review rather than an aggregate of users' experiences. I've been to the Alma about half a dozen times since moving about a mile or so away and always enjoyed it. I've never experienced the poor service that the reviewer felt they received and the pub is to be commended for the frequency of their beer and cider festivals and the quality of their food (though I agree that it is on the expensive side and I don't like paying service in what is essentially a pub not a restaurant). Rather than damning this pub to endure a one pint rating, which is likely to deny many people the chance to find out about it (I personally never normally even look at a one pint pub), perhaps someone else should pay a visit to see if the original comments were warranted.

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59 Newington Green Road, Dalston, London, N1 4QU
020 7359 4536

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