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I'm always on the lookout for a good place to stop and read when I go for walks around Cambridge in the afternoon. I've found The Alma an ideal spot for this. With friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere, I've found myself regularly stopping here. A recommended hidden gem.
deniability - 31 May 2012 14:59
Found this pub near to my hotel. Order for food and Real Ale was taken by a friendly young lady at the bar. Food and ale were very good and it started to fill up just before the Football started.
rpf1955 - 20 Nov 2011 17:28
I recently went to the Alma to watch the England rugby games. They're opening early for all england, scotland, ireland and wales matches (along with a few other ones). At the england games they are giving away free breakfasts with your first drink with the option of doubling it up for only 3 before half time. For all other games they are serving breakfast but it costs 5.95. I had a great time and this pub has such an amazing atmosphere for sport and it's where the true die hard rugby fans go. I went back after this for a lunch with my family, they have a great menu, i would particularly recomend their sausage and mash. they get there sausages from a local butchers and every week the type of sausage changes. they're bar staff are all lovely and very helpful. unfortunatly it doesnt have a very big garden, its more of an alley way, apart from this i cannot fault it!
Lucy_Lucas2 - 19 Sep 2011 15:29
This pub is under new management since late ish 2009. The new landlord is a smashing fella from Wales who is very keen on Real Ales, Live Music, Rugby (matches shown) and hearty food. You'll know who he is because he looks a lot like Eric Cantona but dresses like David Essex. This is exactly the sort of pub you should frequent if you want to support a genuine, friendly landlord putting on great Real Ales and live music. If it were busier when I went (he'd only been there two weeks) I'd have given it a 9.
duggy2 - 1 Mar 2010 19:36
Very Impressed on my recent visited. Interior smartened up since my last visit years ago. Beer excellent and a great place to listen to live music...not your usual dive...so well done landlord..may you prosper and have enough visitors to keep you going.
RoscoPColtrane - 17 Oct 2009 17:24
Such a shame that this money hungry government has once again strangled the common man so much that he can no longer afford to drink in his local pub, our streets will never be the same again now all the smaller pubs have either gone or running at such a loss that closure cannot be prevented. A real shame.
feedmeale - 26 Jun 2009 11:49
Walked by on Saturday evening. The place was open, but the only two people in there were both behind the bar. This was about 10pm. Not looking good.
quietriot - 19 Jun 2009 00:51
Well thats a surprise I thought it had shut for good.I will be in Cambridge next week and pop in for a pint to find out the truth.
hogshead - 1 Feb 2009 08:26
Walked by the Alma this evening and was surprised to see it was open, with a Greene King banner outside and two customers inside. The board advertised a 'credit crunch' menu from 2.50, with Sunday Roasts from 3.95.

Anyone been in yet to check it out?
quietriot - 1 Feb 2009 01:32
I agree I know some of my friends who use the Alma and the Panton Arms on a regular basis its a shame its now gone.
hogshead - 20 Jan 2009 10:37
This pub had some ups and downs.
It began to improve in the very late 1990's and early 2000's, but it's location and it's neighbours AND, more importantly, the council were always against it.
A shame it as gone. A lot of people put a lot of hard work in to this pub. It had loyal following. A lot of the 'locals' came quite a distance to support this pub.
quietriot - 20 Jan 2009 10:13
Sad to hear the Alma closed before Xmas another Cambridge pub closed for good.
hogshead - 18 Jan 2009 10:09
Visited The Alma recently where my friend has recently taken over. The pub should improve.
Kerrminator - 9 May 2008 10:48
We used to go to the Alma a lot, and were always greeted with a smile. Recently, however, the landlords must have stopped taking their medication. People are told to leave when they only order a glass of tap water (even if part of a larger group). You have to order a drink with your pizza. Bar staff is rude, telling you to go to another pub if you make a complaint. No friendly atmosphere at all. Stay away!
kermitthefrog - 7 Feb 2008 23:05
A great pub. I have not visited recently but I used to go there when near the bar the had an Old Red phone box with pirana's in ;)
Kerrminator - 20 Feb 2007 12:14
The Alma's been a music venue for over thirty years. Sadly, due to increasingly heavyhanded council interference, it now only has bands on Saturday nights (it used to be Thursday to Sunday when I started going there). It's been through several landlords and at least one change of brewery (from Tolly to Ridleys) but still is a friendly place to have a good pint and enjoy a decent local band. There's never any trouble, women on their own aren't hassled, and the atmosphere's good. So it makes perfect sense for the council to try and hound it out of existence. They should be ashamed of themselves.
martinjhscott - 31 Jul 2005 12:48
A Ridleys pub, unique for the area. Went through an excellent phase about 4 years ago (including a telephone box of pihranas!) but not so good now.
mikewmiller - 10 Dec 2004 17:23

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