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The Alma Tavern, Wandsworth, SW18

499 Old York Road
SW18
SW18 1TF
Phone: 02088702537

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Moby Duck left this review about The Alma Tavern

An attractive looking pub opposite the train station,large opened out room with a central island bar. Wooden floored with a mix of seating.
Ten Handpumps but only four beers between them, as expected Youngs Bitter and Special, along with Trumans Runner and Blindside, there are a few ordinary keg beers along with some craft options, as the cask selection was on the dull side I settled for a half of Beavertown Neck Oil.
Handily placed you don't have to go out of your way to find it, which I wouldn't, but is convenient while waiting for a train.

On 4th March 2018 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Alma Tavern

Very nice looking pub from outside or in.Same old Bedfordshire brewed Youngs beers as the previous reviewer found. Bland keg selection as you would expect from this chain.Very busy.

On 6th August 2016 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Alma Tavern

Directly opposite the entrance to Wandsworth station, the Alma is a large pub, restaurant and hotel which immediately catches the eye thanks to its striking green tile façade. Unfortunately the interior has been greatly opened out, creating a large single room bar with a central island servery. There are a number of scrubbed standard and high tables around the edge of the room with a mix of chairs, high stools and padded benches. The walls have been painted a neutral shade of grey but are considerably enlivened with several mirrors depicting images of birds whilst the ceiling has some large circular gold Alma mosaics. The opening out of the room has left the servery devoid of a bar back, which is a shame - an arch with a nice old clock suspended within is all that remains. A fireplace stands over on the right hand wall with another bird mirror above set in a large stone arch. There is a separate restaurant through the door at the rear which appeared to be split into two different rooms with similarly drab décor, tables laid for dining and a plaster frieze running around the top of the walls.
It's a Young's pub, so three of their brews were repeated across several banks of hand pumps - Ordinary, Special and London Gold. The keg range was reasonably interesting and included Youngs London Stout and some Meantime beers. The Special, served up by a friendly barmaid, was in pretty good shape, but ultimately, the ale range is nothing you can't find in just about any other Wandsworth pub.
I was quite keen to visit this place having been impressed by the external tiling when passing it in the past, but the interior left me cold and for me I think I would only use the pub when waiting for a train, as there are better options not too far away.

On 19th August 2014 - rating: 6
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Alma Tavern

The very traditional green-tiled lower facade (and bold name high above) belies the gastropub that lies within. The interior is an irregular shape, due to the form of the corner building, and this is reflected in the layout of the island bar. Although heavily refurbished by the Youngs makeover team, there is still plenty of interest about the place (such as the suspended clock). Formal dining area in the room at the back. Plenty of staff. Whilst not all of the 11 handpumps were working, there was still a reasonable selection which included Ordinary, Special, Bombardier and Wandle as a guest. NB - The place also now operates as a 'boutique' hotel. (NB - Review dates from July 2012.)

On 9th February 2013 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Alma Tavern

The first thing that strikes you about this pub is the startlingly green tiling that covers all sides of the exterior. It would be hard to walk past this pub without noticing it. In fact the exterior is so impressive that one is almost obliged to go in to have a pint, and who am I to fight against such an obligation? Inside it retains some of its original Victorian features, including some superb back painted mirrors at the back. The servery is in the centre of the room now, but of course it would originally have served a number of separate rooms. It’s now a bare-boarded single room pub in the Young’s style, but with some seriously solid wooden tables.
It’s a Young’s pub – with Bitter, Special and London Gold on during my visit. I didn’t eat, but noticed the “snack” menu on a chalkboard with items (such as whitebait) for around £3 - £4, for those lacking the luxury of a long enough lunch break, or lacking the inclination, to sample the more expensive, more “gastrofied” stuff on the main menu available in the separate dining room at the back. It’s definitely worth dropping in to have a look at the décor, and perhaps have a pint, if you’re in the area.

On 25th May 2011 - rating: 7
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Malden man left this review about The Alma Tavern

An attractive exterior with the green tiling as described below, and also the pub name boldly displayed in large black lettering on the gable front. The main entrance lobby has some etched glass, and on the opposite front corner there is a section of mosaic flooring, suggestive of a previous entrance...the modern full length window and tiled reveals are also a giveaway. The mosaic theme is continued with a series of what looks to be framed circular mosaics on the walls with "Alma" picked out. Some of the more recent alterations upset the character a little, the island bar with no bar back is not in keeping with how I'd imagine the original, and the newer windows and doors are very bland. I quite like the clock on the iron frame over the bar however.
A few games available, Scrabble, Monopoly, dominoes and Jenga were spotted, there is a fold down screen for sports too.
Young's beers here, Ordinary Bitter, Special, London Gold, Bombardier plus nice to see local guest, Sambrook's Wandle. There is a seperate restaurant to the rear of the bar.

On 26th April 2010 - rating: 6
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Philip Carter left this review about The Alma Tavern

Large corner pub, with an island bar. Restaurant area at the back. Disabled access. Sells real ale. Variety of chairs in the main bar plus a tall table that seems to lean slightly.

On 5th January 2008 - rating: 8
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