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The Alma, N1

78 Chapel Market
N1
N1 9EX
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Alma

This is a compact market trader’s pub which has been given a clean, contemporary makeover to appeal to a younger, more moneyed demographic. Large windows run down two sides of this pub, allowing plenty of light in, making the interior a bright open space, disjointed only by a single large pillar in the centre of the room. The pub is bare boarded with curved banquettes in the front corner and standard tables and chairs in three rows through the rest of the room. The servery is on the back wall and has a modern panelled counter and uniform bar back. A few quirky bits of art have been used to brighten up the wall space, including a rather odd picture of an upside-down cat. Blackboards listing the various beer and food options take up much of the remaining wall space. A fridge near the bar has been well stocked with various bottled and canned beers and several TV screens around the room were showing some muted ITV tripe for no reason whatsoever whilst a chilled soundtrack played away in the background. There’s a small area beyond the far end of the bar with just about enough space for another banquette serving a couple more tables, with a TV screen above, turned off.
There are four handpulls on the bar but only two of these were in action on this visit, dispensing Purity Mad Goose and Gold. The emphasis here is most definitely on the keg range, with sixteen lines serving up a mix of mainstream brands and small batch stuff. Five of the kegs beers were from the One Mile End brewery and I was under the impression that they might be running this pub, although I was unable to confirm this. My pint of Gold cost £4.00 and was in good shape.
I quite liked this place which I felt had been given a contemporary look without entirely alienating its core customer base (although I did overhear a couple of old boys bemoaning the prices). A slightly more interesting ale range would mark this out as a potential destination pub, but as it is, this is a decent place that wouldn’t look out of place on a crawl of the areas better pubs.

On 12th October 2018 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about The Alma

Very quiet on Sunday evening. No real ale, just craft and lagers, etc. Won't be returning.

On 19th January 2017 - rating: 5
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Tris C left this review about The Alma

As described below, this is definitely a pub that attracts odd characters and people who have been on the sauce; or perhaps they are just a bit more odd.
TVs showing sport, a rather glum experience and with better pubs close at hand, I can't see any viable reason to return though my half of something from One Mile End Brewery was very decent.

On 27th September 2016 - rating: 3
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
London Kings Cross, 0.82 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Caledonian Road & Barnsbury, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
London St Pancras International, 0.99 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Alma, N1
12th Oct 2018, 22:42
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
28th Sep 2017, 08:16
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  • Accommodation : Yes - 6 rooms. - last updated 12 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 27 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 27 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : No - Can bring in own food. - last updated 19 September 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Jukebox : No last updated 27 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 27 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 27 September 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 September 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : No last updated 10 October 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No - Toilets downstairs. - last updated 19 September 2016 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : No last updated 19 September 2016 by Rex Rattus
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