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The Alma, Canonbury, N1

59 Newington Green Road
N1
N1 4QU
Phone: 02036207516
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Tris C left this review about The Alma

It would seem that this pub has been reinvented since the last reviews - as mentioned, the pub came close to closing a few years ago but was saved with intervention from among others, local MP Jeremy Corbyn!
There's an attractive central bar and is unsurprisingly much as you'd expect for a pub that is occupied by impossibly young well-spoken locals: a bare boarded floor, conventional furniture with a mix of stools and chairs, spherical lanterns and candles in bottles on tables.
However, that's where clichés end as the pub is festooned with film memorabilia - the walls are literally covered with film posters and the like; a large statue of the Blues Brothers looks out over proceedings and pub security comes courtesy of a storm trooper from Star Wars - a quiz was in full flow but was so simple that I couldn't believe the look of bafflement on the faces or participants. There's food of course but it looks mid-end rather than gastro, especially given that you can eat wherever you like rather than being confined to a specific dining area.
Ales: Hmmm...four pumps, two unused and two with reversed clips, one for Fuller's London Pride. I opted for a half of the Lagunitas IPA which was a painful £2.80 a half but tasted quite nice.
This pub's quite good fun if you're in the mood but with just two ales, both off and otherwise sky-high prices, the Force is not strong with this one.

On 2nd October 2017 - rating: 5
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moby duck left this review about The Alma

Decent enough pub, well summed up by Rex below,very busy on my Saturday evening visit,my pint of Twickenham Red Head was in fine fettle,wouldn't go overboard about this pub but worth a look if nearby.

On 1st June 2015 - rating: 6
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Alma

This pub has had something of a chequered past of late, with a previous tenant “replaced” by the pubco for some reason. But nonetheless, the current tenants seem to be making a good effort to make this an interesting and welcoming pub. It now doesn't seem so food-orientated as reported by previous reviewers; on Saturday lunchtime a "brunch" menu was advertised on single sheets on the tables, including a full English for £8.50. Hardly gastropub fare. Nor did I see any tables laid for diners. There are film posters all over the place, including a wall at the back on the right by the sofas plastered with hundreds of overlaid posters. There were also large posters of Hollywood icons with, perhaps unsurprisingly, Marilyn Monroe being well represented. They have live music on Saturdays and I also saw quiz nights being advertised. It’s bare-boarded like all pubs around here, and is furnished with plain wooden tables and chairs. No tall tables in evidence though. The film theme is also represented in the seating, with a “Hitchcock” director’s chair at one of the tables. Other décor is the humorous quotes by the likes of W C Fields painted on the beams. Perhaps the most striking feature of this pub is the pair of large curved lattice glazed windows either side of the main entrance. Free wi-fi is advertised.

The barmaid here was extremely friendly and engaging, and seemed very happy in her work. As it was a hot day she thoughtfully brought to our, and the only other table occupied, a jug of iced water with a wedge of lime in it. Unfortunately our jug went unconsumed as in our case all available capacity for the intake of liquid had been allocated to beer consumption, but it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Another nice gesture was her asking if we preferred a jug or straight glass. There were just the three ales on – Doom Bar; Hackney American Pale Ale; and Redemption Pale Ale. With the 20p CAMRA discount on pints of real ale, our pints of Redemption Pale Ale came down to £3.60. Old Rosie and Thatcher Heritage draught ciders were also available.

This is an interesting and welcoming pub – at least it was when we visited on Saturday afternoon. Definitely more pub than gastro now. This is another pub that I would be happy to re-visit.

On 23rd June 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Canonbury, 0.31 miles, 5 min walk (show)
Dalston Kingsland, 0.54 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Dalston Junction, 0.62 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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2nd Oct 2017, 21:14
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2nd Oct 2017, 18:34
Review submitted by Tris C

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 19 June 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint includes real cider - last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 9 p.m. - last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 October 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Sunday - last updated 14 May 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 June 2014 by Rex Rattus
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11pm
Monday12noon - Midnight
Tuesday12noon - Midnight
Wednesday12noon - Midnight
Thursday12noon - Midnight
Friday12noon - 2am
Saturday12noon - 2am
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Last inspected: March 22nd 2017
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