The Alma

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26 Russell Court,

(01223) 316722

The Alma Information

The Alma is a bustling pub on Russell Court. They offer a wide selection of drinks alongside a food menu of British dishes including traditional roast lunches on Sundays. All the latest sporting fixtures are shown as well as hosting quizzes and live music.

Venue Type
Opening Hours
Daily 12:00-00:00
Food Times
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 & 17:00-21:00
Sun Please check with venue for todays times
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
Under £10 per person
Drink Info
Beer from £2.80 per bottle
Wine from £12.60 per bottle
Live Ents
Live music on Saturday night and quizzes Thursdays
Large Screen showing sports events
Children welcome - until 21:00
Outdoor Area
Smoking area
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Disabled Facilities
Wheelchair Access, NO Disabled Toilets

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Reviewer cambridgeman
Having read the reviews from "Alan Jones" I can only assume he is referring to a different pub. His reviews paint an incredibly poor light on what is a fantastic pub.

This is, by far and away, one of the friendliest and most welcoming pubs in Cambridge, with a great selection of well kept, and reasonably priced beers and ales. In addition to this, the food is some of the best around, and to call it "pub grub" would be to do it a disservice - freshly made pies and pasta, and I don't know many other places in Cambridge that do pheasant burgers!

In addition to the great food and drink, there are regular music nights (all for free) that showcase the best in local and up-and-coming musicians. If you're not into that sort of thing, the pub quiz is a great laugh, and gives you the chance to win £100 (and I've seen it done - multiple times!). The Alma is also one of the only pubs in Cambridge that is dedicated to showing regular rugby and cricket.

So bundle all of that together, and I think you have exactly what most people are looking for in a pub.

On the other hand, if all you're worrying about is that you just want to drink over-strength beer, then I'm sure The Regal will gladly take your money. But I'm sure you won't get the same friendly welcome as at The Alma.
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Reviewer deniability
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.
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Reviewer alan_jones
I have been back since my last review and nothing really much has changed yet the new landlord has been there over a month now. The new landlord is a pal of the previous one who is now only at The Clarendon now, rather than running both pubs. No signs of anything spectacular yet, so it looks as if it will go on as it was before. Tom Smith must have been lucky on his visit if there was a good band. No sign of any improvement on this front on my visit. Did i pick a bad night???Given poor choice of expensive weak beers, a visit to Wetherspoons is almost appealing.
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Reviewer pintman
If you want extra strong ale for £1.99 please go to Weatherspoons. If however you like a decent pint in palace that's not crawling with 18 year olds drinking alcopops then The Alma is a great place to drink. As a regular i can recommend Wednesday nights as one of the best nights in Cambridge- the quality of the musicians you can hear for FREE will bowl you over. Thursday night is another popular night where you can be entertained with a Quiz for the price of £1 and have a chance to win £100. So perhaps you should try visiting on a night that isn't a Saturday for a true reflection of a pub- very poor reviewing.
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Reviewer alan_jones
Despite the two previous reviews, I have to question as to if the current landlord is losing interest by his choice of beers. The Greene King range of 'little boys' beers' and guest ales were evident on my last visit, the strongest being IPA and not in the best of condition. I am not liking what I see with all this bedwetters' fodder. Food is still good and reasonably priced. The music on Saturdays is of mixed quality and on occasions has emptied the place.

Landlord needs to reaffirm his commitment to the place and soon before we all lose interest.

There is a rumour that the landlord from The Panton Arms is about to retire, and soon hopefully. Should this prove true it may well empty The Alma.
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Reviewer Tom_Smith
Since you have written your comment the landlord of the alma has changed. There have been a few subtle changes that i believe will help the alma greatly. for example the free breakfast with the england rugby games. i found it interesting you commented on the music, have you stopped by on a wednesday for the singer songwriter night that is ran by Ezio? if not you should and then reconsider your 1 star! although i do agree about 1 of the bands i saw one saturday night!
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Reviewer carlsberg
After hearing that the Alma is finally changing hands and the new landlord is bringing it back to it`s roots with good food, live music and sport

this is now something that we in the area have been waiting for in a long time.
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Agreed. I visited last Saturday and watched a great band Capricorn and the beer and atmosphere very pleasant.
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