In the midst of the rows of identical houses of Cambridge suburbia, The Alma is a great student pub that's hard not to feel relaxed in.
The Alma looks like an average pub and it's on such a quiet street it's hard to imagine there'd be anyone inside. But you can always see a student or two cycling towards it to meet some friends.
It's brimming with fresh-faced students, and it's fair to say The Alma is a popular student hangout. The decor suits this very well, with a pool table, a few TVs, plenty of large tables and sofas that are basic but practical.
Rather randomly, there's a telephone box inside, which adds some quirky British humour. The colours are all warm, earthy tones, with modern photography on the walls to add a contemporary edge.
Everything has been kept quite basic to keep it informal for students to feel comfortable, with a few details to make it a bit different from your average pub.
As The Alma sits in the middle of the student area of town it has become somewhat of a second home for some of Cambridge's undergraduates. When they're bored of their own mess, or fed-up with their flatmates, they head here. This at least guarantees the place is hardly ever dead.
The staff are friendly and enjoy chit-chatting with the regulars, and lots of people stick their head round the door on the off-chance they'll see someone they know. Invariably they do.
Students here are the scruffy, laidback sort, rather than earnest intelligentsia.
The usual Greene King ales are here including Abbots and IPA for ?2.90 a pint, plus the pub staples such as Fosters, Stella, Heineken and Carling for around the same price.
Wines are mostly New World and, at an average of ?10 a bottle, they're cheap to suit the student budget. The spirits list is similarly basic and around ?2.50 to ?3 a measure.
The Last Word
With an addictively relaxing vibe, which only students can create in a pub, The Alma is a pleasant surprise in such a quiet area.