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The Alma is a classic Victorian pub situated on Old York Road. Inside the decor has a real traditional feel with simple wood flooring and stylish hand crafted furniture and at the bar you can relax with a wide range of real ales and beers.

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Room service
Breakfast in the room


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From 14:00 hrs until 00:00 hrs
Until 11:00 hrs
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11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


10:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00

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The Alma reviews

By Andrew M.

We visited The Alma last weekend and had to wait for nearly an hour between our starter and main course. The manager was extremely rude when we complained and laughed in our face when we asked for complimentary coffee in lieu of such poor service.

It's a shame because the food was great, and I've visited The Alma many times before, but probably won't be going back.

By G.

A cross between a pub and a restaurant, The Alma is one of those perfect Sunday lunch places. Sit back and stuff yourself, then spend the rest of the day reading the papers. Even if you don’t think you can manage it, try and leave room for one of the Alma’s puddings…Mmmmm.

By Seema M.

Once again I was not disappointed, Sunday lunch was divine, a halloumi asparagus and mint salad was perfect, fresh, and flavoursome. Fish and chips huge and tasty, Sunday roast medley, marvellous. I prefer to sit in the pub but the restaurant to one side is very pleasant indeed, especially for larger parties. The staff were incredibly helpful patient and attentive. The wine list short but impressive. This is a classy pub!

By S.

I went into The Alma last Saturday lunch time, and had the most amazing burger cooked to perfection. I found the service to be excellent and the female bartender was very talkative and friendly.

I would definitely recommend The Alma and will be going back on many occasions after last weekend.

By J.

The Alma has recently undergone a change of management and had a mini refurb but the food is still fantastic and the service has definitely got loads better. The staff are friendly and courteous, and the new managers are a really nice couple.

The Alma is definitely my favourtite pub in Wandsworth, shame that person didn't have a good experience, I would recommend a revisit with out hesitation.

By A.

Whenever I am working in Wandsworth I visit this pub. The selection of beer is always excellent and the cellar keeper looks after them well.

Food can be eaten either in the busy American style bar or in a small eating area set in a separate room with expensive and chunky “simple” tables.

The Vegetarian food is always wonderful and good value and can be enjoyed with a reasonably priced bottle of wine. If you are travelling on your own there is plenty of room to spread out and read the newspapers.

After eating it is always pleasant to retire to the bar and enjoy a whisky and coffee.

By Ben W.

The Alma has long been a landmark in these parts, partly because of its location - it occupies a large corner opposite the entrance to Wandsworth Town train station - and partly because of its distinct, rounded frontage which looks unchanged certainly since the last world war. Moving with the gastropub times they now also offer fine dining under the guidance of head chef Martin O‘Brien.

The Venue
Similarly old fashioned but still smart, the interior is heavy on wood and divided into a U-shaped saloon and a small, more modern dining room seating about 20-30 patrons at the rear.

The Atmosphere
The Alma attracts a relatively smart crowd, especially in the dining room. Most are in the 30-50 demographic and it’s a mixture of locals popping in for a pint to mates, girlfriends and the post-work crowd from further afar all using it as a convenient meeting place. It’s relaxed and chatty in the main bar - noisy enough so that no-one notices the odd pint glass being dropped and smashed. It’s all a bit more low key and intimate in the dining area, not only more in keeping with eating but also very handy if you like eavesdropping on your neighbours‘ conversations.

The Food
It’s an impressively varied menu, with about 15 different main courses on offer and eight starters. Starting out with the roasted goat’s cheese, roasted butternut squash and pine nut salad (£5.95) proves to be a great choice - the squash is moist and rich and the dark oily dressing drizzled all over it works a treat.

You may deliberate over the grilled gazpacho soup (£4.95) because it’s an easy dish to get wrong, but choose it and you’ll be more than glad you did from the first mouthful onwards. Mains include a hearty but tasty beer battered haddock (£10.25), served with crushed peas and a fair amount of chips, although the vegetarian option of goat’s cheese, broad bean, pea and artichoke risotto (£10.95) is a tempting alternative. Opt for a roasted sea bass (£10:25) and you’ll be purring about its freshness. Rarely will you find better.

The desserts are also superlative: the raspberries and blueberries in the summer pudding (£5.95) are perfect, and the cider and berry sauce delicious too, while the home made ice cream (£5.25), again, leaves you singing The Alma‘s praises.

The Drink
A bottle of 2009 French red Domaine Virginie Lagrange Pinot Noir is one of the cheaper options on the lengthy list at (£22.50), but it is exquisite, woody and, indeed, moreish enough to hanker after another glass for an encore. Most of the wine list is above £20 but under £30, and although there’s an emphasis on French wine the vineyards of South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Australia and others are represented. The champagne/sparkling wine starts at £25-£200, and beer lovers will be delighted to discover that there’s Young’s, Bombardier, Peroni, Guinness, Hoegarden and others on tap.

The Last Word
The Alma really does it in style - a pub full of character, good beer and an imaginative menu of amazing tasting ingredients.

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