The Alma is a self described rugby and real ale pub – changed from the days when it was a reliable place for people to drink underage. It has lots of big screens for sports, plus quotes from rugby players, pictures of rugby players, and flags from some of the countries at the last Rugby World Cup. It delivers on the ale as well, as despite being a Greene King pub it has a few other beers. This extends to the menu, which is different from the standard GK food. It’s still standard pub food, but it’s broadly OK. Staff are young and friendly. It’s a good place to drink and watch sport.

Burger, The Alma, Cambridge

Veggie cheeseburger is basic – a soy burger with cheese in a ciabatta roll without any frills, served with chips (slightly undercooked) and salad. The burger itself is enjoyable enough despite being simple. I understand from friends the meat burgers are similar.

Potato, The Alma, Cambridge

My friend’s jacket potato was also a little hard, but topped with enough chicken, bacon and cheese that he was content.

Onion rings, The Alma, Cambridge

Onion rings come in a huge portion, and while they are not good onion rings, being soft, chewy and virtually onion free, they are weirdly really nice as a snack (almost like Malaysian kuih in Indian restaurants).

On Tuesday, it is curry night, when they have a choice of six curries for a fiver when you buy a drink (including soft drinks). I have had the chick pea and sweet potato curry, which comes with rice and a small naan, and it is surprisingly good for the price.

Address: 26 Russell Court, Cambridge, CB2 1HW

Telephone: 01223 316722


Directions: Between Hills Road and Trumpington Road, just off Panton Street

(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)