Restaurant review: The Alma, N16

For the past few years the Alma has sat quietly on the corner of Newington Green building up a loyal clientele thanks to the quality of the food and innovative entertainment.

This down to the stewardship of landlady Kirsty, who is always on the look out for a new way to amuse the crowd, including pop-up shops and a range of the pub’s own of preserves and chutneys.

Although her Antipodean roots are responsible for the selection of New Zealand bar snacks and beers, the constantly changing menu is a much more British affair.

We had the plump and tasty battered white bait with lashings of tartare sauce – a belly busting portion for a starter it was too.

We also had the rich black pudding and chorizo salad with hollandaise sauce, which was very good indeed.

These were followed by, I am sure, one of north London’s better roast dinners; a healthy portion of succulent lamb in a deep rich gravy with fluffy roast potatoes – a real treat.

On the other side we had the fish pie – the last portion available and it was easy to see why. It came in a brilliant old-fashioned school dinner style pot and was swimming with creamy tarragon flavour.

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By the time we had polished off the luxury panacotta and vanilla ice cream and jam we were replete.

If you fancy a hearty Sunday lunch with a couple of pints, or any other time of the week for that matter, the Alma is an excellent choice.