I've always had a special place in my heart for the Alma - it has everything going for it: traditional Yorkshire flagstone floor pub, friendly, gorgeous location, quirky locals, dogs allowed in, roaring fire, great beer and wine, and lovely Italian restaurant that does gorgeous thin base pizzas in a proper woodburning stove. We're fairly regular visitors and we happened to go twice over this Christmas period, but my recent visits haven't been up to the usual standard so I'm just hoping that its either a one-off aberation or that the owners see this and take action.
Today we called in with our children and some friends following a bracing and wet walk nearby. We were hungry so ordered food and drinks. The Golden Best was off and only 2 of the children could have hot chocolate as they had run out! Then the food arrived and I have to say my Goats Cheese pizza and chunky chips were very nice, however my husband had ordered a 'Fish Finger Sandwich' which was described as coming with 'buttered Baguette or Bloomer' and French Fries. I saw his disappointment when he was served plain old supermarket sliced bread, no butter and slightly overdone fish fingers. The underdone fries arrived some time after the fish fingers and he had to ask for butter for the bread. When he queried the menu description he was told simply 'sorry we've run out'. He only ate it as he was starving!! Whilst I appreciate this can happen, I would usually expect some acknowledgement and maybe for them to throw in a little extra to make up for the meal not being as described! Our friends ordered Meat & Potato pie which was found to be more 'Gravy & Potato' with about 3 chunks of meat. Our other friend had Pizza Milano with Prosciutto and whilst the pizza was well cooked, the amount of Prosciutto was nothing short of miserly - about 3 or 4 small pieces on the entire pizza!
So although I still like the atmosphere of the pub I fear that I won't be able to return again - I know my husband would take some persuading to eat there again (he's had slightly negative food experiences here before, so this visit has truly 'taken the biscuit' so to speak)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alma Inn is a traditional countryside pub with guest rooms, set in an idyllic rural location in the hamlet of Cottonstones, near Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. Offering a warm Yorkshire welcome to visitors for around 150 years, The Alma Inn has earned a reputation as one of Calderdale’s finest traditional countryside inns, with open fires, stone-flagged floors and an abundance of charm and character. We host a selection of hand-pulled real ales alongside an extensive drinks menu. Our 5 guest bedrooms offer the perfect escape for a short break or overnight stay. Our outdoor seating area looks over the unforgettable panoramic views of the Ryburn Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alma Hotel Sowerby Bridge