We had visited the Alma a number of times with mixed results but generally the food was good.
We were excited to hear about the refurb so checked the new place out. I like the bar and the tables to the front are ok but the rear is dark and characterless.
The menu is basic, but pretty standard for a pub. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the poor service.
Last night we were confronted by a new member of staff who told us she had no idea about anything as she was new.
Due to this, we ended up getting two bills, one for drinks and one for food. When we settled up, we only got the drinks bill. We could have done a runner having paid this, considering four of us had four meals and starters. We were honest and settled the whole lot to which the waiter said "he'd have done a runner".
After leaving, the same waiter came running out thinking we'd over paid and left a £45 tip (we paid £45 cash and £70 card). Then he realised after we explained again. Lovely bloke but needs to get his act together.
All in all the service wasn't great and the food was average. I wouldn't totally write the place off as I'm sure the staff will improve and the rear garden is always nice in the sun for a drink.
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