Be aware room three is very small, if you don’t mind crawling over your partner in the middle of the night it’s acceptable as an emergency. Nice wet room though which has a lot more floor space than the bedroom. Food and staff good.
Three couples stayed last week, in rooms that make the most of a well kept but slightly ramshackle building. Some sloping floors added to the feel and not a place for the unsteady of foot (apart from after some of their excellent cask beer). Excellent staff giving great service. Didn't eat there on this stay but will do next time, the food looked fantastic.
Visited Harwich on the off-chance and decided to try the Alma Inn. Not too imposing from the outside but we had a super welcome and were offered the chance to sit as a family outside in the courtyard. We chose the seafood buffet which included a large lobster, oysters, prawns, herring - rhingrave we hoped for. The buffet ws more tah enough for 3 people and was excellent.
Top of our list for places to visit once we were allowed to stay away from home, we couldn’t wait to get back to the Alma. We’ve stayed quite a few times now & we got the most wonderful welcome. They’re sticking to all the rules but they’ve managed to keep the special atmosphere & buzz very much alive. It was so nice to see the place packed on Friday night and even with every seat in the house taken the service was excellent. My other half had the best oysters he’s ever had followed by Dover Sole with jersey Royals and asparagus & I had Skate wing served with remoulade, kimchi & really good chips. All delicious but sadly no room for pudding. Make sure you bring your appetite with you - portions are large - but not at the expense of quality. If you’re staying you can expect spotless, and genuinely different rooms & bathrooms. We had a super comfy bed, crisp white bedding & fluffy white towels. Also a damn fine full English breakfast & if you’re lucky enough to stay when there are supplies of Helen’s homemade marmalade as we were, it feels like you won the breakfast lottery! The family (who introduced us to the Alma) joined us for lunch and loved the food, the welcome & the service plus I got to have pudding - the almond tart - which was yummy. The Alma offers all round quality & value for money all wrapped up in a bit of a unique package, delivered by a team of very special people. We can’t recommend it highly enough. After a tough year for the hospitality business it was sooo good to see people rushing back to enjoy the delights of this very special place. We can’t wait for our next visit.…
Love this place - sneaked away for a cheeky lunch before lockdown, food amazing and cosy inside or out, with a huge warm welcome, in very odd times. Thanks for some normal guys - keep going and we will see you soon 😋 thank you !