After only eight years of living in the village and occasionally drinking in the Alma (we are aware this still makes us “newcomers”!), my wife, Sara and I, have become the current guardians of what we believe to be the most fabulous village pub.
For us, along with the Church, the Cricket Club and the School, the Alma plays an essential role in the village community. The pub in its current form, has stood here for 162 years and in its past as a public house, has been host to a brewery, a cobbler, a barber and held local meetings & inquests. In more recent years it has provided a social space for the community to meet, as well as being involved in many local initiatives. It is our intention to continue in that tradition and to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere, for all. While remaining a “locals” pub, we aim to provide a warm welcome to everyone.
We had our official opening night on the 12 October, after only closing the pub for 72 hours. We reopened with hopefully a fresher feel and a few changes and we would like to thank the many friends and local trades/businesses, who tirelessly helped transform the pub in such a short time.
We have a great team, which includes some old and new faces. Michelle, who has worked at the pub for four years and is a real Tour de Force (we couldn’t have done this without her), now heads up the team of 15 people all working to offer great hospitality. Michelle is always on the look out for local people who are keen have their first job as a runner / waiter or kitchen assistant.
You will be happy to know that Brendan Timms and his team are still making great food in the kitchen and have just released their new menus, including a Vegan and the Christmas Menu.
We hope the next couple of months will be hectic in the run up to Christmas, so keep an eye out for any special events happening on our events page.
We are now open from midday every day right through to the evening close, so please pop in, say hello and take a look. We understand that not everybody drinks alcohol, and many will be taking part in dry January, but everybody is welcome at the Alma. We now have a Barista coffee machine and a full range of low & non-alcoholic drinks, including spirits!
We really are looking forward to welcoming you all to the Copford Alma and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy 2020.
All the best