Search > Great Northern

NOTICE:Opening hours and services may be different from those displayed here. Before visiting, we advise that you check ahead by phone or via social media to avoid disappointment.

If you see any details here that need updating, please let us know by submitting updates on the pub.

Great Northern

(formerly Alma)

172 London Road
St. Albans

View on Map | OS Map

Social Links

Opening Times


TuesdayNoon - 11.30 pm
WednesdayNoon - 11.30 pm
ThursdayNoon - 11.30 pm
FridayNoon - 00.30 am
SaturdayNoon - 00.30 am
SundayNoon - 10.00 pm

Meal Times

closed Mon
17:00 - 20:30 Tue
17:00 - 20:30,17:00 - 20:30 Wed - Thu
12:00 - 14:00,17:00 - 20:30 Fri - Sat
12:00 - 16:30 Sun

About the Pub

Situated adjacent to the Odyssey cinema, this independent Grade II-listed pub reopened in 2015 after significant renovation and now has a modern interior feel plus a large and pleasant garden. The pub stocks a rotating range of cask beers and strives to include at least one Hertfordshire ale, with a discount available for card-carrying CAMRA members. The pub is also well known for its good quality menu of British classic dishes and Sunday roasts, and also hosts occasional brewery take overs and restaurant pop-ups with speciality menus. A well-attended quiz is held every Tuesday. There is Summer Beer Festival held annually in June/July with other ad hoc Beer Festivals hosted.

Historic Interest

Originally the Alma, the pub changed its name due to the nearby (now closed but preserved) railway station on the old St Albans to Hatfield line. The pub underwent a major renovation in 2014/15 which included the removal of its old central semi-circular bar and installation of a relocated replacement at one end of the building.

Regular ales

No beers listed Add regular beers

Changing ales

This pub serves 4 changing beers.

A porter/seasonal ale is usually available during the winter months on handpump. Four changing handpumps in use at present. Fifth pump will be brought into service from May 2022. Intention to have at least 1 LocAle.

The pub's range of changing beers regularly includes the following rare beer styles:

  • Porter

Source: National

Email this pub to a friend


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    One changing cider on handpump throughout the year. Supplemented by boxed ciders on the bar (second pump to be converted to Ale)

  • MemberDiscountScheme Member Discount Scheme

    10% off a pint of real ale.

  • LocAle LocAle Accredited

    Intention is to stock one LocAle (Tring/Farr/3 Brewers/Mad Squirrel) at all times. Option for a second once bar moves to 5 handpumps.

  • BeerFestival Beer Festivals

    One annual (summer), 2 seasonal.

  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited


  • DisabledAccess Disabled Access
  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Garden
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Events Events
  • Smoking Smoking Area
  • WiFi Wifi

View on Larger Map | OS Map

Great Northern

172 London Road
St. Albans

Sat Nav Reference

51.747777, -0.332003

OS Reference



  • <Bus Close to Bus Routes
  • <Station Close to Railway Station

Nearby Bus Routes (150m)

84, 602, 658, 659

Nearby Station (500m)

St Albans City

Submit Pub Updates to CAMRA

We welcome the help of all users to contribute to this important campaigning project. Please use the form below to submit feedback or updates directly to the CAMRA branch for consideration.

Please note that any changes mentioned WILL NOT have an immediate effect on but will instead be emailed directly to the CAMRA branch Pubs Officer for consideration. If you provide your name and/or email address this information will also be visible to the Pubs Officer, who may use this information to follow up your feedback. IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT THE PUB DIRECT, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM.

Results are based on your filters selected. View or change them on the search page here

Great Northern, St Albans

Great Northern

172 London Road
St. Albans

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Member Discount Scheme
  • LocAle Accredited
  • Beer Festivals
  • Cask Marque Accredited
  • Disabled Access
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Events
  • Smoking Area
  • Wifi
  • Close to Bus Routes
  • Close to Railway Station

Submit Beer Scores

The National Beer Scoring System has been upgraded and is now fully integrated with, making finding a pub and scoring your beers much easier.

Beer scoring is only available to CAMRA members. To start scoring please login below or join CAMRA on the national website.

Join CAMRA | Member Login

Campaign for your local

We campaign on a number of issues to help keep pubs open and pints affordable. If you love beer and pubs, get involved today!

Find out more

CAMRA Festivals


Campaigns Join CAMRA CAMRA Festivals
Close overlay