What makes matters worse is that the nearest other pub, The Wheatsheaf on the A603 (technically in Harston but actually serving Little Eversden) has been closed and boarded up for over a year. A planning application to extend and refurbish it will be considered shortly though whether it will remain as a pub we don't know. At the time it shut, local rumour was that it too was set to become a restaurant.
The Trinity Foot, on the A14 at the Swavesey turn, reopened in early December. As would be expected at a pub which can really only be reached by car, food is dominant here and the menu certainly looks enticing with an interesting mix of Thai and more traditional dishes. On our visit the only real ale on offer was the inevitable Greene King IPA. There haven't been any major physical changes to the interior but it has been considerably smartened up.
Welcome to Steve and Polly, who took over as licensees of The Elm Tree, Orchard Street, Cambridge in mid-December. They are planning a refurb in the spring which will take this characterful, oddly-shaped little pub "back to its roots" as a traditional local. Real ale will have a high profile with four beers available including Wells Eagle and Bombardier plus guests like Robinsons Unicorn, Everards Tiger and Courage Directors. Steve (who was previously at The Fountain) is also keen to source some less commonly-seen ales like Mauldons Blackadder. The wine list, too, is being much improved. The Elm Tree has a reputation as a jazz pub and this will continue with both trad and modern on offer. There'll also be a focus on rugby with a screen showing all the big matches. Finally traditional bar food will be on offer once the kitchen is sorted out. Steve and Polly are clearly delighted by the pub and reckon they are "here to stay" - we wish them well.
The Crayfish at Harston should have reopened by the time you read this, under its old name of The Three Horseshoes. We understand, however, that it will continue to be a very food-led operation.