The Good Lord works in a mysterious way. Only He would have the most
awful road for congestion (namely the A14) leading to the most boring
motorway, M11, which in turn leads to the road from Hell, the M25, rivalled only
by the Interstate 5 going down the West coast of the U.S.A. His reward can
be found just off junction 12 of the M11,
The Blue Ball at Grantchester.
John Roos has been running this charming and wonderful ribbon
development terraced boozer for the last 9 years, having beforehand been at
Trinity Hall running their bar for a number of years. The pub is popular with
locals, Cambridge Rugby Club (second only to Shelford R.U.F.C in
importance in this area!) and a good band of regulars.
It is very much a no-nonsense pub with lovely old memorabilia, parquet flooring, and open fires.
There is a list of landlords dating way back to 1767, a traditional Ring the Bull,
and a nice warm feel to the pub that is a hop skip and a jump from
Grantchester meadows. John won the coveted award of
CAMRA Pub of the Year for this area back in 2002
and thinks that with the improvement of his
beers, he must stand a chance once more soon!
Food at present is served at lunchtime - simple fayre of sandwiches and rolls,
God was also looking down when a couple of years ago a stranger crossed
the threshold to announce to John he was the new Area Manager... Greene
King had omitted to tell John that the pub had been sold on. The first thing
John did was to get rid of the dreaded IPA and have Adnams as his regular
beer, and has had a constantly changing second choice like Bass, Young's
bitter, Spitfire and the like. John reckons he has a wonderful list to choose
from, so it is really a free house in everything but name. Bed & breakfast is
available and there are no fruit machines or loud music. There seems to be a
smoking policy by the publican, but it is not a smoky pub!
The pub opens from 11am until 3.30pm most days, and 6 - 11 at night.