Anyway, on to the beer. This is served, unusually for the city, direct from the barrel (or firkin, rather); on the evidence of my visit, the cooling jackets being used keep the ale at just the right temperature. The initial offerings were Nethergate IPA and Buntingford Silent Night (a superbly hoppy seasonal beer). A philosophy behind the operation is to source locally as much of the food and drink as possible so expect to see City of Cambridge and Milton beers appearing. Bottled ales include Elgoods Black Dog and Nethergate Old Growler and there is real cider from Westons straight from a polypin.
From the food perspective, the Chop House aims to offer a range of classic British dishes. "Food is all prepared in our kitchen, is no nonsense and is keenly presented. They make their own sausages which come with sauce and mash for a tenner. A Chop House Roast is served every lunchtime and there are of course Chops (beef or mutton) plus fish, chicken, steak and veggie options. Salads, starters and light bites also feature. You can get set lunches for £11 (two courses) or £15 (three courses).
Although the Chop House is primarily a restaurant, the crew here are more than happy to sell you just a beer if you fancy an alternative to Greene King in this part of the city centre. A most welcome addition to the local scene.
The Cambridge Chop House, Kings Parade
Tel: 01223 359506