Sauce Bar, Station Road, Cambridge has replaced its Adnams beers with Wells and Young Bombardier and Directors. The former has displaced Wherry at Sauce’s sister pub, the Punter, where Adnams Broadside remains.
The Fountain, Regent Street, Cambridge has added a third real ale; Adnams Bitter, Thwaites Bitter and Elgoods Cambridge was the line up on a recent visit.
All change at the County Arms, Castle Hill, Cambridge. It’s now in the hands of John Dearn, who also runs the Tram Depot. Looking after the County on a day to day basis is Joey McGillvary who has worked with John for many years. Real ales are Everards Tiger, Sunbeam and Original, the current Everards seasonal ale and a changing guest beer. The food offering is very similar to that at the Tram Depot.
The number of local pubs selling real cider remains sadly small but the Baron of Beef, Sidney Street, Cambridge has joined them with Westons Old Rosie on handpump alongside Greene King IPA, OSH, Abbot and a guest from the Greene King list.
Wychwood Hobgoblin was the only real ale at the King Street Run Cambridge for some time so it was good to find Woodforde’s Wherry alongside it recently.
The Dog and Pheasant Chesterton has operated as the Golden Pheasant Chinese restaurant in recent years though retaining a small (non-real ale) bar. The freehold is now on the market at a reasonable £275,000 though the property details include those ominous words “may be suitable for redevelopment subject to gaining the appropriate local authority planning permission.”
A couple of years back the Golden Lion Bourn was expensively transformed into a gastro-pub called the Willow Tree. Sadly it has gone belly up and the place is currently closed whilst Punch seek a new tenant.
Another Punch-owned pub bites the dust with the conversion of the Old English Gentleman Harston to yet another restaurant.
Welcome to Bernard Lee who has taken over at the John Barleycorn Duxford. The Greene King pub had been closed for 6 months before being reopened by Bernard; he has over 30 years experience in the trade, much of it on the training side.
After its all-too-brief interlude a an outlet for Old Cannon beers, the Bun Shop, King Street, Cambridge has closed again; Punch (who else?) invite you to “run this pub”.
The Bath House, Bene’t Street, Cambridge has two “proper” guest beers (i.e not just beers from Greene King’s own list) alongside IPA and St Edmunds Ale. They were Otter Ale and Hopback Summer Lightning last time we called.
Well done to Paul, the licensee of the Queen Edith, Wulfstan Way, Cambridge who scored a maximum twenty out of twenty for all four of his real ales when Cask Marque recently evaluated their quality. The beers concerned are Greene King IPA, Tetley Mild and two changing guests.
The editor’s best-pint-since-the-last-issue? Mainly because it derived from an unexpected outlet for top-notch ale, a cracking drop of Tim Taylor Landlord from All Bar One in Regent Street Cambridge. Adnams Bitter also on sale there.
And so to our round up of pubs in search of new tenants. Greene King invite interest in the Alma and Alexandra Arms Cambridge, the Barley Mow Histon, the Bell Bottisham, the Dog and Duck Linton and the White Horses at Oakington and Pampisford. Our friends at Punch Taverns have on their list the aforementioned Bun Shop Cambridge and Willow Tree Bourn plus the Green Man Grantchester, Star Melbourn (freehold enquiries welcomed), Jolly Brewers Milton and Black Bull Sawston. Missing, rather worryingly, is the closed Poacher at Elsworth though the ‘to let’ sign is still outside. Enterprise only have the Greyhoun Sawston on offer; ditto Fleurets with the Rosemary Branch Cherry Hinton. The Black Horse Dry Drayton is shown as “under offer”.
At the Exhibition Over, Adnams Broadside has given way to a changing guest, which recently was Batemans GHA. Greene King IPA and Adnams Bitter remain. In the same village, the Admiral Vernon has added a fourth handpump so that in addition to Wells Eagle and Bombardier there are two guest beers – Arkell Kingsdown and Hopback Summer Lightning when we dropped by.
The White Horse Swavesey duly received its Branch Pub of the Year award during its May Bank Holiday beer festival. Our photo shows Branch stalwart Steve Linley presenting the certificate to proud landlord Will.