Carl Woolf reports on happenings in the east of the Branch area.
- Fox, Burwell
- Bomber and Daniel were the stars on display recently, being the horses pulling the very colourful Thwaites
dray – Thwaites Original has long been the pub's best-selling ale alongside Wherry.
The August bank holiday beer festival blossomed as the weather improved, the 20-strong beer list including
Bartrams Adams ale – for every pint sold, Bartrams donate 10p to SSAFA in memory of Adam Drane, the
100th soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. The Fox is a contender in the Newmarket Journal Pub of the Year
- Quy Mill, Stow-cum-Quy
- Another successful bank holiday festival with 15 local beers on cask and, like the Fox, at £3 a pint.
An intriguing offering was Earl Soham Labelled Albert Ale – possibly re-badged Sir Roger's Porter – which
proved just how sought after a dark beer could be. The cheese stall – Drummonds of Hertford – included a
try before you buy offer which accompanied the beer very nicely.
- Ida Darwin Social Club, Fulbourn
- Has surprised some people by its continued existence. The annual beer festival included ales
from Church End and Northumberland with Moonshine Barton Bitter the guest on the bar.
- Red Lion, Brinkley
- Sadly Greene King have removed enthusiastic tenants Emma and Anthony Eagle and the pub is now
closed and up for sale.
- Waggon & Horses, Linton
- Ben and Laura Kay are the new tenants and regular appearance of a guest ale in this GK pub is
eagerly awaited. A piano has materialised and you might catch an impromptu performance by Honky Tonk Ricky Kay.
- Bull, Borough Green
- The individually-lit, forward-mounted canvas pictures are a nice touch in the newly-refurbished dining room. Black Sheep Golden Sheep (£3) was the guest in August.
- Legion, Bottisham
- The September beer festival had 16 ales with early sellers-out including Frog Island Croak & Stagger,
a robust 5.8% dark brown beer and Great Oakley Wot's Occurring, a 3.9% session beer.
- Crown, Linton
- Another good festival back in July with Humpty Dumpty Norfolk Nectar especially popular.
- Chestnut Tree, West Wratting
- Greene King have revoked permission for sale of a beer free of tie so just one ale
from the GK guest list sits alongside IPA and Abbot. The monthly beer club met for the
second time at the end of August when the subject was Mauldon's Moletrap Bitter – noticeably different
in taste and aroma when served from the cask and through the handpump.
- Black Horse,Swaffham Bulbeck
- Now serves food on Sunday evening due to popular demand. Cider festival 28 – 30 October.
- Three Tuns, Great Abington
- Carl much enjoyed the Wolf Straw Dog on the guest pump during August.
Ron Finch from Fullers hosted a Meet the Brewer evening in September – four Fullers ales were on
handpump while the bottled beers for sampling included the mighty 8.5% Vintage Ale, so just as well
the pub put on a buffet to soak up the beer.
- Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham
- The main bar is still largely food-free, attracting more drinkers to sample the likes of
Brandon Rusty Bucket and Thwaites Original at £3 a pint.
- Dyke's End, Reach
- A new range of pump clips helped the Devil's Dyke 5.5% IPA sell out very quickly.
DD Porter and Victoria scheduled for the autumn alongside the ever-present No 7 Pale.
- Boot, Dullingham
- Fantastic hanging basket display during August. Dark beer should reappear for the Halloween weekend.
The autumn beer fest had a strong north-west representation and beers were again at what seems
locally to be the accepted fest price of £3.
- Black Bull, Balsham
- Ditto price-wise at the mid-August festival here, significantly less than the normal bar price.
The unusual beer tent and carpeted stone floor gave a middle-eastern atmosphere and the weather
was kind enough to allow a candle-lit evening on the patio.
- Red Lion, Swaffham Prior
- Another pub with a Halloween party (28 Oct) promising both Bateman's Dark Lord and Salem Porter.
- Crown, Burwell
- Nothing new on the beer front but has started serving breakfast.
- Carpenters Arms, Great Wilbraham
- Don't be deterred by any absence of human life in the bar.
Ring the bell and Rick will magically appear to serve you.
- Anchor, Burwell
- Folk night continues every third Thursday as do Pudding Club each fourth Thursday,
quiz night every Wednesday and regular live bands. Beers seen in August included Nethergate
Augustinian and Tetley Midsummer Madness.