This magazine is distributed to nearly all the 234 pubs in the Branch area,
but for some years a handful of Cambridge pubs, mostly in the Newmarket Road area,
have been missing out – so Branch member Ali Cook set out one Saturday afternoon
to remedy the default. This is what he found.
- Seven Stars, Newmarket Road
- Very quiet at 4.20pm. They normally sell Greene King IPA on handpump but it
was temporarily off. As the Guinness pump only dispensed pints,
Ali settled for a half of Stella – not a great start.
The pub was however happy to receive a supply of ALEs.
- Corner House, Newmarket Road
- A fair bit busier and a better populated bar counter too – three handpulls
dispensing Moorhouses Premium Bitter, St Austell Proper Job and
Oakham Inferno (a very non-Greene King line up for a GK pub).
Ali's Inferno was in fine fettle. The landlord is evidently very keen on
his real ales and was also pleased to be getting ALE.
He said that the pub gets especially busy for the regular gigs here but the
food also brings folk in.
- Bird, Newmarket Road
- The former Bird in Hand is nowadays focused on the gay community though welcoming to all.
The brief dalliance with Milton beers here is over and Greene King IPA is
now the sole cask beer. Landlord Steevo pointed out a certificate on the wall
proclaiming they sold a range of good quality beers though
Ali doesn't report if he intends to pursue this.
Again, ALE was well received and put on display.
- Man on the Moon, Norfolk Street
- This Punch pub wasn't open when Ali called at 5.30pm but he gained entry
in order to press some ALEs on the licensee, which wasn't a problem.
One of the handpumps was serving Shepherd Neame Spitfire,
the clip on the other being turned round.
- Wrestlers, Newmarket Road
- Ali now had to retrace his steps past all the previous pubs as
the Wrestlers doesn't open on Saturdays until 5pm –
so hadn't been available as a starting point. When he arrived at 6pm,
a dozen or so customers were in residence. He was greeted by no
less than seven handpumps in this Charles Wells pub, serving Wells Eagle and Bombardier,
Adnams Broadside, Hook Norton Old Hookey, Black Sheep Bitter,
Wadworth Swordfish and Youngs London Porter.
Ali tried the last and was well impressed.
As with all the other pubs, ALE was gratefully received.
So, to all these pubs, welcome to the ALE fold!