Cambridge CAMRA in April

Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Hare & Hounds in Harlton on being selected as our 2022 Cider Pub of the Year. It will now go forward to the county round of judging. The presentation of their certificate will be on Thursday 14 April (time TBC).

Congratulations to the Three Horseshoes in Stapleford on being selected as our 2022 Rural Pub of the Year. The presentation of their certificate will take place on Friday 15 April (time TBC), which is also the start of their Beer Festival marking the three years that Chris has been the pub’s licensee.

Congratulations to the Queen Edith on Wulfstan Way which was chosen as our 2022 City Pub of the Year and was also selected as our overall Pub of the Year. The Queen Edith will now go forward to the county round of judging. The presentation of their certificate will be on Wednesday 6 April.

We will be making further awards in the next few months and hope that we’ll be able to hold a Gala Night in the autumn.

Congratulations also to the Champion of the Thames, King Street. It is Greene King’s Night of Excellence Beer Pub of the Year 2022. And also to the Portland Arms, Mitcham’s Corner which won Best Entertainment Pub in the same awards.

Thursday Throng Social

Following the success of the first one at the end of January, the next Thursday Throng Social will be on Thursday 31 March at the Queen Edith on Wulfstan Way and will be hosted by Clare. You will remember that they are at a venue selected by a female branch member and are open to all. They differ from branch monthly meetings as there’ll be no business that needs to be discussed. It’s just about having a drink and a chat.

April Strolling Social

We have our next Strolling Social on Saturday 9 Aprilm when we will be visiting some of the city pubs at that are in the 2022 Good Beer Guide and are also on our shortlist for the 2023 Guide. As well as being a chance to socialise and enjoy a drink in some of our best pubs it will also give participants the opportunity to submit in person their views on any of the pubs on the shortlist. The social will start at the Maypole at 12.30 and progress via the Champion of the Thames, Elm Tree, Geldart and Cambridge Blue before ending at the Devonshire Arms at around 19.00. Join and leave us as you wish. For estimated timings at each pub, check the event on our website.

Good Beer Guide

We are currently deciding which of our pubs will be in the 2023 edition of the Good Beer Guide. Your nominations and beer scores were used to draw up a shortlist of 58 pubs. Currently members of our branch and of adjoining branches are marking the shortlisted pubs that they have visited in the last 6 months. We use an easy 5 point grading system. The best way for you to give your opinion is online using your CAMRA login details. You can revise your opinions as many times as you wish up until the deadline of 10 April. You can also request the shortlist and submit your opinions by email (please include your name and CAMRA membership number) or at a branch meeting or social.

Beer scoring

Many thanks to all our members who have been scoring their beers recently. In the five weeks to 28 March, of the pubs with multiple scores, the Geldart on Ainsworth Street and the Chestnut Tree, West Wratting are the city and rural pubs with the highest averages. Beer scoring is easy to do via the pub’s WhatPub entry. If you have a smart phone and internet access you can score while you drink. If not you can do it from home later. Your beer scores help us to discover which pubs are serving the best beer and also helps in selecting candidates for the Good Beer Guide. WhatPub can also be used to give us feedback on pubs. If you spot that the pub description is inaccurate or the opening hours are wrong, click on “Submit Updates” and let us know.

Future events

Check out Events on our website for the most up to date information.

Wednesday 30 March – Sunday 10 April. Wetherspoon’s Real Ale Festival at the Regal, St Andrews Street.

Thursday 31 March from 7.30. Thursday Throng Social at the Queen Edith, Wulfstan Way hosted by Clare.

Wednesday 6 April (date TBC) Pub of the Year presentation at the Queen Edith, Wulfstan Way.

Thursday 7 April. Tap Takeover by Norfolk based Duration brewery at the Blue Moon, Norfolk Street.

Friday 8 April. Ten line Tap Takeover by Twisted Wheel with Mark from the brewery doing a guided tasting of six of their beers, at the Pint Shop, Peas Hill.

Saturday 9 April. Strolling Social around some Good Beer Guide shortlisted city pubs.

Sunday 10 April. Deadline day for giving your views on pubs shortlisted for the 2023 Good Beer Guide. Vote online.

Tuesday 12 April from 8pm. Open branch meeting at the Six Bells, Fulbourn.

Thursday 14 April. Cider Pub of the Year presentation at the Hare & Hounds, Harlton (time TBC).

Friday 15 – Monday 18 April. Three Horseshoes, Stapleford. Beer Festival and Rural Pub of the Year presentation (Friday 15, time TBC).

Saturday 16 – Monday 18 April. Beer Festival at the Red Lion, Histon.

Thursday 28 April – Sunday 1 May. May Fest, at the White Horse Inn, Swavesey.

Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May. 10th Beer Festival at the Six Bells, Fulbourn.

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May. 12th Annual Beer & Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Waterbeach.

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May. Beer festival at the Chestnut Tree, West Wratting.

Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May. Norfolk Enchants Beer & Seafood Festival at the Hare & Hounds, Harlton.

Thursday 5 May. Tap Takeover by Tottenham based Italians, ORA brewery at the Blue Moon, Norfolk Street.

Tuesday 10 May from 8pm. Open branch meeting at the Plough, Duxford.

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