Cambridge CAMRA in May

Summer of Pub

Although summer 2022 in Cambridge won’t start with our festival on Jesus Green, summer will still happen. And it will still involve sunny afternoons and evenings spent sipping well-kept beers and ciders with friends. It will happen in pubs and in villages across the whole of the Cambridge and District branch area and beyond. Without the threat of lockdowns many more beer festivals will be held this year. Pubs like the Maypole, the Empress, the Fort St George, the six venues (the Alexandra Arms, Blue Moon, Calverley’s, Cambridge Blue, Geldart and Petersfield) in the Cambridge Beer Quarter and the Milton and Pastore brewery taprooms in Waterbeach will all be holding beer festivals during Beer Festival week (23 – 28 May).

Some pubs will be holding festivals before then and many others over the weeks and months that follow. We maintain an events section on our branch website all year round, which will help you find out what’s happening when. This year we want things to be a bit more interactive so we have set up a Cambridge CAMRA 2022 Summer of Pubs Facebook group. We plan to use it to promote local festivals and we want you to tell us about which beers and ciders you are enjoying and where and also to tell people when you hear about events we don’t know about. You can post descriptions and pictures. They don’t just have to be from beer and cider festivals. You can instead choose your favourite pub or a pub that you have just discovered. You can design your own ale and cider trails in the city or in the countryside that you will spend a day walking, cycling or using public transport to get around. Our map of branch pubs will help you track them down. CAMRA nationally has its Summer of Pub running from early May to late August. We’re going to have our own local version starting sooner and lasting longer. Together we can make Summer 2022 one to remember.

The Chequers, Pampisford

One pub that definitely won’t be holding a beer festival this summer is the Chequers in Pampisford. It was destroyed by fire in December. Disturbingly we hear that Admiral Taverns who owned the Chequers have recently sold the site. We don’t know who bought it but we hope that the new owner will rebuild Pamisford’s pub. A lot will depend on South Cambridgeshire’s planning policy. Maybe this is something that you can raise with candidates in the upcoming local elections.

The Tivoli, Mitcham’s Corner

Another pub closed due to a fire is the Tivoli on Mitcham’s Corner. It was badly damaged in spring 2015. It has since been sold by JD Wetherspoon to the City Pub Company who have invested heavily in renovating what is one of Cambridge’s biggest pubs. When it finally reopens in May it will feature shuffleboards and golf as well as more traditional drinking areas and a roof terrace.

Beer scoring

Many thanks to all our members who have been scoring their beers recently. In the five weeks to 26 April, of the pubs with multiple scores, the Queen Edith on Wulfstan Way 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 the events list on our website for the most up to date information.

Thursday 28 April – Sunday 1 May. White Horse Inn, Swavesey. MayFest 2022. Beer and cider. Barbecue. Live music. Barrel rolling.

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

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

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May. Chestnut Tree, West Wratting. 10th Anniversary Beer Festival.

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

Wednesday 4 May. Maypole, Portugal Place. Star Wars themed tap takeover by Vocation and Original Stormtrooper. May the Fourth be with you!

Thursday 5 May. Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. Tap takeover by Tottenham based Italian brewers, ORA brewery.

Tuesday 10 May from 8pm. Open Branch Meeting at the Plough in Duxford.

Thursday 19 May from 7.30pm. Thursday Throng Social at the Brewery Tap in Waterbeach lead by Cath.

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 May. Waggon and Horses, Milton. Beer, Cider and Gin Festival.

Saturday 21 May. Strolling Social lead by Jacqueline. Featuring the Portland Arms, Waterman, Maypole, Pickerel, and Champion of the Thames.

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 May. Cambridge Beer Quarter Beer Festival at the Alexandra Arms, Blue Moon, Calverley’s, Cambridge Blue, Geldart and Petersfield.

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 May. Maypole, Portugal Place. Beer Festival.

Monday 23 – Sunday 29 May. Fort St George, Midsummer Common. Beer Festival.

Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 May. Empress, Thoday Street. Beer Festival.

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May. Waterbeach Beer Weekend at Milton Brewery Taproom and Pastore Brewing and Blending Taproom, Waterbeach. Featuring guests alongside the two brewers’ beers.

Saturday 28 May. Filling Station, St Ives. Locals Fest 2022. 1st Birthday Bash with local brewers and cidermakers.

Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June. Boot, Dullingham. Beer and Gin Festival.

Friday 3 – Sunday 5 June. Tickell Arms, Whittlesford. Beer Festival.

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 June. North Hertfordshire CAMRA’s Hitchin Beer Festival at Hitchin Rugby Club.

Tuesday 14 June from 8pm. Open Branch Meeting at the King William IV, Histon.

Tuesday 14 – Sunday 19 June. West Suffolk CAMRA’s East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.