Cambridge CAMRA in July

ALE magazine

The latest edition of our ALE magazine is now in pubs. You can also read it on our website. If you have news for or want to write an article for the next edition, email Will Smith who edits it. If you would like to advertise in ALE email the publishers. The next edition is due out in August.

Queen Edith : best pub in Cambridgeshire

Congratulations to the Queen Edith. Not only is it our branch Pub of the Year but it has now been recognised by members from the county’s four branches as Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year. This is the first time that the Cambridge and District branch pub has won the county round since the Cambridge Blue in 2011. The Queen Edith will now go forward to the East Anglian round of CAMRA’s Pub of the Year competition alongside the county Pubs of the Year for Norfolk (Kings Head, Norwich), Suffolk (White Horse, Sweffling), Essex (Railway Arms, Saffron Walden), Hertfordshire (Land of Liberty, Peace and Plenty, Heronsgate) and Bedfordshire (March Hare, Dunton).

Strolling Social

On Saturday 16 July I will lead a Strolling Social visiting some of the pubs along the Citi 7 bus route. Catching the 11.50 from Emmanuel Street Stop E1 (12.00 from Rail Station Stop 3 or 12.06 from Addenbrookes Bay C) will take us to Saffron Walden where we’ll visit Essex Pub of the Year, the Railway Arms, before moving on to the Old English Gentleman and the Kings Arms. We’ll then use the bus back to call in at the Ickleton Lion in Ickleton and the Kings Head and Greyhound in Sawston before ending up at our Rural Pub of the Year, the Three Horseshoes in Stapleford. You are welcome to join us at any or all of the pubs. Our planned itinerary is here.

Thursday Throng social

On Thursday 21 July from 7.30 Helen will be hosting our next Thursday Throng Social at our 2021 Pub of the Year, the Haymakers on Chesterton High Street. Our Thursday Throngs are a chance to socialise without the need to conduct branch business. They are at venues selected by female members but are open to all.

Minibus tour of rural pubs

We plan to restart our minibus tours of rural pubs on Saturday 20 August. These tours allow us to visit some of our more difficult to reach pubs and show our support for them. The tours will collect people from near Cambridge station at 11.30 (and possibly one other stop in Cambridge) and will visit several pubs including at least one that appears in the 2022 Good Beer Guide. We will return to Cambridge at 19.30. Due to the depleted state of CAMRA’s finances we are no longer able to subsidise the tour. We will therefore need to charge participants up to =C2=A320 to cover the cost of the minibus. You’ll also need to cover the cost of your drinks and food. We are offering our branch members the earliest opportunity to reserve a place on the minibus but will open it up to members from other branches if spaces remain closer to the date. If there is insufficient interest we will not be able to run the trip. To reserve your place on the tour or to ask for more information please email our Socials team.

Swavesey Cider Festival

Cider and perry drinkers are keenly looking forward to the 6th Swavesey Cider Festival at Swavesey Recreation Ground from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July. It is organised by a small team lead by Jerry Ladell, who is our branch Cider Officer and a Swavesey resident, and raises funds for the upkeep of the community pavilion. It features over 30 ciders and perries as well as pork pies and other snacks. Swavesey is one of the stops along the Guided Busway.

Summer of Pubs

There were plenty of beer festivals to enjoy during Cambridge Beer Festival week and over the Platinum Jubilee holiday and they have continued at various pubs and other locations since. We maintain an informative Events section on our branch website to help you find out what’s happening when. We also have a Cambridge CAMRA 2022 Summer of Pubs Facebook group. We are using it to promote local festivals and we would like you to use it 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 also 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 until late August. We have our own local version using Facebook. Together we will make Summer 2022 one to remember.

Beer scoring

Many thanks to all our members who have been scoring their beers recently. In the five weeks to 27 June, of the pubs with multiple scores, the Royal Standard on Mill Road 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.

Pubs Matter.

Future events

  • Friday 1–Sunday 3 July. Chequers, Cottenham. Beer Festival.
  • Friday 1–Sunday 3 July. Haddenham Beer Festival on Haddenham Recreation Ground.
  • Saturday 2–Sunday 3 July. Hare and Hounds, Harlton. Hootenanny.
  • Saturday 2–Sunday 3 July. Shelford Feast Beer Festival in the Grand Marquee, Great Shelford Recreation Ground, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford.
  • Thursday 7 July. Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. Tap Takeover by Wild Weather brewery.
  • Thursday 7–Sunday 10 July. Willingham Craft Beer Festival in Ploughman Hall, West Fen Road, Willingham.
  • Tuesday 12 July from 8pm. Open Branch Meeting at the Admiral Vernon in Over.
  • Saturday 16 July. Strolling Social along the Citi 7 bus route. Saffron Waldon, Ickleton, Sawston, Stapleford. Details.
  • Thursday 21 July. Thursday Throng Social hosted by Helen from 7:30 at the Haymakers in Chesterton.
  • Thursday 21–Sunday 24 July. Swavesey Cider Festival.
  • Friday 22–Sunday 24 July. Queen Edith, Wulfstan Way. Beer Festival.
  • Tuesday 2–Saturday 6 August. CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, London.
  • Thursday 4 August. Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. Tap Takeover. Brewery to be confirmed.
  • Tuesday 9 August from 8pm. Open Branch Meeting at the Bell Inn, Balsham.
  • Friday 19–Sunday 21 August. Black Horse, Rampton Beer Festival.
  • Saturday 20 August. Minibus tour of rural pubs. Email our Socials team to book places.
  • Tuesday 23–Saturday 27 August Peterborough and District CAMRA’s 43rd Peterborough Beer Festival.