Pub news round up

We were saddened recently when Rachel and Pete Causton announced that they will be leaving the Chestnut Tree in West Wratting on 4 December to move to Norfolk. Rachel and Pete have owned and run the Chestnut Tree for over 10 years. It has appeared in every Good Beer Guide since the 2014 edition and has won multiple branch awards, most notably being our Pub of the Year in 2014 and 2019. We wish Rachel, Pete and family all the best for the future. They will be greatly missed. The pub’s new owner already owns, but doesn’t run, the Bell Inn in nearby Balsham.

The Hat and Rabbit (formerly the Bakers Arms) in Fulbourn closed a few weeks ago. It isn’t clear when it will reopen. It doesn’t currently feature on Greene King’s list of available properties.

We hear that the Ickleton Lion in Ickleton has reopened.

City Pub Company, whose pubs include the Cambridge Brew House, Mill, Old Bicycle Shop, Old Ticket Office, Petersfield, Tivoli and Waterman in Cambridge and the Red Lion in Histon, is in the process of being purchased by pub group Young’s whose current pubs include the Station Tavern. It isn’t yet clear how this will affect the range of beers offered at the City Pub Co pubs or the microbrewery based in the Brew House.