Phil's World Pub Guides - Cambridgeshire, UK

Pub Comments Location
CAMBRIDGE
Bath House This standard tourist-oriented pub has pleasant antiquey decor with some very old looking, possibly genuine, beams. The real ale, from Greene King and guests, is spot on.
Last visited August 2014.
Bene't Street
Cambridge Blue Plain trad. decor with lots of beer memorabilia in this extended multi-area pub with a wide range of high quality real ales - Some pumps have two clips, one for the pump and one for a beer or cider from the tap-room. They've also got plenty of imported bottles if you'd prefer. The food is excellent.
Last visited April 2017.
Gwydir Street
Cambridge Brew House A range of their own brews and guests is offered in this pleasant bar/restaurant with quirky modern decor including exposed cable trays. The tiny brewery can be seen in one corner.
Last visited May 2016.
King Street
Castle Small rooms with bare wooden floor and old wooden furniture set the tone in this pleasant Adnam's pub serving excellent ales. It was totally deserted when I visited early on a Tuesday. Eventually the door creaked and someone came in, but it was only the postman. They sell Adnams Broadside Marmalade!
Last visited September 2010.
Castle Street
Castle Restrained contemporary decor, wood floor etc. in this rather nice up market cafe bar. The menu looks good but not cheap and I paid a startling £3 for a pint of real ale, amazingly right next door to the much cheaper Wetherspoons.
Last visited October 2008.
St. Andrew's Street / Downing Street
Champion of the Thames A compact two-sided plain friendly boozer serving excellent ale.
Last visited October 2008.
King Street
Clarendon Arms A traditional street corner boozer serving four or five real ales. Quiet but ticking over with friendly regulars. The food looks good.
Last visited September 2010.
Clarendon Street
Devonshire Arms A wide range of fine real ales from Milton Brewery and guests is available in this excellent two roomed pub which has a small front bar with the serving counter and a larger back room. I can highly recommend the food as well.
Last visited December 2016.
Devonshire Road
Eagle A large multi-roomed city centre pub, famous for being the place where Watson and Crick first announced their discovery of the structure of DNA, and for a ceiling covered in graffiti by WWII airmen. Decent beer from Greene King.
Last visited May 2008.
Bene't Street
Earl Of Beaconsfield A small selection of real ales on sale in one nicely done out room. Friendly dogs!
Last visited August 2016.
Mill Road / Great Eastern Street
Elm Tree On offer in this wonderful small one-room pub is a wide range of quality real ales, both "common" and unusual, and if that's not enough there's a massive menu of Belgian bottled beers, including my personal favourite - Rochfort 10.
Last visited December 2016.
Eden Street / Elm Street
Flying Pig An excellent range of quality real ale, and the food - Burgers, sarnies, baked potatoes etc. - looks good, in a pleasant pub popular with local workers at lunchtime.
Last visited May 2015.
Hills Road
Fort St George Good food and real ale in a comfortable pub by the river which was surprisingly quiet on a Thursday lunchtime. Recently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Last visited May 2016.
Midsummer Common
Free Press This tiny little back-street gem serves excellent real ale. Beautiful old plain dark wood decor and wooden benches. Very quiet on a Thursday afternoon, in fact very quiet both times I've been in.
Last visited December 2016.
Prospect Row
Hopbine A good choice of unusual ales in this large open pub with a parquet floor and comfortable old furniture. The menu looks good, and good value (for Cambridge).
Last visited September 2013.
Fair Street
Kingston Arms Eleven or more hand pumps in this plain ordinary street-corner local knocked through into one room. The food looks good and is very popular.
Last visited December 2008.
Kingston Street
Live and Let Live Eight hand pumps for guest ales and a real cider, plus a selection of Belgian bottles. Dark wood floor and panelling, bare brick walls and 'rustic' furniture create a pleasant interior. Quiet and friendly on a midweek lunchtime visit.
Last visited December 2008.
Mawson Road
Maypole A pleasant multi-roomed pub hidden on a back alley, but well worth searching out. Don't panic at the lack of decent beer when you go in, the eight handpumps are all in the other bar! Very quiet on a Tuesday lunchtime and the only other customer had a coffee, but I enjoyed a perfect pint of Old Growler. It's some time since I've seen keg Bass on sale.
Last visited September 2010.
Portugal Place
Mill This small pub would be a licence to print money if it was four times bigger, located as it is just by where all the vistors go for their punt ride. As it is it's crowded with tourists, some of whom apparently have never been in a pub before, and very busy, but the staff still manage to provide friendly cheerful and quick service and excellent real ales.
Last visited May 2016.
Mill Lane
Mitre Very much a tourist trap, but they've got a wide range of real ales, both common and less well known ones. The decor is rather well done, fake traditional. The food, concentrating on pies, looks good but they were having lots of trouble with a brand new menu on the day I visited. Part of the Nicholson's chain.
Last visited September 2010.
Bridge Street
Pickerel Inn Excellent ale is served in this pleasant pub. There's a small front room with wooden floor, bare brick walls and ceiling beams. Situated just outside the main tourist area it's a good place for a nice quiet drink. The menu looks good.
Last visited June 2006.
Magdalene Street
Pint Shop A very modern pub with a dining room upstairs. The menu is somewhat eccentric, or perhaps I'm just behind the times. Cask ale fans shouldn't be concerned as they go in, the hand pumps are hidden away on a tiny counter in a back room, and if you do find them, there's no pump clips! - Just choose your cask ale from the list on the wall which offers a wide selection of beers from about ten keg fonts (Also without labels) and six hand pumps. They've got beers from all over the place, but I chose a pint of Nero Stout from the Milton Brewery just a few miles away, and it was excellent.
Displaying prices as 4.2 when they mean £4.20 is, in my opinion, an ugly affectation.
Last visited August 2014.
Bene't Street / Peas Hill
Queen Edith The traditional-looking building is in fact new in 2015, built in the car park of the previous Queen Edith pub which, unlike the current incarnation, was a bit of a dump when I visited it many years ago. Inside, a two-sided pub with pleasant understated decor. They serve good beers from the owners, Milton Brewery, and guests. The menu looks good.
Last visited April 2017.
Wulfstan Way / Queen Edith's Way
Red Lion A nice multi-room interior with some rustic bare-brick decor, serving excellent real ales from Greene King.
Last visited June 2010.
Mill End Road / Forest Road, Cherry Hinton
Robin Hood and Little John A busy pub concentrating on food sales but nevertheless serving fine ale, from Greene King. The decor is in the standard modern chain pub style, very well done.
Last visited June 2010.
Fulbourn Road / High Street, Cherry Hinton
Salisbury Arms Wells and Youngs beers and Adnams Broadside were on handpump when I visited this large multi-area pub with (fake I suspect) antiquey decor, wood and tiled floor. The food looks good.
Last visited August 2016.
Tenison Road
Station Tavern New construction in the ground floor of the new Ibis Hotel at the station. Young's beers and guests on hand pump, the one I had was excellent. I was surprised to see they only do snack food, until I spotted the other menu of up-market versions of standard pub meals. The decor is mainly modern (naked air ducts etc.) but with some nice traditional touches such as the carved wood bar front.
Last visited April 2017.
Tram Depot A rather fine old building (It was indeed a tram depot.) gutted and converted into a very pleasant large open food-led pub. The pizzas look good. Run by Everard's, they provide a good choice of their own and guest ales.
Last visited May 2015.
East Road / Dover Street
Unicorn This plain open knocked-through boozer is probably full of youngsters on a Friday night, but it was totally empty when I visited on a Saturday lunchtime. Nonetheless, my pint of Greene King IPA was in excellent nick.
Last visited December 2008.
High Street / Mill End Road, Cherry Hinton
Unicorn Ancient-looking beams in a pleasant multi-room interior, with very comfy sofas! Excellent ale.
Last visited May 2009.
Church Lane, Trumpington
Wetherspoon's Regal Standard Wetherspoon's fare with perhaps a wider then usual selection of ales, in a former cinema and claimed to be the largest pub in the country. On a sunny day it's a bit dark when you first go in.
Last visited May 2009.
Regent Street
White Swan A very pleasant two roomed street corner boozer. The menu looks good, and good value.
Last visited August 2016.
Mill Road / Kingston Street
GRANTCHESTER
Red Lion Outside, a thatched roof, and a nice knocked through interior with wood beams and panelling in this large pub mainly aimed at the food market. The menu looks good but not cheap. Service was a bit slow when I visited, mainly due to interminable queries about food orders, but the real ale was worth waiting for.
Last visited May 2009.
Westgate / Bourges Boulevard
Rupert Brooke Good beer and excellent up-market food both in the bar and the restaurant. The ancient wooden beams are purely decorative, I think.
Last visited September 2010.
High Street / Broadway
MARCH
Wetherspoon's Hippodrome An excellent conversion from a former cinema, retaining the original layout of a large entrance lobby leading to the auditorium which is complete with a screen at the far end and a balcony.
Last visited May 2016.
Dartford Road / Darthill Road
PETERBOROUGH
Brewery Tap Annoyingly closes in the afternoon.
Not visited.
Westgate / Bourges Boulevard
Wetherspoon's College Arms A large open pleasant 'Spoons.
Last visited May 2016.
Broadway / Cattle Market Road
Wetherspoon's Draper's Arms Smaller than most 'Spoons, or so it seems until you find the large room at the back. The decor is traditional dark wood panelling, and some leaded glass on the booths.
Last visited May 2016.
Cowgate
Wortley Almshouses A plain multi-roomed boozer serving cheap ale including a mediocre pint of Sam Smith's.
Last visited December 2006.
Westgate
SAINT IVES
Royal Oak The ancient interior is well preserved and well kept, as are the selection of real ales and ciders, and the food is good. The date on the front of the building is 1502.
Last visited March 2013.
 
STAPLEFORD
Rose Mainly a restaurant serving excellent food, but they have an area for drinkers as well. A small range of good quality real ales is served.
Last visited September 2013.
London Road

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