UPDATE to the post below :16/3/2012 – Cambridge Tap announced today that the project will not be going ahead. They said on Twitter today: ‘ For lack of a better word, we have been shafted. Plenty of time, money and attention blown. Looking at new site next week’. Such a shame. Good luck to you, guys, and we all really hope you manage to find a new site in Cambridge soon. Cambridge needs the Tap!
August 16th, 2011 – So, today the location of the new Cambridge Tap was finally revealed; a beer utopia where no less than 27 craft beers from local and international breweries will be on tap ready for sampling. After months of anticipation – and much specualation – the Tap tweeted a photo of the location today and asked us to identify the building to win a bar tab on opening night. And many people guessed correctly.
Inkeeping with what seems like a ‘Tap’ tradition if we look at the Euston Tap and the Sheffield Tap, for example, the Cambridge Tap is also to be located at a station. So where else could it really be? The Cambridge Tap will be located at…. Cambridge Railway Station!
We had been guessing for months where the Cambridge Tap would be, with the Tap itself fuelling speculation on Twitter by leaving tantalising hints such as it having ‘a cracking south facing beer garden’, ‘buckets of history’ and ‘plenty of nooks and crannies’. We all racked our brains, looking at possible vacant properties to see if licenses had been applied for, or pubs that were for sale or for lease, but nothing fitted the bill. I even thought that it was a big wind-up, sounding too good to be true, so tried not to spend any more time thinking about it than I had already. But last night, Recently Drunk suggested that it could be in one of the old station buildings as he noticed that the To Let sign had gone. And we know that a license had been applied for this location a while ago, and it did used to be the old Byron Bar. Hmm. Turns out he was spot on. Good work.
The limited stuff that we know already about the Tap is that it is going to have 27 taps with great beer, including some from Camden Town Brewery, woohoo (love their pale ale) a big pizza oven, ciders, a big shared table, and seating outside plus trees. Sound good to me.
So the anticipation is over. Shame, in a way – I quite enjoyed trying to figure out the puzzle, frustrating though it was. I am looking forward to its opening in November, if all goes to plan, and if it is anything like the Sheffield Tap (OK, I have only seen pictures, I haven’t been there – yet) then it will be beautifully ornate and inkeeping with the station’s history.
Now that puzzle is solved, what will I occupy my mind with now..?
**BREAKING NEWS – 18/10/11** – Cambridge Tap has now been granted premises licence! Not long now to wait, we hope…!