It snowed pretty heavily overnight, which meant our travel plans were well and truly scuppered. Luckily, we live in a great area full of lovely pubs within walking distance, so what better way t0 spend the day than going on a snowy walk and taking in a few of the local boozers.
I recently wrote an article for the local CAMRA magzine, ALE, about a pub crawl around the Kite area in Cambridge which is full of fantastic, tucked-away little pubs. Here are a few pictures and words about some of them:
The Elm Tree is a lovely little pub on the corner of Eden Street, Melbourne Place, Orchard Street – it has many addresses. All you need to know is that it serves around 10 regularly changing real ales from the likes of Banks and Taylor, Dark Star and Youngs, lots of specialist Belgian beers, and hosts live music every week. A cool pub. Oh, and no sport is shown here so you can have a quiet drink and chat.
The Free Press is just round the corner, and is a cute, quiet Greene King pub with a cosy little snug and two open fires to keep you toasty warm on these cold days.
The food and service are great, and the beer, served in oversized glasses, is the best quality beer served in Cambridge, in my humble opinion. They are one of very few pubs serving the GK XX Mild. Interesting guest ales are served on draft, plus an unusual bottled beer weekly.
The First and Last was once called the Cricketers until very recently. It is an airy, bright pub which serves large Sunday roasts and shows live sport on large screens. It’s another GK pub, but has regularly changing guests on draft.
The Clarendon Arms has been taken over since I wrote my ALE article, so the lovely pub dog (Casper) is no longer there. But the team from the Green Man in Grantchester have taken over (literally a few weeks ago upon writing this) and aim to turn this into a thriving boozer.
It’s a GK pub, but there is a fridge stocked with unusual bottled beers including American ales, as well as real ales on draft plus a new menu, including great chunky chips (and when I say chunky, I mean CHUNKY!) Beer and chips go so well together.
The Hopbine reopened in August 2011 under new management (the team from the Portland Arms). It has held a couple of beer festivals since reopening, and there are usually interesting ales from local breweries available at this free house plus good food served all day.
We had a wander out of the Kite to the Cambridge Blue, just off Mill Rd, and drank some Rogue Brutal IPA, a great beer from a fantastic brewery in Oregon. Another great pub that serves an ever-changing range of real ales from the likes of Nethergate, Cottage Brewery and Prospect, plus lots of bottled European and world beers. And good food.
While I’m at it, here are some more snowy pics of Cambridge to finish off with, and here is a link to @pintsandpubs blog post with some more lovely snowy Cambridge pub pics. Now I’m going to curl up with a nice cup of tea.