The Champion of the Thames

The Champion of the Thames, on King Street in Cambridge, is a great little pub. Although it’s a Greene King pub you can forget about that for a while once inside and just enjoy the atmosphere.

It’s a real locals pub, with curtains across the windows and a dark interior so you can’t see very much when peering in from the outside. Once inside, you can take a seat near the open fire by the main bar on the left, or sit in a snug seat at one of the tables on the right. I prefer the left bar; it’s lively with some real characters, and the conversations are always interesting. You don’t really get many students in there; it’s more of an older clientele which suits me just fine.

The Champion of the Thames one snowy morning

The Champion of the Thames one snowy morning

The last couple of occasions I had the GK Flanker’s Tackle at 4.3% (this is also presently on in another Greene King pub that I like which is quite close by, The Clarendon, but it tasted much nicer in the Champion on the last visit). It’s not a bad beer, quite hoppy but slightly more bitter and darker than I tend to go for, but when it comes to Greene King beggars can’t be choosers, and it’s more interesting than IPA… Batemans XXX is also served.

The Champion of the Thames is a real find;  it’s a proper old fashioned down to earth pub, and it’s just what you need when all the soul is being ripped out of the pubs in this city so that they all look the same…

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