Cambridge & District CAMRA
News for 2000
"The Millennium: a once-in-a-thousand year opportunity for the pubs to be closed on New Year's Eve"
(with thanks to OTT)
- (22-Dec): ALE Winter 2000 No. 300 is now out on the Web, with the
print edition being distributed to pubs.
- (19-Dec): congratulations to the
Cambridge Blue (Gwydir St.) for being awarded Cask Marque.
- (28-Nov): the Branch AGM elected the new committee.
- (28-Nov): the Durham Ox reopened as the Chariots of Fire at the end of October
and now has several real ales.
- (28-Nov): Cambridgeshire Trading Standards have launched a very useful
Self-Assessment Check List for pubs, which
has attracted a lot of interest.
It's part of a full-measures campaign for Christmas
- press release.
- (28-Nov): congratulations to the
Free Press (Cambridge) and the White Horse (Oakington)
for being awarded Cask Marque.
- (14-Oct): Pub Watch Survey.
- (7-Oct): The Graduate (Bass It's a Scream student pub) opened last weekend - no real ale.
The Ancient Druids (Charles Wells) has reopened as Bar Citrus.
Distribution of the printed edition of ALE 299 has begun.
- (28-Sep) The Web edition of ALE 299 is out. The printed edition will be
out in a week or so.
- (20-Sep) The Good Beer Guide 2001 is now out
Crisis in English brewing: the good, the bad and the bubbly by Roger Protz
- (8-Sep) Cambridge news:
- GK have reopened the Castle and it can't avoid being an improvement over the old, dingy,
IPA, Abbot and County are the only real ales on.
- Everards' enlarged Tram Depot is just one large, bland shed.
They've obliterated the character so carefully created in 1987.
- (5-Sep) Cambridge news:
- the Tram Depot (Everards; Dover St, off East Road) is due to reopen tomorrow after its expansion
- a major refurb of the Ancient Druids (C. Wells; Napier St.) is under way
- the Fresher & Firkin (Bass; Chesterton Rd.) is due to reopen as an It's A Scream in October
- the Castle (GK; next door to the Regal) should be reopening after its major refurb soon
- (5-Jul) round-up of recent news:
- The Office renamed back to The Man On the Moon; Kitty Dunphys back to The Royal Standard; The Tap and Spile back to The Mill
- The Portland Arms Public Bar has reopened as a cyberbar
- The Tram Depot expansion into its former shop units is under way
- Planning Permission for demolition of The Racehorse and building a McDonalds has been given
- Major refurb. of Greene King's Castle, next door to the Regal, is under way
- (6-Jun) Yesterday's Cambridge Evening News reported that planning permission for the demolition
of the Cow & Calf has been given.
- The May What's Brewing mentions there's a new brewery in the
County: the Blue Bell at Whaplode St Catherine
(which is ESE of Spalding and NW of Wisbech).
- The Free Press will change hands on Star Wars Day - May 4th.
- Updated Pub Churn 1998-1999 with national figures.
- (28-Apr) The Kingston Arms is about to start doing food and the garden is now in use.
- (20-Mar) Lidstones are relaunching the Kingston Arms on the 22nd (rescheduled from the 20th) - event starts at 5pm.
- (19-Mar) Added pictures of the Cow & Calf now and of the
finished Rat & Parrot II.
- New Cask Marque page to track news of the award in the Branch area.
- (15-Feb) We've heard that Lidstones have at last bought the Kingston Arms (see 28-Jan) and the
official opening is planned for around mid-March.
The former Howard Mallett Club on Sturton Street is open again as CC's Sports Venue Cafe
(having been Cambridge Red Cafe Dec-98 to Sep-99).
- (12-Feb) Added a link to The Dykes End Web site
on the The Kings, Reach page.
Chris & Debbie Lloyd will be leaving The Free Press in the next few months to concentrate
on their own pub, The Cambridge Blue.
- (9-Feb) The Hat & Feathers is under threat.
The Cow & Calf may be demolished this year for flats.
Local Pub Guide page launched - volunteers needed!
Greene King are applying for planning permission to extend The Free Press (Prospect Row, ref. C/00/0014/FP) sideways.
The Earl of Beaconsfield (Mill Road, Bass) has reopened.
There was an arson attack on the derelict Racehorse (Newmarket Road, Mcdonalds) yesterday morning.
- (28-Jan) Apparently Lidstone's attempt to buy The Kingston Arms is on again (see 10-Dec).
The Rat & Parrot II has been breaching its planning permission conditions and seriously
congesting Downing Street - see the article in Newsletter 28
of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign.
Bass Leisure are applying for planning permission for a new cafe-bar on East Road [ref. no. C/00/0026/FP].
The idea seems to be to convert Willie Thorn's snooker club and the bed shop below it.
- (22-Jan) Launched the 27th Cambridge Beer Festival page.
- (15-Jan) Cambridge Winter Ale Festival 2000 - Champion Beer
- (14-Jan) The Office of Fair Trading has at last announced a review of the Beer Orders.
[See Guest beer in ALE 296.]
- (12-Jan) The new Anglia TV series Some Like It Hot
(which started on the 4th) featured the lead-up to the opening of the revamped Blue Boar
(Yates Wine Lodges, Trinity Street) - as "Ha Ha Bar & Canteen at the Blue Boar".
There seemed to be barrels of real ale being delivered (ones painted with blue bands - possibly City of Cambridge Brewery ones).
The Earl of Beaconsfield (Bass, Mill Road) has been gutted, presumably for a refurb.
- (7-Jan) The Locomotive (Pubmaster, Mill Road) opened after its rapid refurb. over the holiday period.
It's opened out, bright and smart-looking.
- (6-Jan) The former British Queen pub on Histon Road, having been transformed into a
naff "American" bar, has become a "Fat Jak's" - even
more Americanised. No real ale of course.
- Beer list updated.
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