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Cambridge & District CAMRA

Pub of the Year 2001

The Kingston Arms

Kingston Street, Cambridge

March 2001

Peter and Jane Fairhall of Lidstone's Brewery (Wickhambrook) took over the pub a year ago and have transformed it from a druggie hangout to a highly popular venue.

[10 handpumps]
The ten handpumps feature an ever-changing array of Lidstone's beers plus others from all over the country (Badger Tanglefoot, Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild, Tring, Iceni...) and there's a good selection of wines.

The policy of no-fizz (no keg lager or stout) has proved to be no deterrent to success. In fact it's probably a key factor in its success, as people get to try tastier beers.

There's no juke box or games machine or pool table - instead people can read the selection of daily broadsheets.

The ever-changing food menu has attracted acclaim, being a cut above the ordinary pub-grub. There's clearly a market for pub food that's of restaurant grade. Typical items on offer include fine sausages (not just pork), venison, whole fish, mussels and steak. The trendy phrase gastropub certainly applies to the Kingston.

[Bar and fireplace]
The sheltered patio garden is popular when the weather's up to it and in winter the two real fires make the inside cosy.

The place is so popular that table bookings are essential for the core dining hours of 7-9pm.

So many visitors have commented on what a "find" the pub is and the award recognises that.

As the Kingston Arms doesn't have a Web site, we publish some key information here as a convenience.


Tel. 01223 319414

Opening times as of 6th May 2001
Pub hoursFood hours
Tue12-2.30, 5-1112-2,6-9
Wed12-2.30, 5-1112-2,6-9
Thu12-2.30, 5-1112-2,6-9
Fri12-2.30, 5-1112-2,6-9

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