No - our Editor is not up to his tricks with windfall apples! Those of you who watched "About Anglia" on 2nd October will have realised that what is perhaps Cambridge's most unusual bar has just opened. The Bath in Bene't Street reopened with a bar serving only cider and real ale, together with soft drinks. The full range of Bulmers bottled, canned and keg eiders are available for those who like that sort of thing, but a magnificent range of six handpumps serves Bulmers sweet, medium and dry real ciders, as well as Wethereds Bitter, for the true connoisseur. The Bath has retained its traditional decor and a reasonable range of hot and cold bar snacks are available.
It is a trifle disconcerting to discover that the Bath has had Wethereds on handpump for about three months. Why do you city "Ale-coholics" leave it to us village yokels to discover your real ale bars? The good news is that the price of the Wethereds has just been reduced to 55p a pint which makes it one of the lowest priced pints of Wethereds in the area. The draught ciders are all 50p a pint which is perhaps somewhat more than one would expect to pay in the West Country.
We must hope that this venture of a real ale and cider bar flourishes and wish the manager of the Bath every success. Real cider has been enjoying something of a boom in its home areas and it can only be a good thing if this other traditional English drink gains a far wider following. A slight word of caution: if you are not used to draught cider then stick to 2 pints. This stuff isn't rough scrumpy, and even the "dry" goes down very, very smoothly. The trouble is that afterwards the air out in Bene't Street has a hell of a kick to it!
Ale's Roving Reporter