ALE August/September 1996 No. 285

Pub News

White Horse, West Wickham

Fire-place looking better then ever with its potted plants and flood-lit tapestry of the galloping white horse. Richard Payne has come to the end of his one-year tenancy. One year since the fear of terminal closedown! G.K. committed to staying open another year. New publican due at the end of August. IPA and Abbot on handpump.

Old Red Lion, Horseheath

Neil and Judy Draper in residence since last November. No sparklers, no cask breathers - none needed (publican). Ruddles Best, Ruddles County/Directors, John Smiths + guest.

Welcome Inn, Horseheath

Work continuing - nearing completion. Planning permission for chalets at the back. Getting ready to sell?

Bell, Balsham

Davia Grey from the Marquis, Stetchworth, took over mid-April. Evening opening at 5 o'clock. Food available lunchtimes and evenings till 10 o'clock. Garden in process of renovation (being uprated). IPA, Abbot and seasonal ale.

Chestnut Tree, West Wratting

New tenants are Roy and Rose, moved in mid-Feb. IPA and Abbot. Cask breather was in use. All bar food under 5.00. Two-bar local, with saloon mainly a dining room with its own bar, nice and fresh following redec. Main bar has small serving counter; pool table dominates extension. Garden next on list for improvement.

Bull, Burrough Green

David and Doreen Blanch moved on in May to pastures new. Continued excellent standard of beer following on from Jeremy Blake. IPA and Abbot. A GBG probability had they stayed. New tenants are Trevor Claxton and Hayley Brinkley.

Fox & Hounds, Weston Colville

G.K. IPA and Tetley on cask breather. Keith and Helen Crowther have been in about eighteen months. Relying on a good summer to survive. Still popular with the village cricket team.

Marquis of Granby, Stetchworth

New tenants are Richard and Kate Knight.

Kings, Reach

21 years old this August after converting from a farm house. Home of Devils Dyke Morris Men. Soups a speciality, all home-made. Beers: Old Chimneys Military Mild, Elgoods Cambridge, Iceni, G.K. IPA.

Six Bells, Fulbourn

Summer opening 5 o'clock Mon-Fri. Take-away food Tues. & Wed. Jazz band 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of month.

Crown, Burwell

G.K. IPA, Rayments & Abbot. Only IPA always on, called Diskhead Special. Interesting hilly garden with large ducks.

Fox, Burwell

Old Speckled Hen, Directors, Websters (1 a pint).

Red Lion, Swaffham Prior

Still sporting a Scrumpy Jack handpump - send for Mr. Moss.

Black Horse, Swaffham Bulbeck

Outstanding refurbishment, the dominant feature of which is the fine new timber bar with its six columns supporting the enclosed glasses shelf. Eight handpumps dispense G.K. IPA, Abbot, Adnams Bitter and Broadside, Riding Bitter, Boddingtons and a guest. Extensive bar menu from Toastie snacks to Rump Steak meals, featuring, for instance, Jumbo sausage, chips and beans (3.50) and Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne with salad (4.95). Conservatory a popular choice for a bar meal. The lobby area has been retained as an alternative drinking area. To the left, occupying the space previously taken up by two bar rooms, is the new restuarant, rather sedate with a lavishly curtained window. features include two large ceiling fans, a dried flower recess in what was the central fireplace and a large wooden horse. The decor throughout is horse-racing-oriented paraphernalia. Motel-type accomodation in the old stable block. Freshly tarmaced car park.

White Horse, Barton

A spendid refurbishment completed about nine months ago. Handpumps serve G.K. Mild, IPA, Abbot and the seasonal ale.

Plough & Harrow, Littleport

Currently closed due to financial difficulties.

Spade and Becket, Littleport

On the Pubmaster hit list for some time. Closed, probably for good.


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