ALE Spring 2001 No. 301

The Regal

[Continued from Youth Drinking]

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, responded to PC Sinclair's concerns:

"We don't see that large, open-plan pubs would have any more reason to worry about disorder than small pubs," he said.

"Although we can't say there have never been problems, we feel The Regal is well controlled and don't feel it is as major a problem as the police are claiming".

In the 18 months the place has been open, it has certainly developed a reputation, though perhaps not quite the one this chap seems to believe in.

As for real ales, it has had a wide selection, generally well-kept, at low prices. Its four banks of six handpumps offer up to twelve different beers. However it's noticeable that on Friday and Saturday nights the young customers mainly swill branded fizz - keg or bottled.

The Regal has held the usual Wetherspoon's chain-wide beer festivals several times a year. For instance for the February 2001 festival, the landlord was quoted in the Cambridge Evening News as claiming "the pub will definitely have the best choice of real ales anywhere in Cambridge."

On one visit they had Harviestoun Ptarmigan (1.49/pint), RCH Old Slug Porter, Kitchen Tormented Turnip, Tolly Old Strong Winter Ale, Castle Eden Winter Royal Knights and Alchemy Aurum Ale, as well as some more common beers.

The Deputy manager was quoted: "we might be a big pub but that does not mean we do not know how to look after our real ale and our customers". It has been awarded Cask Marque so certainly wants to be known for fine ales.


As this is such a prominent pub, still claiming to be the largest in the country, Cambridge & District CAMRA are trying an experiment: appointing a Pub Liaison Officer for the Regal, along the lines of the reps CAMRA has for breweries and pubcos.

The sort of issues we'd like to tackle together include:

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