The Boot, Dullingham, has been closed by Greene King and put on the market for a high price, leaving yet another village with no pub (the King's Head there being a restaurant). However there's at least one prospective buyer. [ALE 304 follow-up]
The Poacher at Elsworth has been closed since the turn of the year. The District Council planners refused an application to change its use to a house, so the owner has put it on the market as a pub, albeit at the rather steep price of £250,000. It is also believed that all fixtures and fittings have been removed. Nevertheless a group of villagers is seriously considering mounting a bid to buy it themselves in the same way as was sucessfully done at Reach with the Dykes End. CAMRA will support them as much as we can.
We're glad to report that landlord Enzo Teti at the West End House, Ely, has recovered after a serious illness. The Life Music Bar in The Cloisters shopping centre apparently has a "no kids after 6pm" rule, no sign of real ale and may have at last opened by the time you read this.
Since last September the White Horse, Swavesey, has been in the very capable hands of local lad Will Wright and his partner Pat. Will had spent all his working life in the music business (including a spell as sound engineer for Slade), but always had a hankering for running a pub, especially given his enthusiasm for real ale. The White Horse sells five real ales: Timothy Taylor Landlord and a City of Cambridge beer are permanent, the other three rotate, with the likes of London Pride, Bombardier, 6X and Old Hookey making regular apprearances. The pub ran a successful beer festival in May with over 20 real ales, mostly from local breweries.
Congratulations to the Five Bells, Burwell, the White Hart, Fulbourn, the White Horse, Pampisford and the Three Tuns, Fen Drayton, for being awarded Cask Marque.
All information is believed correct at time of going to press. If our spies have got anything wrong, please contact the editor, who will be happy to print a correction.