ALE Autumn 2001 No. 304

Pub News

Local round-up

The Boot, Dullingham, has been bought by a villager as a pub and opened in early August, serving a fine drop of Adnams, as does the Whittlesford Red Lion now.

There's a new landlord at the only pub in Coton, the Plough, who hopes to restore the four-handpump choice available when we last reviewed the place in ALE 294, over two years ago.

[Green Man, Thriplow]
Apparently the Green Man, Thriplow, has been bought by a private buyer. It was our Rural Pub of the Year in 1998, having been saved by locals in the early 1990s. [A Colourful Episode in the Story of the Green Man; follow-up in ALE 308.]

The Dykes End, Reach, had a beer festival at the August Bank Holiday weekend, including a bouncy castle, a yard of ale competition and a jazz band.

Congratulations to the recently-accredited Cask Marque pubs: the Three Kings, Haddenham, the Duke of Wellington, Willingham, the Marquis of Granby, Stetchworth and the Kings Head, Sawston.

East Anglian Pub of the Year

The Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year was between our own Kingston Arms, Cambridge, and St Neots Branch's Chequers, Little Gransden. As a neutral party, the Peterborough Branch judged between them and chose the Chequers.

At the regional level the county nominations were then judged and ranked:

  1. Wellington, Bedford
  2. Kings Arms, Norwich
  3. Rising Sun (Syd's), High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, Herts
  4. Chequers, Little Gransden
  5. Queens Head, Chelmsford
  6. Golden Boar, Freckenham, Suffolk

Rural Pubs

Less than 50% of villages now have a pub. Spar, the convenience store group, is planning to expand and is interested in collaboration with village pubs, which are still closing at a rate of six a week.


In an article in issue 297 we incorrectly stated that Merrie Monk at Isleham is a Whitbread house, when it is fact a free house. We apologise for any confusion or distress caused.

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.

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