ALE Winter 2002/2003 No. 308

Pub News

Our Pub of the Year, the Blue Ball in Grantchester, has been transformed! One day a bloke walked in and introduced himself to landlord John Roos as his new area manager from Punch Taverns. Greene King had sold the pub (with 36 others) to them without bothering to tell John!

However it's hardly a disaster: although almost the first thing this bloke said was "where's your fruit machine?", John put him straight and now has two Adnams beers on instead of GK.

News round-up

The Sawston Kings Head and Greyhound have changed landlords and the landlord from the Three Tuns, Willingham has moved to The Ship, Brandon Creek.

The Black Horse, Littleport also has changed landlords and now features Adnams Best and Addlestones cider. The Plough & Harrow there has also changed hands and hopes to feature real ale soon.

The Merry Monk, Isleham has a new couple in charge, with well-kept Adnams Best & Broadside, though it's more of a restaurant now.

The Red Lion in Grantchester has been refurbished "with adults in mind" according to its adverts - an admission it wasn't before? It sounds as though it's been done out in the trendy comfy-chairs regime, like B and so many others recently.

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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