After a spell when it was to all intents and purposes a restaurant,
is operating very much as a pub once again.
The new landlord is Steve Bridges who also runs
, both pubs with good reputations for their ale. At
The Volunteer, the initial cask beer offerings are Greene King IPA, Marstons
Pedigree and Fullers London Pride; Steve will "see how they go". Food is still
very much a feature and, indeed, the chef from the previous incarnation has
stayed on, though the prices of what he produces have dropped considerably!
There are separate lunch and evening menus plus Sunday roasts. The
Volunteer has a single open plan room though the space is nicely broken up
with wall segments and columns. Good to have it back on the pub map.
<- The Castle
Bob Brownlie and Cathy Shortland are the new licensees at The Castle
St Andrews Street, Cambridge
Their first priority was to give the place a very
deep clean and it has certainly scrubbed up a treat. On the real ale front,
Greene King IPA and Abbot are joined by a changing guest beer, with
Caledonian 80/- the first to appear. Good-value food is served everyday
from 12 til 2.30 (later on Saturday and Sunday) and from 6 to 9 Monday to
Thursday. Between 10am and noon you can gorge on the Big Breakfast for
£4 (including tea or coffee). This is a pub which has been crying out for the
TLC it's now getting; as a "proper" pub it also makes a nice alternative to the
megapubs and cafe-bars which dominate its environs.
<- The ADC
The ADC Theatre Bar
Park Street Cambridge
has recently started selling
real ale and Bar Manager Christina Elliott reports that it is proving very
popular. The beers are supplied by Milton Brewery, making this a relatively
rare local outlet for them.
At the time of writing The Trinity Foot on the
A14 at Swavesey was closed and to let.
Also out of action, as it has been for ages, is The Swan House,
Greene King have applied for a license under the new system so hopefully it'll
be back. In the same village The Queens Head has changed hands; on a
recent visit it offered well-kept Greene King IPA and "Ridleys" Old Bob.
Down at the ever-excellent Carlton Arms
, Terri and Jethro have
pre-empted the Government by declaring the whole pub non-smoking. They
also now always have a Mild on sale.