Another local pub bites the dust. The Bakers Arms in East Road Cambridge has become a boxing-themed bar/restaurant/nightclub called The Noble Art. No real ale though you can get keg Old Speckled Hen for an eye-watering £1.95 a half. Your editor recalls attending his first ever CAMRA Branch meeting at the Bakers and was impressed when the landlord bought all present a drink - his expectations that this would happen at every meeting were sadly dashed!

Also seemingly on the road to oblivion is the De Montfort Arms, Horseheath. Formerly The Welcome Inn, this closed in 1989, remained shut for about 10 years then unexpectedly burst to life again in a new guise. For whatever reason it never really took off and planning consent is being sought to change its use to residential. The village does have another pub, The Red Lion.

And the bad news goes on. Kisbys Hut in Papworth Everard is being converted to an Indian restaurant. Again the village won't find itself bereft of licensed premises thanks to the presence of the excellent Conservatory.

In the last ALE we mentioned that the application to build a house on parts of the garden and car park of the Black Horse Rampton had - hurrah - been withdrawn. Now - boo - it's been re-submitted. CAMRA has again objected on the grounds that the development could harm the viability of the pub.

ALE also reported on the battle being fought against Greene King by the regulars of the Lewes Arms, Lewes, Sussex following the withdrawal from sale of their beloved Harvey's Best Bitter. Greene King have finally relented and allowed the delicious local brew to be reinstated. You can find out what all the fuss is about by sampling Harvey's at the Three Horseshoes Comberton and the Rupert Brooke Grantchester.

Ralph Holland, formerly at the Old Spring, has taken over the Zebra on Maids Causeway Cambridge. He's currently serving 3 real ales but hopes to increase the number in due course. English and Polish food also available.

The Jolly Waterman on Mitcham's Corner Cambridge reopens on 18 July after a major refit. It'll now be known as just the Waterman, which hopefully doesn't mean it won't be a jolly place.