"The Queen Edith! Where's that? I don't think I've ever seen that pub!" Not
surprising perhaps but if you find yourself in the region of Queen Ediths Way,
a long road in itself, you will be heading in the right direction. Take Hills Road
from the City Centre up to the Addenbrookes Hospital roundabout and take
the left turn into Fendon Road. At the next roundabout take the right turn into
Queen Ediths Way and almost immediately left into Wulfstan Way. A glance
to the right will find the pub set back from the road.
This must be the most isolated pub in the city in terms of closeness to other
pubs. By on-the-road distances the Robin Hood & Little John (over a mile
away) must be the nearest closely followed by the Master Mariner on Perne
Road then the Rock on Cherry Hinton Road/Blinco Grove. Along Hills Road
there is nothing on the way out of the city and nothing before the Earl of Derby
after crossing the railway bridge.
On arrival at the Queen Edith what do you find? A large pub with ample
parking and two large bars. One is a saloon bar and has lost the pool table to
the Public Bar which is 'home' to two teams. The side garden area has been
and is still being improved but there is provision for 'July 1st' customers.
On a recent visit the real ales were Greene King IPA and Flowers Original
(cask) but the offerings do change regularly. The best sellers are Directors,
Spitfire and Greene King IPA. They are well kept by the landlord Paul St
John-Campbell who has been there for over three years. His daughter, Zoe,
must be the youngest licencee with her own certificate obtained when she
was 16 years of age.
There are imminent plans for a refurbishment so that basic food can be
offered to attract staff from the hospital site.