In those days Peter Grey was at the helm of the Live, Gerry was at the Salisbury and you would even think about a pint in Mill Road. The boys decided it was high time we checked out our old haunts and have an evening in old surroundings.

We started off with a quick pint in the newly decorated Salisbury and it was good to see Dave Green formerly of the Earl of Derby and Champion of the Thames. We then moved on to the Cambridge Blue in Gwydir Street. Jethro and Terry were both there and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. They have changed the style but have kept the feeling of quality and it was good to see many of their old disciples from the Carlton Arms following them there to have a pint. Richard enthused at the 11 beers on offer. Julian and I had a Wherry whilst David went for a pint of Milton Pegasus. Tim remarked that the Adnams was in good order so after another couple of rounds it was a hop, a kick and a jump to the Kingston Arms. There were around 8 ales on offer here. Mac went for the Summer Lightning whilst I could not fault the Elgoods Black Dog Mild. A very convivial pub this one and you never know who you are going to run into there meeting up with many old buddies that we meet in places like the Queens Head at Newton. Eventually we pulled ourselves away as the table in the Koh-I-Nor in Mill Road had been reserved and we needed to have a look at the Live & Let Live.

We were delighted to be greeted by Haggis, mine host at the Live, and he did not disappoint with a very nice pint of Nethergate Umbel whilst Tony settled for a pint of Cassels cider. You could almost feel Mac reminiscing about his life in days gone by that were to spur him on to writing Cambridge Circus the classic book telling of times in the 1960s when he lodged down Mawson Road.

A "Ruby" followed and all washed down with a couple of pints of Kingfisher. The general feeling was whilst the quality of some of the pubs may have dipped, the beer quarter is still the place to go for a pint or three of real ale in Cambridge.

Jerry Brown