Fortunately rescue was indeed at hand in the shape of regular Glyn and his father Mike who took the helm on 5 May. Glyn had worked in care services for 21 years and the only other thing he had ever had a hankering after was running a pub - so the chance to take on his beloved local wasn't to be missed. Dad Mike has plenty of experience in the licensed trade, having managed the NCI Club among others. They've been joined in their new venture by cellarman Chris and chef David, who has racked up 16 years in the catering trade (including 7 years as a pastry chef so expect great puddings!).

The Team, thankfully, see no reason to change the basic offer at the Carlton, with a wide choice of well-kept, reasonably priced real ales at the top of the agenda. The range constantly alters but on a recent visit comprised Oakham JHB, Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Woodforde's Wherry, Elgoods Cambridge, Potbelly Beijing Black (there's always a Mild) and Nethergate Augustinian plus real ciders from Westons and Cassells.

On the food side, David places the emphasis on local, fresh and seasonal offerings - including the wonderful sausages from Barkers of Shelford. For serving times, see the advert elsewhere in the mag.

Planned developments include a kiddies area in the garden and darts and crib teams to add to the pool and skittles teams already up and running. Beer festivals will return to the pub next year once feet have been fully found.

It's certainly great to see the Carlton in such capable and enthusiastic hands - good luck chaps.