Carl Wolf reports on pub happenings in the east of our Branch area.
- Linton, Crown
- Real ale has become so popular here that a fourth handpump is planned.
Cottage Silver Arrow was the guest ale recently alongside regulars Adnams
Explorer and Elgoods Cambridge.
- Great Abington, Three Tuns
- A Meet the Brewer evening with Miles from Tim Taylor was hugely successful
so landlord Chris is on the look-out for other breweries to invite. Top of the list
is Potbelly of Kettering whose Welland Owl, a 4.5% golden ale, was very well
received at the pub in July.
- Great Wilbraham, Carpenters Arms
- The restaurant opened to a full house on 17 July, completing the fully-fledged
gastro pub which licensees Rick and Heather Hurley have been aiming at.
The bar area continues to operate very much as a pub with Brandon Rusty
Bucket and Cambridge Moonshine Barton Bitter the July offerings.
- Swaffham Prior, Red Lion
- Welcome to new tenants Steve and Karen Brown who arrived in August
having previously run another Batemans pub in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.
Real ales are Batemans Mild, XB, Victory and a changing guest. Food
includes home-made pies, gammon, scampi and, on Fridays, fresh fish and
chips with mushy peas.
- Dullingham, Kings Head
- Going from strength to strength under the stewardship of chef Paul. St Austell
Tribute has joined Draught Bass on handpump.
- Dullingham, Boot
- The Beer Festival on 10/11 September will probably have been and gone
when you read this - it featured unusual local ales. A recent ALE article
lamented the death of the good old pub sandwich but at lunchtime in the Boot
you can get them plain or toasted for just £2, with additional filling for a further
- Burrough Green, Bull
- After many year procrastination, Greene King have provided a new surface to
the drive and car park. Negotiating the pot holes is no longer required and
claims for damaged suspension are unlikely to succeed.
- Brinkley, Red Lion
- Beer festival planned for September.
- Little Wilbraham, Hole in the Wall
- Old Cannon beers from Bury St Edmunds have been making a prolonged
appearance here, with Blonde Bombshell (4.2%) proving especially popular.
- West Wratting, Chestnut Tree
- Alfie's Restaurant opened in the dining room on 25 June. In a delightful setting
you can get a starter and main for about £17 with bar meals around £7/8. Nut
Fest, the big music and beer festival, is on 24 and 25 September.
- Burwell, Crown
- The price of a pint of Greene King IPA has risen from £2.35 to £2.50 but this
still takes some beating round here.
- Burwell, Five Bells
- John and Carly Rowell have departed for the Grand Cayman Islands after two
and a half years. Greene King Mild still occupies the guest pump and is selling
- Fulbourn, Six Bells
- The first Six Bells beer festival in early September featured an exciting list of
fifteen guest ales.
- Hildersham, Pear Tree
- Guest ales expected back shortly.