Carl Woolf reports on happenings in his part of the Branch area:
Black Horse, Swaffham Bulbeck The beer range gets ever more adventurous,
with Elgoods Festive Feelgood, Everards Sleighbell and Castle Rock Screech Owl amongst
the November offerings.
Carpenters Arms, Great Wilbraham Appears in the latest Les Routiers guide
which features some of the best pubs and restaurants in the UK.
Cambridge Moonshine CB1 and Brandon Rusty Bucket on handpunp.
White Swan, Stow-cum-Quy Increased demand for real ale has seen the fourth handpull back in use.
In the pub's tradition of supporting charitable causes, fundraising this year will be for
Motor Neurone Disease, to which one of the regulars succumbed.
Mick's Kitchen, a folk band with a difference, promise to be a highlight of this activity.
Six Bells, Fulbourn Following the trend of “meet the brewer” nights,
the Bells is staging an Adnams Week, featuring Adnams beers and breweriana,
including a section in the pub quiz and a daily passport stamp.
Bell, Bottisham Carl found a nice welcoming log fire blazing away to keep off the autumn chill.
Since Ian and Donna took over in March the place has been transformed and the
locals have responded in droves to having a proper publican after a succession of managers.
The bargain food offer of two courses for under a tenner is especially attractive
in the secluded little rear dining room.
The Legion, Bottisham A short walk from the Bell, here's the latest establishment
to embrace the real ale revival. A beer festival in September prompted firm
endorsement of a permanent guest beer tap – Green Jack Canary on a recent visit.
The club is up Beechwood Avenue and first right.
Bull, Burrough Green The new tenants expected mid-October didn't materialise
so Mark stays in charge until next year.
Three Tuns, Abington A variation on grow-your-own – the pub regularly produces
30 jars of honey form bee-hives in its garden. Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge,
St Austell Tribute and Greene King IPA when visited.
Red Lion, Brinkley Emma and Antony Eagle celebrate their first anniversary here in December.
They've taken the unusual step of buying out their beer tie from Greene King,
so GK IPA is now accompanied by two guest ales – Knight's Porter from Three Castles
was an unusual recent visitor.
Kings Head, Dullingham A splendid large picture of a king's head now dominates
the entrance – but nobody seems sure which king it portrays!
Crown, Linton Excellent beer festival in October.
A fourth handpump has appeared and will largely feature Oakham ales – you lucky Lintonites
Five Bells, Balsham Tthe new temporary managers have promised to restore Greene King XX Mild
Beerspotting Unusual ales encountered by Carl on his rounds include
Adnams Ghost Ship and Elgoods Millers Brew (Quy Mill, Stow-cum-Quy),
Thwaites Wainwright (Dykes End, Reach), Brandon Norfolk Poacher and
Buntingford Silent Night (Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham), Bartrams Barnless Bitter
and Buffy's Bitter (Fox, Burwell) and City of Cambridge Hobson's Choice (Anchor, Burwell)