A big, if belated, welcome to Christophe and Amelie Oyevaar who took over the
then-ailing Pemberton Arms, Harston last June. Christophe, who is half-English,
half-Dutch, has been in the trade most of his working life but decided that running
his own pub rather than managing for other people was now the way forward.
Amelie is French, hence the traditional French cuisine featured most weekends.
The couple have really turned the place round, making it a proper village pub where
customers of all ages and feel safe and comfortable.
On the real ale front, Christophe has built up trade from virtually nothing, with
Greene King IPA on one pump and a guest on the other. As a cask beer drinker himself,
he takes pride in the quality of his ale and has received high praise from aficinados of IPA.
The aim is for this to be first and foremost a drinking pub (rare in this part of the county)
with a drinks/food split of around 70/30. The standard menu is no nonsense pub grub –
steak and chips, nachos, sausage and mash etc. - though, as mentioned, things go up a few
notches at weekends. So far this has featured a French menu with two courses for £13
and four for £20 but the themes may vary in future across other mediterranean cuisines.
All produce is local wherever possible and Christophe has been especially impressed by
the “fantastic” Shelford-based Barkers Brothers butchers.
Christophe is also a big music fan and is trying to get good quality bands to play at
weekends – blues, jazz, 70s/80s, anything decent. There's a dart board and pool table and
the pub sponsors the local Sunday League football team. A pub quiz happens second Sunday
of the month with dance/disco evenings on the first Saturday.
The Pem opens 3pm Monday to Thursday and all day Friday to Sunday.
More details on their facebook page – just type the pub name on Google to access,