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,