Carl Woolf reports on pub happenings in the east of the Branch area.
The Legion, Bottisham Always has four local real ales. A beer festival is planned for 9 11 September featuring Nethergate Old Growler and Elgoods Black Dog amongst the 16 beers. A jazz band will play Saturday evening.

Bell, Bottisham - One of the first Greene King pubs to feature Duke of Cambridge Ale, a clean, crisp 4.2% golden ale with a tart aftertaste.

Anchor, Burwell Latest example of pub diversification is the mother-and-baby club every Friday morning. This is unrelated to the monthly pudding club which offers a variety of puddings at the end of the meal on an eat as much as you can basis.

Quy Mill, Stow-cum-Quy The annual one-day beer fest plus is on 29 August. A Farmers Market, craft stalls, garden games, a BBQ and a hog roast will enable time to be passed away pleasantly whilst choosing from the 15 local real ales and listening to the three bands performing.

Crown, Linton Greene King Hardy & Hansons Bitter continues as the house beer, reduced to £2 a pint during happy hour. Ten beers featured at the July beer festival.

Kings Head, Dullingham A most successful Meet the Brewer evening in June when Cheryl Bullen introduced a variety of beers from Nethergate. The enthusiastic response has encouraged the landlord to contemplate a beer festival soon.

Chestnut Tree, West Wratting Following the realisation that the dining room was depriving drinkers of much-needed space, the food operation has ceased. The dining room is now a comfortable lounge where, amongst other groups, a monthly beer club will meet to taste and discuss the merits of various brews (much on the lines of a book club). Another handpump has arrived to meet the demand for real ale, dispensing beers free of the Greene King tie.

Fox, Burwell One of the biggest local beer festivals takes place in the very large garden over August Bank Holiday weekend.

Black Horse, Swaffham Prior More diversification here with introduction of a deli counter in the under-used space facing the front door. A sort of ongoing Farmers Market is envisaged with customers invited to stay for brunch or afternoon tea.

Red Lion, Brinkley Another beer festival success story over the Spring Bank Holiday when Swallowtail from Humpty Dumpty was voted best beer. A further festival is planned for August Bank Holiday weekend.

Crown, Burwell A startling red, white and black redecoration here, with matching chairs and tables throughout and a dining room with tablecloths. Greene King seasonal beer alongside the bargain price IPA.

Three Tuns, Great Abington Another August Bank Holiday bash. Sunday is party time with a steel band, BBQ and disco. 15 September sees Ron Finch from Fullers host a Meet the Brewer evening.

Waggon & Horses, Linton The pub closed briefly when Jim Borland left but reopened in late April with Ben and Laura Kay taking over their stewardship of the Wheatsheaf Duxford continues. Hours are now 4 11, Mon-Thur, all day Fri-Sun. Guest beers are on again.

White Swan, Stow-cum-Quy Despite establishing a well-recognised reputation for first-class Tribute, Wherry and Adnams Bitter, Sandra and Colin are talking of calling it a day and moving to pastures new in the Autumn.