At the Black Horse, Swaffham Bulbeck, licensees Sharon and Paul Crossley organised a National Armed Forces Day in the village which raised over £1800 for Help for Heroes. Next on the charity raising agenda is a bank holiday bike ride around local villages.
The new kitchen at the Crown, Linton is now fully operational, following the recent fire. Redecoration in a lighter style has changed the ambience of the interior. Increased demand for real ale necessitated installation of a fifth handpump. Beer prices have been reduced with standard bitters at £3 and best bitters £3.20.
The Legion, Bottisham holds its annual Beer Festival from 21-23 September with jazz band Freddy and Friends providing the Saturday night entertainment. Prices here vary between £2.70 and £2.90 a pint.
A new landlord arrives at the Red Lion, Swaffham Prior on 4 September. Before then, a photo-shoot is planned to compare the setting of the pub in the street today with that shown in a 100 year old photo displayed on the pub wall.
The Quy Beer Festival takes place at the White Swan Quy from 23 - 26 August, leaving the Bank Holiday Monday clear for the Quy Country Fair.
The Kings Head Dullingham is currently closed; as noted in Pub News, the freehold is for sale.
Carl has previously had reason to complain about the beer prices at the Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham. Those chunters were clearly worthwhile as prices per pint have come down to a reasonable (for this area) £3. Beers available on a recent visit were Woodforde's Wherry, Black Bar Black Light and Brandon Old Rodney. The pub now closes from late afternoon until 6.30pm on Tuesdays. The decorative flowers on the bar are provided by Heather Carpenter of Carlton.
Into Cambridge and the Earl of Beaconsfield, Mill Road is having an internal refurbishment plus more work to its garden. An extra handpull has gone in, initially selling Black Sheep Bitter and with changing guests from Punch's Finest Cask range to come.
If you took part in our Ale Trails during April and May, please note that the T-shirts are now ready for collection at your nominated pub.