On the sunniest day of the year so far I managed to coax Mrs RM out for a walk.  Only down to Waterbeach station and round the main drag of Cambridge at lunchtime, but it’s a start.

Cambridge station is looking rather different these days, a vast development of flats, hotels and bike shops transforming one of the UK’s hitherto dumpiest looking spaces into something almost European.

We’d been hoping for a craft bar on the platform, instead we get a Youngs pub outside.  Full marks to the cheery staff at the Station Tavern who let us in for a nosey around even though it was shut. Very pleasant, in a Parcel Yard way, though the beers with luggage tables look doesn’t work for me.  No sign of local beers, but it has Doom Bar on so that’s OK then.


Not much to do in Cambridge, as the estimable py pointed out in the comments on my previous post, so we did the tourist route through the floral Backs, which are at their best now.

Image result for the cambridge backs

The Colleges and Kings Parade are heaving with Japanese tourists and Spanish schoolchildren; Cambridge has rarely been as cheap now that we’ve discovered Travelodge and Itsu.  The pubs aren’t benefitting much though, and apart from the Eagle there were few tourists enjoying what is supposedly the UK’s greatest cultural asset.

So they were missing out on the newly refurbished Mitre with its cutting-edge cask line-up;


To be fair, there may have been more round the corner but that’s what I saw on the bar in the split-second staff give you to make up your mind.  The Timmy Taylors was water (NBSS 1.5).

Luckily, Mrs RM is a fully paid up (i.e. £6 a half) member of the Evil Keg Society, and went for the Vocation Heart & Soul, which I confess I drank most of, it was wonderful.  Watery cask or robust tasty keg.  The battle is lost (joking).

The Mitre looks the business, inside and out, though it’s hard to see much change from the time of Pint & Pub’s earlier visit here.  Shame about the clutter outside.


Nicholson’s lunch offer doesn’t get any more enticing though, so we went mega-tourist and popped in Thaikun by the Quayside, hoping to see French schoolchildren fall off their punts from our table. No such luck.

Expensive but good quality Thai soup and salad, and another decent keg offer (the Founders, not the Singha).  As Mrs RM said, you need cold craft beers to wash down spicy Thai, but that doesn’t stop her staying on the Broadside at the Wrestlers.

That was more than enough beer on a midweek lunchtime, of course, but sadly nature called and we were morally obliged to share an average half of Nene Valley in the Old Bicycle Shop, which we felt sorry for as it’s obscured by roadworks.  Despite those eyesores, it was doing a good lunchtime trade.

There’s life outside Mill Road in Cambridge, but it’s cold and lightly carbonated.

12 thoughts on “ON THE KEG IN CAMBRIDGE

  1. Anyone who installs those upholstered barstools with backs should be taken out and shot.

    And surely, for Cambridge, Taylor’s Dark Mild IS cutting-edge :p

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  2. Mudgie, that is far too lenient. They should be forced to spend a couple of hours on said stools before being executed, preferably by being tied to it and then burnt to dispose of both the offender and the offending item.

    Martin, I had a look in the fare manual. £2.60 for a cheap day return, or £2 at the weekend on a 5 miles and 39 chains journey is decent value these days and decries the popular view that fares are low in the north but high in the south.


  3. Tom, you’re far too lenient. They should be sent to Maidenhead.

    You’re right about train fares. The bus fare at the same time is double that. It’s only c.£16.60 weekend return to London, as long as you then walk from Kings Cross (which you should always do).


    1. Presumably not a permanent stay in Maidenhead as that presumably breaches the Geneva Convention. I don’t want to go down as one of those funny dictator types in the Hague. Perhaps send them there for a fortnight and then deal with them.

      How am I supposed to travel on every London Underground unit if I always walk from Kings Cross?

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  4. I will stand accused of being a beer (s)nob but I do a reciprocal these days when I see Doom Bar OTB, unless I’m with company.

    On the Thai front, you must go to Thai A Roy Dee, Vicar Lane, LS1, strange name, now better than Jino in Headingley, LS6, IMHO, but similarly BYO. I was getting worried when we called in after @LeedsBeerFest on Saturday as my son reeled dish after dish off the menu at the very pleasant waitress. No need, £33 for 3 of us and walked out as full as a butchers dog! Just leaving time for a pint of Sputnik in North Bar, before catching the last Peasant Carrier home.

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  5. How did you get into a closed pub and take photos inside,did you have a special pass or something,
    it that was me in a scruffy coat and jeans i am sure they would have told me to *iss off and find the nearest homeless shelter.

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