I’m not as committed to the cause as Pints and Pubs, but I am attempting to visit all the Cambridge pubs over the year, so I can moan about their inclusion/exclusion from the Guide with a clear conscience*.
Today I had a few options. Hoover the house, write more blog posts or walk Cambridge looking for a pub lunch. It’s good to have options, anyway.
Ninety minutes walk later, I’d only found one pub, apart from Spoons, open before noon, which is a “Sign of the Times” (cultural reference).
Hello, Elm Tree.
There are few benefits to retirement as anticipated as the lunchtime pint. Sadly, not only is it virtually illegal for workers, it’s practically dead in Cambridge.
One old boy was finishing up an even earlier pint, so I asked the long-standing landlady what had just been pulled (it was Bombardier Pale). She told me all the ten beers had been pulled through that morning, to avoid folk getting tired beer.
I loved that enthusiasm for good beer, which is in marked contrast to Tandleman’s experience in a Glasgow pub last week.
My enhanced confidence in the quality of a 10 pump line-up was justified. The Edwin Taylor Stout was superb (NBSS 4).
I’ve wrote about the Elm Tree before. It’s one of Mrs RM’s favourite cosy Cambridge pubs, and not just for the Belgian Tripels,
or the furnishings,
or the Bass memorabilia.
It’s one of those cosy back street pubs that Cambridge still does better than most. Plenty of different corners to hide, or to mingle.
The landlady was happy to chat about lunchtime drinking, pubs without food and the pros and cons of having ten pumps on (as well as Cambridge’s best Belgian selection). Prices below the average (£3.80 for the 4.5% Stout) must help.
Talking of Bruges, as we were, I really must get back to see how the little Bear is getting on without Daisy.
The Stout must have been good, as I’d finished a second pint before I’d noticed. That’s not clever. Luckily lunch was two minutes away.
*Joking. Cambridge CAMRA gets it spot on with selection in my humble view.