A PUB GUIDE TO CAMBRIDGE NORTH RAILWAY STATION

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More from the public service arm of my blog, as I bring you a “complete” guide to refreshment options if you find yourself at Cambridge North Station.

Cambridge North 2.PNGOur newest station opened at the end of May to give easy access to the Science Park for the Computer Games designers that make up 85% of Cambridge’s booming workforce.  It may also mean folk park and ride from here, rather than clogging up the roads at the next station up the line (Waterbeach).

It’s a very shiny station. No Cambridge North Tap yet though.  Or even a Pumpkin Café.

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In the interests of research I made an unscheduled stop on the way to the Cambridge Beer Festival.  The National Rail website tells me there is just the ONE journey possible from Waterbeach to Cambridge North, at the handy time of 15.42.

The options for the return aren’t great either, but they do allow you enough time for a quick tour of the delights of the area.

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Within five minutes (my pace anyway) you’re at the Cam.

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Do NOT attempt to cross the river by this bridge.

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Instead, follow Fen Road along the north of the river, pausing to admire the £1.25m houses daubed with Latin graffiti.

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“Vote Lord Buckethead”

These houses stand on the site of one of the original Greene King dining pubs, where I’d pop most Fridays for a couple of pints of IPA (which I thought was called Ipper) and Brakes Bros finest pies.

Two minutes down Water Street you can cross the bridge towards Newmarket Road’s retail delights, admiring the callous disregard of Cambridge cyclists for the “Do Not Cycle” sign (before legal action ensues, yes it is “advisory”).

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The obvious stop here is the Green Dragon, but you can read my minor reservations on that Greene King Flaming Grill here. I’m sure Pints and Pubs will have a view too.

Instead, press on along Chesterton High Street (actually, the only High Street in Cambridge), pausing to admire the former offices of Hallens Motor Sales in Chapel Street. This is where I hid the green pen from the External Auditor during the 1985 annual accounts review.

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Where retiredmartin’s finance career all began

Directly opposite you’ll see our destination, the Haymakers. Until it’s gentrification (joking, slightly) under the stewardship of Milton Brewery a few years back, I’d been in here less than any pub apart from The Ship.

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Nowadays it’s Mrs RM’s go-to pub when she needs two quick pints of Marcus Aurelius* and a calzone.  Our sons tend to pass on the Marcus.

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Milton’s beer are a bit underrated, but the Haymakers has just won local CAMRA City Community Pub of the Year so clearly the pub isn’t.

Along with the equally transformed Devonshire, it’s my top tip for a Pegasus.

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More gorgeous wood panelling and bench seating, though we like to squeeze into the little snug below; sadly a wine drinker had nabbed it.

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A really good mix of professional drinkers and pizza munchers in the Haymakers as usual, and a decent place for live music, though unlikely to match the night Allo Darlin’ played here 5 years ago.

If you do resist the Margherita here, you’re left with my standby from the ’80s.  World Heritage status can’t be too far away for Small Fry.

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I can guarantee the presence of the doner kebab; I cannot guarantee the presence of the accompanying feline.  Sorry Mudge.

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Go back to the station the way you came.

You may notice the Plough in fen Ditton is technically closer to the new station.  If you are 50 feet high you may be able to jump across the Cam.

*some Nanny-Staters pub will only serve this in halves. They lose out on Mrs RM’s patronage, of course.

6 thoughts on “A PUB GUIDE TO CAMBRIDGE NORTH RAILWAY STATION

  1. You can tell Cambridge is posh by the look of the new station,if it was a new station in the Midlands or up North it would have had a small bus shelter and self service ticket machines.

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    1. The “new” Oxford Parkway station – opened eighteen months ago – has a small bus shelter, self service ticket machines and a really small latte bar that does a lovely pain-au-raisin !

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  2. You seem to be referring to “professional drinkers” a lot in recent posts. How professional does one have to be a professional drinker ? And who would win if you pitted the professional drinkers of the Haymakers against those of the local ‘Spoons branch ?
    If it was a John Smiths Smooth drinking contest, I’d back the ‘Spoons pros without hesitation. But if they’re drinking against the Haymakers in an away fixture, with North Cotswold “Hung Drawn & Quartered” – left hand pumpclip in your photograph – the competition ale, then the outcome might be different.
    That was an interesting and almost satirical post !

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