A bit of late night pub porn for those of you who will never know the joy of a pint of malty bitter for two pounds sterling. That’s you, Maidenhead.
Rather surprisingly, that pint comes from the posh suburbs of Peterborough.
The Botolph Arms is on the edge of the Ortons, the bit of Peterborough which folk actually retire to (our Chairman moved from Cornwall to live there). Some of the places here sound French, for goodness sake.
WhatPub says there’s a Sam Smiths pub here, but I’d never seen it, or heard from anyone who’s been in it.
It took me a while to find it, tucked away at the end of a long drive on a quiet street.
With the sudden closure of the Wortley Almshouses, this is the only Sam Smiths in Cambridgeshire, and a bit of a gem. “Last surveyed on 30/03/2014” says WhatPub, which seems a bit sad.
It’s not a classic, but most folk would warm to the multi-roomed interior with giant fireplace and proper seating. A bit like the South Yorkshire Sam’s pubs.
Recently revived by new managers, I hear, and it was buzzing on Thursday night
- It was packed, without food or quizzes or Prosecco tastings to draw ’em in
- The OBB (NBSS 3) was £2 in a smart Cambridgeshire suburb
- The full range of Sam’s craft beers on display
A real mix of locals too, as you’d hope for in what’s pretty much an estate pub (but rarely get), with young professionals happy to stand at the bar.
There was a lot going on, as you’d expect from IT professional, drunkards and blokes with “Guns ‘n’ Roses” T-shirts. The discussion on the merits of TV21, Topper and Beezer somehow led to this exchange;
“Do you even know who Dan Dare is ?”
“I’m an expert on The Eagle, of course I do”
“Dan Dare, it’s my cock that is !” (Editors note – presumably his pet rooster)
£2 a pint, folks, and all this free entertainment. How can you resist ?