Mrs RM has started an assignment flitting between Northampton Council (yes, THAT one) and a Cambridge office. If only there was even a 3rd World standard road between the two it’d be bearable.
Still, she gets to pop in the Rifle Drum when she stays over, so life’s not all bad.
I picked her up from the Cambridge office at Castle Hill last week, next to the city’s highest point (wooo) and sole Adnams tied house.
We’ve been popping in the Castle Inn for decades; 5 or so years ago it would have been a key part of a Cambridge Pub Tourist Crawl including the Blue/Live & Let Live/Free Press & Radegund.
But it’s out of the Guide, at least temporarily, and frankly the Bitter and Broadside are a shadow of what they were*.
Still a gorgeous, rambling interior though.
Just the seven on cask. I bet some CAMRA members pop their head round the door, groan at the “dullness” of the selection, and move on to the Maypole. I picked Mosaic.
“Get me something cold” shouted Mrs RM, picking a table near the bar. #PubWoman.
The New England IPA was a modest 6%, which I guess is the new 4.1%.
“Hazy orange” it says on the website, though not on the pump clip, of course. Mrs RM didn’t mind the murk, it was cool and refreshing ideally matched to a burger, chips and mayo that isn’t the bargain grub it once was here.
The Mosaic was warming up nicely, even before I got back to the table with one of those numbered spoons we love. Decent taste, not refreshing (NBSS 3). As so often, Mrs RM won the cask ale lottery.
So why is cask slumping ? As here, a switch to lager and keg as an excess of handpumps means the cask is split too thin.
Tell me I’m wrong.
*And that’s not my tastebuds. The Adnams is as good as ever at the Queen’s Head.
NB I had as taster of the Ghost Ship LA (0.5%). Served in a warm thimble, it was soup.