I feel a bit guilty about the lack of a report on St Andrews Brehouse, my new Norwich tick last week. Sadly my phone camera had only just recharged enough to bring you one shot from that “Fine City”. And it ain’t from the GBG pub.
St Andrews is part of the burgeoning City Pub Co empire, which has somehow reached eight pubs in Cambridge in as many years, including the new bar in the Old Ticket Office.
If I’m honest, many people wanted a Cambridge Tap at the station. (I wanted a Bass-only boozer, Mrs RM wanted a Brew Dog)
Quite how I’ve resisted the charms of a pub with 26 gins for so long, I don’t know.
More folk (pashmina wearers, mostly) outside than in. Unlike, say, the station bars at Doncaster, Weston or Newcastle, you can only access this from outside, so it doesn’t really feel like a waiting room.
It’s another classy piece of design.
Boasting the same sort of range as their city centre bars,
but with a scary/exciting craft keg range.
and even a toe dipped in the low alcohol market.
Hard to judge the trade at midday. As many drinkers as diners, which is rare for Cambridge.
And a right old mix of folk, hardly any of whom seemed to be heading for the train.
The stairs are a bit dizzying after 3 pints of keg or artisan gins, I would imagine.
“Champagne Supernova” the soundtrack to an excellent Adnams Old, one of the joys of the Autumn we seem to have missed this year. Always one of their best beers at its cool, fresh best (NBSS 3.5). Tally Ho from Newton remains the Adnams pinnacle, though.
I can’t imagine this attracts folk away from the Spoons and the circuit venues, and I doubt many commuters pop in on their way back from London, but a fair few foreign visitors did pop in with Paddington-style suitcases as lunchtime wore on.
In virtually any other county it would be a shoe-in for the next GBG Guide, but will no doubt give BRAPA a decision to make about ticking it off as a pre-emptive when he next pesters Cambridge in his funny trousers.