November hasn’t been a GREAT month, he says with maximum understatement.
On Saturday morning it reached an unlikely nadir as I was required to rush to Cherry Hinton before the local Building Society closed or face dire consequences. Patronised readers will get to read the full details FIRST.
Cherry Hinton, as you’ll know, is named after,
Alan Hinton, former Derby County forward who has no known connection withe the village.
I spent the largest part of my NHS career here, at Fulbourn Hospital in its varied formats.
Bar the occasional pint of IPA at the Robin Hood, where I out-BRAPA’d BRAPA by dancing on the table to the London Boys, my only acquaintance with the village has been that Building Society branch and a Turkish barber.
It’s not very bucolic, but there’s a Holiday Inn Express, David Lloyd gym and some chalk pits near the Folk Festival site for which it’s best known.
As you’ll remember, Cherry Hinton is NOT the best area in Cambridge for pubs either, as What Pub revealed in 2018.
Cofifteen (ugh) is now a curry house, though it used to be the Unicorn, as you can tell by the window etchings (?).
With the proper pubs long closed and converted to housing, you’re left with the Robin Hood on the road to the station and the rather good Red Lion, the only (and last ever) local pub to make the GBG.
It’s the only place in town you’re likely to find a mobility scooter, anyway.
But it’s not long ago, let’s say 2007, when there were five pubs for the 9,000 villagers to choose from.
What will our pub stock look like at the end of 2020 ?