CHERRY HINTON – A WARNING FROM HISTORY

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.

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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.

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As you’ll remember, Cherry Hinton is NOT the best area in Cambridge for pubs either, as What Pub revealed in 2018.

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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 ?

6 thoughts on “CHERRY HINTON – A WARNING FROM HISTORY

  1. The Rosemary Branch used to be popular for lunches with staff from the nearby high tech enterprise park, but many of those firms moved to the American-style zero alcohol during the working day contracts, just like the rest.

    I doubt if they have improved UK productivity one jot, however.

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  2. “November hasn’t been a GREAT month, he says with maximum understatement.”

    I was thinking more along the lines of ‘pull the other one!’. 🙂

    “Alan Hinton, former Derby County forward who has no known connection withe the village.”

    Apart from living in a cherry tree?

    “I spent the largest part of my NHS career here, at Fulbourn Hospital in its varied formats.”

    I’m assuming it was renamed Fulbourn as it was the only hospital not to have any Thalidomide babies back in the 60’s? 😉

    “where I out-BRAPA’d BRAPA by dancing on the table to the London Boys”

    I don’t believe you.

    “As you’ll remember, Cherry Hinton is NOT the best area in Cambridge for pubs”

    Blimey! I’ll say!

    “It’s the only place in town you’re likely to find a mobility scooter, anyway.”

    Always a good sign!

    “What will our pub stock look like at the end of 2020 ?”

    Sigh. That goes for any food and drink businesses alas. 😦

    Cheers

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      1. “I laughed at your Fulbourn joke.”

        Phew! I was a bit concerned about that one.

        As for the dancing on the table incident… we’ve all been there is one way or another.*

        * – mine was drinking beer out of a stripper’s shoe (blush)**

        ** – and I was married at the time! (but on course with the military far away from my better half) 😉

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