Someone asked me today if I intended to tick the new Good Beer Guide. I said “Yes” straight away (Mrs RM wasn’t there) but I’m not sure using GBG23 to guide my travel is quite the same as being determined to finish it again.
For a start, if you’re aiming to complete the Guide you can’t afford to be diverting your efforts (and weekly units) to unprofessional activities like beer festivals or pre-emptive ticks or revisits to old favourites.
And I’ve been too easily led astray by Cambridge pubs on my visits home.
In late September I popped to see the Cam’s riverside bar in its final week of operation.
and Mrs RM always nagged me to take here there on those endless summer days that are accompanied by a run on the ice cream.
A rather “tighter” keg beer selection than when Thirsty ran it originally,
but the Brewboard Ripchord is at least local (a mile or so down the A10), and is a good example of your 2022 grapefruit craft.
£6 your pint, Sir. A price which ensures most folk drinking on the layered seating running down to the Cam are sticking with Vedett.
A nice pint, as long as Table 37 isn’t reserved, and if your favourite banter is students discussing pub quizzes on Mill Road and microscope then you’d be in your element.
While I was there I saw the place was closing at the end of the month, always a shame, but tonight I see that another Cambridge brewery, Calverleys, are taking it on. Hopefully that’s the way things will go as we head into 2023.
Talking of commercial opportunities, wouldn’t those boating clubs make great micro pubs ?