19th September 2022.
While I was in the Blue I had a look at what the other Cambridge pubs were doing on funeral day.
Well, that’s clear.
BRAPA noted two pubs in the same village, one “closed as a mark of respect“, the next “open as a mark of respect“. The concept of “respect” is clearly less clear.
A well-worn path through the cemetery and the Kite to King St, allowing me to bring you a pic of the Offal Offer” at Yemtox. “The Offal Offer” is available from my website for a tenner plus P & P.
King Street isn’t quite the Run of pubs it was when I were a lad, but it’s still a pretty street,
and the Champion of the Thames is, still, one of the most recommendable of all pubs, despite because of the exciting beer range;
Mudgie liked this one back in 2019, and it’s hard to think of a better pub atmosphere than the one in here on State Funeral Day.
Some regulars at the bar had obviously taken advantage of the 10:30 opening.
“How’s YOUR day !” he boomed. “Great” I said.
Lots of discussion about the bishop who’d dropped the bit of paper in Westminster Abbey, an observation that “the gun carriage lacked tread“, and blokes saying “He stitched me up like a kipper” in an unironic way.
Oh, and the IPA tasted like it used to, when I were a lady (3.5). Lacings don’t lie*.
Just time on the walk back to the station to pop in a bona fide NEW pub, courtesy of a Tonbridge Paul tip.
I’d never heard of it, and thought Paul was describing the perpetually re-branded Town & Gown, the other McMullens style bar.
But no, Cambridge Tap is what was formerly Cambridge Building Society, who still have some of
my Mrs RM’s money. I hope they took it with them when McMullen moved in.
No cask, but as Paul says their keg is probably better than their cask these days, and if CAMRA want to throw me out for saying that more fool them.
You wouldn’t know it was a McMullen, all the branding is Rivertown, but the SIPA was pretty good.
The “pub” ? Well, Stafford Paul won’t be making a pilgrimage here, even if they stick a handpump in.
Particularly with such confusing loos.