historic pub trail:cambridge

situated in east anglia, Cambridge is famous for more than the iconic University. the city is rich in british history, and the pub trail is a great way to explore all that cambridge has to offer.



Craft beer

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The Old Bicycle Shop

In 2013, the much-loved Howes Cycle closed its doors after 173 years trading. They claimed to be the oldest bicycle shop in the country and its rumoured that Charles Darwin bought a bike from here in the 1800s! Today you’ll find this charming old building situated just a 10 minute stroll away from the train station has something new to offer as a bar and restaurant, with a quirky interior that commemorates the heritage of the original establishment. Memorabilia is everywhere you look -  the walls are embellished with saddles and handlebars, and bicycle parts have been fashioned into ornaments or table lamps! The Old Bicycle shop is a locals favourite that caters for coffee, food and drinks, and we recommend the gluten free Release the Chimps everyday IPA.

The Mill

This 19th century Mill is one of Cambridge’s most iconic pubs and is renowned for its extensive collection of well-kept real ales. Set on the banks of the river Cam, this idyllic spot promises a beer with a view, and a place to reminisce thanks to their radiogram and selection of vinyl. Popular with tourists, locals, and students, the Mill is a great place to visit no matter the season, but the summer guarantees a refreshing pint in the outdoor seating area right next to the Millpond. The 8 cask pumps are dominated by Adnams Southwold which we highly recommend, with Milton and Three Blind Mice brewery also on offer. Various lagers including Red Stripe and Heineken are available as well as a comprehensive wine list. You won’t go hungry either with plenty of delicious food on offer including the Pan Fried Salmon and Wild Boar Sausages.  

The Anchor

Cambridge’s iconic riverside pub on the Cam used to be known as “The Riverside Jazz Bar” due to the regular Friday night Jazz sessions in the 1960’s, and Pink Floyd fans will be delighted to know that this pub was also a regular hangout of the founder Roger “Syd” Barrett as a youngster! Today the Anchor pub, dining room and river terrace is a stone’s throw away from the world famous Queen’s College and its phenomenal Mathematical Bridge, with the chance to watch over the punting and shenanigans with a pint to hand! There’s a fantastic array of beers to choose from, but we recommend the house ale of Steadfast.

The Mitre

This historic establishment dates back to 1754 and is one of the few remaining pubs in the area known as “the lost pubs of Cambridge”. It stands on the site of two former inns, The Blackmoor’s Head and the Cock and Magpie. The first inn owes its name to Robert Blackmoor, a medieval chantry priest. The rise of the railway then took away a substantial amount of the river trade that both inns depended upon, meaning that by 1874 the Cock and Magpie was the only remaining pub. Cask ales include the Kirkstall’s Brewery range and we recommend their Three Swords, and craft beers are also available, with Beavertown and Magic Rock representing.

Champion of the Thames

This traditional street pub in the heart of Cambridge pride themselves on their ales and is very much favoured by locals. Inside you’ll find an old fashioned two-roomed bar with wooden floors, wood panelled walls and 5 hand pumps to choose from. The Champion of the Thames is an unbelievably friendly pub that provides a warm atmosphere - you might also be treated to a good old-fashioned sing-song if Jonny’s around! Everybody is welcome here, so bring your pooch for a drink...a local even brings his pet ferret along! A fantastic range of cask ales and bar snacks are always on offer, and we recommend the Timothy Taylor Boltmaker.

The Cambridge Brewhouse

The Cambridge Brew house is the perfect all-rounder to meet friends, sample fine beers, and sit back and watch the game whilst Mark is busy at work perfecting their own range of ales from the on-site micro-brewery. A fantastic print, “Real Ale breweries 1978” embellishes the wall, and you can expect to try something new from their great, ever changing collection of local and international craft beers. We recommend the Branch Line Bitter by the Humpty Dumpty Brewery!

The Free Press

This traditional backstreet public house is just a short walk away from the heart of historic Cambridge and it was allegedly the first non-smoking bar in the UK. Quirky and old, the Free Press offers a divergent experience, so grab a beer and admire the endless pages of newspapers that fill the walls, and leave a keepsake in one of the many printing trays to truly be a part of the beer community! Numerous photos of the boating and rugby societies of Cambridge College also proudly adorn the walls, and we recommend that you try a Woodfordes Wherry!

The Cambridge Blue

The Cambridge Blue is a traditional terraced English pub; a real ale paradise that serves an impressive number of brands from breweries far and wide. This enduring institution holds claim to generations of happy customers, and is a Multi-CAMRA-Award-Winning Freehouse with over 150+ Belgian bottled beers, and a fantastic selection of other world beers. You’ll be stuck for choice with 14 handpulled pumps to choose from, but if beer isn’t your thing, they have an incredible array of whiskeys!

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