Maypole (Free) | Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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Maypole (Free)
Exceptional based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

20a Portugal Place
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire England CB5 8AF [ print map ]
01223 352999

maypolefreehouse.co.uk/Welcome.html

Hours: M-Th 1130-2400, Fr & Sa 1130-0100, Su 1200-2330


Mayor: jjsint (2) | Taps: 17 | Bottles: 50+


Maypole (Free)

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Beer Available At Maypole (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Rochefort Trappistes 10 100, Indian Summer Hop & Soul Porter , Milton Augustus 47, Grain Year of Hops - Spalt , Milton Prometheus 76, Brewfist Spaceman 97, Buntingford Single Hop Baron , Elgoods Black Eagle Imperial Stout 87, Nethergate Old Growler (Cask) 83, Lacons Affinity , Nethergate Lemon Head 32, Hopping Mad Balmy Days 36
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12 reviews for Maypole (Free)
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  81%
 Selection  73%
 Food  67%
 Value  67%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  82%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (358) Croydon, England | October 20, 2013
The Maypole in my opinion is the best pub in Cambridge. It is located on a backstreet, so thankfully is not full of tourists. They have the most varied selection of cask ale in town. Plenty of non golden-ale options which are all too common in the region! They also have a small, but interesting selection of bottles which include Belgian, Dutch, Italian & US beers. Staff were friendly and attentive. A Cambridge must-visit.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 18/20
jjsint  (122) Bedford, England | August 19, 2013| Updated October 20, 2013
Backstreet free house near the city centre. 10 real ales on, plus about 30 bottles. The real ales are well-thought out and varied, two Miltons and the rest from other small breweries. The bottles include craft ale from many countries.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso  (133) Bratislava, Slovak Republic | July 14, 2013
Small and cosy Pub in quiet street near city center. Good selection of beers, my favorite was Elgoods Black Eagle Imperial Stout. Food was tasty, surprisingly not obvious pub meals but Italian dishes. Service was quick and polite. Recommended pub.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Brugmansia  (356) Jylland, Denmark | February 11, 2013
Visited this pub 19/1-2013. First pub-stop after visiting the WinterAle Festival. Placed a bit from main street, so can be a bit tricky to find. Clean and cosy place, friendly staff and the beers in good condition. There is some bootle beers as well. Think they do food as well, but didnīt have any..
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (559) London, England | February 8, 2013
A real utilitarian boozer, this place. Probably the has the most unattractive exterior of any pub Iíve seen in the UK. The interior is slightly more approachable, but still somewhat sterile. Plenty of long tables with lots of seating. They have two bars featuring a good range of sessionable real ales, in addition to some more adventurous bottles, including Goose Island, Flying Dog and De Molen. In terms of the cask offerings this place definitely has one of the best ranges in Cambridge. Prices are fair, the bartenders were friendly. Certainly one of the must-visit pubs in town.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk  (128) The Hague, Netherlands | November 4, 2012
Amazing little pub in the backstreets of Cambridge. Super ale selection. Great service. These guys are really passionate about their ales and looking to grow the business. One of the best real ale pubs Iíve been in so make the effort to find it. You wonít be disappointed.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | October 1, 2012
Iíve been there twice and the first time the place was almous empty but the second time there was no room left. The real ale selection was good. My first choice was Buntingford The Maypole Golden Hoppy Bitter 3,8% (2010, 2011)
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (320) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 20, 2012| Updated March 12, 2013
The Maypoleís located on a quiet street not far from Jesus College in the centre of Cambridge. The pubís large, with a big beer garden. Itís often crowded with students, and the boisterous atmosphere makes for a nice ambience. The 8+ cask selections were interesting, featuring many local micro-breweries that I had never even heard of. The beer was well-kept and the barman knew his product. Overall, this is a very good pub that Iíd strongly recommend to beer lovers visiting Cambridge. Its location close to the centre of town is a real bonus too, as most of Cambridgeís best pubs are located in less convenient locations.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock  (286) , England | April 2, 2012
I thought this pub to be a real find. Hidden away from any main roads or shopping streets Portugal Place is however within easy walking distance of anywhere within the city centre and The Maypole is well worth the effort of finding; if you want good quality Real Ale from small independent breweries that other pubs donít sell in Cambridge. The pub has two distinct rooms, both with TVís (something Iím not too keen on), both also have a bar area, the larger bar having many hand pulls on it. Cocktails and good quality food being another selling point according to a local who tipped me off about it, we didnít eat or have cocktails though: too many new cask beers for us to attack. The pub is also in the 2012 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Basic, this is far from plush or smart, but it is friendly and clean, good service comes with a smile no matter how busy the establishment is, or how large your order may be. On our visit the beer quality was excellent as was the selection, what more could you ask for?
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (276) Tallinn, Estonia | January 25, 2012
Wow - becoming a free house has turned this from simple adequacy to definite "beer haven" status. Made sure I got 2 trips in my long weekend, and there were 3 new beers on after a gap of 3 days. They always seem to have 8-10 real ales. Menu looked fancy, didnít eat. Occasional festivals - only possible (or cost effective) since ditching the tie to Green King. Freindly staff, happy to talk about their beers and all kinds of related matters. I wish these guys well, theyíre right in the centre of my beer scope when Iím going to Cambridge (#3 beside CB and L&LL, Iíd say).

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