Cambridge Blue (Free) | Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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Cambridge Blue (Free)
Excellent based on 28 ratings
Type: Bar

85-87 Gwydir Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire England CB1 2LG [ print map ]
01223 471680

the-cambridgeblue.co.uk

Hours: Mon-Sat 1200-2300, Sun 1200-2230


Mayor: gunnar (1) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 120


Cambridge Blue (Free)

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Beer Available At Cambridge Blue (Free) (arranged by most recent)
Langton Welland Star , Colchester Old King Coel London Porter 66
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28 reviews for Cambridge Blue (Free)
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  76%
 Selection  82%
 Food  65%
 Value  69%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 27, 2013
Great pub for locals, as their bottle selection is varied and extensive including real lambics. Real ale selection was not too exciting but good enough. Nice place overall.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Fin  (607) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 5, 2009| Updated April 16, 2012
Have been a number of time over the years most recently was on Sat 3rd Oct 2009. As ever there is always a really solid selection of Cask Ales, at a guess Id say about ten at any one time and usually its a fairly interesting and diverse choice. Very good selection of Belgian, USA and other world beers that is probably only matched (maybe bettered for the Belgian range) by the equally excellent Live and Let Live. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, pleasant garden though now mostly laid to slabs or cobbles as I recall from my last venture out there in June. The Mill Road area of Cambridge is pretty much the be all and end all area for anyone visiting this lovely city and this is certainly one of the major highlights there. UPDATE 2012 Weve been here quite a few more time over the last few years in fact I would say that we get here at least 3-4 times a year. I went in March 2012 and again on Sat 14th 2012 and the place has had a slight facelift with the gents toilets being relocated providing a little more width in the bar area and six further handpumps on the front bar which show what beers are available on gravity in the tap room. De Molen has also been added to the keg selection and the bottled beer choice also seems to be growing. A very good pub that is getting even better.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (494) Tampere, Finland | January 8, 2011
Nice atmosphere, real neighbourhood pub. OK food. Good service. 10 casks, 3 German taps, 1 Belgian tap, 1 Meantime tap and 1 cider tap.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (447) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 20, 2012| Updated September 16, 2012
The Cambridge Blues a great pub located off Mill Road on the outskirts of Cambridge. The pubs deceptively large, with a big beer garden behind the pub. The decor is tired, with plenty of beer and tobacco paraphernalia adorning the walls. The cask selection is strong, with something like 8 beers on cask plus more options available on gravity. The bottle list is large (150?), dominated by offerings from Belgium. At first glance the list is not all that interesting, but on closer selection it reveals some real gems. Rare beers from Hanssens, Tij, and Struise (Pannepot Grand Reserva 09 ftw!) were all available at intriguing prices. The food is nothing special, the portions are large.
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey  (424) Croydon, England | October 20, 2013
Cambridge Blue is easily one of the best pubs in Cambridge. The place itself is deceptively large... it has a smallish bar area at the front and then plenty of the seating that just keeps on going on towards the back. They have 8-12 cask ales on offer. On our visit these happened to be mostly Oakham, which made me very happy. The pub boasts a selection of over 100 bottles displayed in fridges at the front of the bar. This was comprised of mostly of Belgian beers - nothing much new for the power-rater, but decent nonetheless. Gets busy quite quickly due to the shape of the bar and then the service suffers unfortunately. Good place, but be prepared to wait a while for your drink!
72
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314  (399) Leiden, Netherlands | June 17, 2013
Decent selection, the fridges by the door are a novel touch. Decent, well kept beer and good service.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar  (382) Sandnes, Norway | January 13, 2014
Big friendly local pub, very spacy with a big patio out back. When you enter the premises you are met by a large doublel fridge filled with bottles from Europe, Belgian, Germans and some others. 14 cask lines and 12 kegs makes up the tap selection. Nice interior, and service minded personel
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil  (307) Tallinn, Estonia | January 25, 2012
Almost certainly the number one beer venue in Cambridge. Youre basically guaranteed 3 new beers every day. 6 of the 12 pump clips are for hand-pull, the others show whats on from gravicask round the back - my favourite dispense. Unfortunately, several that Ive had there in the last few trips have been a little old. Food is excellent - I got the rarest steak Ive had since I was in France there - and was pretty reasonably priced. Plenty of space. Prices in the UK have gone up massively since I was last there, so this last trip felt a bit expensive, but Im sure the CBs no more expensive than any other pub in town. No matter how short the trip, you must visit this pub!
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
Brigadier  (281) Clevelandish, Ohio | May 30, 2013
Maybe it was the time of day but the service and food quality were very poor. Fortunately the list of taps was amazing including a number of local breweries. Three fridges up front held a variety of international options including some nice lambics.

If the service had been a bit better I might think this was a place worth revisiting. As it is if I do make my way back to Cambridge there are other pubs just around the corner that seem much more friendly places. Give it a shot as your mileage may vary but prepare to be disappointed.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem  (279) Berlin, Germany | April 1, 2009
Cozy atmosphere, impressive selection of bottles and casks, and friendly staff and punters. Didnt try any real food, and my low opinion of the scratchings is irrelevant since Im no aficionado of the damn things.

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