Elm Tree | Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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Elm Tree
Good based on 16 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

16a Orchard Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire England CB1 1JT [ print map ]
01223 363005

banksandtaylor.com

Hours: Mon-Sat 1100-2300, Sun 1200-2230


Mayor: jjsint (4) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 50


Elm Tree

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Beer Available At Elm Tree (arranged by most recent)
Achel 8 Bruin 98, Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne 97, Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 100, Préaris Quadrupel 95
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16 reviews for Elm Tree
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  81%
 Selection  73%
 Food  80%
 Value  64%
 Overall  73%
 Rating  82%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer  (209) Knoxville, Tennessee | May 1, 2015
Visited a few years ago but it doesn’t sound like things have changed much. A pleasant spot in a nice old building. Quite a convivial atmosphere. I recall a few English crap beers on tap but things may be different now. Certainly a decent enough spot to while away a little time on a (very) quiet Sunday evening. However, there weren’t many beery options around town so we were grateful for anything we could find - things seem to have improved somewhat since then. Which is good because Cambridge is a very pleasant place for a walkabout. Didn’t eat as we’d already done so elsewhere.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (342) Tallinn, Estonia | January 30, 2015
Easiest way to find this is to take the narrow footpath (not the one with the archway just 50m from the copshop, the next one up) from the side of Parker’s Piece, near the coach stops. Otherwise, head to the Tram Depot from East Road, and zig-zag once behind that, about 200m max. New B&T proprietorship is a great improvement over the old only-Wells drudgery. 3 W&Y, 3 B&T (always rotating) and 4 guests. Well-chosen Belgian bottles too. Great staff - very knowledgable about good beers, and really friendly too. A very positive contribution to the excellent Cambridge beer scene. UPDATE (2015): Wells’ influence dropped to just 1 pump (facing the door), which is about right. Got more ticks here again. Always worth coming back.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77  (114) Breda, Netherlands | October 29, 2014
Situated in a quiet street. Has a bit of a rock vibe. Beer quality was poor to average. Around 6 casks I think. Reasonable collection of Belgian beers for a high price. I tried speaking with the lady working there about beers but she didn’t know much. Maybe she was trying to get rid of me, she had seemingly just farted before I approached her and was (hopefully) somewhat embarrassed.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar  (406) Sandnes, Norway | January 18, 2014
Very nice pub on a corner location,inside there is a small bar, 3 guest beers, 10 on tap alltogether. I liked the ambience in here, a student meets beergeek place, wooden floor, music played at conversation friendly level,lots of small tables for 2-3 persons, brewery signs and memorabila on the walls,pretty dark, small candles on tables,nice beer on tap and bottles, by the way, the Westvleteren 12 was only £45 a bottle. And the service couldn´t be better, my best experience at my short Cambridge visit.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint  (246) Ely, England | August 19, 2013| Updated May 1, 2015
Pub near the bus station. Owned by Charles Wells but run by B&T. You cannot fault the selection - a ticker’s paradise for Belgians - but quite expensive. I come here quite a bit when I want a nice bottle to drink in convivial surroundings, but the cask is pretty good too.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Brugmansia  (463) Jylland, Denmark | April 23, 2013
Visited january 2013, another great pub visited on our great pubcrawl. I think this place is where a lot of the locals go, it for sue seemed that way. Cosy atmosphere anf very serviceminded staff. The beers we had was well served. Go there, enjoy the atmosphere and a nice pint of beer..
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton  (685) London, England | February 10, 2013
Fairly quiet little boozer, even with the glam rock background music, which played a fairly sedate volume. There are carpets in here. The cask range is so so, the prices [on the cask ales] average. This place seems to fancy itself a purveyor of Belgian beers, and they have a respectable bottle list; however, much of the Belgian range is expensive to the point of ridiculousness. According to their printed beer menu, you may purchase a Westvleteren Blonde for £35, a Westy 8 for £35, or a Westy 12 for...wait for it...£80. Yep, £80. That’s their prerogative, but I find it pretty silly. The pub is decorated with lots of photos on the walls (in the style of a high-schooler’s bedroom) with plenty of beer ephemera to boot. Interesting spot, I suppose, but not one of my favourite’s in Cambridge.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk  (201) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | November 4, 2012
A very hard to find pub on the backstreets of Cambridge, but well worth the trek. It’s an uber geeky place selling mainly Banks and Taylor beers but with several guests too and an awesome selection of Belgian bottled beers and some ciders too, for those people partial to drinking battery acid :-) A totally off the wall boozer with a greal ambience that will appeal to students, pensioners and anyone in between!
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | October 1, 2012
Good selection of real ales. Great and friendly staff (2010, 2011).
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
Fin  (700) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 16, 2012| Updated April 17, 2012
My first visit here and this will probably be a pub that Loz and venture to again, however the beer selection was hardly exciting, the most interesting beer that we could see was Banks & Taylor Fruit Bat and Box Steam Chuffin Ale so hardly anything to get to cheery about. The beers were well kept but in the case of the Box Steam just plain boring and the Banks & Taylor was just well rather weird, too artificial in my opinion with the fruitiness. A pleasant long corridor type pub that was amusing for the very cluttery and busy feel, I guess it would seem busy with just a handful of folk in there and yesterday it had barely anymore than a handful on our visit. Relatively close to the bottom end of Mill Road this pub is situated closeish to town and not far from both Parkers Piece and Jesus Piece/Place. The selection of Belgian bottles in the fridges was very impressive however on the whole I thought that they were also rather steep £5.30 for an Orval and £6.70 for Rochefort 10 is quite pricey in my opinion however Schlernka at £4.20 or thereabouts is not bad at all.

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