Live and Let Live (Free) | Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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Live and Let Live (Free)
Excellent based on 20 ratings
Type: Bar

40 Mawson Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire England CB1 2EA [ print map ]
01223 460261

Hours: Mo-Sa 1130-230 & 5 [6 Sat]-11, Su 12-3 & 7-11

Mayor: Scopey (1) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 40+

Live and Let Live (Free)

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Oakham Green Devil IPA 99
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20 reviews for Live and Let Live (Free)
 Ambiance  83%
 Service  81%
 Selection  74%
 Food  46%
 Value  74%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
tobydarling  (2) , England | September 19, 2010
Best pub in Cambridge 5 ever changing guest ales, including 1 that’ll be 3.5-4%, a dark one (could be anything from a 3.3% mild to a 9% stout). There’s usually an offering from Oakham. Tring Jack O Legs and Nethergate’s Umble are the house regulars. Landlord is fastidious about line cleaning There’s a guest draught Belgian, currently Kwak, and Leffe. 40+ Belgian bottles gets it a mention in the Good Beer Guide to Belguim Real cider from Cassel’s, and Weston’s under gas. 50+ rums, except when there’s a rum festival on when that goes up to 70+. 10+ bourbons. No fruit machine, music or tv.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx  (156) Vasa, Finland | August 10, 2010
Lovely pub with a talkative landlord, who atleast this day just would let you order until 1430 when they are supposed to close for a while. Great selection of cask ales and all serviced in very good condition.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
aj_ml  (4) , Norway | May 26, 2010
One of Cambridge’s gems. Always a good selection of ales, decent food and the possibility of a nice chat with the locals.
Fin  (535) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 5, 2009
This was the third of the Mill Road vicinity pubs that we visited this time whilst in the city. I’ve been here before but not as frequently as its two near neighbours the Cambridge Blue and the KIngston Arms. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in here, the beer was in excellent order and the barman very helpful and friendly. It was fair buzzing with chatter and was nice to see a little back street pub doing so well. An excellent Belgian beer selection offered those seeking something different from the 8 or so cask ales on handpump something to go at. This has now risen ahead of the Kingston for me and pushes the Cambridge Blue hard for the best pub in this city.
ladnewton  (157) London, England | August 17, 2009
An intimate backstreet local, keeping a well-kept and well-chosen range of real ales on handpump. Attracts a mixed clientele, but mainly keen ale enthusiasts. Fairly efficient service at the bar and a food menu, offered most sessions, that caaters for the many, not the few. A proper pub, homely furnishing and lighting afford warm atmosphere. Conversation rules the roost here, too. Well worth a visit, and inclusion on any Cambridge crawl. I visited on Saturday 15th August and enjoyed the one pint I had there immensely.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
hughie  (25) Bedford, England | July 7, 2009
I liked the backstreet ambiance and scruffy interior. Only five cask ales on, which was disappointing. Food was only just above basic: burger and chips, pork pie, ploughman’s. Copy of The Times to read. Toilets were clean.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn  (165) Bracknell, England | June 17, 2009
Another great backstreet pub, close to the Kingston Arms and Cambridge Blue, and surpassing them both in my opinion. Slightly dark and seedy - I guess I fitted in straight away! A good and varied range of cask ales, good service, and excellent reading material dotted around the place - my kind of pub.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Tim Webb  (201) Cambridge, England | May 31, 2009
One of the cornerstones of the Cambridge sanity belt and unique in branching out into an impressive range of Belgian craft ales to compliment the UK real ones. The pub that is nearest to the station on the way back. Round the corner from Bacchanalia. A good place to mumble but still feel normal.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
bacchanalia  (6) milton, England | March 18, 2009
A small but proper real ale pub. The selection is not as big as some but the great thing about it is that it’s chosen by a real beer lover. This means you will find dark beers, unfiltered draught belgian & other oddities that other pubs may well not have as they will be playing safe with light golden beers. If you want a well kept proper beer, you could do a lot worse than the live.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil  (299) Tallinn, Estonia | July 14, 2008| Updated January 25, 2012
Possibly Cambridge’s 2nd best real ale pub, having a more interesting selection than the Kingston Arms. Very friendly staff (in particular ’Haggis’), and knowledgeable too. Pete’s good at pulling in some interesting foreign beers too. Food has always been tasty, and frequently includes specials. Rather limited in space, alas. Doesn’t cater for smokers, not having a terrace, but I couldn’t give a flying wotsit about that. Gents loos are the only thing making this not a 5 ambiance - they’re dire. (And still dire 2 years later - please Pete - fix up the loos!)

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