It looks pretty ordinary from the outside in a pretty ordinary part of town, still quite central though. Friendly, good atmosphere, more locals than visitors. The beer list is incredible, not sure how they can maintain this level. It has to be on everyone’s list of Cambridge pubs.
From the outs this looks like any ordinary British pub and in many way it is, if not for the excellent beer menu. Not even talking about the good choice of international bottles, but the taps had lots of styles and breweries to choose from. Superb friendly service, but I do admit that when it became busier (a wedding party was held) there were actual lines to get a beer at the bar. The breweries were an interesting mix of modern (Beach, XT, Red Squirrel) and classicly styled (Colchester, Milton). Prices are fine.
FatPhil (627) Tallinn, Estonia | August 17, 2015| Updated February 20, 2017
Wow - becoming a free house has turned this from being just very decent 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, didn’t 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, they’re right in the centre of my beer scope when I’m going to Cambridge (#3 beside CB and L&LL, I’d say).
Update: Now more beers, up to 18 on tap - and all fresh. My clear #1 choice in town now. We always fit in 2 trips every multi-day visit to town. Burton Bridge Thomas Sykes and Mauldons Blackberry Porter on tap at the same time?!?! You’d be mad to leave.
I really liked the Maypole. It’s quite an ordinary place but the beer selection was extraordinary - there were 34 beers on offer, and the list was exceptionally well chosen. The service was very good too. We were offered a taste of each beer before a full glass was poured and, unprompted, they asked whether we had a CAMRA card. The pub is tucked away in the back streets next to a car park and has a patio running along the side. Well worth seeking out.
(Visited 21 May 2015).
Very nice place located just a little off centre. Seemed like a place where students hang out. Nice, cosey terrace. Good selection of cask beers. Some nice bottles as well. Good thing one can order beers inside but outside as well at the terrace. Would probably visit again. A bit like the Cambridge Blue.
Interesting selection of cask ales, something like 15 to choose between I think, so the selection is wide, but not necessarily good. Fair prices. There is a small bottle selection also, but nothing interesting. Service was attentive and friendly, but they didn’t know too much about the beers that were on. Simple interior with wooden furniture and beer + sports stuff on the walls, intellectual clientele. Those people need to remember that they are merely shoeshine boys of the ruling elite.
Fin (1162) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 22, 2014
I didn’t visit here on this my most recent trip to Cambridge 19th & 20th December 2014, however I had been here on an earlier visit. Its an interesting place in that it has the feel of a back street bar and yet situated where it is, it is very close to the centre. On our visit there was a very good range of cask ales (in fact my last visit was on my own as Loz was working at Sanger) there is also a good choice of bottled beers (nothing too out of ordinary) I do need to pop in here again at some point but Cambridge for its size is blessed with a ridiculous amount of very good boozers.
Twin roomed, twin bar real ale house with a ridiculous but very welcome amount of cask ales on offer. The bar in the smaller front room sports enough cask pumps to keep you busy for quite a while, but it is worth heading through the small corridor to the bar at the back where there’s a greater number of differing ales available with plenty of different styles available. The furniture is a tad simple in both rooms which are fairly ordinary in design for a traditional pub but there’s nothing negative about this. The outdoor area is sandwiched between the building and the multi-story car park at the pubs side and is fairly extensive and mostly covered with large framed pump clip collages on the walls. Food is served here.
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.
jjsint (653) Leicester, England | August 19, 2013| Updated August 5, 2015
Backstreet free house near the city centre. 10 real ales on, plus some craft keg and 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. Biggest drawback would be the prices: it would be considered an expensive pub in central London.