A nice pub with a large back garden and a good beer selection. I remember it from a visit years ago, long before the smoking ban, when it had a no smoking policy (highly unusual in those days) and it was notable not only for a very good selection of beers but also a nice clean, sweet smelling atmosphere. It’s much the same now and the beer range remains good.
(Last visited 21 May 2015).
Fin (1146) 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 I’d 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 We’ve 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.
Nice atmosphere, real neighbourhood pub. OK food. Good service. 10 casks, 3 German taps, 1 Belgian tap, 1 Meantime tap and 1 cider tap.
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 20, 2012| Updated September 16, 2012
The Cambridge Blue’s a great pub located off Mill Road on the outskirts of Cambridge. The pub’s 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, T’ij, and Struise (Pannepot Grand Reserva 09 ftw!) were all available at intriguing prices. The food is nothing special, the portions are large.
Visited many times over the years. Surprised to see I hadn’t reviewed the place before. Bit of a Cambridge institution - one of the cluster of back street pubs on the Mill Road patch, and arguably the best of the bunch. The range encompasses about a dozen casks - no permanent fixtures as far as I can recall - plus some craftier kegs, a smattering of proper ciders and a pretty large bank of bottles (mainly Belgian). Regular beer festivals too. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and the pub has a comfortable, lived in feel - not especially smart but not scruffy either. There’s a very large (and very pleasant) garden out the back. They do food but I’ve never eaten here. An essential stop when in Cambridge.
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
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!
FatPhil (624) Tallinn, Estonia | January 25, 2012| Updated August 17, 2015
Almost certainly the number one beer venue in Cambridge. You’re basically guaranteed 3 new beers every day. 6 of the 12 pump clips are for hand-pull, the others show what’s on from gravicask round the back - my favourite dispense. Unfortunately, several that I’ve had there in the last few trips have been a little old. Food is excellent - I got the rarest steak I’ve 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 I’m sure the CB’s no more expensive than any other pub in town. No matter how short the trip, you must visit this pub!
Update: Note - has too many taps, you’re not guaranteed a fresh pint. At least one in four seems off, and maybe one more seems on the edge, in recent years.
jjsint (613) Leicester, England | January 5, 2015| Updated February 16, 2017
The perfect pub? It doesn’t exist. But this is close. 10 cask ales, about 10 keg, and loads of bottles. Add four cask ciders to the mix and you’re laughing. This is a great place for tickers. Settle down and explore the unknown in a calming, music-free environment. It can get crowded - really crowded - so be prepared for that. Food is simple, cheap for Cambridge and really tasty.