A cosy, traditional pub in a side street not far from the Cambridge Blue. It has a nice vibe and a pretty good beer range. A good last stop if you’re on your way back to the railway station.
(Visited 21 May 2015).
Fin (1176) 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.
The archetypal back street local, corner pub which we have visited many times over the years. Looking even scruffier these days. A CAMRA type of place, old boys in a quiet, shushed atmosphere, studious. The decoration is beer mats and railway posters. Basically furnished. Always worth visiting even if it’s not what it was.
Great pub. The beer selection and quality are solid. They don't play music, allowing the walls and people to create the ambiance. But the holy of holies of this bar is the rum lists. That's lists, plural. They've got a minimum of 100 different rums from around the world in a connoisseur's catalog. We now have a date for a nightcap :)
Live and Let Live is a great little pub located close to the Cambridge Blue off Mill Road. The ambiance is lovely - the bar’s small and wooden, the decor tired. Despite that, the atmosphere is relaxed and jovial (sleeping dogs under tables, locals having plenty of banter etc). When I visited there were 6 beers on cask, including 3 options from Oakham. The beers were well kept, the prices good. Overall, while the beer selection is inferior to the Cambridge Blue, the great atmosphere of this pub makes up for it. I highly recommend a visit.
Yet another back street pub in the Mill Road cluster that I’ve visited several times and thought I’d reviewed but hadn’t. Rather more lived in, maybe slightly scruffy, feel than some of the others but I’ve always found it a rather welcoming and affable atmosphere. I get the feeling that the beer range has gone down a little from what it once was - half a dozen casks, often including a couple from Oakham (Citra is permanent, Green devil is regular but not quite permanent). They also have a decent selection of 3 or 4 ciders though and a mind-boggling line up of rums. The long-serving (and charmingly cranky) landlord, Pete Wiffin hasn’t been in evidence the last couple of times I’ve been in so I’m not sure whether he’s moved on. The varying, and sometimes erratic, opening times can present a challenge for building into a pub crawl. Still, can’t imagine coming to Cambridge and not visiting this place. Unless I’m dashing to catch the last train. Which is sometimes the case.
Located a few moments away from the Cambridge Blue, so makes for a good beginning/end of a pub-crawl. First off this place closes for lunch for a good few hours, which is unusual to say the least! Inside it has a proper local boozer feel. They have 8 hand-pulls, but unfortunately only 4 beers on when we visited. Oakham Green Devil was on, so that was the drink of choice. A solid pub with good cask beer, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary to be honest. Worth a stop on a pub crawl for sure.
Visited january 2013, last pub on our great Cambridge Pub Crawl :-) Very cosy place, friendly and serviceminded staff. The beers were served in good condition. The place was a bit crowded, but that was expectet on a saturday nigth. Being in Cambridge, this place is for sure worth visiting..
Unspoilt boozer close to the hustle and bustle of Mill Road. Music-free, conversation-heavy. Dog friendly. Good local crowd; conspicuously light on student custom. A larger bar area dominates, with a snug and counter further back. The beer selection - six handpumps - is largely Anglian: Oakham (Green Devil on my visit) and Growler with a couple farther afield. A tempting looking scrumpy as well. No craft keg, but there’s enough of that elsewhere in town. A nice place indeed. Note the closure in the afternoons, including Saturdays and Sundays.
FatPhil (628) Tallinn, Estonia | July 14, 2008| Updated February 20, 2017
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!)