Pub crawls 2021-2022
CUTwC runs a series of pub crawls throughout (mostly) the first two terms
of the academic year, intending to visit every public house in Cambridge
during that time. This is an excellent way to learn you way around Cambridge,
so long as you don't mind asking "what pub's it near?" when being given
directions. The crawl is pleased to reappear after a COVID-induced absence
in the 2020-2021 season.
See also the 2019-2020 crawl.
For historical reference, there is a comparison of
pubs open in 2022 compared with the 1996 crawl, the earliest recorded on this site.
Sunday 3rd of July: The Grantchester Crawl
Meeting at The Green Man (Trumpington) at 2:30pm.
Three pubs in Cambridge visited, with
four three bonus pubs in Grantchester outside the city limits.
Attendance: Edward Brown, and the British Grand Prix TV coverage
- The Green Man
(55 Trumpington High Street)
- Hudson's Ale House
(77 Trumpington High Street, near Beverley Way; formerly the Tally Ho)
- The Lord Byron
(22 Church Lane, Trumpington)
The Green Man
(59 High Street, Grantchester) — The Green Man (in Grantchester) was closed, apparently permanently
(or at least until new tenants are found to pay 3× the old rent and refurbishments are completed)
- The Red Lion
(33 High Street, Grantchester)
- The Rupert Brooke
(2-4 Broadway, Grantchester)
- The Blue Ball
(57 Broadway, Grantchester)
- The Green man is on the east side of Trumpington High Street, which is on the left as you head out of Cambridge. This is quite a long way, so either start early or consider motorised transport.
- Turn left out of the Green Man, south along the High Street. Hudson's Ale House (formerly the Tally Ho) is on the left, a little way down.
- From Hudson's, cross the High Street and turn right, the head left into Church Lane. The Lord Byron is on the right.
- Prepare for a long walk to celebrate finishing the crawl of genuine Cambridge pubs. Turn right out of the Lord Byron, southwest down Church Lane, then west on Grantchester Road. Stay on Grantchester Road as it winds and turns into Mill Way, then Grantchester High Street. As the road splits, the Green Man is on the right.
- From the Green Man, follow round to the right. The Red Lion is very nearby on the left.
- Turn right out of the Red Lion and return to the High Street, then turn right. Follow the High Street round to the right as it turns north into Broadway. The Rupert Brooke is on the right.
- Turn right out of the Rupert Brooke north along Broadway. The Blue Ball Inn is on the left.
- To head back to town, turn left out of the Blue Ball, north along Broadway. Broadway becomes Grantchester Road; veer right at Selwyn Road and left onto King's Road to cut a corner before hitting Barton Road (this is famously a long walk and typically an opportunity for singing rude songs). Veer right on Barton Road, follow around to the left for Newnham Road, cross the roundabout and turn right at Silver Street to get back to the town centre. Alternatively, it is possible to walk back from Grantchester alongside the river, if one prefers stepping in cow pats and cattle grids in the dark to being run over. There is no obvious curry opportunity, but there's no way go get back in time for one either - the only option is a taxi from the Blue Ball.
Monday 30th of May Saturday 18th of June: The Station Road Crawl
Meeting in The Earl of Derby on Hills Road at 7:30pm.
It appears that the May 30th pub crawl was an attempt to answer the question "if nobody goes on a pub crawl, did it still happen?" so it was "re-"run on Saturday 18th of June.
6 pubs visited.
Attendance: Harley Jones, James Ireland, Alex Fairclough, Anne Austin, Edward Brown, Toby Bruce, Rupert Knight, Molly Birch, Marc Mills; Natasha Holmes, Katherine Drew and Tatiana Meyer joined at the Curry Queen
- The Earl of Derby is on the left of Hills Road as you head out of town, just after the junction with Brooklands Avenue and a bit past the station as you head south out of town. It has been known to be loud.
- I'm trusting Google on this, because Station Place didn't used to be a thing, but try leaving the Early of Derby southeastwards, following the path around the Telford Building to the east, and then turning north onto Station Place at the end of the guided busway; head north (left) from there and the Old Ticket Office is on the right just after you pass the station. If it looks like you'll get run over, you could also turn right out of the Earl to head back towards town, turn right at the junction with Station Road, and turn left before entering the station.
- Turn right from the Old Ticket Office. This should mean you're facing the Station Tavern.
- Turn right out of the Station Tavern to head west along Great Northern Road, then take a right at Tenison Road to head north. The Salisbury is, eventually, on the left just before Wilkin Street.
- Leave the Salisbury and turn left to head west along Wilkin Street. Veer right at Mawson Road, and the Live and Let Live (now alive again) is on the left just before Cross Street.
- From the Live, turn left to continue north along Mawson Street, then turn left onto Mill Street (not Mill Road); the Six Bells is on the left at the end, which is Covent Garden (not the famous one unless you actually took a train earlier). If you accidentally went down Cross Street from the Live, you could get here by turning right at the end instead.
- The curry is obvious: from the Bells, follow Covent Garden north to get to Mill Road, then turn right. The Curry Queen is on the right (eventually), more or less opposite the White Swan and before you get to the railway bridge. Head the other way down Mill Road to get back to town.
Friday 20th of May: The Cherry Hinton Crawl
Meeting in The Rock on Cherry Hinton Road at 7:30pm.
5 pubs visited.
Attendance: Ed Green, Katherine Drew, James Ireland, Marc Mills, Tasha Holmes, Harley Jones.
- The Rock is quite a long way out of town, although not as far as we're going, part way down Cherry Hinton Road. I'd give directions, but you may as well just get a taxi.
- Turn right to head east from the Rock, and cross the road. Turn left at the roundabout with the ring road along Perne Road; the Dumpling Tree is on the left some way down, being the latest incarnation of the Med, the Master Mariner, etc.
- Turn right out of the Dumpling Tree and return to the roundabout, crossing the road. Head east along Cherry Hinton Road, then right onto Wulfstan Way. The Queen Edith is on the left, nearly at the far end junction with Queen Edith's Way.
- Turn left out of the Queen Edith to keep heading south, then turn left to head east along Queen Edith's Way. Eventually you'll find the crossroads with Cherry Hinton Road and Fulbourn Road, and opposite you the Robin Hood.
- Turn right out of the Robin Hooad and head north along Cherry Hinton high street. Veer left onto Mill End Road, and the Red Lion is on the right.
- You're miles out of town, so you probably want a taxi if you also want a curry, and possibly anyway.
Saturday 12th of March: The Chesterton Crawl
Meeting in The Wrestlers at 7:30pm.
6 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Harley Jones, Katherine Drew; Alex joined at the OtherSyde, Jake joined at the Green Dragon
- This is a new crawl arrangement, so let's hope it works... The Wrestlers is on the north side of Newmarket Road, opposite the entrance to the Cambridge retail park. On the way out of town along Newmarket Road you may recognise the Corner House from a recent crawl and the Seven Stars from long ago (RIP).
- Turn left out of the Wrestlers and enter Cheddars Lane, towards the Tesco car park; you should be heading northwest. Veer left where Cheddars Lane veers right, and then immediately turn right to continue in roughly the same direction, along a cycle path. Turn right when you get to the river, and right again to enter OtherSyde, which is actually on this side. If you get to Cambridge Museum of Technology, you've gone too far.
- Head to the river from OtherSyde and head right, to travel northeast alongside the river. While passing some fields you should spot the Green Dragon bridge ahead of you, which could be a clue as to what comes next. You might need to veer right shortly before the bridge in order to be able to cross it (both memory and Google Maps are hazy on the subject), but do so, heading to the northwest. The Green Dragon is fairly opposite the bridge, which should make entering it and ordering beer obvious.
- Turn right from the Green Dragon and follow Water Street and (after a right hand bend) Ferry Lane westwards until you hit the High Street in Chesterton; turn left and follow the High Street as it meanders west. The Haymakers is on the left, opposite Union Lane. This is a pub the web site maintainer knows mostly from an incident where I shouted (so a co-crawler next to me could hear) "this music is so loud I can feel my bollocks vibrating" just at the point it stopped. This route is somewhat simpler since the passing of the Yorkshire Grey ("wrong wall, granddad"), which removed the obvious alphabet crawl opportunity from Cambridge, the Pike & Eel (traditional boaty venue since it's on the Cam at the right end for the Bumps), and the Dog and Pheasant. Just in case you've gone too long without mourning dead pubs.
- Head directly away from the Haymakers to the northwest along Union Lane. At the crossroads with Arbury Road, you'll find there's no longer a Snowcat, Ship or Jenny Wren ahead of you (hence the crawl redesign), and you can veer right to head northeast along Milton Road with a clear conscience, crossing at your convenience. The Milton Arms is on the left, set back a little from the road.
- Turn left out of the Milton Arms to continue northeast along Milton Road. It's a straight line from here, if a bit of a wander; eventually you'll get to the traffic lights with King's Hedges Road, but it should be obvious what to do because the Golden Hind is on the north corner of the junction.
- Curry options are not as obvious as one might hope, but at least you're near Cambridge North station. (It would be brave to try to take a train to the main station and try to get to the Curry Queen, though.)
Thursday 3rd of March: The King Street Crawl
Meeting in The Corner House at 7:30pm.
6 pubs visited (not the Punter).
Attendance: Edward Brown, James Ireland, Jake Humbles; Ed Green present for just the Burleigh Arms and King Street Run
- The Corner House is on the corner of River Lane, roughly opposite the junction between Coldham's Lane and Newmarket Road. Back in the day, there used to be a Newmarket Road pub crawl, so RIP Bird In Hand, Fleur de Lys, Rose and Crown, Five Bells, Grayhound, Seven Stars and Racehorse. The Wrestlers is still there (on the Chesterton crawl). Sadly this leaves a bit of a walk at the start.
- Turn right out of the Corner House and head west along Newmarket Road. Just before the roundabout, you might like to look at the south corner of Newmarket Road and East Road, and take in Cambridge Property Lettings, which still has a rose and a crown on the front of it, and be sad about why. Take the underpass within the Newmarket Road/EastRoad/Elizabeth Way roundabout; to be on the correct side of the road you probably want to take the exit on the right and turn left to get back to street level, but you should be able to work it out if you're likely to get a degree. Continue west along Newmarket Road, as though the roundabout didn't exist. The Bird (at one point the Bird in Hand, never the Word) used to be on the right, but now seems to be a solicitors' (presumably legal, not sexual). The Burleigh Arms is on the right (north) of the street just after and opposite Christ Church; just before Christ Church you'll pass Napier Street on your left, down which was once the Ancient Druids, but now a Chinese restaurant tea house, which is less of a distraction.
- Turn right out of the Burleigh and continue west as Newmarket Road becomes Maid's Causeway. Between James Street and Fitzroy Street (the car park entrance) on the south side you may see the remains of The Zebra, once a source of pizza and drunk out of beer by CUTwC; alas, banging on the door to be let in now would be flogging a dead horse. Further west, you'll pass Fair Street, at the end of which the very convenient (when there were actually pubs here) Bangladesh is now a less convenient supermarket (especially since Greggs isn't open late); more recently one could also find the Hopbine on the left of Fair Street, but that too is defunct. Continue west to the roundabout, crossing the road and taking the second proper exit (just after the Methodist Church); The St Radegund is on the corner, but is assumed to be at least temporarily pining for the fjords. You are now on King Street; stay on the left (south) side. The King Street Run is on your left, shortly before Efes. The King Street Run is named after the habit of downing a pint in every pub on King Street, which was more impressive when there were more pubs, although one also didn't used to start on Newmarket Road.
- Turn left out of the King Street Run and head past Efes; the Champion of the Thames is also on the left (south) side of King Street.
- Turn left out of the Champion of the Thames and continue west, crossing the road to the north side at your convenience. You may wish to acknowledge Christ's on the south, where CUTwC was born. The Cambridge Brew House is on the right, on the corner of Malcolm Street.
- Turn right out of the Cambridge Brew House and follow right up Malcolm Street (although if you feel it's too long since you passed a closed pub, you could look southwest from the Brew House and raise a virtual glass to the Cambridge Arms as was; anyone wishing to revisit the Town and Gown could take a brief diversion down Sussex Street and Market Passage to do so, but the town centre crawl has officially coped with it, so hopefully there is no need). Turn left onto Jesus Lane at the north end of Malcolm Street, and cross the road. Turn right onto Park Street at the traffic lights to head northwest along Park Street. You'll pass Round Church Street on the left, down which is apparently an "LGBTQ+-friendly" stylish brasserie open until midnight, known as the Orator; is this anything to do with Rupert? (Only the "friendly" gives me pause.) Not that it's anything to do with the crawl... Anyway, the Maypole is on the left of Park Street at the north end, after the car park.
- To get to the Curry King most efficiently, cut through the car park diagonally (from the car entrance/exit), exiting by the Bridge Street pedestrian exit, which is the alleyway beside the Curry King.
- Those with enthusiasm and wanting the moral high ground regarding the Punter may either reluctantly pass the Curry King or head up Portugal Street from the Maypole to get to Bridge Street, cross and head northwest, pass the roundabout and cross the bridge, then turn left onto Northampton Street at the traffic lights, crossing at your convenience; the Punter is on the right at the corner of Pound Hill. Obviously for curry turn left from the Punter and backtrack along Northampton Street, turning right onto Bridge Street at the traffic lights and crossing to the northeast side of the road. After the bridge and roundabout, take the passage between the Baron of Beef and the Mitre to find the Curry King (although the Maharajah on Castle Hill might actually be closer if the King qwxcls). Note that the Punter is, I'm assured, visited repeatedly after CUTwC meetings, and the President/Crawl Czar has decreed it to be "visited" already — but due to its previous inability to accommodate CUTwC on a busy evening it has not actually been attended on a pub crawl this year, so anyone seeking a bonus pint may feel it calling.
Friday 18th of February: The Town Centre Crawl
Meeting in The Grain & Hop Store at 7:30pm.
8 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, James Ireland, Alex Fairclough; Sam Clayton joined at the Pint Shop
- The Grain & Hop Store (formerly the Alma, formerly the Hogshead, etc.) is a large pub accessible from Regent Street via a small alleyway beside City Kebab. You can also enter from Parker's Piece. Fortunately this time it's at the end of a crawl; sometimes this pub has been in the middle of a crawl, and the two exits have caused Google Maps a lot of confusion.
- From the G&HS, Head northwest, either by heading down the alleyway to Regent Street and turning right, or by heading towards Parker's Piece, turning left onto Regent Terrace, and continuing through the car-proofing onto Regent Street. Either way, cross Regent Street (the traffice lights at the end of the Reality Checkpoint diagonal is as good a place as any) and continue northwestwards. The Regal is on the left (it's not small) shortly after a church, opposite a phone booth, for some reason. Google Maps is quite confused about the entrance, which for our purposes is on Regent Street, not Downing Place (we're taking beer away, not delivering it). Note that you'll have passed Novi, which is a bar, not a pub.
- Turn left from the Regal to continue northwest along Regent Street. You'll pass the Castle Bar, which used to be a pub but is now a bar, and was never the Castle Inn, which has caused confusion in the past. You'll also pass All Bar One, which is also not a pub, although Wikipedia thinks it might be. Continue to the corner of Downing Street, which is opposite the front of Emmanuel (not Downing, obviously). Hopefully the Cambridge Tap is on the corner, although it's so new that it's hard to say.
- From the Cambridge Tap, turn left to head west along Downing Street. On your left is Revolution, which is also a bar and not a pub. AAs you go further you'll pass what used to be Quinn's, and arguably a pub, under the Hilton hotel (it may now be "The Brew Project x The Roguery", and I'm assuming not a pub). If it's raining, historically one could nip down the stairwell into the underground carpark and exit part way down Corn Exchange Street (opposite what used to be the computer laboratory tower before a new site was built); I think that should still work, but the insider advice is now over twenty years old, so you're on your own. The less adventurous could just turn right and walk along Corn Exchange Street northwest. You'll pass the site of the Red Cow, which has ironically been turned into Honest Burgers, and can only have been improved by the experience. Turn left to head west along Wheeler Street (away from the burgers) and that's the last bit of complicated navigation you have to worry about until curry time, because you'll find the Pint Shop on the left, just before and opposite Peas Hill. It's much easier to find having finally had the scaffolding removed. Barclay's Bank is slightly too far. King's students in Spalding Hostel will realise they're home. This shouldn't stop them buying drinks.
- Turn left from The Pint Shop to continue westwards along Bene't Street. Brewdog is on the left. Be nice to the staff, because apparently management aren't.
- From Brewdog, turn left and look across the road. See the Bath House? If you don't, there's a car in the way, so wait a second. It's sometimes clarified Ale house, because there's a Bath House on Gwydir Street (off Mill Road) which is very much not a pub, or even a bar. Don't get run over, do buy beer.
- From the Bath House, turn right and walk a little bit westwards along Bene't Street. The Eagle is vaguely opposite the end of Free School Lane, and just before the Cambridge Chop House, which is probably making up for the vegetarian King's Pantry that used to be roughly there. The Eagle is nearly as old as the Pickerell, has a Wikipedia entry, and is notable for being graffitid during the second world war and having the double-helix structure of DNA announced (to confused patrons) there; they appear to be trying to cash in on this fact these days.
For some reason nobody has seen fit to open a curry house on King's Parade, so we have a walk ahead of us to end the evening. Turn right from the Eagle and walk not very far to King's Parade, then right again to head north (past King's and Great St Mary's). Continue north onto Trinity Street. Note that you can also get here by turning left from the Eagle and going up Peas Hill, and either walking past Great St Mary's to get to King's Parade or cutting across the market to Rose Crescent, and joining Trinity Street after a quick Gardie's. If you really hate Trinity Street for some reason (like the cobbles), you can also go further along Market Street and turn left onto Sidney Street, because you're heading for where Trinity Street and Sidney Street meet. All these are roughly the same distance, and the best option comes down to weather, dodging tourists, whether you need something from Sainsbury's, and how many corners you can cut. If you do go down Trinity Street, you'll be passing Heffers, source of many a shelf lining in Cambridge, and shortly before it an innocuous place called Strada, which has an oddly pub-like sign because it was once The Blue Boar. (That place gets a shout out in The Night Climbers of Cambridge, although the end of a crawl is absolutely not the time to start sticking santa hats on St John's chapel, even if it were still December.) Also apparently RIP Trinity Street Jewellers, although that doesn't have CUTwC connections as such. Anyhoo, I'm digressing, almost like I've been on a pub crawl... curry. Having got, without further diversion (especially up a drainpipe) to the join of Trinity Street and Sidney Street, hopefully the Round Church you're near will look familiar, because you're on Bridge Street. Head northwest, crossing the road, then take the passage between the Baron of Beef and the Mitre to find the Curry King, hopefully where you left it. (You can also go down the gap under the timbered building and use its other entrance, if you're so inclined.) If you don't want a curry, I can't help you, but since the Eagle is about as near to the centre of Cambridge as you can helpfully have been left, hopefully you don't need help.
- The Curry King closed inexplicably early, so CUTwC substituted The Town & Gown, which was closed (to the public) on the Laundress Green crawl; this can most efficiently be reached by turning left out of the Eagle and returning to the corner of Peas Hill, opposite the Pint Shop, and then cutting diagonally across the market to Market Passage, wherein lies the pub.
Tuesday 8th of February: The Mill Road Crawl
Meeting in The Brook at 7:30pm.
6 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Katherine Drew, Izzy Jarvis, Jack the Taller, Jack the Blonder, Alex Fairclough; Katie Reynish and Sofya Boruleva joined at the Empress, Harley Jones and Ed green joined at the White Swan
- The Brook is on the south west corner of the junction between Brookfields Avenue (the continuation of Mill Road) and Perne Road. Essentially head down Mill Road out of town until you can't go any further, then head into the nearest pub rather than going to Sainsbury's. You can start by bemoaning that the Mill Road pub crawl used to need to be split into the Yon, Hither and Mid versions because there used to be a lot more pubs, not that all of them were very nice.
- Stay on the south side of Mill Road and head west towards town. Do not deviate, for we are Not Here To Enjoy Ourselves. The (now Royal again) Standard (a resurrected traditional pub) is on the left.
- From the Standard, walk straight north along Belgrave Road, then take the first left onto St Philip's Road. After passing a couple of roads, the Empress is on the right, on the corner of Thoday Street.
- Head south down Thoday Street until you hit Mill Road, then turn right. The Earl of Beaconsfield is shortly before the bridge over the railway, so you shouldn't miss it.
- Turn right out of the Earl, and cross both the bridge and the road, probably not both at once unless you like getting run over. The first left is Devonshire Road, which is A Clue to the fact that the Devonshire Arms is down it (on the right, a little away from Mill Road; if you hit a bend you've gone too far).
- Return north to Mill Road; on the opposite side of the road, on the west junction with Kingston Street, is the White Swan. You know what to do.
- If you have an interest in curry, and who wouldn't, you will notice that the Curry Queen is almost opposite the White Swan, which is what we call convenient. Turn left from the Queen, or (if you must) right from the Swan to head northeast along Mill Road and you should be able to find Parker's Piece, Reality Checkpoint, and the rest of Cambridge, or the police station if you're really lost.
Friday 28th of January: The Castle Hill Crawl
Meeting in The Travellers Rest at 7pm.
7 6 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Joe Smith, Toby Bruce, Rupert Knight, James Ireland; Alex Fairclough and Molly Birch joined at the Grapes
- The Travellers Rest
(215 Huntingdon Road, opposite Whitehouse Lane; arguably a restaurant/hotel, not a pub)
- The Grapes
(19 Histon Road, near Victoria Road)
- The Sir Isaac Newton
(84 Castle Street, near Mount Pleasant, on the corner of the entrance to car parks)
- The Architect (formerly the County Arms)
(43 Castle Street)
- The Castle Inn
(36 Castle Street)
(3 Pound Hill, corner of Northampton Street)
The Punter refused admission; however it is a regular venue for after CUTwC meetings and my be considered visited
- The Pickerel Inn
(30 Magdalene Street, opposite Magdalene College)
- The "Travellers Rest Beefeater" is so far down Huntingdon Road that it's almost but not quite outside the city limits, and probably mostly known to Girtonians. You might want to start early. It's on the left, anyway.
- To return to civilisation, head southeast along Huntingdon Road until you get to the large traffic light junction with Histon Road/Victoria Road. Turn left to head north along Histon Road, and the Grapes is on the left.
- Turn right out of the Grapes and return to the traffic light cluster where Huntingon Road hits Castle Hill; cross to the southeast to head down the hill. The Newton is on the left. Bonus marks for taking the short cut through the car park instead.
- Leaving the Newton, turn left to head down Castle Hill, and cross the road. The Architect is on the right.
- Leave the Architect and cross the road, continuing to the right to head southeast down Castle Hill. The Castle is on the left, just after the actual castle. You could reasonably switch the order of the Architect and Castle, but this is slightly more linear.
- From the Castle, cross back over the road and head southwest down the side of the Architect along the pedestrianised Whyman's Lane. Turn left onto St Peter's Street Way, then right onto Pound Hill, heading southish. Follow Pound Hill as it curves southeast; the Punter is on the left at the corner of the junction with Northampton Street.
- Head left out of the Punter and east along Northampton Street. Cross the road at your convenience, and when you get to the traffic lights at the bottom of Castle Street, turn right to head southeast onto Magdalene Street. The Pickerel is on the right, shortly before the bridge over the Cam.
- You are now conveniently close to the Curry King, so it seems churlish not to partake. Turn right out of the Pickerel and head southeast, crossing at your convenience. After a mini roundabout, you'll see the Baron of Beef and the Mitre on your left; head between them, and you'll find the Curry King. Continuing along Bridge Street and possibly veering right at St Johns Street will get you to most people's definition of an obvious bit of Cambridge and hopefully a way home.
Saturday 11th of December 2021: Ben Fairbairn's Birthday "39 is like 69, only smaller" Bonus Crawl
Meeting in the Old Ticket Office at 2pm.
9-15 pubs to visit.
Directions (for the primary pubs only):
- The Old Ticket Office is at the station. Follow signs to the station. Not the bus one.
- The Station Tavern is also at the station, but slightly less so. Turn right as you leave the station before leaving the station.
- Head north through the car park and continue onton Devonshire Road, without falling over the barrier. The Devonshire Arms is on the left before Mill Road.
- Turn left and keep heading north, then veer right at Mill Road and head east over the bridge. The Earl is on the left and the other side.
- Return west across the bridge from the Earl; the White Swan is on the right, just after Kingston Road.
- Turn left to head north up Kingston Road, then right through the barriers at Hooper Street to find the Petersfield.
- Head straight out of the Petersfield to go west along Hooper Street. Turn right onto Gwydir Street at the end, and the Blue is on the left.
- Head back south down Gwydir Street, and swing right onto Mill Road (northwest into town), crossing at your convenience. Take Covent Garden (not the one in London) south, and the Six Bells is on the left.
- Turn left to head south along Covent Garden, then east at Cross Street. Google likes the idea of taking a footpath from Felton Street, which would be exuberant; most would either take Mawson Road or Tenison Road south (and Wilkin Street east a bit from Mawson Road) to find the Salisbury.
Friday 3rd of December 2021: The Sturton Street Crawl
Meeting in The Dobblers Inn at 7:30pm.
7 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Ed Green, Harley Jones, Izzy Jarvis, Katherine Drew
- The Dobblers is a little in the middle of nowhere, but you could try walking along Mill Road until you get to Kingston Street and the White Swan, head north past the Kingston Arms, jink to keep heading north past the Petersfield, and keep an eye out on your right. Which is basically this crawl backwards. You could also get there by aiming at the Blue Moon from East Road, veering left onto St Matthew's Street, then right onto Vicarage Terrace.
- Head south out of the Dobblers along Sturton Street until you find Milford Street on your right. This will be useful shortly, because you'll need to return to it for the Alexandra Arms, but for now you can grumble about how this crawl contains a lot of backtracking and continue south down Sturton Street until you reach Sleaford Street on your left. Head east along it, and you'll find the Geldart on your right, just before Ainsworth Street.
- From the Geldart, head back west along Sleaford Street, turn right to head back north up Sturton Street, and take the next left onto Milford Street (told you) to head west. The Alexandra Arms is on the left at the junction with Gwydir Street, by the road furniture. Buy and consume beer in the traditional manner.
- From the Alex, turn left to head south down Gwydir Street. The Cambridge Blue is on the right (west) of the road. It has been the home to such occasions as the game of Tøppen in which everybody folded ab-initio, and Orry T's outgoing presidency of CUTwC (and consequent beer fountain). Be nice.
- Turn right out of the Blue to continue south along Gwydir Street, then take the next left onto Hooper Street. Continue through the pedestrianised section; the Petersfield is on the left, on the far side of the junction with Sturton Street.
- From the Petersfield, continue east along Hooper Street. The Calverley Brewery and it's Tap are at the end of the street, on the left.
- Turn right out of the Calverley and return west along Hooper Street past the Petersfield and through the street furniture to Kingston Street; turn immediately left and head south until you see the Kingston Arms on the left.
- Turn right out of the Kingston, and head south. You will pass the White Swan on your right at the junction with Mill Road - do not be tempted, wrong crawl. Turn right and cross the road, and you should be at the Curry Queen, whose purpose should be clear from its name.
- For relative civilisation, head west along Mill Road.
Tuesday 23rd of November 2021: The Laundress Green Crawl
Meeting in The Red Bull at 7:30pm
7 6 pubs (plus a bar) visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Alex, Harley, Kat, Sam, Toby
- The Red Bull
(11 Barton Road, by the junction with Hardwick Street)
- The Granta
(14 Newnham Terrace, near where Newnham Road runs alongside water)
- The Mill
(Junction of Mill Lane and Granta Place)
- The Anchor
(12 Silver Street, beside the Silver Street Bridge over the Cam)
The Town & Gown (8 Market Passage) — the T&G was closed for a private event
- Bonus: To make up for the lack of T&G, a commiseratory drink was taken in Ta Bouch (also Market Passage)
- The Mitre
- The Baron of Beef
(19 Bridge Street)
- The Red Bull is on Barton Road, by St Mark's Church (if you've not yet learned to identify churches by what pub they're near). You can get there from Selwyn (or Robinson) by heading south along Grange Road, then turning left on Barton Road to head back towards Cambridge (and crossing the road). Visitor from other colleges may get here by crossing The Fen Causeway or heading south down Queen's Road and following Barton Road out of town. The Red Bull is convenient for tournaments at Selwyn, so be nice to them.
- Leave the Red Bull and turn right (unless you leave by the back, in which case turn left a couple of times first to get back onto Barton Road) to head east along Barton Road, and follow the curve of the road northeast. When you get to the roundabout, don't turn right onto Fen Causeway, and instead continue northeast until the road (by then Newnham Road) turns north; at that point you should have the Granta (and the Mill Pond) on your right. I recommend going in and buying a drink, since this would be a bad time to hire a punt.
- From the Granta, head back south (straight out of the door) along the west edge of the Mill Pond, and continue skirting the Mill Pond as a footpath bends east (left); stay on the path (and don't fork right) to head northeast across some greenery known as Coe Fen, watching out for cow pats. When you reach the path beside the Cam, veer left to head north until you reach the weir, and turn right to cross the Cam, ideally without falling in and having a tournament named after you. The Mill is on the corner of Mill Land and Granta Place, straight ahead of you. Tourists may be interested to know that Laundress Green is apparently the tiny patch of greenery immediately above the weir. Don't get distracted by this and forget to buy a drink.
- Leave the Mill (I appreciate this may be hard). If you find yourself facing the river, turn right; if you took the other exit, veer slightly left. You'r aiming for Laundress Lane, which is a northward pedestrian path partly protected by bollards and only slightly looks like you'll get mugged (being hit by a bike is more likely). Once you reach the end, turn left, but only a bit because the building to your left is the Anchor, and your destination. Sadly you'll have to walk a little west along Silver Street to find the door, but if you reach the bridge you've gone too far, so it shouldn't be too challenging.
- Leave the Anchor and turn right to head east along Silver Street, noting parts of Queens' College to your left (including the tower which once housed Dr Sage and the Erasmus Room, long-time home of CUTwC). You can either listen to Google and follow Silver Street to the end (this giving you a chance to face St Botolph's Church, formerly on the south gate of Cambridge and dating in parts to 1320, this being the origin of the "worst Committee since..." phrase), then turn left to head north along Trumpington Street along the east side of St Cat's, or you can do the traditional and more urine-smelling approach of keeping Queens' on your left to head north onto Queens' Lane between Queens' and Cat's, then veering right to head east onto King's Lane between King's and Cat's, which will also bring you to Trumpington Street (at which point you should turn left to head North and the routes have joined up). The latter route is more useful for avoiding tourists, but that may not be a major issue by evening. Continue north onto King's Parade (passing Bene't Street on the right - don't worry, the Eagle et al. are on another crawl, and yes, we did consider it). After passing King's (on your left), turn right to head east onto St Mary's Street, opposite the Senate House; you will be heading clockwise around Great St Mary's. Continue along the north of the market as Market Street veers slightly northeast (don't get distracted by Gardie's), but do head left to veer north-ish onto Market Passage (with what was once the Eaden Lilley department store on your right). Veer right (east-ish) as Market Passage does so, and the Town and Gown will be on your left. This may come as a surprise to those who remember the Town and Gown as a former name of the Punter (and Camptown Races), but I wouldn't hold that against it.
- Turn left from the Town and Gown to continue east along Market Passage, then turn left to head north along Sidney Street. If you're doing it right, after a bit you'll notice Sidney Sussex college on your right, and Sainsbury's on your left. At the north end of Sidney Street (now heading northwest) continue onto Bridge Street. You then have a straight route (although you'll want to be on the northeast side of the road) onto Bridge Street (St John's will be on your left, eventually; the Round Church, which is a round church, will be on your right). The Mitre is on the right, just before the passage apparently called Blackmoor Head Yard (which is odd, because the Blackamoore's Head was on Victoria Road); astonishingly Google Maps is slightly confused about where it is, but the front door is probably the way to go (in). Hopefully you've worked out what to do having reached a pub by now.
- As you may have noticed when you reached the Mitre, the next bit is very complicated. Leave the Mitre, and the Baron of Beef is the pub that you'll walk into if you head north. It's probably better to use a door, though. Celebrate the end of the crawl, especially if you can find a seat.
- No doubt at this point you'll be seeking something complicated. Good news: if you're after a curry, you can turn left out of the Baron (if you're on Bridge Street, do it again but better to head between the Baron and Mitre). After a walk to the northeast that involves you not going as far as the car park, you should find the Curry King, almost definitely on your right but hopefully you can work it out by now.
- Return southwest to Bridge Street to find civilisation; the town centre can be found by backtracking, but hopefully you know where you are, or if you don't then my directions aren't going to help you.
Friday 5th of November 2021: The (untraditional) Arbury Crawl
Meeting in the Fort St George at 7:30pm.
6 pubs (and a bonus drink) visited.
Fort-Spring-Boathouse-Carpenter's-Carlton: Molly, Harley, Jake, Toby, Izzy
Fort-Spring-Boathouse-Carpenter's-Portland-Thirsty-Carlton: Edward B, SiBo
Fort-Spring-Boathouse-Carpenter's: Leo, Panos, Arnaldo, Sam, Alex (not the Fort)
Note: Normally we would start at the fireworks (which aren't happening this year), queue for half an hour to get a drink (which hopefully won't be necessary this year), and do the traditional Arbury Crawl, except we can't because the Ship has closed and a 1.6-mile walk from the Golden Hind to the Carlton Arms is unappealing.
- The Fort St George is by the river in the corner of Midsummer Common by Victoria Avenue; don't go into Midsummer House, because the drinks will be a lot more expensive. Normally you'd be able to find it by the enormous queue of people trying to buy drinks for the fireworks, but since there aren't any this year there won't be one. Probably.
- Tradition would dictate crossing the Cam northwards at the cycle bridge, which leads to Preston Road; either turn left at Ferry Path and then turn right to head north again, or ignore that and turn left at the T-junction with Hamilton Road. The Old Spring is on the west side of Ferry Path, shortly before the corner with Chesterton Road. However, Tradition would also assume that we've been watching the fireworks and standing at the bottom of the cycle bridge; if you decide it's easier just to walk along the side of the Cam westwards from the Fort and use the road bridge instead (turn right onto Chesterton Road at the end and you'll see the Old Spring on the right after a while, unless you accidentally go farther than Ferry Path), I wouldn't hold it against you.
- From the Old Spring, exit onto Chesterton Road (northwards) and cross.
(You may instead wish to avoid crossing until you've dropped by Thirsty Cambridge on the southern side of Chesterton Road, near the point where the eastern end of Mitcham's Corner bifurcates. Thirsty is, by consensus, not a pub, but it'll still sell you a pint of beer.)
Having reached the north side of the road, head west past the end of Mitcham's Corner, navigating the roundabout-on-steroids widdershins against the flow of traffic (unless you want to go the long way round).
The Portland Arms is on the north side of Mitcham's Corner, just west of where Milton Road branches off.
- Keep heading west from the Portland, crossing the road and Mitcham's Corner again (passing the bank would be traditional) to head southwest along Chesterton Road. The Boathouse is on south side of the road near the point where the one-way system forks. It's next to what was the Tivoli before it was a smoking wreck. Note that those who don't like crossing roads but don't mind backtracking could stay on the south side of Chesterton Road and visit the Boathouse before heading to the Portland, but it's a good idea to agree this plan before crawling it.
- Leave the Boathouse and cross Chesterton Road northwards, getting to the west side of Croft Holme Lane (the one-way system) with whatever combination of minimal walking and minimal getting run over you find most comfortable. Head northwest at the junction with Victoria Road (where the road gets two-way again), and continue westwards, crossing at your convenience. The Carpenter's Arms is some way down, just before French Road (and a cemetary).
- Leaving the Carpenter's, turn left to backtrack east along Victoria Road, then take the next left (north) into Harvey Goodwin Avenue just before St Luke's Church. (This is untraditional for pub crawls, so welcome to a new bit of Cambridge.) Veer right onto Stretten Avenue and continue north after the kink (no shaming). After quite a long wander (but not nearly as long as the Carlton is from the Golden Hind) you'll reach a crossroads with Gilbert Road; cross straight over onto Carlton Way, and the Carlton Arms is on the left (west) side of the road. Try not to be confused by the fact that you'd normally be coming here from the other direction, were the Arbury Crawl intact. You're not near a curry, so good luck.
Friday 29th of October 2021: The Prospect Row Crawl
Meeting in the Clarendon Arms at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Molly Birch, Alex Fairclough, James Ireland, Toby Bruce, Sam; Ed Green joined at the Duke of Cambridge.
- The Clarendon Arms is, helpfully, on Clarendon Street. One way to find this is to head down Regent Street until you find the University Arms hotel. This used to be a big building that looked a bit like the Kremlin, but now appears to have gone a bit classical, although at the time of writing Google Street View mostly makes it look like a building site. If you find a Pizza Hut next to a cycle path crossing Parker's Piece, you're slightly too far south, because you really want to look for Park Terrace, the one way street that's alongside the University Arms. Go down it the right way, and keep going where it crosses Parker Street and Parkside (otherwise you'll end up in a bus station or a police station) and you'll find Clarendon Street. The Clarendon Arms is on the left, a little way up.
- Turn left out of the Clarendon to head north. After a while, on the right there's a pedestrian alley that's possibly a continuation of Orchard Street. Google Maps has historically been very confused about the Elm Tree, and although it now has the location correct, it still won't let me check the name of this street. I suspect someone working for Google lives there and is playing silly buggers. Anyway, turn down the pedestrian thingy, and the Elm Tree is on the left at the end. If that doesn't work for you, take the next right on Elm Street and walk around the Elm Tree at the end.
- Leaving the Elm Tree, you may notice that the Cricketers is basically opposite you, to the south, so you should be able to work out what to do; the entrance is on the pedestrianised Melbourne Place.
- From the Cricketers, turn right and get back to Prospect Row, and head southeast. The Free Press is on the left after a bit. Unless they've modernised, they're a bit stroppy about people using phones, so memorise the next bit.
- Turn left out of the Free Press. Continue to the end of Prospect Row and veer left onto Adam and Eve street, then right onto Dover Street. The Tram Depot is on the left, and looks a bit like a tram depot.
- From the Tram Depot, turn left and walk to East Road (the big busy one). Then turn left to head northeast-ish. The Duke of Cambridge is on the left, just before a KFC (which would take the edge off your curry). You can also get into the Duke of Cambridge's back passage via Adam and Eve Street, if you prefer.
- From the East Road exit of the Duke of Cambridge, turn left past the KFC and head northeast, crossing the road opposite the Tesco. You should be approximately in line with Norfolk Street, which is convenient because you should now head east along it. the Blue Moon is on the left, just after Staffordshire Street.
- From the Blue Moon, you could return to East Road, head south, then at the corner of Parker's Piece walk diagonally across the Reality Checkpoint to get to Regent Street. But actually you want a curry, so you shouldn't do this. Instead, continue east along Norfolk Street to the T-junction with Gwydir Street, and turn right to head south. You will walk quite a long way, in the process passing the Alex and the Cambridge Blue; don't worry, we'll come back to them. Eventually you'll reach Mill Road, where we run out of Gwydir Street (or you can cut through the Gwydir Street car park if you prefer). Turn left and cross the road, and you should find the Curry Queen almost opposite the White Swan. Once full of curry, turn left to head west along Mill Road until you get to Parker's Piece (big grassy thing), then cut across the diagonal to reach Regent Street. Hopefully you can cope from there, because we don't like to lose students this early in the academic year.
Monday 25th of October 2021: The Regent Street Crawl
Meeting at the Prince Regent at 7:30pm.
7 5 pubs visited.
Attendance: Harley, James and Alex; Hiro, Kat and Tash joined at the Bike Shop, Hiro left after the Alma.
- The Prince Regent
(91 Regent Street)
- The Old Bicycle Shop (104 Regent St, near Lensfield Road)
Tall Trees (formerly the Snug, formerly the Spread Eagle, not formerly the Vine) (67 Lensfield Road, near Brookside) The Tall Trees was not open when visited.
- The Panton Arms
(43 Panton Street, by Coronation Street)
- The Alma
(26 Russell Court)
- The Emperor
(21 Hills Road, junction with St Paul's Road, opposite the Saffron Brasserie or Rajbelash, depending on what you want to call it)
The Flying Pig
(106 Hills Road) The Flying Pig had closed, presumably permanently, earlier than announced. 🪦🐖
- The Prince Regent is, astonishingly, on Regent Street, what most would consider to be "on the far side of Downing" &mdash that is the southeast end (and also on the other side of the road). If you get to a lot of traffic lights and a church, or what the web site maintainer used to consider "the thing on the corner that goes dong" when hostelled in Lensfield Road, you've gone too far. Don't stop off at the other pubs on the way or you'll be late — we'll get back to them. The Prince Regent is a pub; you are encouraged to get a drink. Hopefully more experienced club members will demonstrate.
- From the Prince Regent, cross Regent Street, heading in the general direction of the thing on the corner that goes dong (that is, south). The Old Bicycle Shop, which was a bicycle shop for a long time but actually only fairly recently a pub, is on the right before the traffic lights.
- Turn right out of the Old Bicycle Shop to continue along Regent Street (hopefully you're not getting lost yet), then turn right at the junction with Lensfield Road, which is where all the traffic lights are. Walk west for a while, eventually passing Tennis Court Road, and cross the road to the south side (or do those things in the reverse order only with Panton Street instead of Tennis Court Road). The Tall Trees used to be the Snug, but not the Snug that used to be the Vine. It also used to be the Spread Eagle, and may or may not therefore randomly still have a bust of an eagle on it. If you get to the roundabout on Trumpington Street, turn back, although you can probably see the pub from there.
- Turn right out of the Tall Trees to walk back east along Lensfield Road past the Lensfield Hotel, then right again (south) onto Panton Street, which is shockingly the route to the Panton Arms. The Panton is on the left just after Coronation Street (the road, not the soap opera), although Google seems to think you want to go in the back way; you don't — pass the pub and turn left.
- Leaving the Panton, turn left onto Panton Street and soon after left againt to be heading east on Russell Court. The Alma is on the right.
- Turn right out of the Alma along Russell Court, following it as it heads east, south, then east again. At the end, veer left to the dead end, and there's a pedestrian route back to Coronation Street, which is a way to avoid the ignominy of backtracking. Turn right on Coronation Street to head east to Hills Road, where you will be roughly opposite St Paul's Church. Cross the road and turn right to head southeast, and the Emperor is on the left (northeast) side of the road. Take note of the Rajbelash on the southwest side of the road while you do this, because you'll be back.
- From the Emperor, turn left to head southeast down Hills Road, crossing at your convenience. Once you're past Station Road, the war memorial statue and the entrance to the Botanic Gardens, keep an eye out on your right for the Flying Pig, which has pigs above the windows. Try to get there before it closes, because it's due to close permanently soon and therefore might not be available for a catch-up crawl.
- Most people will want to turn left out of the Flying Pig to head northwest towards the town centre. Most of those people will want to divert into Rajbelash (formerly the Saffron Brasserie, hence in CUTwC circles the Saffron Brassière), which can be found on the left en route, shortly after you pass the Emperor. Rajbelash refused service, presumably because its "11pm" closing time isn't just when the kitchen closes.