Saturday 3rd of December: The Sturton Street Crawl
Meeting in The Dobblers Inn at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward Brown, Marc Mills
- 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 from the Dobblers past Milford Street, then turn left onto Sleaford Street. The Geldart is on the right, at the junction with Ainsworth Street and (opposite) York Street.
- This pub crawl unfortunately requires a lot of backtracking; this is where it starts. Turn left out of the Geldart to return west along Sleaford Street, then turn right to head back north along Sturton Street. This time take the left to head west on Milford Street. The Alexandra Arms (occasionally just the Alex) is on the left just before Gwydir Street.
- Leave the Alex and head south along Gwydir Street. The Cambridge Blue will, after a bit, be on your right (the west side). Be nice to them, they've hosted a lot of winks events in the past.
- Turn right out of the Blue to head south along Gwydir Street, then take the left onto Hooper Street. Keep going past Kingston Street through the road furniture, and you'll find the Petersfield on the left, on the corner of Sturton Street (remember that?) and Hooper Street.
- Turn left out of the Petersfield and head east along Hooper Street. Turn left at the very end into the taproom of Calverley's Brewery.
- From Calverley's, head back west along Hooper Street past the Petersfield, and turn left just after the Hooper Street road furniture to take Kingston Street south. The Kingston Arms is on the right about half way down, although for some reason Google Maps at the time of writing thinks it's on the left as well.
- Obviously you want a curry, so turn right out of the Kingston Arms (unless it actually has moved) and head south along Kingston Street to Mill Road. Note the White Swan on the right, which will be useful in a later crawl, but cross over (mind the traffic coming over the railway bridge) and head to your right (west); the Curry Queen is on the south side of the road, nearly opposite the Swan. If you unaccountably don't want a curry, or if you've just finished eating one, keep going in this direction and you'll get to Parker's Piece.
Tuesday 15th of November: The Laundress Green Crawl
Meeting in The Red Bull at 7:30pm
78 pubs visited.
Attendance: Marc Mills, Edward Brown, Sam Clayton, Bertie Politi (Granta to Baron of Beef), Chili (Mill to Maypole)
- 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're 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.
- The Maypole was added at this point (presumably by walking through the car park, of which it is at the back) as a means of avoiding a potential future qwxcl with the size of the King Street Crawl.
- 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.
Saturday 5th of November: The Arbury Crawl
Meeting at The Fort St George from 6:30pm
7 pubs visited, in various orders.
† Some attendees "decided" to walk farther by going to the Golden Hind before the Ship (which was the traditional route when the Jenny Wren was still a pub and this crawl ended up in the Carlton Arms rather than going to Chesterton), despite the web site maintainer slaving over a map to try to provide helpful directions...
- Make your way to the Fort St George. This is on the river at the corner of Midsummer Common near Victoria Avenue, by the pedestrian bridge which links to Pretoria Road, and at the junction of several paved paths across Midsummer Common. Since we are doing this crawl on the evening of the fireworks, it will be the pub with the enormous queue of people buying beer and waiting for the fireworks; therefore, don't turn up late. Unlike the olden days you have electronic means to find each other, which is good because finding a table may be a challenge. If in doubt, wait near the pedestrian bridge over the river to watch the fireworks, to beat the rush across the river when they finish. Gawp at the fireworks and try not to get too soggy in the rain. Traditional responses are "ooh", "aah", "bloody hell that was loud" and "why is some oik stinking out everyone within fifty yards with a cigar?"
- Cross the pedestrian bridge promptly when the fireworks finish (when you're allowed to), because otherwise the imminent beer buying process will be incredibly tedious, and either head up Pretoria Road (then left at the end onto Hamilton Road) or veer left past Peterhouse Boat Club onto the Ferry Path, depending on which is muddier and less full of people. Either way, head north, and before reaching Chesterton Road you should see the Old Spring on the left, which will almost definitely be full of people even if you followed the instruction about leaving early. Enjoy the dichotomy that (if the weather remains as predicted at the time of writing) it will be full of wet people while you have to wait ages to get a drink. You may take this opportunity to reflect on the fact that this is a stupid evening to do the Old Spring and the web site maintainer has been pointing that out for years. Yay tradition.
- Leaving the Old Spring, having presumably finally achieved beer, head north up Hamilton Road to Chesterton Road. Cross the road, without getting squashed by the traffic, and veer slightly left before heading north up Herbert Street. (If you can't tell left from right, you can go right and turn north up George Street instead.) These tend to be a bit dark, so don't twist an ankle (or go the long way round Mitcham's Corner if you are paranoid). At the end you should be able to turn right to head northeast along Milton Road; cross whenever you find it convenient. The Milton Arms is on the left, quite a long way up (you will have crossed a roundabout and some fairly major traffic lights with Arbury Road en route). By this point expect to be damp, and not in a good way.
- This bit is new and exciting: turn left out of the Milton Arms to continue northeast along Milton Road, then take the left onto Downham's Lane. Stick with Downham's Lane northwest as you cross Woodhead Drive (with a slight jink), and when you run out of obvious continuation turn right at the mini roundabout (still on Downham's Lane). You should hit a T-junction with Hawkins Road; head left (west) and follow Hawkins Road as it bends north. It wiggles a bit northeast and northwest, but eventually you should reach another roundabout with Campkin Road, at which you should head southwest. Take the next right (northwest), then turn left onto Crowland Way at the end; this starts southwest, veers northwest, then veers southwest again — at which point you should abandon it and head northwest on a footpath between houses. Cross the roundabout at the end (Wynford Way/Crathern Way) and continue fairly north to the T-junction with Cameron Road. Veer left and cross over, then follow northeast onto Northfield Avenue; The Ship should be on the right. (You might also be able to turn right onto Cameron Road and veer left if there's still an entrace that way via the car park.) The Ship was not very pleasant, then closed, but has now been refurbished. Hopefully it's now worth the walk.
- Leaving the Ship, your next target is Cameron Road, which may be easier if you took the car park entrance; it runs along the southeast side of the Ship. You probably want to keep heading left; Google seems to think you should walk up Northfield Avenue northeast instead and then turn right, but you do you. Turn left onto the pathway beside Cameron Road, then take a diagonal path that goes straight east. At this point you can keep going until you hit Kirkwood Road (approximately Screwfix) then veer right at the end onto King's Hedges Road, crossing over and eventually finding the Golden Hind on the left just before the junction with Milton Road. Antitraditionalists may choose to veer right from the aforementioned diagonal to follow beside some houses down to Campkin Road (past a Tesco Express and the former Jenny Wrenn); if you do this, follow Campkin Road East, southeast, then northeast, then turn right onto King's Hedges road and cross over sometime before you get to the Golden Hind.
- From the Hind, turn left and cross Milton Road, heading southeast along Green End Road. Green End Road will gradually curve southwest, passing Enniskillen Road and Stew's flat; avoid the curse of Scotland (Road) and turn left to stay on Green End Road, southeast. Again it'll curve southwest, and this time your southeast route of choice is Water Lane; veer right to head southwest along Water Street, and the Green Dragon is on the right. Google thinks it's in two places at once, which is clever.
- Turn right out of the Green Dragon and follow Water Street southwest then northwest onto Ferry lane. Swing left at the end onto the High Street. Follow its wiggles vaguely west, and you'll find the Haymakers on the left opposite Union Lane.
- If you turn left out of the Haymakers you'll reach the roundabout with Elizabeth Way and Chesterton Road after a bit, which should help you find your way home. However, if you want a curry you probably don't want to start from here, and might like to investigate taxi/Uber options.
Friday 21st of October: The Prospect Row Crawl
Meeting in The Clarendon Arms at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward (all pubs), Jake and Sam (Elm Tree to Free Press, at least), Bertie (Elm Tree onwards), James Ireland (Free Press onwards), Chili (Duke of Cambridge on)
- 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. If you find a cycle path crossing Parker's Piece (RIP Pizza Hut), 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.
Friday 14th of October: The Regent Street Crawl
Meeting in The Grain & Hop Store at 7:30pm.
Six pubs visited.
Attendance: Edward, Harley, Jake, Holly, Teddy (G&HS to Panton), Cynthia (G&HS to Panton), Bertie (Panton onwards)
- The Grain & Hop Store (previously the Avery, previously the Hog's Head)
(69 Regent Street, down an alleyway)
- 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) — declared not, and will never be, a pub
- 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) — added as a late substitute
- 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.
- Leave the G&:HS via the Regent Street exit, and turn left, away from the entrance to Downing. The Prince Regent is, astonishingly, on Regent Street, on the left. 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. This assumes it actually is a pub at all, which is to be determined experimentally.
- 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.
- Edit: The Tall Trees was declared "not, and will never be, a pub" so the route could have gone directly from the Old Bicycle Shop to the Panton, traditionally by cutting the corner of the car park of the Chemistry Department and then worrying about the gate being closed.
- 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. I recommend you drink at it.
- You may wish to find your way to Hill's Road after the Alma (turn right, wiggle a bit) and 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, although they often close early.
- Edit: After the dismissal of the Tall Trees, the Emperor, whose location is described above, was added in lieu.