Pub crawls 2013-2014
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
See also the 2012-2013 crawl.
Meeting at the Med at 7:30pm.
7 pubs to visit (provisionally):
- The Med, formerly The Master Mariner, is on the west side of Perne Road, part of the ring road. between Cherry Hinton Road and Perne Avenue. This is some way out of town, so you may wish to take motorised transport to get here. It describes itself as a cafe, although it has had beer in the past. CUTwC should check.
- Turn left out of the Med, north along Perne Road. Cross the first roundabout (with Radegund Road) then turn left at the next (Brookfields). The Brook is on the left.
- Turn left (west) out of the Brook and continue onto Mill Road, passing the place where the Grasshopper used to be. The Royal Standard was on the left just before Malta Road. Bow and pay your respects.
- Turn left out of the Royal Standard to continue west along Mill Road, corssing the road. Take the third right into Thoday Street. Continue to the junction with St Philips Road. The Empress is on the far right side of the crossroads.
- Turn right out of the Empress exit, west onto St Phillips Street. Catherine Street is the next street along; The Jubilee was on the far right side of the crossroads. Pay your respects.
- Imagine turning right out of the Jubilee, south down Catherine Street. At the crossroads with Mill Road, turn right, past the shops. Bow your head in respect for the Duke of Argyll on the way past. The Earl of Beaconsfield is on the right just before Great Eastern Street, just before the bridge over the railway.
- Turn right out of the Earl of Beaconsfield and cross the railway bridge. The White Swan is on the right, just after Kingston Street, soon after the bridge.
- Leaving the White Swan, cross Mill Road into Devonshire Road. The Deconshire Arms is on the right.
- Leaving the Devonshire Arms, turn left and return to Mill Road. Turn left (northwest) towards town on Mill Road. Take the second left onto Tenison Road. The Salisbury Arms is on the right, just after Wilkin Street.
- If you are still thirst, the Live and Let Live and the Six Bells are conveniently close. They will otherwise be on the Hither Mill Road crawl.
- To get back to the town centre, leave the Salisbury and turn northeast down Tenison Road to the junction with Mill Road. Turn left onto Mill Road, and continue to the traffic lights with Gonville Place; cross the road and walk diagonally across Parker's Piece, then turn right at the end onto St Andrew's Street to get to the centre of town. The obvious curry opportunity is the Kohinoor, which is on the left as you walk down Mill Road. Alternatively, you could turn right at Mill Road (towards the railway bridge) and visit the Curry Queen, which is opposite the White Swan.
- The Boathouse
(Chesterton Road by Mitcham's Corner, opposite Croft Holme Lane)
- The Tivoli
(16 Chesterton Road, by the Boathouse)
- The Portland Arms
(129 Chesterton Road, near where Milton Road meets Mitcham's Corner) [bonus pub, not officially on this crawl]
- The Waterman
(32 Chesterton Road, junction with Victoria Avenue)
- The Haymakers
(54 High Street, Chesterton)
(5 Water Street)
- The Boathouse is on Mitcham's Corner, by the junction with Croft Holme Lane, backing onto the river. If you feel that this crawl is too short (and please note that it is a long walk, even if the number of pubs is small - this alternative is probably inadvisable if the Fleur and the Penny Ferry are both active), you may wish to start at The Baron of Beef, on Bridge Street, opposite St John's, rather than including this on the (long) Town Centre Crawl. If so, turn right out of the Baron of Beef, northwest up Bridge Street towards the bridge, and take the second right (at the mini-roundabout) along Thompson's Lane. Veer left at the crossroads with New Park Street, then follow Thompson's Lane northeast. Pass the tennis courts on your right and follow the path towards the river, then continue northeast with the river on your left. Cross the river at the pedestrian bridge, then turn right (east) along Chesterton Road, staying on the river side. The Boathouse is on the right near the traffic lights. Another alternative is to start at The Punter, turn left on leaving it, then continue along Chesterton Road until reaching the Boathouse - which alternative is nicer probably depends on the time of year.
- Turn right out of the Boathouse, east along Chesterton Road. The Tivoli is next to the Bouthouse, on the right.
- Turn right out of the Tivoli, continue to the junction with Victoria Avenue. The Waterman is on the corner, on the right.
- Leaving the Waterman, continue east along Chesterton Road. Cross to the other side of the roundabout through the pedestrian section onto the last of Chesterton Road, then continue onto Chesterton High Street. The Haymakers is on the right.
- Turn right out of the Haymakers, follow the High Street to the mini-roundabout with Water Lane, where you should turn right. Turn right where Water Lane meets Water Street to head towards the Green Dragon.
- The obvious route back to town involves turning right down Water Street out of the Green Dragon and crossing the river via the pedestrian bridge. Continue to Garlic Row, then turn right onto Newmarket Road. There used to be a helpful curry house here; alas, no more, which means that turning right (southwest) along Newmarket Road and heading back to town is the only option. Cross the underpass and continue to Maids Causeway. Turn left at Fair Street and veer right onto New Square to get to Emmanuel Road (veer left for the town centre), or continue to Jesus Terrace, Clarendon Street and Park Terrace for the southern part of town. Curry is harder - one option is to turn down East Road at the roundabout, continue alongside Parkside and turn right at Regent Street for the Gandhi. The other is to turn left off Newmarket Road at the lights onto Coldham's Lane, then right onto New Street, left at Sturton Street, right at the end (Hooper Street) then immediately left onto Kingston Street, then at the junction with Mill Road turn right and visit either the Curry Queen or (farther down) the Kohinoor; in this case, continue down Mill Road to get to the centre of town - cross Parker's Piece diagonally and turn right onto St Andrew's Street.
- The Regal
(38-39 St Andrews Street, under the Art's Picture House, next to the Castle)
- The Fountain
(12 Regent Street, opposite the University Arms)
- The Avery
(69 Regent Street, opposite the Gandhi)
- The Prince Regent
(91 Regent Street)
- The Earl of Derby
(129 Hills Road, between Brooklands Avenue and the bridge over the railway)
- The Flying Pig
(106 Hills Road, next to the Osborne Arms)
- The Emperor
(21 Hills Road, junction with St Paul's Road, opposite the Saffron Brasserie)
- The Regal is on St Andrews Street, between Downing Street/Emmanuel and Downing, on the west side of the road, next to the Castle and under the Arts Picture House.
- Turn right out of the Regal and head south along St Andrews Street. The Fountain is opposite Park Terrace on the west side of the road.
- Turn right out of the Fountain, south along Regent Street. Pass Downing College. When you get to the Gandhi, cross Regent Street and go down a gap between buildings to the Avery.
- Leave the Avery from the same exit, then turn left, south down Regent Street. The Prince Regent is on the left.
- Turn left out of the Prince Regent and continue out of town, down Regent Street. Cross the crossroads, onto Hills Road. The Earl of Derby is just after the junction with Brooklands Avenue, on the left (east) side of the road.
- Turn right (north) out of the Early of Derby, cross Hills Road after Brooklands Avenue, and retrace your steps to the Flying Pig, which is next to the Osborne Arms.
- Turn left out of the Flying Pig and walk back down Hills Road, passing Station Road again and crossing Hills Road. The Emperor is on the right, near St Paul's Place and opposite the Saffron Brasserie.
- To get back to the centre of town, turn left out of Osborne Arms and follow Hills Road north, crossing the lights at Lensfield Road on to Regent Street and St Andrew's Street. There are curry options (Saffron Brasserie - opposite the Emperor, Gandhi - opposite the Avery) en route.
Meeting at the Red Bull at 7pm.
10 (or 9, or 8) pubs to visit:
- The Red Bull is on the south side of Barton Road, between Newnham Road and Grange Road
- Turn right out of the front of the Red Bull, down Barton Road. Turn the corner left into Newnham road at the cycle crossing. Cross the roundabout with Fen Causeway, continuing northeast. The Granta is on the east (right) side of the road, just after some parking spaces beside the water.
- Unlike the route shown on the Google Map linked in the directions, turn left out of the Granta, keeping water on your left as you pass in front of buildings. Cross the pedestrian bridge over the water and follow the path northeast. When the path joins the Cam, turn left and follow the path north (with the river on your right); mind out for cow pats. Continue past the rollers and cross the river at the lock. The Mill is immediately opposite, on the corner of the road.
- Turn right out of the Mill, down Mill Lane. Turn left through the bollards onto Laundress Lane. Turn left at the end, onto Silver Street, and follow the wall of The Anchor, on your left, to the door (which faces the Silver Street bridge).
- Turn right out of the Anchor down Silver Street. Again disagreeing with the Google map, follow the wall of Queens' College on your left, down Queens' Lane between Queen's and St Catherine's. Follow Queens' Lane to the right, between King's College and St Catherine's. Turn left onto Trumpington Street towards King's Parade, then turn right onto Bene't Street. The Eagle is on the left (north) of Bene't Street.
- Turn left out of The Eagle and continue east along Bene't Street. The Bath Ale House is on the left.
- Turn left out of the Bath Ale house, east along Bene't Street. Continue to Wheeler Street, past Peas Hill on the left and the Corn Exchange on the right. The Cow is on the right, on the far side of Corn Exchange Street. The last examination of the Cow suggested that it might not be a pub (might not have real ale on tap). The Cow appears no longer to be Red.
- From the Cow, go straight ahead up Guildhall Street. Continue north along Market Square; turn left onto Market Hill and then immediately right onto Rose Crescent. Follow Rose Crescent around to Trinity Street, and turn right. Continue as Trinity Street turns into St John's Street, then turn left past St John's College onto Bridge Street. The Mitre is on the right, just before the passageway. If you have removed the Pickerel Inn from this crawl, for example by adding it to the Castle Hill Crawl, and if have not removed the Baron of Beef by adding it to the Chesterton Crawl, you may wish to visit the Baron of Beef before the Mitre, since the Mitre is more spacious for the end of a crawl. They are adjacent, so there is no change in directions.
- The Baron of Beef is on the other side of the passageway from the Mitre, on the same side of the main part of Bridge Street. You may wish to add this pub to the Chesterton Crawl or Victoria Road Crawl rather than including it here.
- Turn right out of the Baron of Beef, up Bridge Street. Cross the mini roundabout, the bridge, and Bridge Street. The Pickerell Inn is on the southwest side of Bridge Street, just after the bridge, opposite Magdelene College gates. You may wish to include this pub on the Victoria Road Crawl rather than including it here.
- To get back to the centre of town, turn right out of the Pickerel (or left out of the Mitre or Baron of Beef), south down Bridge Street. Pick Trinity Street or Sydney Street as suits you. The obvious curry opportunity is the Curry King, which can be found in the passageway (Jordans Yard) between the Mitre and the Baron of Beef.
Meeting at the Bakers' at 7:30pm.
9 pubs visited (total 22)
- The Bakers' is on East Road, near the Kentucky Fried Chicken (on the Town side of the Graph Manager)
- The Blue Moon (Formerly the Man on the Moon) is on the corner of Norfolk Street and Staffordshire Street. Norfolk Street meets East Road near the Grafton Centre, and reaches Gwydir Street, which is convenient for various bits of the middle of Mill Road. For most, joining Norfolk Street at East Road (just south of where East Road becomes dual carriageway) and walking east will be easiest; the Blue Moon will be on your left.
- Turn left out of the Blue Moon and continue east, away from East Road, along Norfolk Street. Turn left on St Matthew's Street, then take the second right down Vicarage Terrace. The Dobblers is more or less opposite the junction of Vicarage Terrace and Sturton Street.
- Turn left out of the Dobblers, south down Sturton Street. Take the first left onto Sleaford Street. The Geldart is on the right, just before Ainsworth Street.
- Turn right out of the Geldart, south down Ainsworth Street. Continue to the end, then turn right onto Hooper Street. Continue through the pedestrian only division and turn left onto Kingston Street. The Kingston Arms is about half way down towards Mill Road.
- Turn back the way you came, then left (west) onto Hooper Street (not through the pedestrian-only bit). Turn right onto Gwydir Street. Pass the Cambridge Blue, and the Alexandra Arms is on the right as part of a pedestrian-only section stopping cars from getting through the end of Gwydir Street.
- Turn left out of the Alexandra Arms, back south down Gwydir Street. The Cambridge Blue is on the right.
- Turn right out of the Cambridge Blue, south down Gwydir Street towards Mill Road. Turn right at Mill Road, then take the third left onto Covent Garden. The Six Bells is on the left, just after Mill Street.
- Turn left out of the Six Bells, continuing southwest down Covent Garden. Take a left at Cross Street, cross Glisson Road, then the Live and Let Live is on the right, at the junction with Mawson Road.
- To get back to the centre of town, turn left out of the Live and Let Live onto Mawson Road, continuing northeast to Mill Road. Turn left (northwest) to get to the junction with Gonville Place. Cross the road, cross Parker's Piece diagonally (past the Reality Checkpoint), and turn right up St Andrew's Street towards the centre of town. The obvious curry is the Kohinoor, which can be reached by turning right out at the Mill Road/Mawson Road junction rather than left; it's on the right near the junction.
- Note: The plan of ending in the Live and Let Live is based on that pub being "nice". This is subjective, and we may end somewhere else. The far end of Mill Road crawl was planned to end in the Salisbury - there is obviously some cross-over. Note that the White Swan is open very late, which may be useful.
7 pubs visited (total 13)
Meeting at the Fort St George from 6:45pm.
Please note: Arbury has historically been home to a disproportionate amount of anti-university feeling. While this is not as pervasive as was once the case, it is best not to aggravate matters: please go out of your way to be on your best behaviour, and it may help not to be too obviously-connected with the university (e.g. avoid wearing college scarves or Quarter Blues).
- 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. It is traditional to do this crawl on November 5th, which provides the opportunity to watch the fireworks on Midsummer Common. In this case, it is a good idea to get beer at the Fort St George early - there is likely to be a long queue - and be near the pedestrian bridge when the fireworks finish, so as to beat the rush. Anyone playing catch-up after the fireworks may find the queue at the Fort St George to be less an issue than the Old Spring, which is less equipped to spread out.
- Turn left (southeast) out of the pub, away from Victoria Avenue, and cross the Cam at the pedestrian bridge. Walk up Pretoria Road, turn left at the end onto Hamilton Road, and follow it round towards Chesterton Road. The Old Spring is on the left. Expect a long queue if doing this crawl after fireworks.
- Turn northeast along Chesterton Road (away from the Mitcham's Corner one-way system), cross Chesterton Road at the pedestrian crossing and turn left down George Street. Continue to the T-junction with Milton Road (a main road) and turn right. Cross Milton Road and follow it northeast, crossing the roundabout junction with Elizabeth Way. Continue past the traffic lights at Arbury Road, and the Milton Arms is on the left (northwast) side of Milton Road.
- Turn left out of the Milton Arms and continue northeast down Milton Road. Continue to the major crossroads with King's Hedges Road. The Golden Hind is opposite, on the north corner of the crossroads.
- Turn right out of the Golden Hind, up King's Hedges Road, and cross over. Turn left (southwest) onto Campkin Road, following it round the bend as it turns northwest. The Jenny Wren is on the right (northeast), just before the junction with St Kilda Road.
- Turn right out of the Jenny Wren, down Campkin Road. You then have two choices:
- The simpler route is to continue down Campkin Road and turn right at the second mini-roundabout, up Northfields Avenue. Stay on Northfields Avenue as it veers northeast. Just after the roundabout with Cameron Road, the Ship is on the right, with the entrance near Northfields Avenue. (Ignore the Google map linked in the directions - do not divert up Aragon Close and Northfield Avenue).
- The shorter route is to turn right off Campkin Road up the pedestrian route from the car park near St Kilda Avenue. Follow the path as directly northwest as possible, keeping buildings to the left (and mostly open ground to the right). When there are trees instead of buildings to the left, follow the path through them to the left (west, then southwest) and continue where the path rejoins the road (Cameron Road). Continue southwest down Cameron Road; The Ship is on the right, near the roundabout junction with Northfields Avenue; you will probably have to walk to the northwest edge of the building to find an entrance. If looking at this on an on-line map, it's worth using a satellite view, because the pedestrian route is separate from roads. It is inadvisable to take this route except in a group, especially after dark - it is poorly-lit and hidden from the road, and Arbury has traditionally contained a population with some anti-university feeling, so it is unwise for lone students to expose themselves to danger. It is also easy to get lost in this back route. If not in a group, the Northfields Avenue route is safer.
From The Ship, turn left (southwest) down Northfields Avenue past the roundabout with Cameron Road, continuing as it veers southeast to the junction with Campkin Way. Turn right onto Campkin Road (one can cut the corner diagonally across the grass here), then cross Campkin Road and turn left at the junction with Arbury Road. Cross Arbury Road and The Grove is on the right (southwest) side.
Turn left out of The Grove (taking the exit away from the car park if possible, otherwise walking around three sides of the building), heading south away from Arbury Road down the pedestrian route into Arbury Court (shops). Veer right (west) on entering Arbury Court and head through the gap onto Alex Wood Road. Follow Alex Wood Road west, veering left at the roundabout with Mansel Way to stay on Alex Wood Road and passing Montgomery Road on your left. At the T-junction with Carlton Way, turn left (southwest). The Carlton Arms is some distance down on the right (northwest) side, after Perse Way (on the right) and Metcalfe Road (on the left).
- Assuming that The Grove is still dead, from The Ship, turn left (southwest) down Northfields Avenue past the roundabout with Cameron Road, then veer right at the next roundabout onto Roxburgh Road. Turn immediately left (souwthwest) into another part of Roxburgh Road and continue southwest to the end, where it becomes Hanson Court. A footpath will take you to the Nicholson Way, which you should cross over to reach the (parallel) Arbury Road. Cross Arbury Road and turn right (northwest), then take the next left onto Mere Way at the roundabout. Continue southwest along Mere Way, over a roundabout, as it turns into Carlton Road. The Carlton Arms is some way down, on the right (northwest) side. If you reach Gilbert Road, you've gone too far.
- To get back to the centre of town, turn right from the Carlton Arms and walk to the crossroads with Gilbert Road. Turn left, southeast, down Gilbert Road, then right at the bottom, which will turn you southwest along Milton Road. Walk to Mitcham's Corner and cross southwards to Victoria Avenue (the main road across the river). Walk down Victoria Avenue, then take the second, third or fourth exit from the roundabout to get to Short Street (for Emmanuel etc.), King Street (past the St Radegund, for Christ's, King's, etc.) or Jesus Lane (Jesus). If heading to the north of town (Murray Edwards, Fitz, Churchill, etc.) you may prefer to turn right at the crossroads between Carlton Way and Gilbert Road, then left onto Histon Road, which will take you to the Histon Road/Huntingdon Road/Castle Street/Victoria Road junction. One can cut a corner by continuing from Carlton Way to Stretten Avenue instead of turning at Gilbert Road, then veering left at Harvey Goodwin Avenue and then right at Victoria Road, but this is a less main road route if navigating alone. There is no curry opportunity obviously close to the Carlton Arms - the Maharajah on Castle Hill or the Curry King near Bridge Street may be the nearest options.
Meeting in Quinn's from 7:30pm.
6 pubs to visit:
Directions ending at the Tram Depot
- Make your own way to Quinn's. Downing Street runs past the south side of the New Museum Site and the north side of the Downing Site, between Pembroke College and Emmanuel College. (Note: Downing College is not on Downing Street.) Quinn's is on the north side of the road, between Corn Exchange Street and St Tibb's Row.
- Turn left (east) out of Quinn's and walk down Downing Street to St Andrew's Street (opposite Emmanuel College). Turn right and walk south, down St Andrew's Street. The Castle is on the right, so stay on the west side of the road..
- Turn right, south down St Andrews Street, out of The Castle and cross the road. Turn left (north-east) down Park Terrace, before the University Arms hotel. When you get to the crossroads, turn right (south-east) down Parkside and cross to the north-east side of the road. If you cut the corner here be wary of the railings and any rope that's protecting the cricket pitch on Parker's Piece. As you walk south-east down Parkside, Melbourne Place is a pedestrian route on your left, roughly opposite one of the tarmacced paths across Parker's Piece. Turn down Melbourne Place; the entrance to The First and Last is on the right, just before you get to Prospect Row.
- Turn right (north-east) out of The First and Last and walk alongside the pub to Prospect Row. The Elm Tree is diagonally to the left, roughly north of the First and Last.
- Head diagonally right out of the Elm Tree down Prospect Row (a road navigable by cars), across the side of The First and Last (not back down Melbourne Place). The Free Press is on the left (north-east) side of the road.
- Turn left out of the Free Press, heading south-east down Prospect Row to the end of the road. Turn left (north-east) onto Adam and Eve Street, then right (east) onto Dover Street. The Tram Depot is on the left (north) side of the road.
- To get back to the centre of town, turn left out of the exit from the Tram Depot, south east on Dover Street, and walk to East Road; then turn right and walk to the corner of Parker's Piece (you'll be at the corner of Park Street and Gonville Place). Walk diagonally across, past the Reality Checkpoint, to get to St Andrews Street, and (unless going to Downing) right to head towards the town centre. Alternatively, stay on East Road alongside Parker's Piece (Gonville Place) to the junction with Regent Street, then veer right if heading towards an obvious curry opportunity (the Gandhi on Regent Street).