Pub crawls 2017-2018
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 2016-2017 crawl.
Saturday 23rd of June: The Grantchester Crawl redux
Meeting at the Green Man at 1:30pm, or the Alma from noon.
The crawl so nice, we crawled it twice. See below for details.
Saturday 9th of June: The Grantchester Crawl
Meeting at the Green Man at 2:30pm, or the Alma from 1pm.
Three pubs in Cambridge to visit, with four bonus pubs in Grantchester outside the city limits.
- The Green man is on the east side of Trumpington High Street, which is on the left as you head out of Cambridge.
- Turn left out of the Green Man, south along the High Street. The Tally Ho is on the left, a little way down.
- From the Tally Ho, 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.
Friday 1st of June: The Other Crawl
Meeting in the Corner House at 7:00pm.
87 pubs visited:
Attendees: Harley and James.
- The Corner House is on the north side of Newmarket Road, roughly opposite Coldham's Lane on the out-of-town side of Newmarket Road, away from East Road.
- Turn left out of the Corner House to head northeast, out of town. The Wrestlers is on the left, opposite the retail park.
- Turn left out of The Wrestlers and continue northeast along Newmarket Road out of town until you reach Garlic Row on the left (roughly opposite DFS).
- Head northwest along Garlic Row, then veer north onto Oyster Row. Follow the road northwest, then head north on the footpath across Stourbridge Common. Veer northwest across Green Dragon Bridge to cross the Cam. The Green Dragon is ahead of you, on Water Street.
- Turn right out of the Green Dragon along Water Street and follow the road as it heads northwest. Turn left at the T-junction with the High Street, and head vaguely west as the road winds. The Haymakers is on the left opposite Union Lane.
- First, use the wazitorium, because this one's a relatively long walk. Head left out of the Haymakers, southwest along the High Street, and continue straight through the road furniture onto Chesterton Road as the High Street veers more directly west. Continue at the end of Chesterton Road to cross Elizabeth Way to the south of the roundabout, and continue on Chesterton Road past the guest houses until the cul-de-sac reaches Chesterton Road proper. Veer left to continue west until you reach Mitcham's Corner (eschewing the Old Spring, which was on another crawl). The Waterman (who used to be Jolly but apparently is now Not Hear To Enjoy Himself) is on the left, just after the junction with Victoria Avenue.
- Turn left out of the Waterman to continue west along Chesterton Road, past what was the Tivoli before it had a fire-related incident. The Boathouse is on the left, opposite Croft Holme Lane (where the one-way system turns around Mitcham's Corner).
- Turn right out of the Waterman to backtrack east along Chesterton Road, and cross over without getting run over. Veer left just after Lloyds Bank; The Portland Arms is on the north side of Victoria Road.
- Turn right out of the Portland Arms to head northwest along Victoria Road. The Carpenters Arms is on the right just before French's Road (and the Histon Road Cemetary).
- For curry options, the Meghna is further west along Victoria Road from the Carpenters Arms, by Clare Street. Alternatively, continue southwest along Victoria Road to reach Castle Hill; heading south will reach the Maharajah (at the junction with St Peter's Street), and continuing onto Magdelene Street and Bridge Street will let you get to the Curry King.
Friday 27th of April: The Cherry Hinton Crawl
Meeting in the Red Lion at 7:30pm.
6 pubs successfully visited.
Attendees: Harley, Ed and James; Ben from the Queen Edith on.
- The Red Lion
(20 Mill End Road)
- The Robin Hood
(1 Fulbourne Road, crossroads with Queen Edith's Way, Cherry Hinton Road and Cherry Hinton High Street)
- The Queen Edith
- The Med
(59 Perne Road)
- The Rock
(200 Cherry Hinton Road, by the junction with Blinco Grove)
- The Earl of Derby
(129 Hills Road, between Brooklands Avenue and the bridge over the railway)
The Station Tavern (1-2 Station Square) The Station Tavern had stopped serving by the time crawlers got to it; perhaps they were enjoying themselves
The Old Ticket Office (if it exists) It didn't
- The Red Lion is on Mill End Road, off Cherry Hinton High Street. This is a long way from the middle of Cambridge, and you might like to use motorised transport.
- From the Red Lion, turn left and head southeast to the roundabout with the High Street, then continue south. Follow the road to the junction with Cherry Hinton Road. The Robin Hood is on the left, just before the junction. Benches are thrown around less than they used to be.
- From the Robin Hood, cross the junction diagonally to head southwest along Queen Edith's Way. Follow the road as it turns west. Take a right onto Wulfstan Way. The Queen Edith (recently resurrected) is on the right.
- Veer right out of the Queen Edith to continue north. Take a left onto Cherry Hinton Road, then right onto Perne Road, and cross over. The Med is on the left.
- Turn right out of the Med to head back south to the junction with Cherry Hinton Road. Turn right to head west on Cherry Hinton Road. The Rock is on the south side of the road, just before Blinco Grove.
- Turn left to continue west until you get to the junction with Hills Road, and turn right to head north. Cross the railway bridge. The Earl of Derby is on the right, shortly before the junction with Brooklands Avenue.
- From the Earl of Derby, turn right to head north on Hills Road, then take a right onto Brookgate. Turn left onto Station Place to head north. The station is on the right, with the Station Tavern nearby.
- Head west on Station Road. If the Old Ticket Office exists, it's on the right.
- Turn right onto Hills Road and cross over. The Rajbelash (formerly Saffron Brasserie) is on the left, after the Emperor. Continue north to return to the town centre.
Sunday 18th of March: The Sturton Street Crawl
N.B.: Not Friday 9th of March, nor at 7:30, as originally advertised.
Meeting at the Dobblers at 7:00pm.
7 pubs visited.
Attendees: Harley, James and Ed.
- 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.
- Head south out of the Dobblers along Sturton Street until you reach Sleaford Street on your left. Continue east; the Geldart is on your right, just before Ainsworth Street.
- Head back west along Sleaford Street, and turn back north along Sturton Street. Take the next left onto Milford Street. The Alex is on the left, on the corner of Gwydir Street.
- From the Alex, veer left to head south along Gwydir Street. The Cambridge Blue is on the right (west) of the road.
- 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.
- Leave the Petersfield and return 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; the White Swan is at the junction of Kingston Street and Mill Road.
- This is complicated: Leave the White Swan, and look ahead. You should see the Curry Queen, which serves curry.
- For relative civilisation, head west along Mill Road.
Friday 2nd of March: The Anglia Ruskin Crawl
Meeting at the Elm Tree at 7:30pm.
7 8 pubs visited.
Attendees: Harley, Patrick (SiBo) and Ed.
- The Elm Tree is at the end of Elm Street that coincides with Eden Street, diagonally opposite the Cricketers. Google has traditionally found a number of interesting places for it that aren't here, so be careful. If you find yourself on Emmanuel Street or Clarendon Street, head south east down Elm Street and it'll be on your left. If you're starting near Parker's Piece, you could take the traditional little passageway (Melbourne Place) alongside Parkside Community College.
- This is very complicated: From the Elm Tree, look diagonally south east. You will hopefully see The Cricketers, which is A Pub. Go in and order beer.
- From the Cricketers, get back to Prospect Row (on the north east side of the pub, where there's actually a road) and head south east. The Free Press is on the north east side of the road. Remember to turn your phone to silent.
- Turn left out of the Free Press and continue southeast, veering north onto Adam and Eve Street at the end of the road, then following round to the right onto Dover Street; the Tram Depot is on the left before you reach East Road.
- From the Tram Depot, turn left to reach East Road, and left again to head north east. The Duke of Cambridge (formerly the Baker's Yard, formerly the Baker's Arms) is on the left. You can also get in to its back passage from Adam and Eve Street.
- From the Duke of Cambridge, head left from the East Road entrance to head north east along East Road. The Snug (formerly the Vine, and not to be confused with the Snug that used to be the Spread Eagle) is on the corner of East Road and Burleigh Street - which is not where the Burleigh Arms is, of course.
- Cross East Road (without getting run over) to reach Norfolk Street, and continue heading east along it. The Blue Moon is on the left just after Staffordshire Street.
- Returning to East Road and heading south should get you back to civilisation, but if you have a greater need of curry, you should continue east along Norfolk Street and, at the end, veer right onto Gywdir Street. Confusingly you will then walk straight past the Alex and the Cambridge Blue (both on a different crawl) and, eventually, reach Mill Road. Cross over as you turn left, and you should find the Curry Queen on your right vaguely opposite the White Swan (before you get to Devonshire Road). Civilisation from here involves walking northwest along Mill Road.
The Salisbury Arms was apparently appended to this crawl after the qwxcl the previous time around.
Monday 12th of February: The Mill Road Crawl
Meeting at the Brook at 7:30pm.
8 7 pubs visited.
Attendees: Harley and Ed. Despite this streamlining, they were too late to get to the Salisbury.
- 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.
- 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 Royal Standard (a resurrected traditional pub) is on the left.
- From the Royal 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, then turn left and walk past the White Swan and the Curry Queen without getting distracted. Eventually, turn left onto Covent Garden (not the one in London). The Six Bells is on the corner of Mill Street (not to be confused with Mill Road or Mill Lane).
- Continue south having left the Six Bells until you get to Cross Street, then turn left to head east. The Live and Let Live is on the right, on the corner with Mawson Road.
- From the Live, find Mawson Road, head south, then take the next left to head east along Wilkin Street. The Salisbury is on the right, at the corner with Tenison Road.
- Those desiring curry are encouraged to turn right along Tenison Road, keep right at the mini-roundabout (so don't head towards the station), follow Lyndwode Road west, then head southwest along Glisson Road. Continue to Hills Road and turn right, crossing over. The Saffron Brasserie is on the left. Anyone not desiring curry is an abomination, but can be catered for by turning left on Tenison Road and returning to Mill Road, then turning left and continuing until you get to Parker's Piece, at which (reality check) point you should either know where you are, or be so close to the police station that you can ask someone. Just rememer that you can't trust the specials like the old-time coppers when you can't find your way home.
Sunday 28th of January: The Castle Hill Crawl
Meeting at the Traveller's Rest at 7:00pm, or the Grapes at 7:45pm.
8 pubs visited.
Attendees: Harley, James, Ed; from the Grapes, also Charlotte and Sophie.
- The Traveller's Rest is on Histon Road, just inside the official city boudary. Head north almost to Girton, and keep an eye out on the left. It's a Beefeater associated with a Premier Inn - they'd probably rather we did this crawl backwards so people stayed there to rest. There's some history of some attendees skipping the start of this crawl and going straight to the Grapes. We used to do this crawl ending at the Rest, but then we could rely on the Curry Centre staying open very late for our return. For traditional reasons, you may wish to consider singing some inappropriate songs during the walk, and stop to commemorate Nipper's glasses.
- Head southeast (i.e. into Cambridge) along Huntingdon Road, crossing over at your convenience. Once you're at the exciting junction with all the traffic lights, veer (very) left onto Histon Road, heading north. The Grapes is on the left a little back from the junction.
- Turn right out of the Grapes, and return to the junction with Huntingdon Road. Veer left to head south east down the Castle Street hill (or the nearest we get in Cambridge). The Sir Isaac Newton is on the left.
- Turn left out of the Newton and cross the road as you continue down the hill. The Architect (formerly the County Arms) is next to Mee and I (formerly the Curry Centre) on the right.
- Keep heading down the hill by turning right from the Architect, crossing the road. The Castle Inn is a stone's throw away beside the route to the castle mount (and Council offices). If it's not obvious, you've done something very wrong.
- Annoyingly, the Punter is not in a straight line with the rest of the pubs; instead, cross Castle Street again and return to the pedestrian Whyman's Lane that runs alongside the Architect. At the end, veer left onto St Peter's Street, then immediately right onto Pound Hill. Follow Pound Hill as it veers left; the Punter is on the left of the corner with Northampton Street. It was formerly the Town and Gown, Campdown Races, and probably a few other things.
- Veer left out of the Punter and head east along Northampton Street (not towards Madingley Road - if you hit a roundabout, you went the wrong way). Veer right onto Magdelene Street, which is a continuation of Castle Street. The Pickerel is on the right, vaguely opposite part of Magdelene and shortly before Magdelene Bridge.
- Continue southeast and cross Magdelene Bridge and the road. Pass the mini roundabout at Thompsons Lane, and the Baron of Beef is on the left, just before Blackmoor Head Yard and the Mitre. Don't get confused by the Mitre, it belongs on a different crawl, because walking is good for us.
- If you don't want a curry, keep heading along Bridge Street into town. The sane and hungry have the complex task of walking down the passageway between the Baron and the Mitre, therein finding the Curry King and salvation.
Wednesday 20th of December: The Hot Green Beany
Meeting at the Mitre at 7:30pm. Note that this is not officially part of the crawl tour.
This "crawl" traditionally takes in trivia machines in order to win money for the end-of-crawl curry (or at least, a poppadom). There is some difficulty finding trivia machines these days; the Mitre is likely, other nearby hostelries are open to investigation.
We will finish the crawl in the Curry King, traditionally (in theory) with a chicken jalfrezi, after which the crawl is named (by, I believe, James "Droogs" Hopgood, "what are these hot green beany things?")
Friday 17th of November: The Laundress Crawl
Meeting at the Red Bull at 7:30pm.
8 pubs visited.
Attendees: Ed, Gabby, Charlotte, Sophie, Harley, James (from the Granta), Nick "off of Gabby" (from the Eagle).
- 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.
- From the Red Bull, turn right onto Barton Road and follow it when it veers north. Take the first exit at the roundabout (don't go down Fen Causeway). The Granta is on the right after the Mill Pond. If you got to Darwin, you went too far.
- Turn left from the Granta and then left away from the road to head east on the pedestrian path past the Mill Pond. Continue north alongside the Cam (mind out for cow pats) and cross the mill. The Mill is, logically, by the Mill Pool on the corner of Mill Lane (and Granta Place). Mill Road is, confusingly, somewhere completely different.
- Leave the Mill, ideally by the exit not facing the river, and head straight across to go down the scary dark alley known as laundress lane. (If you go straight out of the wrong entrance, you'll get wet.) At the end, having walked past most of the Anchor, turn left onto Silver Street, then left again to enter the Anchor. Some part of it is still a pub.
- Leave the Anchor, turn right onto Silver Street, and head east (not back over the river). Tradition would suggest following around Queens' to the left, along Queens' Lane, then following through the tunnel between King's and Cat's, turning left onto Trumpington Street at the end. A route that smells less of urine is to go to the end of Silver Street, then turn left onto Trumpington Street. Cross Trumpington Street and head east onto Bene't Street, past the Corpus Clock. The Eagle is on the left.
- This one's tricky: leave the Eagle and turn left to continue along Bene't Street. The Bath House is on the left. Don't get confused by the one on Gwydir Street, which is not so much a pub, and also a long way away (though ironically near Mill Road).
- Turn left out of the Bath House. The Pint Shop is on the right, kind of opposite Peas Hill.
- Longish walk now; leave the Pint Shop and head north up Peas Hill past the Arts Theatre and the market. Head north your choice of route onto Trinity Street; one way is to head between Mappin and Webb and Subway, past Gardenia's (good to know where this is) up Rose Crescent. Do not stop for a hadji, it will take the edge off your curry. Turn right onto Trinity Street, later St John's Street, heading north. Turn left onto Bridge Street past St John's. Cross over, and the Mitre is on the far side of the road as you head northwest, shortly before the Baron of Beef.
- It would be churlish not to leave the Mitre by heading away from Bridge Street and stopping at the Curry King.
- Return to civilisation by returning to Bridge Street and turning left. Heading down either Trinity Street or Bridge Street (eventually Sidney Street) takes you back to the town centre.
Saturday 4th of November: The Arbury Crawl
Meeting at the Fort St George from 6:30pm.
6 pubs plus fireworks visited.
Attendees: Ed, Harley, James, "New Ed", Jonny, Dannish, Andrew, Steph, Katie (first two pubs), surprisingly no rain despite the weather report.
- 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. 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 to head north (through the rush of traffic) onto Pretoria Road. Veer left to head west onto Ferry Path (or turn left onto Hamilton Road farther up Pretoria Road, as pedestrian traffic permits). Turn right to head north along Ferry Path. Enter the Old Spring. Gawp at the enormous queue and go thirsty for twenty minutes waiting to get served. The Old Spring is a perfectly nice pub which turns into a hell-hole of soggy humanity after a rainy fireworks night.
- Leave the Old Spring and its sense of claustrophobia. Cross Chesterton Road to head north. Head north up your choice of Herbert Street or George Street, both of which may be a little creepy and dark, without getting run over. Turn right to head northeast on Milton Road, and cross to the northwest side of the road. Cross the roundabout to continue on Milton Road. Head past the crossroads with Arbury Road, briefly bowing your head at the passing of the Grove/Snowcat which used to be to the north. Keep heading quite a long way up Milton Road until you reach the Milton Arms, with the Hungry Horse sign outside. This was a fairly long trundle, so you might want a sit down.
- Leave the Milton Arms, even if it's raining, and keep heading northeast to the traffic-light junction with King's Hedges Road. Cross over, and enter the Golden Hind. Buy beer. You should know how to do this by now.
- Head northwest out of the Golden Hind along King's Hedges Road, crossing the road. When you get to Campkin Road, head southwest along it. Follow the road round the bend as it veers northwest. Go straight across the mini-roundabout with Hawkins Road, and continue to the next mini-roundabout with St Kilda Avenue. The Jenny Wren is on the right, but is apparently sadly defunct. Continue along Campkin Road, then take the path at the back of the off-road parking area on the north of the road - the path runs along the back of some buildings, with trees to your right. Keep heading northwest with houses to your left and greenery to your right. Once you run out of houses to the left (you should still have a park to your right), veer left past some trees, and the pathway will eventually join Cameron Road, heading southwest. You will shortly see the Ship on the right, although you might have to circumnavigate it to find an entrance that works. Note that Google Maps is a little confused about where the Ship is: try to buy beer at the pub, not the bus stop.
- Leave the ship, ideally onto Northfield Avenue, and head southwest by turning left. Take the right turn at the mini-roundabout with Roxburgh Road (which turns into Sackville Close), then head southwest at the first left to stay on Roxburgh Road. As a pedestrian, you should be able to get through to Arbury Road at the end, cross over, and turn right - then promptly turn left again into Mere Way to continue southwest. After a while, Mere way turns into Carlton Way, and from Carlton Way, you should turn into the Carlton Arms (which is on the west side after quite a long walk, after Metcalfe Road, but before Gilbert Road.
- The nearest curry option is not obvious, so we often don't bother. Routes back to town include returning to Milton Road by turning left onto Gilbert Road (and right at the end), turning right onto Gilbert Road and left onto Histon Road, and using Stretten Avenue to cut the corner through to Victoria Road. Other popular options include metal boxes driven by hydrocarbons.
Tuesday 24th of October: The King Street Crawl
Meeting in the Burleigh Arms at 7:30pm.
7 pubs visited.
Attendees: Ed, Harley, James, "Joe, no not that one, a fresher".
- The Burleigh Arms is on the west end (Cambridge side of the East Road roundabout) of Newmarket Road, near Maids Causeway. It's on the north (farther from town) side of the road. Getting there from the town centre probably involves either Emmanuel Road, Clarendon Street, or East Road, and it's about ten minutes from the town centre on foot. It's approximately opposite Christ Church. The area isn't brilliantly lit - don't get mugged. You will, however, be fairly near Midsummer Common, since that may be useful reference for the next pub crawl.
- From the Burleigh Arms, turn right to head west along Newmarket Road and onto Maid's Causeway. Cross to the south side of the road, noting the recently deceased Zebra (we tried to keep it going, but it was like flogging a dead horse) and the less-recently-deceased Ancient Druids. You can go past the car park to a back entrance, but the simple route is to continue to Fair Street and turn left. You'll see the Hopbine on your right as you head south.
- From the main entrance to the Hopbine, head back north to Maid's Causeway and continue to head west. At the roundabout, take the second exit (not Short Street), just after the Wesley Methodist Church, onto King Street. The St Radegund is on the northwest side of King Street, near the roundabout end. It is tiny. The toilets are downstairs, which is sometimes confusing.
- Turn right out of the Radegund to continue west along King Street. The King Street Run is on the south side of the road (so you'll have to cross over). Don't stop at Efes, that'll take the edge off your curry.
- From the King Street Run, turn left to continue west along King Street. The Champion of the Thames is not very much farther, mercifully, on the same side of the road.
- Turn left from the Champion of the Thames to continue west along King Street, this time with the tricky manoeuvre of crossing the road. The Cambridge Brew House is just before the turning with Malcolm Street.
- Google suggests retracing your steps here, but we would normally turn right out of the Cambridge Brew House and head north up Malcolm Street to Jesus Lane, then turn left to head west. At the traffic lights, turn right onto Park Street, past the ADC, and continue northwest. The Maypole is on the west side of the road, next to the car park.
- The obvious curry is in the Curry King, which can be accessed either via Portugal Place behind the Maypole, or by going through the car park and past the ticket machines. The Curry King is nearly on Bridge Street, from which heading southeast should return you to civilisation.
Friday 13th* of October: The Freshers' Crawl
*What could go wrong?
Meeting in the Regal at 7:30pm. Bear in mind you might need proof of age.
7 (yes, we're not breaking the novices in gently) pubs visited.
Attendees: Ed, Harley, Gabby, Andrew.
- The Regal is a big pub on Regent Street, between Downing and Emmanuel. Technically, Google knows it as "The Regal Wetherspoon", but that's an oxymoron, so we'll ignore it. From Emmanuel (the intersection of Downing Street and St Andrew's Street), head southeast along the southwest side (opposite Emmanuel, same as Downing) of St Andrew's Street, passing Nando's and Wagamama (which will take the edge off your curry). Don't get distracted by All Bar One and The Castle Bar (formerly a pub); this is a pub crawl, not a bar crawl. The Regal says "Picture House" on it. Do not be confused, it is a place to buy beer. Do so, and wait for everyone to turn up. Don't get carried away if this is your first crawl, you have many pints to go, and just because it's traditional not to cope doesn't mean you have to make an early error.
- Leave the Regal, ideally taking your beer but not the glass. Continue (if you came from the town centre) southeast along St Andrew's Street, which turns into Regent Street after Park Terrace. Cross to the northeast side of the road, opposite Downing, and don't get distracted by the Pizza Hut or Nanna Mexico, for yay verily they are false gods and will still take the edge off your curry. Once you have the City Kebab on your left (no, still save it for later) and are opposite the "@72.China", which used to be the Gandhi and nice, head down the scary back passage and enter the Hop and Grain Store, acquiring more beer and possibly asking them why they keep changing the name of the place. Don't get thrown out, this is the obvious place for tournaments held in Downing and we need them to like us.
- In a departure from previous years, leave the Hop and Grain Store the way you came in (tip: if you're facing Parker's Piece, you've done it wrong) and return to Regent Street. Turn left, and continue southeast along Regent Street. The Prince Regent will be on your left; if you get to Lloyd's Bank, you've gone too far. If you get to the station, you've gone much too far. Actually, I lied - you can also leave from the Parker's Piece side, turn right, and enter the Price Regent's back passage, just be prepared to exit the Prince Regent differently.
- Leave the Prince Regent and cross to the southwest side of Regent Street. Keep heading southeast not very far, and the Old Bicycle Shop should be on your right. Misleadingly, it sells beer. If you are offered Thai cuisine instead, you've gone too far.
- Leave the Old Bicycle Shop and continue southeast, staying on the same side of the road until you get to the crossroads (and what the web site maintainer, during his years as an undergrad, described as "the big thing on the corner that goes dong" - Our Lady and the English Martyr's church). Avoid crossing the road, which is good because it's a tedious thing to do at that junction, and head southwest along Lensfield Road. At your convenience, cross to the south side of Lensfield Road, spurning Downing's back passage. Take the first real road, Panton Street, heading south. If enthusiastic, you can cut the corner through the car park of the chemistry department; even though we are experimenting with ethanol, do not go in. Once on Panton Street, the Panton Arms can be found on the left (east) side of the road, just after Coronation Street and through some railings.
- From the Panton, turn left to continue south along Panton Street, then take the next left onto Russell Court, at which point the Alma should be visible on the south side of the road. Inconveniently the corner of the junction means you can't see the Alma from the Panton, although you could probably hit one from the other if you threw something. Don't throw something.
- Turn right out of the Alma to continue east around the S-bend of Russell Court, veering south until you hit the crossroads with Norwich Street. This is not anywhere near Norwich. Head east (okay, that's towards Norwich) until you reach Hills Road, which will be the big one with all the cars on it unless something is very wrong. Turn right on Hills Road, staying on the southwest side. Pass the junction with Station Road and the statue by the entrance to Cambridge Botanical Gardens. The Flying Pig is on the right (southeast) side of the road, vaguely opposite the Centennial Hotel. If you get to Siemens you've gone too far (and by this point in the crawl, might find the name funny).
- Congratulations, you have reached the end of the crawl. You should celebrate by eating something. From the Flying Pig, turn left to head back northwest towards the town centre. The Saffron
Brassiere Brasserie is helpfully waiting for you on the left, just after a Costa and before Coronation Street. To get back to civilisation, continue northwest along Hills Road, cross (carefully) Lensfield Road to get on to Regent Steet, and keep walking until everything looks familiar. If you reach the Travellers Rest and nothing has looked familiar by then, you should probably check in and sleep it off.