Pub crawls 2019-2020
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
COVID-19 has obviously caused a break with tradition; hopefully
pub crawls will resume once it is safe for this to happen.
For now, this page remains as a tribute to what we used to do,
as inspiration for the 2020-2021 pub crawl season once it's safe
to start having them again.
Saturday 31st of July 2021: Girton-Histon crawl
Exploratory bonus crawl
7 pubs visited.
Attendants: Harley Jones, Jake Humbles, Patrick Driscoll, James Ireland.
Planned but not visited:
This is the 2019-2020 edition of the pub crawl
See also the 2018-2019 crawl.
Monday 2nd of March: The Station Road Crawl
Meeting in the Flying Pig at 7:30pm
6 pubs to visit.
- The Flying Pig is on Hills Road, opposite and just south of Station Road. Aim for the botanic gardens and miss. It's close to where the Osborne Arms would have been if it still existed. Hopefully it'll be open this time.
- Leave the Flying Pig and cross the road, veering left. Head east along Station Road until you get to the station, then veer left at the end rather than catching a train. The Old Ticket Office is adjacent to the station.
- From the Old Ticket Office, go out of the door and turn right. You should be facing the Station Tavern, which is convenient because it's the next pub.
- Leave the Station Tavern, but don't worry because you're going to another pub. Turn right, follow around the corner of the building to the north, and then immediately head west along Great Northern Road. (Don't get excited by the pretentious name, this used to be a DIY shop.) Veer right once you get to Tenison Road (in that you have the ability to head north without entering a building or a garden). Tenison Road is fairly long and wiggles a bit, but all you have to do is look out for the Salisbury Arms on the left, on the corner of Wilkin Street. If you get to Mill Road, you've over-done it.
- Leave the Salisbury and head northwest along Wilkin Street. At the end, turn right so as to head northeast along Mawson Road. The Live and Let Live is on the left, on the corner of Cross Street. Sometimes not all of its doors are doors, so look out.
- Leave the Live and head northwest down Cross Street, then turn right at the end to head northeast along Covent Garden. If you feel contrary, you can equally leave the Live and head northeast along Mawson Road, then turn left at the next junction to head northwest along Mill Street (not Mill Road or Mill Lane). From this you may deduce that the Six Bells is on the corner of Mawson Road and Mill Street.
- From the Six Bells, head northeast along Covent Garden until you reach Mill Road (which is the next road after Mill Street). Turn right and walk along it, out of town to the southeast. The Curry Queen is on the right shortly before the railway bridge, more or less opposite the White Swan. Should you ever wish to leave the curry house, head northwest along Mill Road and you'll come to Parker's Piece; cross diagonally to get to town, or go straight on if you want to ask how to get home at the police station. I didn't send you, but you can't trust a Special like an old-time copper, that's all I'm saying.
Saturday 22nd of February: The Castle Hill Crawl
Meeting in the Travellers Rest at 7:30pm
6 pubs visited.
- The Travellers Rest (which has historically been included, but whose staff currently describe it as "to be honest, a bar on the hotel, but a pub crawl would be cool") is on Huntingdon Road very close to the official city limits and not far from Girton College and opposite Whitehouse Lane. It is now part of a Premier Inn. It is not clear who the travellers are, and why they are resting, but it can't be us - we need to move on.
- Turn right out of the Travellers Rest and head southeast along Huntington Road. Continue (a long way) to the traffic lights with Victoria Road. Veer left and left again onto Histon Road. The Grapes is on the left (west) side of Histon Road, near the junction with Victoria Road.
- From the Grapes, cross the road and veer left onto Victoria Road. The Carpenters Arms is on the left just after the cemetary.
- The Carpeters turned out to be a diversion, so turn right and return to the junction where Castle Hill turns into Huntingdon Road. Veer left to head downhill, and you will find the Sir Isaac Newton on the left (northeast) side, just after the turning to Castle Park.
- Turn left out of the Newton and continue southeast down Castle Street. Cross the road; the Architect is on the right (southwest side).
- Turn right out of the Architect and continue southeast, crossing the road again. The Castle Inn is on the northeast side of the road just after the car park for the council offices.
- From the Castle, it would be churlish not to cross the road as you head down Castle Hill towards town, and take the opportunity afforded by the presence of the Maharajah, on the corner of St Peter's Street. You know what to do, don't pretend you don't.
Tuesday 11th of February: The Chesterton Crawl
Meeting at the Green Dragon at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited, including the bonus Thirsty.
Attendees: Harley, Kat and Izzy, with James joining at the Haymakers.
- The Green Dragon was traditionally at the end of the crawl, being a bit hard to find. Short of a taxi, you may be best getting there by walking this crawl route backwards, although there is the exciting option of a bridge over the river near the pub meaning that you can get there from the starting point of the most recent crawl. If you associate with boaties you might know the Green Dragon because it's on the river - especially since the Pike and Eel closed (duties partly taken over by the Beer Tree).
- Leave the Green Dragon and turn right (southwest), walking along Water Street and turning northwest on Ferry Lane. Turn left at the junction with Chesterton High Street and keep following the road until you find the Haymakers on the left. (You will have passed the previous site of the Yorkshire Grey, important both as part of a putative alphabet crawl and because it was the origin of the "wrong wall, grandad" quote.)
- Leave the Haymakers and continue to the left, southwest along Chesterton High Street. Go through the road furniture onto Chesterton Road and cross Elizabeth Way, heading west. (If you get this wrong you'll just have to cross the roundabout.) Keep heading west along Chesterton Road for a long way, ignoring the Old Spring because it was on the Arbury crawl. Thirsty, which is a bit like an off-licence but really deemed to be a pub, is on the left between Trafalgar Road and Victoria Avenue, and was retrospectively added to this crawl. The Waterman is on the left just after the junction with Victoria Avenue (where the Mitcham's Corner one-way system gets interesting). It used to be the Jolly Waterman. I blame Brexit.
- From the Waterman, cross to the far side of the Mitcham's Corner gyratory (behind Lloyd's), and you should find the Portland Arms much closer to you than the gap between the previous two pubs. Enter, drink, etc.
- Leave the Portland Arms and get back to the south side of Chesterton Road via whatever route least gets you run over. Head west, and roughly opposite the bit where part of the one way system turns north you should find the Boathouse on the south side of the road. It's next to what used to be the Tivoli before that pub burnt down.
- Leave the Boathouse and turn left to head west along Chesterton Road (which slowly veers a bit southwest). Cross the crossroads with Bride Street and Castle Street, and also cross the road so that you're on the north side of Northampton Street. The Punter is on the corner of Pound Hill. It's previously been the Town and Gown and the Camptown Races (when it was primarily a gay bar), among other things. If you feel this crawl is too short, you may blame the closure of the Churchill, which used to be on Madingley Road (opposite, funnily enough, Churchill) - but it was, to be fair, horrible.
- Those wishing to run away to colleges along the Backs or Grange Road may wish to head south west from the Punter to get to the roundabout with Queen's Road and Madingley Road, from which I hope they know what to do. Wiser people will head back northeast to the crossroads and turn left up Castle Hill, finding the Maharajah on the left, after the junction with St Peter's Street.
Saturday 1st of January: The King Street Run
The web site maintainer got a bit confused and got Zach's message on Saturday rather than Friday, meaning "tomorrow" resulted in this crawl being announced for Sunday rather than Saturday. It appears that everyone coped, but if anyone didn't, sorry.
Meeting at the OtherSyde at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited, plus an exploratory visit to the Seven Stars.
Attendees: Harley Jones, Edward Brown, James Ireland, Katherine Drew, Stew Sage.
Izzy and Mike joined at the Burleigh; Jake and Sarah remained at the Seven Stars.
- The OtherSyde is new, and to be found by heading to the Tesco on Newmarket Road (next to, as will come in useful shortly, the Wrestlers), then veering left down Cheddars Lane and down to Riverside (stop before falling in the river) - you may have to veer left a bit rather than wandering past the Sea Cadets and ending up at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, because that's not a pub. That said, the Otherside claims to be in the museum grounds, so it's going to be educational for everyone. Good luck.
- From the OtherSyde, head the dry route (away from the river) past Tesco until you get to Newmarket Road. The Wrestlers is on the corner of Cheddars Lane (the entrance to Tesco) from Newmarket Road, so hopefully you can find it and they'll be open, or possibly a Thai restaurant.
- Turn right from the Wrestlers to head southwest along Newmarket Road. Shortly before the Coldham's Lane junction you should find the Corner House on your right, just before River Lane. You probably shouldn't stop off at the tattoo shop en route.
- From the Corner House, continue west along Newmarket Road. Cross the roundabout with Elizabeth Way and East Road ("straight across" for the pedestrian subway means "turn right at the centre, then left at the end of the tunnel" to save you working it out). Assuming you've successfully stayed on the north side of Newmarket Road (probably with a tyre shop on your right), keep heading west along Newmarket Road, and the Burleigh Arms will be on your right after a bit.
- Turn right out of the Burleigh Arms and continue west along Newmarket Road, which turns into Maid's Causeway, crossing the road at your convenience (or failing that, a crossing). At the roundabout, take the second left (that is, not Short Street but King Street), which means the Wesley Methodist Church will be on your left. Head west along King Street, and the King Street Run will appear on the left.
- From the King Street Run, turn left to head west along King Street. This is very complicated: you see the Champion of the Thames on the left? Go in there.
- Turn left again from the Champion of the Thames and keep heading west, crossing to the north side of the road (away from Christ's) and not turning down Manor Street. The Cambridge Brew House is on the right, at the corner of Malcolm Street.
- Google thinks you should continue along King Street, veer right onto the pedestrian Sussex Street (by the music shop and Tatties), and then right to head north on Sidney Street; continue onto Bridge Street, go down the alley between the Mitre and the Baron of Beef, and you'll find the Curry King. However, a more traditional route would be to turn right from the Brew House up Malcolm Street, turn left onto Jesus Lane, turn right onto Park Street, then cut through the car park, since you can get to the Curry King through the Bridge Street pedestrian exit. I recommend you race each other. Hopefully you know how to get home from the Curry King by now.
- Bonus historical information: You have passed an excessive number of deceased pubs, to which you may wish to pay tribute. Compared with the 1996/7 crawls, they included:
"The King Street Run" historically referred to racing down King Street (Cambridge Arms, Bun Shop, Champion, KSR, St Radegund) taking a pint in each pub.
- The Racehorse (farther along Newmarket Road, now the McDonald's on the Barnwell Road roundabout)
- The Seven Stars (Newmarket Road between the Wrestlers and the Corner House, now apparently an "Indian bar" curry house combo with only the frontage of the original retained)
- The Greyhound (Coldham's Lane, just the far side of the railway bridge roughly where Topps Tiles and the more exciting Centre for Computing History now live)
- The Five Bells (not the also-defunct one in Cherry Hinton, somewhere around where Beacon Rise and the Travelodge now are; IIRC there was an incident involving some lesbians and a table that Stew may recall...)
- The Fleur de Lys (nearer the roundabout)
- The Rose & Crown (currently Cambridge Property Lettings - which is why it has a rose and a crown on the wall and a pub sign over it; immortalised in the lines "I brought a bottle of white wine, I got it from the pub - well, the car park at the Rose and Crown is where I filled it up...")
- The Bird in Hand (later the Bird, Newmarket Road, Maid's Causeway side, now Navadhanya)
- The Ancient Druids (common CUTwC venue, now the Tea House on Napier Street)
- The Zebra (between Fitzroy Land and James Street)
- The Hopbine (corner of Fair Street and Salmon Lane - another common CUTwC venue)
- The St Radegund (13 King Street)
- The Bun Shop (13 King Street), possibly now the Brew House
- The Cambridge Arms (4 King Street)
Sunday 19th of January: The Laundress Green Crawl
Meeting at the Red Bull at 7:30pm
6 pubs to visit.
- 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 Mitre
- The Pickerel Inn
(30 Magdalene Street, opposite Magdalene College)
- 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. Continue along Trumpington Street onto King's Parade (past King's chapel) and past Great St Mary's and the road furniture onto Trinity Street. Continue all the way along Trinity Street (until you've passed St John's) and turn left onto Bridge Street before the Round Church. Cross the road and the Mitre is on the right as you head north. If you get to the Baron of Beef, you've gone very slightly too far.
- Confusingly, although you should turn right onto Bridge Street as you leave the Mitre, don't go into the Baron of Beef but instead head northwest out of town and cross the road (and the river). The Pickerel is on the left.
- Head right out of the Pickerel to return southeast along Magdelene Street and Bridge Street towards civilisation, unless that's not where you're going. Given the proximity to the Mitre, it would be churlish not to head down the passageway between the Mitre and the Baron of Beef and stop at the Curry King en route.
The Hot Green Beanie commenced at 7pm on Sunday December 15th in the Mitre.
Note: This is not part of the official pub tour.
Monday 2nd of November: The Regent Street Crawl
Meeting in the Regal at 7:30pm.
6 pubs visited.
Attendees: James Ireland, Harley Jones, Marc Mills.
- The Regal
(38-39 St Andrews Street, under the Art's Picture House, next to the Castle Bar)
- 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)
The Snug (formerly the Spread Eagle, not formerly the Vine) (67 Lensfield Road, near Brookside) The Snug was closed
- The Panton Arms
(43 Panton Street, by Coronation Street)
- The Alma
(26 Russell Court)
(21 Hills Road, junction with St Paul's Road, opposite the Saffron Brasserie or Rajbelash, depending on what you want to call it) The Emperor had stopped serving
- The Regal (...Wetherspoon) is on St Andrew's Street, southeast of and opposite the entrance to Emmanuel and next to the Castle Bar (not to be confused with the Castle Inn). It used to be a cinema, and is big. The bar itself is not so big, so actually getting a drink can take a while on busy evenings.
- Leave The Regal and turn right, wandering southeast along St Andrew's, which turns into Regent Street and passes the entrance to Downing. After City Kebab (don't take the edge off your curry) there's a little alleyway on the left, heading northeast. At the end of it should be the welcoming sign of the Grain & Hop Store, which has historically also been the Avery and the Hogshead. It sells beer. You know what to do.
- Leave the Grain & Hop Store (by the same entrance, otherwise you'll be facing Parker's Piece) and return to Regent Street. Turn left, and after a brief walk you'll find the Prince Regent on the left. This should not be complicated, so long as you don't confuse it with the Regent Café. If you're feeling adventurous, you could instead leave by the Parker's Piece exit from the Grain & Hop Store and turn right to walk along Regent Terrace; the Prince Regent has a back passage on your right. Delight in the fact that Google Maps can't show you this, because it doesn't understand a route that goes through a pub and leaves by a different exit.
- Leave the Prince Regent from the Regent Street exit, turn left and cross Regent Street, continuing to head southeast. The Old Bicycle Shop will be on your right, and has amusing bicycle parts stuck on the walls. Don't be confused by the name - it's only old as a bicycle shop, it's actually quite new as a pub (hence I've not uploaded the pub sign yet).
- Brace yourself, this is more complicated. Turn right out of the Old Bicycle Shop, and continue right at the crossroads to head southeast onto Lensfield Road, crossing at your convenience and trying not to get run over (there is a pedestrian crossing for the patient). Pass Panton Street and the Lensfield Hotel on your left, and the Snug Bar is on the left shortly before Brookside. It was once the Spread Eagle, which explains why there's an eagle over the door, although not so much why its wings are not spread. It used to be the traditional starting point for the Grantchester Crawl, back when there were enough bonus Unicorns to justify starting near the centre. Note that this is not the other Snug, formerly the Vine, near the Grafton Centre - don't go there, it's a silly place.
- Turn right out of the Snug to backtrack, and turn right onto Panton Street just before the Chemistry Department, heading south. The Panton Arms is on the left, after Coronation Street. This you may recognise as a favoured lunchtime venue for winks tournaments held in Downing.
- From the Panton Arms, turn left to continue south along Panton Street, then take the first left onto Russell Court. The Alma is on the right. It's near enough to the Panton that you could see it if there weren't a building in the way (although Cambridge being flat, this doesn't say much), or you could hit it by throwing a stone - but don't do that, because it'll be cold if you break a window. They like their flags inside, and you can have fun identifying them, honest. Sadly they no longer keep piranha in a telephone booth.
- From the Alma, turn neither right nor left along Russel Court, but instead go down the stairs opposite the pub. Join Coronation Mews and head north; at the junction with Coronation Road (which runs behind the Panton Arms), turn right. Keep heading east-ish until you reach Hills Road and have to stop in order not to enter St Paul's Church. Head right (southeast), crossing Hills Road. The Emperor (formerly definitely a pub, currently known to Google as "The Empress Latin Tapas Bar", so who knows) is on the left after St Pauls Place.
- At this point, you will naturally be wondering about a curry. A reasonable way to achieve such a thing is to turn right from the Emperor and head northwest into town, and more importantly to the Saffron Brasserie, which is on the left (aka the far side of the road) between Russell Street and Coronation Street, and vaguely opposite St Paul's Church, so very near the pub - although it does have a bit of a tendency to close before crawlers are likely to reach it. Google thinks it's called the Rajbelash, which it may be. CUTwC knows it as the Saffron Brassiere, which it probably isn't. Relative civilisation can be reached by continuing northwest on Hills Road and continuing at the crossroads onto Regent Street. If you don't know where you are after heading down Regent Street onto St Andrew's Street, I can't help you, because this is where you started.
- Apparently the Saffron Brassiere had, as predicted, closed and was only offering take-away. The Curry Queen (head out of town along Hills Road, left at Station Road, take Tennison Road left, turn right onto Mill Road) substituted.
Saturday 23rd of November 2019: The Sturton Street Crawl
Meeting at the Dobblers Inn from 7:30pm, or leaving Selwyn at 6:45pm.
7 pubs visited.
Attendees: Toby Proudfoot (Dobblers and Alex only), Toby Bruce, Patrick Driscoll, Sarah Knight, Nick Inglis, Edward Brown, Katherine Drew, Harley Jones, Andrew Garrard, James Ireland, Jake Humbles, Rupert Knight, Tony Ren
- 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. Head down it, then enter the Alex at the end, where you should buy and consume beer in the traditional manner.
- Return along Milford Street, then turn right and continue south down 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, re-passing the Alex. Turn 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.
- 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 5th of November 2019: The Arbury Crawl
Meeting at the Fort St George from 6pm, heading to the Old Spring once fireworks finish.
6 pubs visited.
Attendees: Toby Bruce, James Ireland, Andrew Garrard, Katherine Drew, Harley Jones, Ed Green, Marc Mills, Rupert Knight, Ed Brown, Molly Birch, Patrick Driscoll, Jake Humbles (Old Spring), Katie Green (Fort St George)
- 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?"
- As soon as the fireworks finish, 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.
Monday 21st of October 2019: The Prospect Row Crawl
Meeting in the Clarendon Arms at 7:30pm
7 pubs visited.
Attendees: Rupert Knight, Toby Bruce, James Ireland, Toby Proudfoot, Ali Chazhrizan (Clarendon, Elm Tree, Cricketers, Free Press), Zach Bond (Free Press)
- 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.
Thursday 10th of October 2019: The Bene't Street Crawl
Meeting in the Eagle at 7:30pm.
6 pubs visited.
Attendees: James Ireland, Rupert Knight, Marc Mills, Katherine Drew, Molly Birch, Toby Bruce, Harley Jones.
- The Eagle is a very famous and historical Cambridge Pub which once had burnt cork marks left on the ceiling by World War II RAF officers, and where Crick and Watson announced that they had discovered the secret of DNA. Therefore they've redecorated. It's opposite St Bene't Church, which is even older than 1320. You might find the pub by turning off King's Parade/Trumpington Street at the Corpus Clock, or by using a phone since everyone has GPS these days, or by asking pretty much anyone where the Eagle is.
- One thing CUTwC teaches early in pub crawls is the importance of the walk to balance the drinking, so we won't. Exit the Eagle and turn left. There is a pub there, called something like (The) Bath (House) - it's always been a little loose with the details. It's important not to end up in The Bath House on Gwydir Street, because that's miles away and, more importantly, not a pub.
- Continuing the strenuous exercise, turn left out of the Bath and, brace yourself for this, cross the road. At the time of writing, Google Maps shows scaffolding, but allegedly this is the location of BrewDog. Apparently it serves beer. This place is new, which compensates for the Eagle. Yay variety.
- Turn right out of BrewDog and continue along Bene't Street. The Pint Shop is on the right opposite Peas Hill (note: Cambridge definition of "hill"), at the T-junction.
- And now we walk for a bit. Drag yourself away from the Pint Shop, and head straight ahead up Peas Hill, northwards. Continue on the road around Market Hill, passing Great St Mary's on the left. (Depending on your timing, it may sound familiar.) Veer right at Paperchase, then take a left onto Rose Crescent. As you walk along here, note the presence of Gardenia on the right, which is the kind of place that comes in useful when you don't have time for curry and don't fancy the Van of Life. Continue along the road, probably without stopping for chips or a hadji, and turn right onto Trinity Street. Don't twist an ankle on the cobbles or get clobbered by anything too big for the road, and pass some very old, very rich colleges. At the end, you could agree with Google, turn left onto Bridge Street, turn right between the church and Bridges, continue along Portugal Place, turn right at Hawks' Club, and find yourself at the back of the Maypole. Alternatively, continue straight from Trinity Street (Round Church on the right, very exciting), walk between the car park and Cambridge Union/the ADC, and turn left onto Park Street; the Maypole is on the left just after the car park. They do cocktails.
- You could listen to Google and backtrack, or you could leave the Maypole and walk through the car park. This will take you past the wrong side of the Curry King, but get you to Bridge Street, whence you can turn right and find the Baron of Beef conveniently near the Mitre. There's never any seating.
- Leave the Baron and turn left, because you obviously want to head to the Curry King. Otherwise, you're on Bridge Street, and hopefully can find your way home.