I'm rather fond of the pubs around here, set into streets of terraced houses. Imagine living here! It would take me forever to get home each night, diverted by these cosy, welcoming watering holes.
The Live and Let Live on Mawson Road was the first stop. The interior is wood on almost every surface. It's like being in someone's secret drinking den in a big shed. The Oakham Asylum here was so fresh I stuck with it.
Someone in the gang had the first pickled eggs of the day. Unfortunately for us this pub closes after lunchtime on a Saturday so we had to move on.
The rain had long passed so we could sit in the massive beer garden at The Cambridge Blue. From the front a double-fronted terraced building. Once inside it sprawls out the back into a huge beer garden.
All the beers we drank here were served by gravity from the cask; Thornbridge Branta, and Oakham X-Terminator IIPA being particularly outstanding today.
More eggs were consumed. These being chilli eggs that had been dyed blue.
The beer garden was very busy.
It was a little unsettling when some of the folk climbing over the fence via a shortcut from Mill Road cemetery looked a bit cadaverous or indeed, zombie-like. The staff here must be used to beer tourists as not only were we asked where we'd travelled from but the next group at the bar were also.
The Kingston Arms is in the next street. We wanted some real chips. I wanted Jaipur with my chips. Others wanted Crouch Vale Brewers Gold with their chips.
This is another pub set into a row of terraced houses. It has a reputation for great food. I just had chips. Of course.
I should mention here that there's a fantastic offie named Bacchanalia on Mill Road. Sells bottles from all over the world and also has cask ales to takeaway. I should have brought a growler as they had Oakham Williamette for sale. Instead I got a Stone Double Bastard, a Crooked Line Detour IIPA, Dead Guy Ale Whiskey and some other bottles I forget.
Final stop on the tour was The Devonshire Arms. We were running out of time and sobriety here, so one pint of some Milton brews before a short wobbly stroll to the railway station.
The Soft Boys, Syd Barrett, Blue Pickled Eggs and great pubs. Cambridge, I'm Insanely Jealous of You.