The Pickerel Inn

30 Magdalene Street, Cambridge (01223) 355068

Current Average Rating : 7.3

Mike Miller: (08/03/99) Typical Cambridge bizarre interior, some low arches (ouch!) and a nice inscription on the wall explaining the name. Unfortunately often full of drunk Magdalene boatie types and drinking society initiations, which is rather a shame. Seems to be the unofficial Magdalene college bar as some walls are covered with Magdalene photographs. Decent range of Theakston's beers and the guest ale changes regularly and is usually good. Prices are rather steep but I suppose it's close enough to the centre for this to be expected. (Small) TV for watching sports in one corner by a fireplace. Reasonable beer garden. No mirror in the Gents toilets for whatever reason (not too important I suppose, but hey). Food was reasonable but expensive. Supposedly the oldest pub in Cambridge, though this title seems rather hotly disputed.

Rating : 7

Richard Kastein: The oldest pub in Cambridge and its patent oldness inside gives it a special charm. Generally busy - you can't always sit down. The drink ain't cheap but this pub is certainly worth a visit or two, or three or four...

Rating : 7

Andrew Hollingsworth: (08/03/99) I like this pub, which claims to be the oldest pub in Cambridge (though the Green Dragon in Chesterton might dispute this). The Theakstons is alright, not least because it is brewed in my home county of Yorkshire (but there is a tendency for short measures at this pub). Watch out for rowdy drinking societies, but apart from that it's strongly recommended as one of the best city centre pubs.

Rating : 8

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This document created by Mike Miller. Last edited 08/03/99.