Where to find (or avoid!) me
This section is easier to write than it was in 1999, but harder than in 2005. The Champion of the Thames, The County Arms, or The Grapes. Or, less frequently, any of the other 100 or so pubs in Cambridge!
How to define Cambridge? A difficult question. The original guide's original aim was to cover 'close-by' pubs, ie. the ones that any visitor or passing student may see. But this was a bit restrictive really. Probably the best definition is the Cambridge city limits. However this then excludes Grantchester, Fen Ditton, and other places people are likely to go! So, for the purposes of this guide, 'Cambridge' means the area covered by the Cambridge A-Z. This throws the net a bit wide, and means one has to consider places like Fulbourn which probably shouldn't count, but it's a big world and there's more pubs to visit...
A good pub is difficult to define, though it's often easy to tell when first entering a pub whether it's what you want or not. My ideal place would be:
I know that makes me sounds like an old man. Oh well, maybe I am at heart. The Cow and Calf was almost perfect, except when it ran out of beer, or when it inexplicably got full before Christmas, or whatever. That was part of the fun!
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All views etc. are a personal opinion. Last Edited 19 October 2007