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It's been several years since I was last in the Kingston Arms and I didn't review it then. I was also quite inebriated the last time I was in. So with this being only my third pub of the day, I got a much better impression. This is a backstreet pub that has an L-shaped room and what looks like it might be a pleasant outdoor courtyard in the summer - not so pleasant on a freezing January day. The pub was busy with plenty of diners and the menu looked very tempting. The ale range was equally good, with the 6 regular beers - Jaipur, Brewers Gold, Summer Lightning, JHB, Wherry & Landlord supplemented by Mighty Oak Oscar Wilde, Green Duck Duck Dastardly, Tydd Steam Armageddon & Great Heck Chopper. Ciders were Lilleys Pear & Raspberry & Pickled Pig Porkers Snout. A far better pub than I remembered it.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Jan 2017 19:17
Couldn't fault the ale here again but the gripe this time is a pretty general one - while gasping to have a first pint of the day I am kept waiting by the family in front pondering over their life changing decisions as to whether Jemima wants Stilton or Wensleydale on her cheeseburger. it's about time Camra done a 'Food & Family Free' pub guide.
The Nene Valley DXB was a good pint though.
Snarling_Mallard - 2 Oct 2016 09:47
Busy Tuesday evening, food going well . 10 pumps with ales and 3 with cider. First 6 pumps very standard fare, Jaipur, Crouch Vale Brewers gold, Summer lightning, Oakham JHB, Wherry and TT landlord, next 4 a bit more adventurous - Oscar Wilde mild, Adnams Oyster, Axholme sahci, Wolf Sirius DogStar. Well worth a trip, one of the better pubs even if it could be a tad more lateral thinking with the main beer selection.
TonyMitch - 22 Mar 2016 20:51
An unexpected stop between the Geldart and Devonshire as I was wandering past and noticed it was in the 2015 GBG.

Extremely busy on the Saturday night I popped in. There’s 11 hand pumps offering a reasonable range of ales, I chose Thornbridge’s Jupier which is always a very good pint. A large selection of bottled beers in the fridges behind the bar.

The walls are adorned with lots of posters and old advertising signs.

Beer garden which only had a couple of hardy souls smoking out there, but I imagine it’s very popular in the summer.

Food was popular and smelt good.

A decent little pub that I’m glad we stopped off in.
lezford - 2 Mar 2015 14:32
The second stop on a mini crawl on the way to see Plymouth play at the Abbey Stadium. The range of beer was greater than the Devonshire (indeed, there was a small beer festival on out back with about half a dozen ales on gravity) but the Kingston didn’t have as pleasant a feel to it.

Its food looked very nice, though, and it was another pub that left me thinking that those who claim Cambridge punches under its weight in pub terms haven’t been looking in the right places.
plymouthpirate - 12 Aug 2014 12:27
It's fine - not as good as it was, but fine. Good beer, but too many gimmicks - they seem to keep tinkering what was once an excellent, simple pub. Food ok and very slow. Used to be great and a bit slow. Decor weird and cheap-looking - used to be simple and nice. I still go , though, so there must be something.
minesabeer - 4 Jun 2013 18:26
Jaipur IPA in a sea of real ales - things got very blurry at this point but I just about remember the pub and I was lucky I wrote the beer name down. Last here 10 years and the beer range was excellent then (and probably the same level of sobriety i.e. not)
Booze_Allen - 10 Apr 2013 20:07
Nothing much new to add to my last review other than to say me and a bunch of stag-do crawlers made a bee-line for the Kingston on Sat 1 Dec, and I found exactly what I hoped after a 6-year hiatus - still a corking, thriving little local with a broad array of ales and plenty of good cheer to match. I'm glad nothing had altered here. Still in the Top 5 for Cambridge, surely.

All my accompanying chums were newcomers to the pub and concurred that it was a worthy choice. If only we hadn't had so many to visit, we'd have doubtless tarried for longer. Keep it up folks.
TWG - 12 Dec 2012 17:58
A fine local in an area of Cambridge that has a variety of top quality pubs. When I visited recently there were eight beers on offer including Hop Back Summer Lightning and Thornbridge Jaipur, which was a little bit too strong for me that early in the evening. the food is also excellent, but do make sure you book as the pub gets rammed very early on in the evening. My only quibble would be that it can get a bit cramped in there, but when a pub is as good as this it is only natural that it will be so popular.
ahscum - 1 Dec 2012 19:36
Went there Saturday afternoon.Had a pint of 7.5% Perry which was excellent.Sat outside and ordered two ploughmans lunches and a bottle of pinot grigio blush.The whole meal,drinks and atmosphere were top banana.I thoroughly recommend the Kingston to anyone who fancies a taste of quality.
sweeties1975 - 15 Aug 2012 16:35
Previous reviewer, you do realise Jaipur is SUPPOSED to have a creamy head, don't you? It's on their tasting notes! As for creamy head AND being flat, at the same time... can't be both. Anyway, now that that nonsense is out of the way, the Kingston is the usual excellent oasis it's always been. In a sea of pubs with either poorly kept beers, mediocre food, or chavs, this stands out. It has an excellently kept cellar, very good food, oh, and it's the cheapest in the area. The beers are cheaper than other's (see for yourselves!), and they have a 'privilege club' where they regularly have beers around 2!! I could go on, but briefly, cheap, well kept beers, huge range, excellent food, and excellent vibe. And unrelated to my review, but for the girls, Mike and Mark are nice eye candy, and the landlord looks like a Chippendale!
BoppyBeeryBee - 28 Jul 2012 23:54
Nice pint of Norfolk Wherry @280p which is for the area is cheap.
hogshead - 30 Jun 2012 19:30
Midweek visit in July, the Jaipur was very good and dear. but that's the ABV tax for you. Lots of food being served and looked very good.
rpf1955 - 20 Nov 2011 17:54
Oh dear. What's happened here. Our pints of JHB and Jaipur had a creamy head and were almost completely flat. The Jaipur, in particular, tasted nothing like what it was claiming to be.
Maybe they were having an off day but this was visit was a major disappointment.
holbornboy - 16 Jun 2011 18:37
Had an excellent pint of Honey Stout.. so good you could drink it all night - however, when you get close to perfection a pigeon always come along to shite on your (ever balding) pate. Next to me was some slobbering ageing Irish lecturer (lecherer) with his latest geekish child conquest, intent on displaying his in(co)herent "manhood" by snogging said child at the bar. I will give the staff their due , they did try to encourage them to move to a corner, without success. Would be a top pub if they done more to discourage the paedos.
Snarling_Mallard - 28 Dec 2010 01:04
Consistently good beer, despite very ambitious range, and food was also noticably better than of late on last visit. Cosy, if possibly a bit upmarket in feel for some.
mtaylor40 - 19 Nov 2010 22:35
A friendly welcome at this back street pub just around the corner from The Cambridge Blue. Great food (divine sausages) and fine beer, particularly a well-kept pint of Landlord.
JonW999 - 27 Oct 2010 19:36
Still excellent on my second visit after about 2 years.

10 beers - some regulars like Crouch Gold and Oakham JHB - and some guests. Everything we sampled was good.Prices very reasonable and a 20p CAMRA discount as well! Services quick and friendly although the place wasn't exactly busy at lunchtime. Food very good.

Well worth a visit.
cheshirecat - 6 Oct 2010 10:04
Excellent pint of Oakham JHB here on timely visit. Pub unchanged since last year, retaining a good lineup of ales and a great food menu. I enjoyed a spinach soup followed by bangers & mash featuring a "medley" of "Italian Style", "Farmhouse" and "Lamb Ithica" sauasges. Pub full but not overcrowded, but I was happily accommodated at the bar to eat. Efficient service at the bar.

Note that a CAMRA discount of 20p a pint applies: show your card FIRST or you'll pay standard price.

A great pub, worthy of making the effort to visit. If planning to bring a large group to dine with you, call the pub first.
lad_newton - 17 Apr 2010 21:30
One of my 5 most favourite pubs always draws me when in the area, a wonderful range of beers.
nelly0164 - 16 Mar 2010 14:40
The Kingston has been up and down in recent years, with the range of beers still wide but not quite so adventurous and the ambience becoming a bit more like a restaurant ("reserved" signs on tables). But still this a fine pub with high quality beer, helpful staff and good food (though again I'd say the quality/imagination on the menu needs perking up a little). They've tried beer festivals which have been quite successful. Backstreet pub with covered back garden drinking area and no extraneous noise. There are a couple of terminals to check your e-mails and the Interent for free.
Arctium_lappa - 7 Feb 2010 17:51
10 pumps on the bar serving mostly non mainstream ales, but also yesterday another 6 in the rear yard as the pub was celebrating the Mill Rd Winter Fair by hosting its own Old Ale Festival. A gazebo affair was a good idea as the weather was particularly inclement.
The bugbear is still the reserved table policy which results in a number of empty tables while punters stand in what is a very narrow space. We chose to ignore the reserved sign and sit down anyway.
Maldenman - 6 Dec 2009 11:53
The Kingston Arms is in the middle of the Golden Triangle of great pubs in this part of Cambrdige. The beer selection was excellent, 12 to choose from ! TT Landlord was 3.20 compared to one of the recession busting offers Springfield Ruperts Ruin for 2. Food on offer looked good, the prices were a bit above the average. Amiable staff, colourful decor. Not quite as good as the other two nearby (Live and Let Live / The Cambridge Blue).
rob372 - 14 Nov 2009 21:20
Good range of beers when visited, but I'm not sure about this reserving tables mularky. There was nowhere to sit and sup our pints and the staff were helpful but rushed off their feet, collecting plates and glasses from all the tables when there were thirsty punters at the bar. Lovely pint of Summer Lightning.
Sandman1 - 3 Aug 2009 16:27
Really nice small free-house. Always a good range of well kept unusual ales: a mini beer festival. No lager or keg beers.
Nice staff and friendly punters. A chav free place, but not stuck up or stuffy.
One of the best, if not the best, in Cambridge.
JonRambo - 21 Jul 2009 21:28
The perfect pub! Friendly, knowledgeable staff, clean & comfortable, 10 real ales and good food all at a reasonable price.
kryten - 19 Jul 2009 15:28
Cracking pub. Good selection of beers on when we visited on Tuesday including several for just 1.95. Food very acceptable as well. Well worth a visit.
cheshirecat - 21 May 2009 10:10
Pub No.2 on our Cambridge crawl. My friend and I opted to lunch here, both of us had the very tasty home-made burger and chips, washed down with two pints of Crouch Vale Brewers Gold. At least four other ales available, including Hopback Entire Stout and Oakham's JHB.
There is a beer garden at the rear which would be nice to sit in on a sunny day.
Free Internet access.
Only gripe I have is with the cheap-looking and uncomfortable seats whose hideous green upholstery clashed with the mustard-coloured walls.
Overall, a good pub with good beer and food.
holbornboy - 27 Apr 2009 12:30
''Readers should read "JB" as "JHB" on my last review.''

Thanks for that Lee. I'll sleep easier in my bed tonight now that you've corrected that.

shakespiers - 15 Mar 2009 14:35
Readers should read "JB" as "JHB" on my last review.
lad_newton - 28 Feb 2009 21:44
Ever reliable gem.

I am here now, making full use of one of the two free terminals to record this review. I arrived at 2040 to find pub full, namely no table seats available. I perched up at the bar to enjoy the food stop of my Cambridge 2009 crawl.

No music, just hearty conversation rules the roost here, and groups of all sizes seem comfortably accommodated. Food continues to be excellent. I chose a "fish special" this evening, namely pan-fried plaice, chips and dressed salad. The meal was perfect with the fish lifting effortlessly off the bone alongside crisp and fresh chips and a salad made all the juicier by tomatoes and a vinaigrette dressing.

I am enjoying a pint of Salamander "Mudpuppy", 4.2% which is a deliciously flowery fruity ale.

Other beers on at the moment are:

*Hopback Summer Lightning
*Hopback Entire Stout
*Oakham HB
*Cottage SDA (Somerset & Dorset Ale)
*Castle Rock Old Trent
*Milton Dionysus.

Cassels Cider also available via handpump.

I'm not sure if the blue LEDs on the bar are a relic of Christmas or a permanent feature, but the beer garden is festooned with these diodes, some of which are twinkling like the clappers.

Terrific pub, simply HAS to be visited, and fully worthy of the 10/10 which still stands.
lad_newton - 28 Feb 2009 21:43
I've wanted to drink in this pub for a while and finally did yesterday. I wasn't disappointed, 10 real ales on tap and excellent food. The barman was very friendly and the staff all very pleasant. Very handy for Cambridge railway station so good for out of towners. Would definitely go back when visiting Cambridge again.
Fakenham - 24 Feb 2009 15:20
Range and quality of real ales is excellent, although the general atmosphere is a bit trendy and upmarket for my taste. I felt more at home in the nearby Cambridge Blue.
Rich66 - 29 Dec 2008 12:19
Up in the Cambridge area on Saturday and while the wife was shopping I grabbed my trusty GBG and sought out a couple of watering holes, of which this was one. Friendly, warm, welcoming pub - tried the Oakham JHB and it was outstandingly good. Also had a pint of Crouch Vale Brewers Gold and again it was tip-top - although I must say I found the JHB a much tastier pint. Also sampled a homemade burger - delicious - athough a tad on the expensive side. A solid 8/10.
lordcheese - 9 Dec 2008 17:51
Very good for beer, with up to 10 real ales, including many local brews (e.g. Elgoods Black Dog, Cambridge brewery beers). Real fires in winter, a large beer garden, very handy for Mill Rd and Cambridge rail station. Food is the upper end of pub grub, but quite overpriced - this was the first gastropub in Cambridge and still trades (and charges) on its reputation despite many other competitors now, some of which are far better value.

Service can be quite sullen from the Iberian matriarch, and bar staff seem to change with alarming regularity. Tables are usually booked at weekend evenings by people wanting to eat, and staff have pushed me off a table an hour before the booking time. There are not really enough tables for it to be a pub and a booking eaterie, so something needs to change here as it is very offensive to spend 3 hrs in here drinking their ale and then being unceremoniously thrown off your table because Student Johnny is bringing his ma and pa. Only to find every other table booked too. The staff are not even courteous about it.

So my advice would be to get here early, perhaps of a friday or saturday afternoon or early evening, have a few of their excellent beers, then move on by 7.30pm.
mafting - 8 Oct 2008 23:23
Was there early evening on a Friday night. Very busy. Beer (Elgoods Black Dog) was excellent and they sold locally made scratchings (very moreish). You could try a sample of the beer before buying. Unfortunately there is a clear emphasis on food - which looked excellent - and our table was reserved from 7.15 for a party who were coming for a meal.
simontheeditor - 14 Sep 2008 08:48
Still a great choice of beers but poor layout, dcor & furnishing. Nice plain wood tables but the surrounding settles are pretty naff & way too low Im 510 and found myself reaching up to the table for my pint; someone smaller could feel positively lilliputian. Cant remember why, but my notes say pretentious and possibly off-map next time. That may be a little extreme; I mean, you cant go missing out a pub with 10 handpumps, but they need to get the rest right with stiff competition in the locale.
trainman - 29 Jul 2008 12:06
First visit Saturday good selection of ales and sampled some others.Bit pricey for beer at 300p a pint..carpets could do with a clean .. went on the computer for a while.
Bit soulless at lunch time and the barman is he Polish I could not decipher his accent.
Not too impressed I think the Cambridge Blue is better.Still the computer was free which is worth it if you have just the one drink.
hogshead - 27 May 2008 14:30
Deservedly in the "Guide" 10 ales on and a nice warm fire on a cold March Saturday! Plenty of competition nearby but stands up well!.
Martin_R - 14 May 2008 14:15
Whenever I'm in Cambridge I make a point of ending the visit here. It's quite close to the railway station (about an 8 minute walk). The Summer Lightning, Entire Stout, and Brewer's Gold were all excellent and served in branded glasses. Expect to see Oakham Ales and Newby Wyke also.
Slake - 27 Apr 2008 14:17
I go here frequently and find the beer well kept, with excellent regulars from the Hopback staple and Timmy Taylor Landlord supplemented by excellent guests. Food good, if pricey (though where is not pricey these days?), though it can - on occasion - feel less of a pub than a restaurant (especially as it is routine to find whole swathes of tables booked).
It is *not* exclusive, but it is rather chummy middle class and does not have the friendly banter of the 'dream' pub. My reservation is a rather vague one: it is a great place, Good Beer Guide entry, excellent grub, nice decor...at the end of the day, just a bit soulless...
jesusjohn - 22 Apr 2008 15:36
Its always a pleasure to visit this pub when in town. Again a really good choice of ales, Had a very nice pint of wots occuring foollowed by a JHB. Top marks for the beer and the chance to sample all the ales.
CambridgeBlue - 3 Feb 2008 17:31
another great Cambridge town pub. fine selection of beers and good condition, nice place to drink em in too.
this place and the Cambridge Blue make great neighbours......visit them both!
alehouses - 30 Jan 2008 14:25
Great beer selection, 10 handpumps included Brewers Gold, Phoenix Arizona, Oakham JHB, TT Landlord, Hopback Entire Stout & Summer Lightning, Elgood Black Dog, Beartown Simba. Open fire near door, bar along left, rather narrow area to view beers on offer compounded by unfortunate location of wifi terminals right opposite. Great beer, poor layout.
trainman - 28 Jan 2008 11:15
Fine backstreet local, ten real ales on tap, five each side of the bar, mainly from local or micro breweries. Busy in the early evening, unfortunately though the pub has a policy of reserving tables so it ended up a bit crowded. Garden to the rear took up some of the punters but it was a bit chilly after dark so we moved on, the pub has tough competition nearby! Still an essential stop on any Cambridge crawl and at 20 mins probably the best venue for a beer drinker's pre match pint before heading for The Abbey.
Maldenman - 27 Jan 2008 15:26
This is a good pub for real ale 6-8 on offer but if you want fizzy lager then dont bother as it has none. Its sort of posh but not. Menu looked good but did not want to spoil the curry I was having later in the evening.
2 internet terminals looking very out of place in a pub and the bar staff have a disliking of mobile phones going off.
CambridgeBlue - 12 Nov 2007 12:29
Visited this evening and have enjoyed a pint of Elgood's Black Dog Mild, in fine form, along with a generous portion of tagliatelli Bolognese which was also very good. Staff in the Kingston remain jovial, friendly and attentive, and the ale choice speaks for itself:

Hopback Entire Stout
Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
Oakham JHB
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Elgood Black Dog Mild
Hopback Summer Lightning
Holden's Golden Glow
Butts Organic Jester
Rooster's Spa Ale

Cassels Cider was also available.

Remaining one of Cambridge's top, must-visit pubs for real ale and for excellent food. Their regular menu is supplimented by an extensive "specials" board. Do visit.

lad_newton - 14 Jul 2007 19:19
The pub was rather full when we called, but we managed to get seats outside to enjoy the real ale on offer. No keg - this is one to visit again. Free wireless internet access available too.
gillhalfpint - 15 Apr 2007 23:48
Good pub in an area of great pubs, The Kingston was packed inside and out on our visit, so we had to squeeze ourselves in to the end of a bench. Lots of good Real Ale to go at, a lively conversation led atmosphere and seemingly good food. A must visit pub in Cambridge and i'm certainly glad we took a look even if it was too full to stay.
imdownthepub - 11 Apr 2007 09:32
1st rate corker, all as it should be
douvres - 9 Apr 2007 21:53
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we found this place, coiuldn't work out what was missing at first, then it dawned on me, no draught lager, and no draught Guinness. Fantastic. Had a pint of Hop Back Entire Stout and died and went to heaven again.
nelly0164 - 30 Jan 2007 13:17
This pub exudes a certain townie atmosphere and I am bound to say doesn't immediately present anything unusual on first impression. However, to the committed ale connoisseur it is a beacon of excellence, not only with its 10 real ales and now 1 real cider lining up on the bar, but also for its complete lack of draught lager: drinkers of the fizz will need to resort to the bottled variety, or better still abandon it altogether and sample some of the fine ales. Wine is also a popular alternative.
The Kingston will always get my vote for the beer alone. As yet I haven't tried the food, although the menu looked interesting and portions appeared generous.
However, what prevents me from awarding the full marks is the general lack of organic atmosphere here. On my visit the pub was busy enough with a mix of locals at the bar and students/well-groomed young couples around the tables. But compared to somewhere like the Cambridge Blue this just seemed to be bereft of charm. The 2 staff, whom I suspect were of Polish origin, were efficient enough, but lacked enthusiasm and charm, and one wonders whether they are always that way. The lady seemed especially narked at having to be working and was generally very touchy, both with her fellow barman and customers. Woe betide the young lady who spilled red wine on the floor! In a pub that is in the vanguard of discernment in drinking terms, and obviously keen on good food, I was surprised at the apparent lack of interest in such areas from the staff.
All the same, a very worthy establishment that should be visited whenever possible.
TWG - 7 Nov 2006 10:57
On last vist, food was down a couple of notches (chef went to the Live & Let Live I heard) but beer was absolutely superb, partic Summer Lightning - high real ale turnover here
mtaylor40 - 5 Jul 2006 00:25
Very good pub excellent infact!!10 pumps of real ales and all in good condition!! Food is of a restaurant quality wich most pubs dont have it! Best thing NO lager. I recommend this pub to anyone that likes good food end good real ale. Go and visit and if you want to eat BOOK a table you will not be disappointed.
ilovebeer.com - 13 Jun 2006 15:46
excellent beer, excellent food, great garden, plenty of character with knowledgeable staff. go to this pub.
colinqueen - 24 May 2006 01:29
Really good beer and even better food. Bizarre internet points which are slightly incongruous, this is a pub for being sociable in, and many are

Not that big and gets a bit crowded. But it's easy to see why
dodgy - 17 Apr 2006 21:29
I have considered moving closer to this pub. If I ever get a night out this is where I am. Everything about it is fantastic.
nimrod - 11 Feb 2006 21:57
lovely pub, great slection of home cooked food and guest ales. Comes Highly recommended
jonrodge - 12 Jul 2005 20:16
Great pub - food is spot on, one word of warning tho, arrive early if you are choosing specials off the board. These really are "special" and sell out very qiuckly - especially the fish dishes. One of Cambridge's best ranges of beers in the Kingston. It's worth the train fare coming here.
jamie.nakin - 18 Jun 2005 20:34
Visited 13 Jun 05. Great selection of real ale. We went for Oakham Bishop's Farewell which was very good. The food was good, be prepared to wait, it is worth it. The staff were very polite and helpful, the impression created was that the customer was king.

An added bonus was the trio of blues musicians in the corner. The pub is populated by a mix of tourists (us), townsfolk and students, which worked well.

A great evening out.


cackgsy - 15 Jun 2005 11:28
One of the best pubs in Cambridge. Excellent beers. Very good food. Gets a bit crowded and is a bit small. But still the place where friends from out of town always want to go back to.
Cat1 - 12 May 2005 13:56
if only my town had a clutch of pubs like this one and the cambridge blue/live and let live all within staggering distance of eachother, though this place is be becoming slightly disappointing as the overly frothy ales dont seem to get rotated much.
anonymous - 5 May 2005 13:31
Yeah, top beers (no lager for the Fosters gents or Stella students though), recommended east walk thru the car park from the station for a beer after your journey.
Nicely seperate from the chavs in town.
danrkelly - 4 May 2005 14:14
this pub makes me want to move to Cambridge.
dbc - 21 Apr 2005 21:33
excellent beers, friendly quiet local, food perhaps a little pricey (for the quality)
anonymous - 1 Mar 2005 22:23
Very good pub. Good selection of well kept ales, open fires, tasty barmaids, CAMRA literature around the place and free internet access. What more does a man want? Food was good and more imaginative than one might have expected. Definitely a place to look out for.
MrLash - 7 Dec 2004 11:08
I've been to the Kingston a LOT - and the staff DO know their stuff! Excellent pub, great food, 10 pumps!!!!!, Free WiFi, and you can taste the ales for free if in doubt, so really don't know what you are talking about!!!
Regular - 22 Sep 2004 17:18
While the beer selection is superb (6 fairly constant, 4 varying), as is their quality, and the free internet access is a boon (for travellers like me), and the place is a very pleasant environment, one thing stood out while I was there during August (several times) -- the staff who were serving didn't actually seem to know anything about beer at all (but the cellarman obviously does, of course).

However, I'm old enough and ugly enough to be able to fend for myself -- if I don't recognise it I'll simply drink one to find out what it's like -- so this little drawback doesn't stop me making it one of my absolute favourite pubs.
FatPhil - 2 Sep 2004 17:11
WOW-BEST pub in Cambridge! 10 pumps, excellent Liver & Bacon, and FREE WI_FI!! NO lager, music, pool - EXCELLENT! Wees all over the Cambridge Blue, Live and Let Live, etc!
Handy - 18 Jul 2004 02:18
Jane and staff keep an excellent pint, and the hummus is always spot on
hobgoblin - 16 Jul 2004 14:15
Excellent beer, excellent sausages, excellent atmosphere. I can't think what else one might want (except perhaps a no-smoking inside rule). It's a close-run thing between here and the Cambridge Blue (which is in the next street) for best pub in Cambridge IMO.
mym - 10 Jun 2004 17:30
9 ales on tap, no lager, bottled Breton cider, superb food and free internet access! Beauty. There's even a list of ales that are to guest at the pub in the near future. The bar staff and locals know their stuff when it comes to ales. A definite if you're near Cambridge, and so close to the station.
Greg - 6 Jun 2004 12:13
I am in this pub right now! Still just as good as its ever been. NINE beers available on handpump, the best of which is Castle Rock's Harvest Pale - absolutely exquisite.

Everyone is relaxed and chilled out, and on this visit the pub gets another 10/10 from me! I WISH this was my local!
lad_newton - 5 Jun 2004 21:40
A great pub. No lager, just ales and wine. It's rapidly becoming a victim of its own success however, you'll be lucky to fit in, let alone get a table these days!

My suggestion, get there early and stay there...
nickholway - 4 Apr 2004 20:43
Excellent pub, great food, nice atmosphere..highly recommended
David - 19 Mar 2004 17:08
Excellent friendly pub with a local feel only 5 minutes from the station.
Top Cat - 15 Mar 2004 11:23
Is this the place with a red pool table that used to (maybe still does)serve Staropramen on draught that we found by accident walking back to the station from the Grafton Centre and stayed in for several one Saturday afternoon four or five years ago? It's a good locals pub, if you can afford to live in central Cambridge to make it your local.
drinker - 12 Oct 2003 12:36
A wonderful pub, serving excellent beer. Every town should have a pub like this, cherish it.
Craig - 11 Oct 2003 23:59
Yes, shame about Lidstones but the Kingston retains its friendly atmosphere and superb beers. On my last visit (28/8) had Oakham JHB and White Dwarf as well as Elgoods Black Dog and a wonderful Stout whose origin escapes me - it was that good.
G - 2 Sep 2003 00:25
Pub sounds great but shame about the brewery!
lad_newton - 30 Jun 2003 18:33
Very sad to hear the Lidstones brewery has suspended its brewing operations. I will still visit the pub as it looks set to remain excellent, and micro breweries will still feature on the handpumps.
lad_newton - 30 Jun 2003 18:31
A real gem that sells real ale, real cider & soft drinks only. No lager or Guiness (try the Lidstones Stout instead, if its on)etc. Although not tried, the food looks and smells good. Variuos real ales from East Anglia (including the excellent Oakham)and usually something from Lidstones micro brewery in Suffolk. Sadly there used to be 4 or 5 of these beers on at all times but that has fallen by the wayside. Visit this pub with the Live & Let Live and Cambridge Blue. All very good in thier own right.
Simonf - 11 Jun 2003 17:03
Provides good competition for the Cambridge Blue in quality beers and food. Benefits from not being quite as busy. Pleasant garden.
david johnson - 11 Jun 2003 16:34
This pub is an absolute paradise! Up to 10 real ales available including normally the full range of Lidstones with others from micros up and down the country. A mild is usually available. There is no lager so remember this before planning a visit. No gaseous beer or cider either. Absolutely exquisite food available lunchtime and evening and I would recommend you book (tel 01223 319414). The food is in a class of its own and is amongst the best pub food I have eaten in my life. Tasty fish dishes, grills, sausages, salads - you name it! For non-beer drinkers the trip is worthwhile for the food alone! Often very busy in the evenings. No music, just vibrant lively conversation amongst a clientele of all ages. A gem - you all must try it & see for yourselves - you will not be disappointed - Guaranteed!!!
Lee Newton - Lee.A.Newton@jobcentreplus.gov.uk - 12 Mar 2003 18:00

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