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The Empress, Cambridge - pub details

Address: 72, Thoday St, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 3AX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19460) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Cambridge (0.7 miles), Shelford (3.9 miles), Waterbeach (5.2 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.2/10 (rated by 23 users)
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Another nice backstreet boozer in Cambridge. This one is famous for its pig in the back garden. I went out to see it. But I'm not sure it's still there. Whilst there's still an enclosure, the only animal in evidence was a friendly cat. The interior has a number of different drinking areas. But they were fairly dark. There is a prominent pool table. Ales were Buntingford Twitchell & Hurricane, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Oakham JHB & Purity Mad Goose. Cider was Old Rosie.
blue_scrumpy - 27 Apr 2015 20:41
First visit for a year or so. Last time I went for an Elgood's which was soupy but it was changed with apologies. Earlier this evening I had a buntingford aramis, single hop beer from a new hop so I stuck with it for half a pint before taking it back. It tasted like the malt was bad, in the same way it's very obvious when Adnams beers have been on a bit too long! Asked for a half of oakham JHB, not my favourite, but nevertheless reliable and very difficult to mess up (as someone who has looked after Oakham beers for over 5 years) and was asked to pay for it. It was so cloudy I could barely see my finger through the glass. Returned the beer and was not offered a refund when we said we were leaving. For a pub that publicise the fact that they were branch pub of the year 2010 they need to drastically improve the quality of the beer.

On a personal note, it's quite a friendly pub, we went there to play bar billiards and everyone was very nice. The slightly over-the-top Christmas decorations might offend epileptics but it's cosy. For this reason it's earned its one point out of out of ten.
oakhamsbeermonster - 19 Nov 2012 20:20
First visit for a year or so. Last time I went for an Elgood's which was soupy but it was changed with apologies. Earlier this evening I had a buntingford aramis, single hop beer from a new hop so I stuck with it for half a pint before taking it back. It tasted like the malt was bad, in the same way it's very obvious when Adnams beers have been on a bit too long! Asked for a half of oakham JHB, not my favourite, but nevertheless reliable and very difficult to mess up (as someone who has looked after Oakham beers for over 5 years) and was asked to pay for it. It was so cloudy I could barely see my finger through the glass. Returned the beer and was not offered a refund when we said we were leaving. For a pub that publicise the fact that they were branch pub of the year 2010 they need to drastically improve the quality of the beer.

On a personal note, it's quite a friendly pub, we went there to play bar billiards and everyone was very nice. The slightly over-the-top Christmas decorations might offend epileptics but it's cosy. For this reason it's earned its one point out of out of ten.
oakhamsbeermonster - 19 Nov 2012 20:20
Enterprising landlord, with 2 pubs. The Empress is big, rowdy, and rollicking good fun. Comedy nights, quizzes, and more. Don't expect craft type beers, or many CAMRA types, but for a fun night out, this should be considered.
BoppyBeeryBee - 29 Jul 2012 00:03
First visit for a long while, and it was not having a good night. Still the same lively mixed crowd, but the music was cranked right up and was blaring out in every room, making conversation difficult. Ordered a pint of what was supposed to be Woodforde's Wherry, but had to check again at the bar because it tasted very much like a ropy pint of GK IPA. Whatever it was, it wasn't Wherry as they claimed, and was borderline undrinkable. Left half of it and went somewhere better (the Geldart). The whole place, including some of the staff, looked a bit dog-eared and on the slide.
mafting - 29 Sep 2011 20:56

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