Latest Pub News
Here is the latest news about pubs in the branch area. Also see Pub + Local Beer Festivals and Opening Times Magazine.
If you have any news you would like to pass on to the Huntingdonshire branch, please send details to ku.gro.armac.stnuh@swen
- Buckden Village Club
Saturday 22nd April 2017
As announced at St Neots 'Booze on the Ouse', Buckden Village Club is the branch Club of the Year 2017
CAMRA members can show their membership cards to gain access to the club and purchase real ales at club members prices (tier 1)!
- Oliver Cromwell, St Ives
Tuesday 11th April 2017
More real ciders available
Following its selection as Hunts Cider Pub of the Year 2017 the range of cider on sale has been increased. In addition to the local Cromwell cider the following are currently on sale, Potton Press Happy Medium, Gwatkin Yarlington Mill and Millwhites Rum Cask.
- Swan & Angel, St Ives (Wetherspoons)
Tuesday 11th April 2017
The long awaited new Wetherspoons pub The Swan & Angel opened in St Ives on April 4th. The £2m conversion of the Market Square site previously occupied by the Discount Warehouse opened its doors to invited guests in the week before the official opening. The pub is named after two pubs The Swan and The Angel that supposedly stood near the site in the 18th century.
The pub is typical of others operated by Wetherspoons with an open plan layout and several alcoves. At the rear is a small outside patio area that is open until 9pm. It is fully accessible for the disabled and there is a disabled toilet on the ground floor. The size of the pub is immediately noticeable when you pass through the doors. Photographs of St Ives provided by the Norris Museum and paintings by local artists are displayed throughout the pub.
The long bar features a large selection of real ales including national brands Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best Bitter (also from Greene King), Sharps Doombar and Adnams Broadside. These are augmented by up to eight rotating beers. Local breweries are featured with Oakham Citra, Elgoods Greyhound Bitter, B&T Dragonslayer and Wells Bombardier being available in their first week. Two traditional ciders are from Gwynt y' Ddraig and Thistly Cross.
A range of craft beers include bottled and canned beers from around the world are available. The bottles include several from Meantime and Brewdog, as well as a selection of Belgian beers.
Two beer festivals will be held annually in March and October, with a cider festival in July.
It offers good value food, opening at 8am when their breakfast menu is served until midday. The extensive main menu is available from midday until 11pm. This includes pizza which is unusual for Wetherspoons.
An interesting feature of Wetherspoons pubs is their app which allows you to order and pay from your table and your food and drinks are then delivered to you. This accounted for 10% of their sales in the first week.
Manager Mike Loveridge has moved to the St Ives area with his fiance. He has worked for Wetherspoons for over 10 years and was previously at another of Wetherspoons pubs in Norwich. Before that he has worked at their pubs in Thetford and Bedford. He hopes to work with local landlords and has been spotted drinking in other St Ives pubs. His choice of Oakham Citra was so as not to duplicate beers already available in local pubs (JHB and Inferno being regular beers offered by other town centre pubs).
Some local landlords are reticent about the arrival of Wetherspoons. However in my opinion they attract new customers who don't frequently visit pubs and who may then also visit other local pubs. Most pubs concentrate on things that are not provided by Wetherspoons (locally sourced food, sports TV, live music, quiz nights etc) and can continue to thrive. In nearby St Neots only one town centre pub has closed since the opening of the Weeping Ash over six years ago.
The Huntingdon branch of CAMRA would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mike and his fiance to St Ives and hope they enjoy their time on our lovely town.
- Crown, Litlington is reopening
Tuesday 4th April 2017
The Crown, Litlington is under new management and plans to reopen on April 11th.
- Merchant House, St Ives
Friday 3rd March 2017
The Merchant House is currently closed. We are waiting to hear more about future plans.
- The Anchor, Little Paxton
Friday 3rd March 2017
The Anchor in Little Paxton reopened under new management at the beginning of December 2016. Two real ales currently available; mostly from the Adnams range. They hope to put more beers on soon. Check out the new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/anchorpubandrestaurant/ "A family pub offering good food, children's play area and friendly atmosphere"
- The Ale Taster - the first micropub in St Neots
Wednesday 1st March 2017
The Ale Taster (formerly the Hog and Partridge / Lord John Russell) opened on Russell Street at the end of February. It is the first micropub in St Neots and offers up to 6 cask beers (served on gravity), together with a range of real cider. It is also a bottleshop with four fridges stocked with a large choice of bottled beers. And there is a bar billiards table too! For more information, please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thealetasterstneots/
- The Duchess, Fenstanton
Saturday 17th December 2016
The bar in the Duchess (formerly the George) in Fenstanton reopens on Sun 18 December. Three real ales are expected. No food initially; the restaurant is scheduled to open in February 2017.