The White Swan Conington has increased its real ales to five - Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen plus two guests and, served direct from the cask, XX Mild.
The Black Horse Dry Drayton is closed at the time of writing. As a free house we hope it will soon find a new owner.
Michael and Gina Missing ran the Bakers Arms Fulbourn from 1980 until this October (and Michael's parents had it for eight years before that). Despite the pub being very busy, they've had to throw in the towel because, they say, the rent charged by Greene King is just too high for them to be able to turn a profit. They were paying £1,500 a week plus £500 in business rates. The Missings have moved to a free house in Isleham. At the time of writing, the Bakers was under temporary management.
Andrew Lane and Helen Norman took over the Sun, Waterbeach in late September. They are currently offering Adnams Best and Broadside. By the time you read this, Sunday Roasts should be available, with a full menu from January.
The Three Tuns Willingham is now in the hands of business partners Simon Morrice and Steven Allpress. They have previously worked in the restaurant business for both Raymond Blanc and Brian Turner as well as Jools Holland's club. They've given the Tuns a smart makeover with a colour-scheme based on greys and whites offset by splashes of dark wallpaper. The bar has parquet flooring, several comfy leather chairs alongside more conventional furniture and potted plants - all very stylish. The small dining room has a similar flavour. Both the main meals and lite bites look interesting as might be expected given the background of the new regime. The Tuns has long been a rare outlet for Greene King's superb XX Mild and this is still served, straight from the cask, with IPA, Old Speckled Hen and Abbot all on handpump.
The Waterman on Mitchams Corner Cambridge was closed for a few weeks after the previous licensee suddenly departed but its now in the capable hands of business partners Eddie and Carl. Their avowed aim is for this once again to become a proper traditional pub (the previous regime had its pretentions, especially on the food side). Real ales are presently Fullers London Pride and two changing guests - Eddie and Carl are open to requests on what these can be. Food will all be very reasonably priced (nothing over £5) and will be locally sourced wherever possible. Acoustic live music is planned and pub games will make a comeback. The pool table is already back and a dartboard and perhaps skittles will follow.
And so to our regular review of pubs currently on the market. The good news is that the total we know about has reduced from 27 last time to 20 this.
- Greene King are seeking tenants for:
- the Bakers Arms Fulbourn, Barley Mow Histon, Bell Bottisham, Grove Arbury, Cambridge, John Barleycorn Duxford, Pemberton Arms Harston, Seven Stars Cambridge and Tally Ho Trumpington.
- Enterprise's list comprises:
- the Railway Tavern Great Shelford, Greyhound Sawston and Brewery Tap Waterbeach.
- Punch Taverns are offering:
Chequers Cottenham, Star Melbourn,
Black Bull Sawston,
Earl of Beaconsfield Cambridge and
- Rather worryingly, two of their pubs which are closed and boarded up - the Duke of Argyle and Locomotive, both Cambridge - aren't listed, which doesn't augur well for their futures, although the Loco at least is listed with an estate agent.
- Fleurets have the leases of the Prince Albert Stow-cum-Quy and Rosemary Branch Cherry Hinton for sale along with the freehold of the Carpenters, Great Wilbraham.