Pubs: What's New / Plans & Rumours
1996 - 1998
Work on the interior of the Wetherspoons is at last under way.
The Salisbury and The Office have reopened.
The Bass All Bar One is the first of the new St Andrew's Street
beer barns to open (see April below & On The Circuit).
The Live & Let Live has had to close for a month due to fire damage.
The Cambridge Rattle & Hum has reopened.
Pubs explicitly football-free zones for those wanting to avoid the World Cup:
Others in central Cambridge without a TV include:
AdHoc Guides' The Essential Guide to Cambridge
has an ambitious and useful pub guide.
The St. Andrew's Street area now seems likely to have three big new bar/restaurants:
CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1998 entries:
Bird in Hand, Cambridge Blue, Castle Inn, Champion of the Thames, Cow & Calf, Empress,
Free Press, Jug & Firkin off-licence, Live & Let Live, Red Bull, St. Radegund, Tap & Spile (Mill), Wrestlers.
J.D. Wetherspoon have submitted a planning application for converting the
ABC to a giant pub.
"You read it here first!"
As rumoured, J.D. Wetherspoon are planning to take over the ABC Cinema,
setting up one of their usual giant no-music, food-all-day beer barns.
Of itself, all well and good but what effect will it have on the area
and in particular other, normal-sized, traditional pubs?
The Coach & Horses in Trumpington has reopened, having been closed for about 10
years. Bass Taverns have applied for change of planning use to cafe/bar for a
unit in the Quayside. According to Anglia News Extra on 25-Jul, the ABC
Cinema has been sold to developers and they went on to say it might open as a large pub.
J.D. Wetherspoon are rumoured to be interested in the
ABC Cinema site when
it closes in July, having failed in Hills Road.
The Globe, on Newmarket Road near the Cambridge United stadium, seems to be
reopening (it's under offer), as is the Coach & Horses in Trumpington.
Residents successfully opposed the alcohol licence for the J.D. Wetherspoon pub,
on the grounds of potential disturbance - they argued that there are already far
too many licenced premises in the area and a lot of associated bad behaviour.
Demolition consent for the Durham Ox has been refused for now due to
The J.D. Wetherspoon pub is planned to be opposite Drakes Cycles in Hills Road,
redeveloping a corner shop and the adjacent unit as a pub downstairs
and student accomodation above - there are yellow planning application notices
on display in the area.
The Spade & Becket has reopened as
a Scottish Courage Rat & Parrot theme bar.
The County Arms is closing for refurbishment
and the Spade & Becket has closed already for it.
The Grasshopper (Mill Road) is apparently being closed by its owner for
redevelopment into student lodgings.
The Fresher & Firkin may be struggling:
there's a rumour that brewing has ceased (as of 31-Jan the
usual beers are on offer but they can be brewed at any Firkin brew-pub)
and the upstairs bar seems to be closed some of the time.
Added links to the November/December edition of ALE
CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1997 entries:
Bird in Hand, Cambridge Blue, Castle Inn (Castle Hill),
Champion of the Thames, Cow & Calf, Empress,
Free Press, Globe Ale House, Jug & Firkin off-licence,
St. Radegund, Tap & Spile (Mill), Wrestlers.
The old BT HQ is to be the new Cambridge University Local Exams Syndicate
and the other rumour about Belfast Linen seems to have gone away.
The City Limits has become Chambers but it's still not worth going into.
The rumoured Firkin redevelopment of the old BT HQ is apparently on hold due to
the success of the Hogshead, which has drawn
the fashion-victim crowd from the Fresher.
However, once they move on to the next "in-place"...
Meanwhile the Spread has reopened and
it seems the Durham Ox is due to close.
The Hogshead has had to introduce an over-21 rule
at some times.
After the success of the Hogshead,
the next beer barns in the area are rumoured to be the old BT HQ,
though now as a second Firkin,
and the site of Belfast Linen, now seemingly the J.D. Wetherspoon candidate.
The Belfast Linen store site, near the ABC (formerly the MGM) Cinema,
is rumoured as a possible site for another beer barn.
The Hogshead is having a preview evening on 3rd July
(CEN 20-Jun) and opening on the 4th.
Mary Reid retired as landlady of the Man on the Moon, previously
having run the Geldart and the original Ancient Druids.
15-May: The Spread is under new management and will be
closed from mid-June to late July/early August for refurbishment.
The old Avery Scales building is due to open as a Whitbread Hogshead pub in late June
The Cambridge Evening News reported on 19-Apr that
the site of the former BT offices at 1 Regent St. are to be developed into
a mixed commercial scheme, with retail and leisure provision
and a self-contained office building of 1,300 sq.m.
The 99-year lease from BT has over 41 years to run and cost £1.1M.
The article coyly says an unnamed major leisure-based company will take part of
the space. Detailed planning permission for the development and a full licence
for leisure use have been granted.
New landlord at the Live & Let Live.
The Landlord of the
Six Bells is taking over
the Spread Eagle around the start of May
and will refurbish it for a reopening around early/mid July.
No change at the Bells!
According to the Easter edition
of the CAMRA ALE newsletter,
Allied are trying to establish an Irish theme pub (probably a Scruffy Murphy's)
in the former Old Dot in Hobson Street.
(23-Mar-1996: no sign of any activity)
There are rumours of developments around
City Limits - possibly a Bass theme pub?
There is a strong rumour that the J.D. Wetherspoon chain is taking over
the old B.T. headquarters at No. 1 Regent Street, across the road junction from
Hobsons, almost opposite
The Fountain); BT is moving to Clarendon House,
They specialise in vast beer halls, typically under names like J.J. Moon's.
(23-Mar-1996: no sign of any activity)
Whitbread have planning permission to convert the 1897 Avery Building in
Regent Terrace/Regent Street (CEN 5-Feb-1996) - presumably to yet another
(7,500 sq.ft.), as part of their Hogshead chain of about 70 "pubs".
It will have bare brick walls and wooden/stone floors.
It was sold by the YWCA for more than its guide price of £550,000, with 8 other
(CEN 3-Apr & 9-Apr)
(23-Mar-1996: redevelopment work is in progress.)
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