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The Eagle, Cambridge

8 Bene't Street
Cambridge
CB2 3QN
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Greene King

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Tris C left this review about The Eagle

Situated opposite owner’s Corpus Christi College, the history of what is Cambridge’s most famous pub is well documented literally and pictorially on the website and on my scan; it’s the city’s second oldest after the Pickerell and originally the Eagle & Child. Certainly, there are some sound elements such as the somewhat Jacobean fireplace and overall interior, which is perhaps a bit of a later brewers’ Tudor addition, but the pub lacks a CAMRA star rating. It’s also operated by Greene King, which is rarely a good thing. In more recent times, it acquired graffiti in the RAF Bar (no, not affiliated to Baader Meinhof) from Allied pilots burnt into the ceiling and of course, no mention can be made without reference to James Watson and Francis Crick who invented DNA here, but let’s not forget Maurice Wilkins and poor Rosalind Franklyn. Customers were understandably many for a Friday evening, but the place would probably be rammed had it not been the holidays.
There were seven cask offerings including the predictable rebadge that is Eagle DNA, rightly swerved in favour of Oakham’s Mompesson’s Gold at a whopping £3.10 a half and dull.
This is a must-visit if in Cambridge if only for the history and interior, but it’s not a place where I’d linger.

On 8th April 2024 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Eagle

Originally a Jacobean ale house, the pub was given a Georgian makeover and has  been extended into adjoining commercial premises to form a two-part pub and restaurant.  It is currently operated by GK.  There is a main bar and another, smaller bar known as the RAF Bar, though whether this implies any connection to the paramilitary organisation of the same name isn’t certain. The bars, described below, are connected externally by a small paved and very smokey terrace, and internally by a tortuous subterranean corridor which leads to the lavatories.  Some of the customers were rather annoying, including one who looked like Jonathan Ross, while the staff were largely inefficient and unhelpful.  Ales on were Eagle's DNA, Abbott, Trooper, Starry Night, Gangley Ghoul and Doombar, Mighty Moose IPA, Tribute and Landlord spread across the two bars. The Eagle's DNA, a reference to the Crick and Watson historical connection, was clearly something re-badged, a practice which, just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it right. Worth visiting for the historical interest described below, but it could turn tiresome quite quickly.

On 29th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Eagle

It was nice to visit here out of season, as this gave good opportunity to a have a good look around this pub which first opened its doors in 1667. As mentioned, Watson and Crick announced their double helix DNA discovery, lunchtime on the the 28th Feb 1953. Also of historical interest, is the messages written by our brave Second World War airmen covering ceiling and walls in the rear bar. The pub has no music, TV's or gaming machines, a plus I suppose when you're trying to make a major discovery. Seven ales on handpump, we went for the Cottage Try Me.

On 9th March 2016 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Cambridge, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Cambridge North, 2.58 miles, 49 min walk (show)
Shelford (Cambs), 4.64 miles, 1 hr 29 min walk (show)
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8th Apr 2024, 18:03
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8th Apr 2024, 16:41
Review submitted by Tris C

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 April 2024 by Tris C
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