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The Elm Tree, Cambridge

Orchard Street
Cambridge
CB1 1JT
Phone: 01223502632
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E TA left this review about The Elm Tree

A very pleasant city pub with an excellent ale selection and a comfortable vibe. It consists of a single narrow room formed by knocking through the downstairs rooms of a building whose origins are lost in the mists of time but are certainly interesting. There is an outside patio area, mainly used by smokers and comatose students. The barmaid seemed a bit unsure about anything to do with beer, but she was welcoming enough and reasonable company. Ales on were Razorback from Ringwood, Pedigree, Malt Starry Nights, Shefford Plum Mild, Banks and Taylor Dragonslayer, Cross Bay EPA, Otter Bitter and Oxford Craft Beer’s Matilda’s Tears. There was also a good selection of Belgian beers and English ciders. A very strong candidate for a revisit and inclusion in a crawl.

On 26th February 2020 - rating: 8
[User has posted 2533 recommendations about 2511 pubs]


Rex Rattus left this review about The Elm Tree

This was my Cambridge pub of the day. As we entered we were met by the friendly landlady who was happy to engage us in conversation about the pub, which is apparently a Banks & Taylor pub leased(?) from Charles Wells. There were ten handpumps and all were clipped (I went for the Banks & Taylor Plum Mild - a bit under £4 a pint as I recall), plus they had a selection of Belgian bottled beers in a fridge. I didn't see any sign of food on Saturday afternoon.

Judging by previous reviews and photographs already here, this pub doesn't seem to have changed in years. That is definitely good news. It's carpeted, is furnished with normal tables and chairs and has loads interesting decor around the place, including breweriana. This is the sort of homely pub I really appreciate. I even saw a couple of ladies doing their knitting. This is definitely a pub for a return visit.

On 20th October 2019 - rating: 9
[User has posted 2575 recommendations about 2493 pubs]


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Rob Hunter left this review about The Elm Tree

Another very traditional feeling pub. Took a bit of finding but glad I did. Ales are mainly by Wells and Banks & Taylor. Think there may have been a couple of guests too. I had the Edwin Taylor's Extra Stout at £2 for a half, which was pleasant enough.

Plenty of old signs on the walls and hats stuck on the ceiling, but also modern photos of customers enjoying themselves in the pub. In addition to the impressive 10 hand pumps for cask at the bar, a Belgian beer menu is on each table with a separate sharing menu for larger bottles.

I liked this pub and it is one you could probably spend quite a bit of time in.

On 17th May 2018 - rating: 8
[User has posted 515 recommendations about 470 pubs]


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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Cambridge, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
Cambridge North, 2.16 miles, 41 min walk (show)
Shelford (Cambs), 4.58 miles, 1 hr 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Elm Tree, Cambridge
26th Feb 2020, 07:08
Review submitted by E TA
 
20th Oct 2019, 11:33
Review submitted by Rex Rattus

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Seating in adjacent alley - last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 December 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 December 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 27 April 2009 by Will Larter
  • Pinball : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 October 2019 by Rex Rattus
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 27 April 2009 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 September 2014 by Pub SignMan
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