Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Gentlemen, please.

This inscription graces the exterior of one of Cambridge's best pubs - The Champion of the Thames. I was passing today and had to recommend it to you. It's a real spit-and-sawdust boozer enjoyed by students and locals alike. The real ale is excellently kept, the atmosphere redolent of another age and the clientele range from chatty through stroppy all the way to 'clearly nuts'. A couple of hundred yards from the centre of town this is another hidden gem that successfully evades the tourist crowd. It's a must on any city pub crawl and the roaring log fire and cosy atmosphere make it a great place to pass a miserable British winter evening. Should you choose this wise course, please don't interrupt the chap in the corner reading his book. I get grumpy.