…and the closed pubs of Earith
UPDATE: The Riverview and Crown closed for a short period on 18th Feb 2012 (Notice to customers) but apparently the Riverview reopened on 24th Feb under new ownership.
The Old Riverview Inn, Earith is a 19th century coaching inn on the High Street with a beer garden on the banks of the river Great Ouse. Earith is about 12 miles north of Cambridge by road, just over 20 miles by river.
The Riverview held a beer festival from 23rd to 25th September. We visited at noon on the Sunday (too early for the conker championship held later that day) and all 15 beers were on. We only tried a few halves but wished we could have stayed for more (should have brought a tent), the Wychwood Bountiful and Ilkley Stout Mary particularly good. It’s a very welcoming place and there’s a lot to recommend this pub – great beer from the cask, a riverside view (we even saw a seal pop it’s head up) and friendly staff.
There is one other pub in Earith, the Crown, sister pub to the Riverview Inn and just a few footsteps along the High Street or a few boat lengths upstream; there is a toy duck race on the stretch of river between the 2 pubs held on the last Sunday in July.
Several other pubs used to exist in Earith including the George and Dragon, a 17th century inn. Part of the building, which may date to the 1620s, still exists as George House, a listed building with original wooden panneling inside, now a private dwelling.
The other part of the George and Dragon (also known as the George Inn) was demolished in the 1960s to widen the road at the corner of Colne Road; the village sign now marks the spot.
Next door stands the Old Brewhouse from the late 1700s.
Other closed Earith pubs include:
There was also another brewery and malthouse near Kingfisher Lodge and what is now West End Marina. They were disused by the beginning of the 20th century and no longer exist.