“There’s a lot of lycra about today,” said landlord and brewer Bob, as a cyclist passed the pub on the first dry, hot and sunny day in a long time.
Although less than 15 miles from Cambridge, the bus journey from Little Gransden to Cambridge takes an age (well, an hour) to wind its way through many villages. A couple of years ago, on a bus to Cambridge he commented it would have been quicker cycling and was challenged to prove it. He did, narrowly winning the race, possibly motivated by the promise of drinks at the Cambridge Blue. He even brewed ‘Beat the Bus’ bitter to mark the occasion.
A fitting tale on the day Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the Tour de France! The high lycra count around here was more likely due to the sunshine and the London to Cambridge Bike Ride.
The Chequers has been family run for well over half a century and for almost five years the ‘Son of Sid’ brewery, visible from the lounge, has provided beers for the pub. “This was a local working man’s pub but it’s more welcoming now” said a welcoming local working man.
The pub dates back over 200 years to the 18th century. In the mid-nineteenth century there were four pubs in Little Gransden, but by 1967 only the Chequers survived, albeit rebuilt just over 100 yrs ago.(www.british-history.ac.uk)
It’s within cycling distance of Cambridge, reached by a route following cycle paths and country lanes.
It only takes an hour and it beats the bus.