Hopbine, Cambridge

Salmon LaneThe Hopbine in Cambridge has been here since at least the 1830s and was previously known as the Hopbine and Barley Ear. It stands opposite Willow Walk, down which the Willow Tree pub once stood, and Salmon Lane runs down the north side of the pub; the Salmon pub once stood nearby.

It closed for a few months recently and its future was uncertain, but reopened yesterday evening as a free house serving four real ales that will change regularly. For the opening they were Fellows Cambridge Bitter, Milton Pegasus, JW Lees Governor and best of all Humpty Dumpty Nord Atlantic, a really enjoyable bitter.

The refurbishment has improved the pub and enhanced the original features. The fixtures really stand out, especially the glasswork in the lounge area.

Hopbine interiorHopbine interior

It’s fantastic to have another real ale pub in this area of Cambridge, just a few minutes from two of Cambridge’s best pubs, the Free Press and the Elm Tree.

Hopbine exterior

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4 responses to “Hopbine, Cambridge

  1. I went along last night and was very impressed. The renovation has been very tastefully done (although I’m not quite sure about the exterior paintwork – it’s very, er, striking). The Nord Atlantic was very nice and in fine condition and, above all, the staff were efficient and friendly. Good to hear that they’ve been consulting Bacchanalia about their bottled beer range too. As you say, it’s good to have another real ale pub away from the Mill Road triangle and very welcome in this era of doom and gloom about pub closures. Let’s hope that the Haymakers can now be saved too.

    BTW, I was impressed by how quickly you got this post up given that yesterday was their opening night – nice photos too!

  2. Excellent.
    Have you been to the newly refurbed The First and Last (used to be The Cricketers, across the corner from The Elm Tree) yet? I hear good things from there, too.

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