The 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.
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.