The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford reopened last week. Jethro and Terry from the Cambridge Blue have taken it on as a second pub and are aiming to turn the freehouse into a ‘real ale paradise’.
When we visited, there were seven real ales on including Oakham/RCH Light Porter, along with draught Duvel and Köstritzer Black Lager among others. There’s also a range of bottled beers with plenty of Belgian beer and glassware. The refurbished pub has a large room to the right of the main bar and a smaller darts room to the left.
The Three Horseshoes has been here since at least the 1840s, possibly as early as 1815. After alterations in 1976 it was renamed the Longbow, “a completely new pub, only the exterior of the building remains the same”. Initially it stocked ‘Truman’s Crown, Whitbread Trophy and Whitbread mild on draught’. The Longbow closed last May after some trouble. Reverting to its former name, the Three Horseshoes is now a welcoming place, serves good beer and is easily reached from Cambridge – by the Citi 7 bus, a short cycle along the Shelford cycleway, or by train to Stapleford railway station followed by a ten minute walk.
Church Street, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire CB22 5DS