Describing itself as a bistro, CB2 on Norfolk Street is a continental style cafe with a nice outdoor terrace that serves food but welcomes drinkers, and has recently started serving draught beers – Becks and Goose Island IPA. We only noticed this last week, when the Goose Island had apparently just run out, so as we were passing this evening and noticed it was back on, we popped in for a couple of quick halves.
As the drinks were being poured I noticed a chalkboard with the prices on – £5.55 a pint, or £3.85 a half. So I.. wait.. what the hell?! £7.70 for 2 halves or the same beer for £5.55 a pint?! So £2.15 more for the privilege of having a pint in 2 glasses? I was quick to question this – are you sure that’s right? £2.15 more per pint if it’s in two halves? “Yes, it’s because it’s a strong beer”.
I made my point again and argued the pricing was ridiculous, but either they didn’t get my point or it’s not a mistake. What disappoints me is this – I don’t really have a problem with being charged more for 2 halves than 1 pint. I get it – that’s another glass to handle, to wash, to replace when it gets worn. Sure, I’ll pay extra if those pennies matter. But £2.15 extra? Nah. I guess you could order a pint, ask for a glass of water, drink the water then decant the pint into two glasses, but… really? Yes, I usually drink pints, and £5.55 is acceptable to me, but £3.85 a half for Goose Island is more than I’d be prepared to pay again. I’m still hopeful this is an oversight and they’ll review the prices – it’s a nice place and I don’t want to knock local establishments – but in the meantime this is another place with beer available in Cambridge, but sadly one we’ll have to pass by if we only have time for halves.