I’m now a third of the way through visiting every pub and bar in Cambridge this year (actually, I’m nearly half way through, I just have a backlog of blog posts). One of the motivations for this endeavour was that I’d have to revisit pubs like the Earl of Beaconsfield, pubs I know are good, but rarely make the effort to visit, inertia keeping me to a handful or so of pubs in the city. So, on a freezing evening with the drizzle unconvincingly dressed up as snow, I made the effort and went over the railway bridge to the wrong-side-of-the-tracks that is Romsey Town.
The pub dates back to around 1889, but appears to have been rebuilt c.1931. Well-trod floorboards lead to the L-shaped bar, where I wasted no time ordering an Adnams Mosaic. There’s regular live music at the Beaky and plenty of music memorabilia and instruments dotted about, along with metalwork tree branches on the walls, but I chose a quiet night, happy to just have a quiet drink.
The two resident cocker spaniels kept me amused. With tails wagging, each new customer was greeted and sniffed, and they took it in turns to jump on the leather seats and sit next to me patiently waiting for a fuss, favourite toys held tightly in their mouths.
There’s a wonderful effigy of the earl on the corner of the building, which appears to be based on a portrait taken in 1878 by British photographer Cornelius Jabez Hughes, and which this photo doesn’t do justice.
But which this one does a much better job of:
Cask – Adnams Mosaic, Moorhouse’s Ice Witch, Robinsons Magnum IPA, Woodforde’s Wherry, Doom Bar.
Keg – Backyard Brew Shed Head (Carlsberg’s attempt at craft beer apparently)