Well kept. There’s my two-word review of the Geldart. For three words, I’ll add “extremely well kept”, which happens to also be the opinion from a review of the pub in the 1970s; a case of the pub self-regulating its appearance over the decades, maybe?
Well kept beer; in the Good Beer Guide since it was taken over by Elvis 9 years ago, where Tribute and Deuchars were joined by Titanic Plum Porter, Dark Star Festival, Lancaster Bomber, Oakham Citra, and St Austell Liquid Sunshine (I could have done much better using the words tribute and Elvis in the same sentence, as anyone who witnessed MJ Trayner at the Fleur De Lys in the 90s would agree). I only noticed the keg Tiny Rebel (Fubar?) on the way out, or I’d have had that over the Citra, fine though that was.
Well kept beer garden; either it’s a coincidence and each time I visit they’ve just deadheaded the flowers, or they generally take great care maintaining the courtyard at the rear, where we managed to catch the last of the sun before it dropped behind the rooftops of the terraced streets, noting the covered seating for the other 364 days of the year when it’s too wet to sit outside. I defended the contentious choice of a 1970s Ford Cortina as the focal point of the courtyard – it’s a thing of beauty! (similarly, the garages by Calverley’s Brewery, around the corner on Hooper Street, shelter an awesome hot rod barely recognisable as a car that began life as a humble Morris Minor).
The pub itself is an 1870s backstreet corner pub, named after landowner James William Geldart, former Fellow and Vice-Master of Trinity Hall and, like his father before him, rector of Kirk Deighton in Yorkshire. It’s split into three rooms; the main bar, with a real fire in the winter, to the left as you walk in, a large room to the right more for diners, and a small room between the two with a grand piano as a table, accompanied by a record player and a pristine jukebox. The whole pub seems music themed, even the menus are on vinyl, and there’s regular live music from some of the best local bands. Mention must also be made of the toilets, because they are immaculate! Gents might think they’ve mistakenly walked into the ladies, the cleanliness is so unexpected.
The Geldart must rank as one of Cambridge’s best pubs, and one I should visit more often. It is indeed “extremely well kept”.
Gray, R. (2000) Cambridge Street-Names: Their Origins and Associations