Cambridge and District CAMRA names its Pubs of the Year 2022
Cambridge & District CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has named the Queen Edith pub on Wulfstan Way, Cambridge, as its 2022 Pub of the Year.
It has also named The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford the Rural Pub of the Year and the Hare & Hounds in Harlton as 2022 Cider Pub of the Year.
Run by Jutt Bloxam, the Queen Edith became the city’s first new pub in 30 years when it was opened in 2015 by Milton Brewery’s sister company, Individual Pubs. Its grassy space has proved popular during the pandemic.
CAMRA said its ales, currently those solely from Milton Brewery, have it earned entries in the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Good Beer Guide by being kept in prime condition and cover a wide range of styles including multiple dark ales.
The pub also offers a locally-produced real cider from Simon’s Cider. The Queen Edith takes over from sister pub, the Haymakers, as Pub of the Year.
This year, CAMRA selected a City Pub of the Year and a Rural Pub of the Year and chose between the two for the overall winner.
The Three Horseshoes has been run by Chris Diogenous and his team for three years. CAMRA said it quickly established a good reputation for the quality of the beers as well as the Cypriot and Greek food.
It was chosen by CAMRA in 2020 as its Most Improved Rural Pub and later it received one of CAMRA’s Lockdown Community Awards for a takeaway and delivery service including “hearty meals for people in need”.
CAMRA said the pub’s eight handpumps offers a range of ales from a number of regional brewers, helping to earn the pub a place in the 2021 and 2022 editions of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.
Meanwhile, the Hare & Hounds will be the branch’s nomination for Cambridgeshire’s Cider Pub of the Year.
That award is no stranger to Tom Canning, who has managed the pub since August 2020, as he previously managed the Plough in Shepreth which won the award in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The Hare & Hounds was purchased by a community interest company and, following refurbishment, reopened in late 2017.
It was CAMRA’s Most Improved Rural pub in 2018. CAMRA said as well as good food and well-kept beers, Tom brought his knowledge of real ciders to the venue by offering customers a range, including several locally-produced ones, kept in excellent condition. The pub also made it into the 2022 edition of the Good Beer Guide.
Alistair Cook, pubs officer, said: “Pubs play a key role in our communities so it is great to see three pubs with a community feel picking up these awards even though it is the quality of their real ales and real ciders that they are being honoured for.”