Castle Inn

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3.65 w/ 3 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

38 Castle Street
Cambridge, England, CB3 0AJ
United Kingdom

+44-1223-508559 | map

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Reviews by BlackHaddock:
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was the best pub we visited on a weekend beer trip to Cambridge (early Dec 2011): I love Adnam’s beers and having eight different ones on cask was heart-warming to see. They also had keg beers but I got target fixation on the hand pulls and can’t remember beers I’ve no interest in, I suppose there was a lager of some sort and maybe an Irish Stout, could have been a bank of fonts for all I know.

This isn’t a posh pub; it’s a proper drinking place with furniture that is functional more than comfy or smart. We secured a table on arrival and although fairly full there was enough room for everybody who entered after us and those that wanted could have found a seat in any of the rooms I saw. Locals were friendly, we chatted to two couples during our stay, beer lovers and amiable, just like it should be.

Split level pub with several drinking areas, all served by the central bar, service was fine and considering how busy it was the staff coped admirably and pleasantly. Didn’t ask any beery questions because I knew all the beers, but they all knew how to pull a pint so no problems with the service at all.

The four different beers I had along with the dark rum before walking back to our hotel were all in good order, my friends drinks also well received.

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Photo of Illini5596
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I dropped by the Castle Inn while in Cambridge recently on the recomendations of some friends. While the atmosphere was excellent, the bottom floor is that of an old English pub, tight and homey, with the upstairs having more of a tavern feel, wide open spaces and long tables, and a decent second story beer garden, it all goes down hill from there. The quality of the beers on tap is only average. They had a selections of Adnam's on tap, about 4 real ales, Guinness, and a Cider, but all in all not terribly impressive. The staff were completely without any useful knowledge on beer and could not make a recommendation, they even mis-classified some of the beers, calling a Lager a Bitter, and claiming no stouts were on tap at all (they had two taps of Guinness). Selection wasn't impressive, little to no varience in the sorts of beers or brewers.

A nice pub for the atmosphere, but heck, in England most pubs have great atmosphere, the high prices and lack of selection, combined with a staff who don't know their beers add up to my not recommending this place at all.

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Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When I was attending the International Summer School at Cambridge in 2001, I hiked up the hill on the north end of town to check out the site of the castle that had been built here many centuries before. It's pretty much just a manmade hill - I believe Cromwell knocked it down. Anyway, it afforded a nice vantage point to photograph the university buildings.

Afterwards I ducked in from the rain for a pint and a meal at The Castle, where I had myself an order of fish and chips (not very original, but it sounded tasty at the time) and a couple of pints. I remember having Adnams Broadside - the name sticks out in my mind, despite it being a little before I really got into beer on an obsessive basis. I think I went for it because of the name - I've always been into naval and maritime history, which was part of why I was across the pond in the first place. Despite being mainly into Guinness at the time, I remember liking it. Oh, if only I could be drinking there now, with what I've picked up in beer knowledge since then!

I really don't remember the selection in terms of quality or quantity. Lets just say I wasn't disappointed with my choice. The service was outstanding, but to be fair I was sitting right at the bar in front of the bartender, and it was not busy at all. The bartender was friendly, we had a chat about the music that was playing, and the fish and chips were quite tasty (though I couldn't find decent tartar sauce the entire month I was in the UK). The place looked like my general idea of an English pub. I wish I had come back when it was a little more busy (and after I learned so much about beer from this site).

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Castle Inn in Cambridge, GB2, United Kingdom
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