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The Mitre (Cambridge)

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Address: 17 Bridge Street / Cambridge / CB2 1UF

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      03.02.2013 20:21
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      Seems alright to me

      History (as nabbed from their website)

      The Mitre, a pub of long and venerable history, stands on the site of two former inns, the Blackmoor's Head and The Cock and Magpie. The first inn took its name from Robert Blackmoor, a medieval chantry priest. The coming of the railway took away much of the river trade upon which both inns depended to the point where by 1874 the Cock & Magpie was the only remaining pub.


      Located on one of the main thoroughfares, The Mitre is at the heart of the city and just a stone's throw-away from both the punts and the city's many universities. As we walked back from the Folklore museum, we kept an eye out for a bar of note but cafes and restaurants were the only thing in sight. Then suddenly we were spoilt for choice, two pubs separated by an arch were in front of us and we were drawn to the one on the right, as it looked the more inviting of the two.


      A board above the bar details meal specials and the prices of beer, they have 5 or 6 beers on tap, including some local brews. I continued in my indulgence of Guinness, which at £4, seems to be the UK norm but still seems a little steep to me. Meals at about £8 were far better value but we were still stuffed after our earlier visit to Eraina.


      The girl behind the bar was Polish and absolutely ran off her feet, she did her best and although it took a while to be served, she couldn't have done any better.

      Who does it appeal to?

      The front section seems to cater to older people and dining guests. It may have been a coincidence but the rowdier group were in the back, a team of Scottish builders throwing around a bit of banter. I'd say the pub has a calm atmosphere and should appeal to all.


      The toilets are located to the rear of the back room, surprisingly grotty for the condition of the pub, they had old fashioned urinals. I'm sure the women's was more salubrious than the gents but if you're not plastered and are only there for the food, you might be a bit disappointed in them.


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