The Open Guide to Cambridge - Differences between Version 20 and Version 19 of Panton Arms
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Greene King pub south of Lensfield Road.
The first time I visited the Panton Arms I thought it was closed due to half the bar having the lights off. Walking round and through the beer garden made it quite obvious it was very much alive.
Very much a back street pub, however don't expect any reduction in the price of a pint. The decor is charming and the courtyard beer garden is good in the summer (and some of it is under cover for the smokers in the winter).
The pub also plays host to members of the Chemistry Department on Fridays as quite a few groups go down for a pint and less regularly it is used to keep warm when the fire alarm goes off.
In the evenings the pub can get quite busy and crowded, however they have never opened up the second half of the pub on the few occasions I've been there, but perhaps they are willing to after a certain threshold of people have arrived.
Very good for food at weekend lunchtimes, when the other part of the bar (the bit with the pool table) has been known to be open, despite it being far quieter. Good, and genuinely home-made, soup is very nice in colder weather.
On a September 2010 visit there were three real ales on: St Austell Tribute, Greene King IPA, and Batemans XXXB.
Accessibility: The paving of the beer garden is uneven due to being made from small stone tiles rather than flagstones. There's a small step to get into the pub from this side; not sure if there's another entrance.
- Kake's photo of the beer garden
- Beer in the Evening comments
- CrawlPlanner comments
- Cambridge Online comments
- Ian Kitching's review
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