The Palmerston Arms
82 Oundle Road
Open all day
The Palmerston Arms
As a multiple Cambridgeshire CAMRA pub of the year, the Palmerston Arms is like a house from the front and once inside is just the same with low ceilings and a mix of 1960's furniture that is reminiscent of a landed estate pub.
There are two bars, lounge and public. The lounge carpet is dark and heavily patterned and it's only the reasonably bright walls that give it enough light. On the walls are pub mirrors and notice the ashtrays used as wall plaques. A real fire place is redundant due to electric wall heaters. Seating is old tables and chairs plus three benches/pews and a sofa. The bar is wooden with a hops overhang.
There are up to fourteen ales on at any time.
The public bar has a tile floor and the ceiling appears spookily higher. The real fireplace holds a fake effect electric fire and the walls are adorned with cigarette cards in frames. Furniture matches that in the lounge.
No food here but crisps/snacks.
Access for the disabled is not good; a large step down into the pub, steps to toilets. Toilets are basic but clean.
Outside there is a small beer garden/patio walled from the road outside.
The railway station is across the river and you can cut across via a footbridge/cycle path.
A cosy friendly pub that you should visit given the chance.
No accommodation here.
This pub has six hand pumps - but none are in use! All the beer is fetched from the cellar, straight from the barrel. There is never less than eight cask conditioned ales on at one time, sometimes as many as EIGHTEEN! No keg beer and no disco-fiz lager, the only concession to keg beer is Guinness. This is complimented by TWO real ciders and a real perry. Food is served - pork pies are on sale in addition to crisps. The landlord refuses to serve bad beer and survives by this reputation, therefore it is a good idea to go during the week as it becomes 'regulars only' at busy periods over the weekend. Regular beers are Hop Back Summer Lightning and Harvestoun Schihallion.
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Up to 14 ales.
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83 Thorpe Road
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