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Cambridge! [Oct. 6th, 2010|03:19 pm]
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Hello! I went to Cambridge! I stayed with juggzy. She is an excellent hostess, and I had a lovely time.

I went to lots of pubs: the Earl of Derby, the Osborne Arms, the Prince Regent, the Kingston Arms, the Cambridge Blue, the Punter, the Maypole, the Fountain Inn, the Panton Arms, the Prince Regent again, the Red Lion, the Unicorn, the Flying Pig, and the Carlton Arms.

I also had some decent Lebanese food at Ali Baba, some reasonable Vietnamese food at Thanh Binh, some good Korean food at Little Seoul, some tasty vegan ginger cake at Daily Bread, some not-very-good dim sum at J Restaurant, and a disappointing crepe at Le Gros Franck.

Much of this exploration was of course in aid of the Open Guide to Cambridge, which was in serious need of some updating. I discovered that lots of places had closed and turned into something else; the most exciting of these from my point of view appear to be Seven Days (previously Asia), Sesame (previously Kami's), and HK Fusion (previously Ugly Duckling).

If you're in or near Cambridge, or know someone who is, it would be lovely if you could sort of spread around the word about the Open Guide. As far as I can tell, there aren't really any foodbloggers in Cambridge, so it does appear to be filling a gap in the market, and of course it covers plenty of things other than food.

Also, juggzy and I are planning a Citi 1 bus route pub crawl for some time in the spring. There's a tentative Google map which may need some route correction. I'm going to see if I can persuade some tubewalkers to come along on this — handily, we will be stopping for lunch in a pub near Cambridge station, and the train from King's Cross only takes 50 minutes, so Londoners won't even need to take the entire day off work.
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[User Picture]From: techiebabe
2010-10-06 02:46 pm (UTC)

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If this post wasn't friends locked, I'd point some Cambridge friends at it...
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 02:51 pm (UTC)

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Now unlocked — thank you!
[User Picture]From: techiebabe
2010-10-06 03:20 pm (UTC)

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No probs. I know loads of different groups of Cambridge people and while they mostly overlap I don't think the disabled lot* know the geek lot(s). Hope it helps.


* So don't forget access info in the reviews, if possible ;-)
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 03:41 pm (UTC)

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I didn't forget access! All but four of the specific pages I linked have access info (the remainder don't have it because for various reasons I didn't get a chance to take notes at the time, and I don't like to rely on memory for something this important).
[User Picture]From: techiebabe
2010-10-06 03:57 pm (UTC)

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Sorry - I had a look at a couple of places I know and a couple more at random - and they didn't mention it - sorry, must have been a bad sample.

I know you're very good at noticing that sort of thing, and it's appreciated :)
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 04:36 pm (UTC)

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Ah, yes, sorry; if I didn't visit this time, it's unlikely to have access info yet. I haven't done the "OK you lot, we need to include access info and this is how" thing on OGC like I did on RGL, since OGC doesn't really have a hardcore of frequent updaters like RGL does, more a loose set of people who make sporadic updates when they remember it exists. I would love to have more regular contributors, but I'm not sure where to look for them.
[User Picture]From: timeplease
2010-10-06 04:24 pm (UTC)

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Oh, you missed the Devonshire Arms!
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 04:39 pm (UTC)

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I did, yes, sorry! Next time. I had a couple of long wanders planned out, but not really in the Mill Road area. The Devonshire is on the site already, but its new incarnation only really has a bare-bones writeup. If you feel keen, you could add some accessibility info to it!
[User Picture]From: sphyg
2010-10-06 05:39 pm (UTC)

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That's quite a pub crawl! Let me know the date. I'll try and remember to do some OGC.
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 07:26 pm (UTC)

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Date is yet to be confirmed, but I'll let you know! caramel_betty suggested that end of March/beginning of April might be good.
[User Picture]From: juggzy
2010-10-06 05:54 pm (UTC)

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I need to add at this point that nou is a most excellent guest.
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Aww :)
[User Picture]From: juggzy
2010-10-06 06:04 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, I reckon you'll have to take the Tivoli and the Boathouse off the list because they're not really on the route going South to North following strict bus route pub crawls ie the bus has to go along the street or road that gives acess to the pub.

And I think you might need to add The Avery in. Do we have to go to the Prince Regent?
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 07:28 pm (UTC)

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We don't have to go to the Prince Regent, no! I just put everything on to start off with (including All Bar One) because I was doing it late at night and was too tired to make decisions. I'll see if I can work out how to give you access to edit the map.
[User Picture]From: juggzy
2010-10-06 06:05 pm (UTC)

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Also, Ali Baba is Sudanese/South Egyptian, not Lebanese.
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-06 07:31 pm (UTC)

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Oh yes, I remember you mentioning this. Please feel free to change it.
[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2010-10-06 09:18 pm (UTC)

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Ah, it's tempting you know. And these days Cambridge holds the place in my heart which Oxford once used to. I've been in some of those pubs...
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-07 11:45 am (UTC)

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Excellent, my first recruit!
[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2010-10-07 12:25 pm (UTC)

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How's the museum challenge going by the way?
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-07 01:03 pm (UTC)

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Oh, sadly I decided to shelve it in favour of the Chinese menu project — I wouldn't have had time to do both, and the Chinese menus won.

Edited to expand on that a bit: the museum project was more of a personal challenge, since diamond geezer and others are already doing a great job of documenting London's more obscure museums. The Chinese menu project is pretty unique though, as far as I can tell, so I thought it was a more useful thing to be doing.

(And edited again for a typo...)

Edited at 2010-10-07 01:06 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-07 11:45 am (UTC)

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I took photos of some of the surgeries you added!
[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-10-11 02:27 pm (UTC)

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The Empress is my local, so here is some slightly random information to add to your entry there. They have a large garden with picnic-style benches that includes a covered section near the pub and heat lamps. Their three pet micropigs reside in the garden. There is also a cat. They show sport there sometimes, and there is a pool table and darts board. It has no aspirations towards being a gastropub - they don't really do food other than tasty home-made pizzas. They usually have a good guest ale on. Disabled access is not great as there are steps at the (rather narrow) entrance. It is always packed on Friday and Saturday nights. It's hidden away off Mill Road so most of the people you'll find there will be locals and not tourists (unlike, say, The Eagle).

If you like, I'll do a proper writeup on my next visit because I don't recall prices or the full on-tap selection at the moment.
[User Picture]From: nou
2010-10-12 11:39 am (UTC)

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Thank you! I've added the info. It would be great if you could add more after your next visit (or in fact to anything else on the guide).

Also, next time I come to Cambridge I might actually tell people I'm coming in advance :)