The Earl of Beaconsfield, 133 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3AA
One of many great pubs to be found on or near Mill Road, the Earl of Beaconsfield has now become known as one of the best places for live music. Since new owners Matt and Susie have taken on the pub, they’ve built it’s reputation for live music through regular jamming nights for musicians and different themed evenings. They have a blues jam night, an acoustic jam night and a host slot for musicians to play on Saturday nights.
They serve a great range of beers, lagers, wines and whiskeys and have stone-baked pizza on offer as well.
Matt and Susie are keen supporters of community events and the pub is available as a venue for parties or meetings.
Telephone: 01223 410703
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 13.00-00.00, Thursday and Friday 13.00-01.00, Saturday 12.00-01.00, Sunday 12.00-00.00
Meet Mark Philips, Landlord of the White Swan. It has to be said that the White Swan is a sacred part of any young (and old) drinker’s journey. Many a night out on Mill Road ends up at this pub.
The highlight for many is that it stays open the latest – 2.00am in the morning. Complete with jukebox, TV and all of Mill Road’s weird and wonderful, it’s an essential experience for anybody who likes drinking. Some have used the word ‘legendary’. But of course, the weird and wonderful is not to everyone’s taste.
As all good traditional pubs should have, there is homecooked food and a garden seating/smoking area. They often screen sporting events like major football matches and rugby games. On Monday evenings you can usually catch some live Irish music between 9.00-11.00pm.
Telephone: 01223 324007
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 12.00-02.00, Sunday 12.00-00.00
The Six Bells, 11 Covent Garden, Cambridge, CB1 2HS
Tony and Eileen are landlord and landlady of the Six Bells in Covent Garden, just off Mill Road.
Their cosy pub boasts a number of slightly separate rooms which makes it easier to find a quiet spot to enjoy the company of friends. They also run a variety of events including live music, open mic nights, steak nights, pub quizzes and even a knitting club. The pub regularly displays art work by Cambridge artists.
Landlady Eileen is an active member of Mill Road community life – she fundraises for local group Mill Road Bridges (helping to print their seasonal newsletter) and hosts their committee meetings. She also raises money for Winter Comfort on a regular basis. The Six Bells was voted community pub of the year in 2014 by CAMRA.
Currently undergoing a massive refurbishment, this pub is due to reopen imminently. With a really trendy new look, a new menu including ‘pizza, pots and pints’ (alongside the Alex’s beers, burgers and banter)
14 cosy old pubs in the vicinity of Mill Road. Perfect for making a night of it. Each of them has something great to offer; stonebaked pizzas, proper ales, quiz nights, live music nights, major sports games etc.
Feel free to print this map to inform your pub tour!
P.S. We’ve included one of our bars on this map too. Because, it’s awesome.
Live and Let Live, 40 Mawson Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EA
The Live and Let Live pub is on one of Mill Road’s side streets and is a delightfully cosy and quirky pub with an annual rum festival worthy of note.
it has a rustic vibe, the beer selection is described as excellent, there’s the usual bar food and a landlord who has been described as a bit grouchy, which all combined makes this pub quintessentially English and wonderful.
The rum festival takes place in October usually and there are well over 120 rums to sample. Highly recommended.
Telephone: 01223 460261
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11.30-14.30 and 17.30-23.00, Saturday 11.30-14.30 and 18.00-23.00, Sunday 12.00-14.00 and 19.00-22.30