A local gem – The Free Press

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A hidden gem in the historic centre: The Free Press is one of our favourite pubs in Cambridge. It has been a pub for over 120 years and has seen many a change in the area. On the fireplace wall, you can look at a survey map from 1888 where you can see for yourself what is and what isn’t around.

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Off the beaten track in the city centre – the Free Press

Award-winning beer

The Free Press Pub is a traditional British pub. Although right in the city centre and just a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the Grafton Centre and East Road, it is still a hidden gem for many. It has been awarded the Cask Marque for outstanding cask beer quality. This award is independently inspected and is based on several factors, including the beer’s temperature, how it looks, the aroma, and how it is served. It gives customers the knowledge that they are serving a good quality cask bitter.

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A must have at the Free Press is the Scotch egg

The story

The pub got its name from when part of it was a printing press that circulated a free Cambridge newspaper. Unfortunately for them, it lasted one issue, but the name survived. The walls are adorned with front pages of old newspapers to commemorate this.

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The ceiling in the tiny snug is covered with old newspapers

About the food

Good British pub food prepared with locally sourced produce with international influences. Check out the Asian dishes. They are amazing! A must-try too is their excellent Scotch egg.

The accolades

This pub holds many secrets, and one of them is that the Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett worked here during her student days many years ago.


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