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Full Postal AddressThe Free Press, 7 Prospect Row, CAMBRIDGE, CB1 1DU [Map]
Telephone Number01223 368337Pub's Own Website 
Opening Times12-14:30, 18-23 MO-FR; 12-15, 18-23 SA; 12-15, 19-22:30 SU
FacilitiesEvening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar

Me outside the Free Press after a great lunch and an
excellent pint of Greene King IPA, July 2000

Tucked away up a side street away from the hustle and bustle of Cambridge city centre this tiny pub was a real find. It's perhaps a little unusual in that the pub was one of the first to become entirely non-smoking. Interestingly, the Cambridge Blue, also in Cambridge was another completely smoke-free pioneer.

The pub has a very cosy bar which was once adorned with much rowing and cricket memorabilia but now the walls are adorned with old newspapers and printing equipment the pub got its name as it was where a local newspaper used to be produced. Thankfully the pub is a haven away from the world of mobile phones, and its a great place to relax with friends. It attracts a wide-ranging clientele of locals, students and visitors such as myself. I understand that they still have the snug as well, how many can you squeeze in there? A wide range of Greene King beers are served along with a guest ale. You might choose to drink in the very pleasant paved garden to the rear.

They offer decent reasonably priced food using locally sourced ingredients where possible from ciabattas upwards to plenty of choice for vegetarians. Apparently they do a highly recommended Sunday roast. All in all a great place to visit for great beer, good conversation and a bite to eat. Oh yes, nice log fire in the winter. I'll be back...

Pub Walks for Motorists: Northants, Cambs, Leics and Rutland,
M Hall, 2005
This title details 40 circular walks covering these diverse counties each based on a good local pub. It includes routes at Stilton and Barrington in Cambridgeshire; Shackerstone, Wymondham and Wing in Leicestershire and Rutland; and Wadenhoe and Sulgrave in Northamptonshire.

The Hidden Inns of East Anglia,
P Long, 2004
The Hidden Inns of East Anglia is packed with a variety of different pubs and inns. There is an informative introductory narrative in each chapter containing historical facts, important landmarks and places to visit, which are illustrated with coloured photographs.

Pub Strolls in Cambridgeshire,
A Collier, 2002
Thirty short circular walks based around good local pubs and pleasant countryside. Includes maps and colour photographs.

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