‘Hail the ale’: Cambridge Beer Festival begins

Jack Ranson 19 May 2014

Yesterday saw the start of CAMRA’s 41st Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green, bringing in hundreds of thirsty revellers to enjoy some real ale.

The festival – the largest of its kind in the UK – has been held at the end of May since 2001 and this year is themed around ‘Le Tour de France’.

Cycling wasn’t on many people’s minds though as the drinkers descended. After temperatures of over 20˚C this weekend, a cold pint seemed to be a common objective. There was plenty for non-drinkers as well, as the famous CAMRA Cheese Counter took a slice of the action and the Family Room proved hugely popular.


Sam Westlake, Cambridge student and beer festival veteran, recommended the ominously named Skull Splitter: “It’s around nine percent but I love it. Daisy’s Diner is also amazing it does a delicious hog roast. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an evening; beer, burgers and brie”.

Aside from the beer, the festival offers a huge range of food options, including the Curry and Kebab stall, a Doughnut Stand and Merry Berry’s Truffles and Chocolates.

The festival runs this week, finishing with an all day session on Saturday for £3. In the week, sessions run from noon to 3pm and 5-10:30pm each day; entrance is free in the day and £4 for the evening, £5 on Thursday and Friday.