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The Maypole (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Three Blind Mice - MosaicExcellent1
Fellows - Chapeau D'EspagneExcellent1
Hellhound - Black ShuckExcellent1
Elgood's - SnakeslayerExcellent1
Turpin's - MeditationGood1
Lacons - Extra StoutGood1
Buntingford - Maypole AleGood1
Tring - KotukuGood1
BlackBar - Black EconomyGood1
Tydd Steam - YooliganGood1
Bishop Nick - Heresy (was once 4.1%)Good1
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Green with EnvyAcceptable1
Tydd Steam - Barn AleAcceptable1
Newby Wyke - Bear IslandNot Tried0
Buntingford - TwitchellNot Tried0
Grain - Winter AshNot Tried0
Mauldons - Micawber's MildNot Tried0
Grain - OakNot Tried0
Grain - SlateNot Tried0
Milton - PegasusNot Tried0
Mauldons - Blackberry PorterNot Tried0
Hellhound - Soul Survivor (superseded by 5.7% version)Not Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Elgood's - Black Eagle Imperial StoutNot Tried0
Moonshine (see also Cambridge Moonshine) - SundownerNot Tried0
Buntingford - Polar StarNot Tried0
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla PorterNot Tried0
Mauldons - OctoberfestNot Tried0
Buntingford - Highwayman IPANot Tried0
Milton - MinervaNot Tried0
Grain - 3.1.6.Not Tried0
Buntingford - Crow's NestNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Pitman PaleNot Tried0
Tring - Tea Kettle StoutNot Tried0
Tring - Squadron Scramble Not Tried0
Cottage - Metropolitan AleNot Tried0
Nene Valley - Bible BlackNot Tried0
Colchester - Double Brown AleNot Tried0
Tring - Bring Me SunshineNot Tried0
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. SquirrelNot Tried0
Shortts Farm - SkiffleNot Tried0
Elgood's - Plum PorterNot Tried0
Buntingford - Imperial Pale AleNot Tried0
Milton - Archimedes Not Tried0
Evolution - No. 9Not Tried0
Buntingford - Full TiltNot Tried0
Mauldons - DickensNot Tried0
Milton - CharybdisNot Tried0
Tring - Ridgeway BitterNot Tried0
Cottage - Battle of the BluesNot Tried0
Tring - BlondNot Tried0
Panther - Red PantherNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
St Austell - Big JobNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Maypole, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Picture 2. The Maypole, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Visits Details

14 Oct 2018 (Stephen Harris)
I seem to have fallen out of the habit of going on pub crawls – but have a little one planned in Cambridge today, starting here. It is busy just after noon, mostly with damp survivors from a sponsored walk ending nearby on Jesus Green.
Three Blind Mice - Mosaic4.20ExcellentHazy gold. Soft mouthfeel. Bursting with Mosaic goodness.
Turpin's - Meditation4.30GoodA clear, golden and crisp Pale Ale.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - Green with Envy4.50AcceptableI don’t get on very well with this Green Hop beer which has odd flavours and is unexpectedly sweet – the variability of fresh hops I guess.
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Mauldons - Octoberfest5.00Not Tried
Tring - Ridgeway Bitter4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Grain - Tried
Tring - Tea Kettle Stout4.70Not Tried
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter4.60Not Tried
Nene Valley - Bible Black6.50Not Tried
Mad Squirrel (formerly Red Squirrel) - Mr. Squirrel4.00Not Tried
09 Dec 2015 (HSB)
18:30 Post curry visit. Fairly busy, chat with the Landlord and a beer ticker who insists on a legal measure to count a beer. Sound chap.
Tydd Steam - Yooligan4.70GoodI have had better
Bishop Nick - Heresy (was once 4.1%)4.00Good
Panther - Red Panther4.10Not Tried
St Austell - Big Job7.20Not Tried£5.50 a pint
Hellhound - Black Shuck3.90Not Tried
Grain - Winter Ash5.00Not Tried
Grain - Slate6.00Not Tried
Hellhound - Soul Survivor (superseded by 5.7% version)4.20Not Tried
Moonshine (see also Cambridge Moonshine) - Sundowner3.60Not TriedNo.8 of the 13 moons of 2015
21 Mar 2014 (HSB)
12:20 Two in when we arrived but soon filled up.
Lacons - Extra Stout4.50GoodFull of flavour. A revival of a 1916 recipe.
Tring - Kotuku4.00GoodMade with Rye crystal malt and New Zealand hops. Liked the hops but not the dry rye finish.
Cottage - Metropolitan Ale4.70Not Tried
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Not Tried
Buntingford - Highwayman IPA3.60Not Tried
Tring - Bring Me Sunshine4.20Not Tried
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter4.60Not Tried
Elgood's - Plum Porter4.50Not Tried
Milton - Archimedes 6.30Not Tried
Buntingford - Full Tilt4.10Not Tried
Milton - Charybdis5.00Not Tried
Cottage - Battle of the Blues4.70Not Tried
23 Jan 2014 (HSB)
17:40 Relatively quiet
Tydd Steam - Barn Ale3.90Acceptable
Newby Wyke - Bear Island4.60Not Tried
Mauldons - Dickens4.00Not Tried
Tring - Ridgeway Bitter4.00Not Tried
Tring - Blond4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Buntingford - Polar Star4.40Not Tried
Buntingford - Twitchell3.80Not Tried
Buntingford - Highwayman IPA3.60Not Tried
Grain - Oak3.80Not Tried
Mauldons - Blackberry Porter4.80Not Tried
Elgood's - Black Eagle Imperial Stout8.70Not Tried
Colchester - Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter4.60Not Tried
Fellows - Chapeau D'Espagne4.00Not Tried
Milton - Minerva4.60Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Pitman Pale4.50Not Tried
30 Oct 2013 (HSB)
12:30 Many years since I last visited here. The pub itself is unchanged and is a good example of a 1960s refit. The beer choice though much extended. Without a doubt the best in the city centre. Landlord told us that he gets through a nine of a popular beer in an hour.
Fellows - Chapeau D'Espagne4.00ExcellentDry Hopped Black IPA
Hellhound - Black Shuck3.90ExcellentFull of roast flavour
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Newby Wyke - Bear Island4.60Not Tried
Mauldons - Micawber's Mild3.50Not Tried
Milton - Pegasus4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Buntingford - Polar Star4.40Not Tried
Buntingford - Highwayman IPA3.60Not Tried
Buntingford - Crow's Nest3.90Not Tried
Tring - Squadron Scramble 4.00Not Tried
Colchester - Double Brown Ale4.40Not Tried
Shortts Farm - Skiffle4.00Not Tried
Buntingford - Imperial Pale Ale7.20Not Tried
Evolution - No. 93.80Not Tried
24 May 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Beer festival in progress which soon got overwhelmed with afternoon refugees from Cambridge Beer fest.
BlackBar - Black Economy4.60GoodDark brown and hoppy in the style of a black IPA with good citrus hop character tempered by toasted malt flavours. My score 15/20.
24 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quite busy with refugees from Cambridge Beer festival.
Buntingford - Maypole Ale3.80GoodPale house bitter with very good citrus hop character. Quite sweet and fruity with good malt balance. My score 15/20.
25 May 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Elgood's - Snakeslayer4.50ExcellentRoasty dry Irish style stout with a very strong roast malt character and a little hoppiness in the finish. My score 16/20.

About The Maypole

The pub sign. The Maypole, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8AF.

Family owned and run free house in Portugal Place, that has recently been freed from tie with Punch Taverns. A good selection of beers including local breweries is available. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2018.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 55 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: CB5 8AF