A review of The Elm Tree by Peter written on Friday 19th of May 2006
As a jazz fan and a long-time Cambridge resident I finally got to check out the Elm Tree (18 May 06). It was very quiet with a few customers at the bar. I ordered a pint of Mansfield (I think) which took an age to pump out - it was clear enough but obviously well past its best. The smell was 'off' and, as ale enthusiasts would recognise in such cases, it tasted sour and 'curdled'. I took it back to the barman who basically said there was nothing wrong with it. Trust me, there was a LOT wrong with that pint! Anyway, he refused to change it but proceeded to turn the Mansfield badge around and drain the remaining dregs from the barrel. This was the first time I have been refused a pint change. I was sorry to see such behaviour, especially in a pub with such a good reputation for live music - and it left a sour taste in my mouth (excuse the phrase). Real ale enthusiasts should be careful... perhaps it's better at 'peak' times?
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