New “Queen Edith” pub on Wulfstan Way gets go-ahead

UPDATE April 2015: The Queen Edith opened on 24th April 2015 – here’s their announcement on Twitter:

Our first impressions, and more information, are here.

(The news item below was written in 2013)

It’s been frequently quoted in the last few years that Queen Edith’s is a ward without a pub, and although technically true, most residents aren’t far away from one, whether it’s the Rock, the Med, the Earl of Derby or the Robin Hood. As a pub regular, I’ve never considered myself to be that hard done-by. However, I think many people will be pleased that the go-ahead has been given for a new pub in the heart of the area, replacing the old Queen Edith pub on Wulfstan Way. In particular, it’s good news that the pub will be run by the locally based Milton Brewery, whose first pub, the Devonshire Arms, up towards Mill Road, was Cambridge’s Pub of the Year in 2012, and whose second pub, the refurbished Haymakers in Chesterton, recently re-opened to much local approval. The proposals to redevelop the Wulfstan Way site have been through the loop and seem to have come out with encouraging noises from residents, planners and developers alike. A previous proposal to build 8 houses on the site had been rejected because of the loss of the pub and the “unsympathetic” nature of the architecture, but the new proposal for a pub and 12 flats was approved by the council on 4 June, and you can read it here or if that link isn’t working, go to “Documents” here and find “Committee Report” down the bottom. Interestingly, the new pub will not, apparently, be “aiming for a wider catchment associated with larger establishments which have a food offer, such as the Robin Hood in Cherry Hinton.”

Proposed new Queen Edith pub in Wulfstan Way
Proposed new Queen Edith pub in Wulfstan Way

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