Free Press

Cambridgeshire - Cambridge

Not a historic pub interior of any importance

Listed Status: Not listed

7 Prospect Row
Cambridge
CB1 1DU

Tel: (01223) 368337

Email: contact@freepresscambridge.com

Website https://www.freepresscambridge.com

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Cambridge) and Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A visit to the Free Press is recommended to see the tiny snug, surely the smallest pub room in Cambridgeshire. The snug is formed by a partition wall with low door and measures approximately 6 ft x 5 ft. The Free Press reopened in 1978 after a period of closure as the area around it was redeveloped. Practically all the fittings are direct replacements for the original ones, including those in the snug but some original material survives including the set of handpumps which date back to the 1940s. The layout changes include removal of a partition that created an off-sales alongside the snug, though the original off-sales swing seats remain attached to the snug partition. At the same time, the small right-hand bar (served via a hatch) was amalgamated with a private sitting room, doubling its size. The opening between the bars was also created, hence why the door to the right-hand bar is no longer in use. The outside toilets survive, though your journey thither is now protected from the weather.

A visit to the Free Press is recommended to see the tiny snug, surely the smallest pub room in Cambridgeshire. The snug is formed by a partition wall with low door and measures approximately 6 ft x 5 ft. The Free Press reopened in the late 1970s after a period of closure as the area around it was redeveloped. Practically all the fittings - bar counter, bar back, dado panelling with fixed seating attached and the fireplaces are 1970s direct replacements for the original ones, including those in the snug but some original material survives including the set of handpumps which date back to the 1940s, but a photo in the pub indicates they are not in their original position.

The layout changes include the removal of a wall that created the off sales alongside the snug - go outside and you can see the door has been blocked up - however, the two original swing seats still remain attached to the partition to the snug. Other changes include the amalgamation of the small right hand bar, which is served via a hatch, with the private sitting room behind which doubles the size of the room; and the creation of an opening between the two bars - the entrance to the right hand bar is no longer used. However, the outside toilets remain, albeit there is now a covered walkway between the pub and them.

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