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couple of others are usually to be found on the bar and with who knows how many darts teams that are resident now the turnover is swift. A recent charity conker competition, the eighth as it happens, raised about £1,500 for various charities. If you're in the area nip in and say hello. © Michael Slaughter

Letter B, Whittlesey

If you continue away from Stanground and head for the fens you'll eventually come across Whittlesey. By the time you read this the town will be girding its collective loins for the Straw Bear Festival (16th January 2010). Those of you in the know will be familiar with the Letter B and the Boat, both of which get a serious hammering during the festival and as both operate a beer festival at the same time as the bear goes a wandering you’ll be guaranteed a pint or two worth savouring. The ‘B’ is a long-time raiser of charity monies, mainly for MAGPAS which provides emergency medical care around the area, a recent beer festival added to their coffers nicely. Bruce Roan who owns the pub is a bit matey with the landlord of the Fox & Hounds in Heacham and its associated Fox Brewery so if you want to try a beer from besides the seaside beside the sea you know where to drink in Whittlesey. The Boat, virtually just over the road (and along a bit) has just received our Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year Award. Phil and Maria Quinn have been running the pub for the last 15 years and obviously know what they’re doing. Elgood’s ales are the order of the day here and served straight from the cask out of the cellar. Guest beers are usually on offer and Phil has built up a stock of malt whiskies to tempt fellow enthusiasts. While you’re in the town have a look at 12

the Bricklayer’s Arms in Station Rd. Always a favourite port of call during ‘Bear Day’, usually with a mini beer festival in full flow, but worth a visit anytime. Their recent fun day raised over £800 for Help for Heroes. There are many pubs worth a visit out of Peterborough and just because I don’t give them all a mention doesn’t mean they’re not worth a visit. One pub I haven’t mentioned, probably for years if at all, is the Ruddy Duck in Peakirk. Most of you who think you know the pub will say that it’s more of a restaurant than a pub and I must admit that the pub is predominately food led. The thing that makes the difference in this case is the fact that they have up to four beers on offer. Apart from Broadside there was Brains SA Gold on tap which was spectacular on my visit. Andy and Sue Ruddy (yes they’ve heard them all before so don’t bother) have been at the pub for 4 years and have carried on with the food as the pub was known for it. The beer also gives another reason to visit, you won’t have to book for a pint at the bar but you’d be wise to do so if you fancy a bite to eat. We at CAMRA love to give out gongs in appreciation of a pub landlord’s hard work and good beer, cheer and everything else that makes going to the pub the pleasure it is. A recent winner of a Gold Award is the Red

Red Lion, West Deeping

Lion in West Deeping. Like the Ruddy Duck much of its trade comes from providing good food and with a choice of beers similar in number to the Duck the customers are assured

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Beer Around 'Ere, the newsletter of Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. Dec 2009 - Jan 2010