This is the 4th in a series of blogs about the wonderful sponsors of the 9th Elysian Winter Beer Festival.
Nestling in Silver Street, Ely, CB7 4JF, The Prince Albert public house is sponsoring the glasses for the beer festival. Apparently the history of the premises is that it was formerly the Officer’s Mess for the local Militia. The Albert is conveniently situated opposite the Barton Road Car Park (where there is free parking) and is only a short walk from the train station and from the Cathedral, should you want to do some sightseeing as well as having a pint and a meal.
The Albert used to be my local when I lived in Silver Street and very handy it was too. It was then a traditional public house with great beers, no music or gaming machines, books which could be purchased and returned and a great bunch of local characters who drank there. In 2014 the pub was extended and a restaurant added to the rear. This changed the nature of the pub adding gourmet dining to the visitor’s experience. Fortunately the front bar retained its charming character and the pub admirably caters well for both drinkers and those visiting for food.
One of the huge assets of the premises, not necessarily apparent from the front of the premises, is a secluded walled garden which is a great place to unwind and relax on a hot summers day. The garden hosts the pub’s beer festival and has also hosted amateur dramatic groups putting on productions. Ten hand-pumps serve up to five guest beers. The other beers are from Greene King including Abbot, IPA and it is a rare outlet for XX Mild. No music or gaming machines makes this a relaxing pub with pleasant bar room banter.
You can keep up to date with beers on offer and see pictures of the mouth-watering gourmet food on Facebook @PrinceAlbertEly and on Twitter @PrinceAlbertEly, so be sure to follow them to keep up to date. Be sure to take time to pay a visit and sample the beers and have a great meal there.