Visitors to Peterborough for the revitalisation meeting may be surprised to find that the city houses a number of pubs with a fascinating, and, in places, historic background. Indeed, they offer plenty to help you enjoy the day.
The meeting, which takes place this Saturday 18 June from 1.30 to 3.30pm at The Brewery Tap, is an ideal venue. A former 1930s labour exchange, it claims to be one of the largest brewpubs in Europe with large windows to view where limited editions of beers are brewed.
Down the steps by the Town Bridge you’ll find Charters which is a converted Dutch grain barge that sits on the River Nene near the city centre. If the weather is good, there’s a large garden with a marquee and a landing stage for boats.
The Drapers Arms - a converted former draper’s shop dating back from 1899 is one of two Wetherspoon pubs in the city centre - the other being The College Arms.
The Hand and Heart is a 1930s back street pub that is featured in the CAMRA Inventory of Historic Pub interiors for its unspoilt interior. Five hand pumps feature often hard to find real ales. It was the local CAMRA Pub of the Year last year.
The Palmerston Arms in Oundle Road, not far from the station, is a popular 400-year-old listed stone-built pub which is owned by Bateman’s, and which has had some rave reviews. Most of the beers are served straight from the cellar which can be seen through a large window.
The Wortley Almshouses was built in 1744 by Peterborough MP Edward Wortley and used as a workhouse, and then largely rebuilt and converted into a row of almshouses in 1837. Bought by Samuel Smith's brewery it became a pub in 1981 and was then nearly demolished in the Queensgate development. A sympathetic refurbishment in 2003 has provided six drinking areas. Best prices in city centre. It is claimed that Charles Dickens was inspired by this building to write Oliver Twist.
Ostrich Inn - a pub in the centre of the city with a true small-town pub feel. Once the Ostrich, then a home brew shop, then back to a pub with a Bogart theme and known as Bogart's. Reopened in August 2009 as the Ostrich once again, after a major refurbishment, under new ownership and new management, and reviving the original name. Now selling craft ales from Brewdog, Beavertown and Camden and a range of keykeg beers. Received a CAMRA Gold Award in March 2013.
Swiss Cottage - Back-street local, built in the style of an alpine chalet. Small, but friendly and lively Irish-themed pub with up to three regularly changing real ales with Rooster's Yankee as regular. Recipient of a CAMRA Gold Award in November 2009. Now firmly established as one of the 'Triangle' of popular pubs south of the city. Some beers served straight from the cask.