The Free Press is a quirky, idiosyncratic pub certainly worth visiting, with an unusual name which derives from when it housed a printing press used to produce a free Cambridge newspaper (which alas only lasted one issue). Sat on a charming back street two minutes walk from two other very good pubs, time has stood still here. From the unusual frontage, the interior inside still features a cosy compartmentalised snug, and comes complete with bare floors and basic wooden furniture. The second room is a little sparse at the back, but is still goo enough. This is also a music, fruit machine and mobile phone free zone which makes it an oasis for lively chat and relaxation. As a Greene King pub expect ales from their own predictable stock, along with some of their acquisitions, enlivened by a regular guest ale or two. Food is also promoted by the attentive staff, which keeps the scattering of tourists happy, but was actually pretty good anyway. Watch out for the traditional limited opening hours, but otherwise a trip to Cambridge should really include a visit here.
Reviewed by redcat
06 Oct 2009