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Julian raises a glass to competition winner The Kingston Arms

August 1, 2013 11:36 AM

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has raised a glass to the city's Kingston Arms after it won the best independent pub category in his Discovering Cambridge competition this month.

The pub in Kingston Street balances a traditional feel with innovations such as offering free internet access and texting drinks offers.

And it's no stranger to recognition having being named in the Good Beer Guide since 2001 and winning three awards from Observer Food Monthly for Best Cheap Eats, Best Sunday Lunch and Best Place to Drink in East Anglia.

The Haymakers in High Street, Chesterton, which re-opened as an independent business in April after being closed two years before by a major brewery, was named as the runner up in the competition to celebrate Cambridge's best independent businesses.

Julian has been campaigning to save the city's independent traders from the threat of the multi-national chains and has been working to protect pubs, many of which have been lost in recent years. He led a Westminster debate on the issue and presented a Bill to the House of Commons.

The Liberal Democrat-run Cambridge City Council has also put in place a planning policy designed to prevent change of use of potentially viable pubs or redevelopment of the sites.

Julian said: "There are so many great independent pubs in Cambridge and there were a large number of nominations in this category.

"I congratulate the Kingston Arms for winning this month's competition and The Haymakers for being named as runner up. And I would encourage everyone to visit our independent pubs. They offer great food and wide range of drinks and they are such an important part of our communities that we must make sure future generations can enjoy them."

Alistair Cook, officer for the Cambridge and District Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said: "Julian's idea of praising independent Cambridge businesses is excellent. He has always been very supportive of CAMRA's aims so it's great that we've got round to pubs.

"The number of responses underlines the enthusiasm Cambridge people have for the independent pubs in our city. Many of these pubs also sell locally brewed ales."

Julian is seeking nominations for businesses specialising in Home and Garden products and services in August.

Nominations can be sent to Julian by email at or by Twitter at @julianhuppert or by post at Discovering Cambridge, Julian Huppert MP, 16 Signet Court, Swann Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LA.