CRF real-ale (and other drinks!) bars
The Cambridge Rock Festival has a tradition of providing up to 100 different real-ales that dates back to its early days as the Rockinbeerfest. Many of these are sourced from smaller, local breweries - this year these will include Rough Acre Brewery, Milton Brewery, Brewboard Brewery, Rocket Ales, Greene King and Mr Whitehead's Cider Company. But don’t worry if you don’t like real-ale – we also offer local ciders, lager, wine, soft drinks...
Gin, Pimms and Prosecco Bar
Introduced in 2019, our CRF Gin, Pimms and Prosecco bar was added for those who like something different. Come along and try our speciality gins, flavoured with: Breakfast Marmalade, Raspberries, Pink Grapefruit, Rhubarb and Sloe Gin with Cherries alongside the favourites of Gordon's, Gordon's Pink Gin, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. Pimms will be available as a single serving or jug. If you fancy something sparkling, then try our Prosecco.
Prices and tokens
2016 saw our first price increase for 7 years – we are sorry we had to do that but hope you understand that it was necessary for the financial health of the festival and if you know many others that have held their prices that long, please let us know! We also keep our pricing simple – for many years we have used “RBF Tokens” – all pints and shorts cost one black or two silver tokens, all halves or soft drinks cost one silver token. Simply buy your tokens at the entrance or the bar. This massively speeds up the time it takes for us to serve you!
Our 'glasses' - looking after the environment
2016 also saw us further improve our environmental friendliness by moving away from disposable plastic cups. We now use reusable shatterproof souvenir polycarbonate "glasses” in both pint and half-pint sizes for which washing facilities will be available. There will be a nominal charge of just £2 each (from the box office or CRF sales stalls) and of course you get to keep them! Please also note that in order top reduce landfill we do not sell disposable plastic glasses into the site. You may only bring your own disposable glasses in if they are CE marked.
No Alcohol or Glass may be brought into the Festival Arena
The “Festival Arena” is everywhere beyond the box office and wristband control point. Bag searches will be conducted upon entry as at virtually all venues today.
We need to do this to maintain compliance with the Licencing Act 2003 and it also helps to enable the festival to continue, as our income from the bar is vital for the festival’s finances.
We operate a “Challenge 25 Policy” - if you are under 25 or appear to be, you will be asked for ID. No under 18s will be served and purchase of alcohol for under 18s is an offence, so please don't do it. Possession of beer tokens is not proof of entitlement! Suitable ID is the photo part of a UK driving licence, passport or recognised official ID card - presentation of fake cards will lead to expulsion from the site and our decision is final.
Note: if anyone has had an excess of alcohol or appears drunk the bar staff will refuse to serve further alcoholic drinks.
Do not drink and drive - allow time for recovery on Monday morning too.
Having said all of that, please enjoy our fantastic bar, drink responsibly and have a great festival!