The Crown & Punchbowl is a quaint country pub and restaurant nestled amongst farmhouses in the village of Horningsea, just 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge. The pub serves local real ales straight from the cask whilst the restaurant offers seasonal modern British food in relaxed surroundings. A bit of a favourite of ours for Sunday lunch.
The Tickell Arms
The Tickell Arms is a pub and restaurant in the heart of Whittlesford, a lovely village 5 miles south of Cambridge.
Determined to keep the local pub alive, four local real ales are served and an extensive wine list by the glass...dogs are welcome.The restaurant serves seasonal modern British food in relaxed surroundings. The garden room and terrace, overlooking the pond, are delightful in summer and real fires make it a warm destination in winter.
The Plough is in the pretty village of Fen Ditton and is famous for its huge beer garden that rolls down to the river. Visit on a sunny day when 'the bumps' boat race is going on and cheer on the rowers with a jug of Pimms or two. If you are planning on hiring bikes then it makes for a good afternoon outing along the river from the city centre.
The Willow Tree
Close to the barns in the village of Bourn, the Willow Tree is an elegant, shabby chic, candle lit restaurant & bar with an open fireplace. There is an al fresco terrace or you can relax in a deckchair under the willow tree from which it takes its name. A new addition is a giant tipi with fairy lights and a fire bowl, perfect for larger parties. The menu changes with the seasons to ensure ingredients are as fresh & local as can be, from tapas and light bites to burgers and fine dining.
The Anchor overlooks the mill pond area in Cambridge where you can pick up a punt for the afternoon. If you are lucky you can grab a table on the riverside terrace and watch first-time punters fall in while you sip a cold white wine. The restaurant upstairs serves a fresh seasonal menu and there are several snug areas in the bar if you are coming in the winter months. Its a stones throw from Queens College and the mathematical bridge.