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It's pleasant enough, but Phew! it's expensive. Went there this week with a friend and one "glass of dry white wine" and a pint of Peroni cost over £11.00! That would keep if from being my regular pub! (Rating unchanged: 6/10)
HenPen - 7 Jun 2013 22:46
I quite like this place, even though the beer is really expensive 3.80 for a pint of ale. Certainly not the best pub in Cambridge but it's well kept and has decent ales on. Also, they do really nice pork scratchings!
lovethypub - 19 Jun 2012 17:41
What an appalling experience. The service was curt and abrupt with the staff acting like some form of demi-gods in their private space. Couldn't care less about the customers who had the temerity to interfere with their gossiping. Waited 5 minutes (at least) to be served in a quarter full bar. The girl who served me didn't even speak. A quick glance whilst chatting to one of her friends with the conversation continuing whilst pouring our drinks.

God awful beer, didn't even try the food (a person next to me had some concoction which looked like they had drained the nearby river). Avoid at all costs.
sophiecloudsley - 3 Apr 2011 18:06
As out-of-town visitors in Cambridge staying in a nearby ****hotel, we found the Old Spring near the boat houses on the River Cam while touring the city on foot. The pub is quite large and roomy and was frequented by many well-behaved guests who were all having a good time. We managed to find a nice table in spite of the fact that the pub was very busy. The beer, food and service were excellent.
JohnPeckfort - 19 May 2010 00:03
This place makes me shudder! mega busy, mega expensive for crap beer and populated by the worst type of Cambridge resident - the upper-middle-class obnoxious types from the nearby DeFreville estate. Steer clear!
thaymouse - 3 Apr 2010 19:43
A Large pub with a very small car park. Mid week evening visit and it was very very busy.
Its a Greedy King pub so the usual Abbot and IPA were on along with Edmunds and 2 guest beers Cambridge 1209 and Old Trip.
I had the Edmunds first. Totally flat and tasteless. Then tried the IPA which was OK but tasted old. Finally the 1209 which tasted like dish water. Beer prices were high with IPA at 3 a pint and Edmunds at 3.30 which is expensive even for Cambridge.
They have a fairly good food menu although the portions are small.
I probably wont visit again as there are far better pubs within a short walk.
CambridgeBlue - 28 Aug 2009 11:43
This is a good, honest, well-run pub. Well-kept beer (GK & Abbot, plus a guest), pretty good food. Brightly lit and a bit soulless. Caters to a classy professional crowd (except for me, that is).
SillyPoint - 4 Oct 2008 16:40
All right, but not very much special. A decent place to sit for an evening with friends but fairly undistinguished beers. Never tried the food.
HenPen - 23 Aug 2008 22:38
Went there early evening for a swift few. Well kept beer and good ambience. You can eat or just drink, nobody cares. Sat next to someone with a tuba, which was nice.
The_Prof - 12 Feb 2008 12:59
actually, the scratchings are from wolverhampton - not a local butcher at all!
piman100 - 5 Feb 2007 09:39
this is the perfect pub. very comfortable, clean tidy, and not scruffy or tatty, lovely bar area and counter, excellent drinks - the wines and waters are very well chilled, the food is excellent, not too pricey, good range and well presented, the service is very attentive, and the staff all very pleasant and helpful.the sunday lunches are particularly good. a previos reviewer reccommended the sratchings - not my cup of tea, a bit greasy and salty..
only thing which is a bit odd os that in the evening it is over 21's only which means i cant take my adult student daughter for even a drink let alone dinner - have to stick to lunches. if the management read this i would welcome an explanantion
piman100 - 5 Feb 2007 09:38
Amazed at lack of reviews; this is a high quality pub close to the river. Slightly upmarket food, but still clearly a pub first. Really good real ale, with the Rev James particularly good. The real treat, however, is the pork scratchings from a local butcher @ 1.30 - worth a trip for these alone.
mtaylor40 - 6 Sep 2006 23:21
I have recently joined new management team under new tenant, Steve Murphy who came here in Oct 2004. Since then the pub has improved considerably, with good fresh food served every day lunchtimes and evenings, much improved quality ales and a good selection of draught and bottled lagers.
We have had some good reviews in local magazines and recently had a visit from local Camra members, who all had good things to say about the changes we have implemented.

If this sounds way too biased I challenge you to come in and prove me wrong.... Free pint from Me, Ralph Holland, assistant manager, if not pleasantly suprised.

BTW offer only applies while I am on duty... 6 days a week, 9 hours per day...
ralphholland - 18 May 2005 16:13

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