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The variety of beers on was a bit ordinary and samey to other places. However there was TV so at least it was a conducive drinking atmosphere.
Steamer1 - 26 Jun 2014 22:08
A great place for people watching, its right on Cambridge Circus.

One can sit on the high Stools next to the bar for an outside view or in the Summertime next to the pavement.

Always an interesting choice of guest Beers, Yesterday I enjoyed a Pint of "Butty Bach".
AuldJimmy - 8 Nov 2012 17:15
Enjoyed a Pint of London Pride and a meal of Pork and Lamb balls with mash here recently, both were excellent and the Meal arrived quickly .

AuldJimmy - 3 Feb 2012 19:55
Bounded into the Cambridge at 7.38 on 30/12/11 with two young Parisians on a Soho crawl. We all enjoyed glorious halves of Wherry. A terrific boozer, my original rating of 10/10 remains!!
Newton_Lad - 2 Jan 2012 23:42
I'm amazed I've never been here before. But I believe last night was my first ever visit. As usual, the West End was very lively and this small pub was no exception. A better than expected range of ales was being dispensed - Keltec King, Sharps Doom Bar, Adnams Ghost Ship, Woodfordes Wherry, Fullers London Pride & Brentwood Spooky Moon. Cider was Aspalls. All drinks were being served in plastic glasses due to a dishwasher fault. I may come back here as the drinks range is a bit better than most over choices in the area.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Oct 2011 18:01
All seven hand pumps were on the go during my vist this week and as well as the usual house ale suspects, there was Daleside Blonde, Jaipur IPA and Amber from the Devon Otter Brewery. And the Amber Otter was in good nick..
Fortunately no problem getting close to the bar and getting served on my evening visit as everyone was drinking outside , enjoying the sunshine.
Gann - 26 Jun 2010 14:11
Had a really good evening here last night Doombar was very good and the choice of real ales was good with a whole range of guests busy but a really nice friendly environment and the staff were very attentive.

marklondon - 19 Jun 2010 11:19
Good range of beer, good food and good service.
CanalWalker - 18 Apr 2010 13:25
In the heart of Theatreland, The Cambridge was packed when me and a mate showed up on a saturday evening. A few people filed out presumably for a show not long afterwards but we chose to chill outside while my mate enjoyed a few crafty fags. Doombar in satisfactory condition alongside a decent looking range of guests, which I couldn't really get close enough to identify but it was definitely 'not the usual'. A solid Nicholson's option but not as good as The Salisbury which is nearby.
ChrisP87 - 15 Mar 2010 19:29
Visited the pub on Saturday 14th March 2010, the pub was busy and extremely friendly, service was quick, tables were full but clean.

I would definatley visit again or before a show !!!!
robmatt72 - 14 Mar 2010 19:38
This pub has possibly the worst and most agressive barstaff in London. If you don't want to have your drink snatched out of your hand five minutes after they've served it to you, or told you're 'thick' while you're trying to finish your drink, I really wouldn't go to this pub. it's truly awful and the staff here make it quite a scary place.

When I told the staff that i thought they were extremely rude, they responded by saying 'well don't come back then'. not recommended
Charlotte25 - 27 Feb 2010 12:18
Six real ales which were OK although the Berry Beer was on its last legs at best. The Erdinger weiss went off juding by the face on the landlord when testing it too. Food looked OK although the menu and quality are fairly standard for a Nicholsons pub. Had several pints and they were all better than the first pint of Berry Beer. Barman was a bit slack and didnt always listen to what was asked for then poured a wrong pint - more than once!
Bernie5 - 21 Feb 2010 13:02
Went in here the other (wed 16 Dec) night for a couple of pints after a curry in the west end. Was impressed at the selection of real ales on offer. However, when I ordered a pint of 'Dangleberry' (admittedly a humerous beer name) the 2 young anitodean barmen continually looked at each other, then back at me, smirking, as if they were taking the p*ss. The dark-haired one serving me then asked me 3 times what I wanted, which was clearly annoying. Whilst pouring the beer he then asked how much I had had to drink that night, I obviously asked the question why and he replied that I appeared quite drunk- which certainly was not the case.
In 20-odd years of drinking and having visited well over 1000 pubs, I have never ever been asked this before and am fuming now as I write this- a disgrace! On getting another pint at 10.45 I was aggressively told I had only 15mins to drink it and then at exactly 11.05, both barmen had forced everyone into one half of the pub and repeatedly asked everyone to drink up and leave! One of my colleagues actually had the glass removed from his grasp with a third of a pint still in it!
I am livid about the service in this pub- it was the worst I have ever had and would urge everyone to give this a wide berth and drink over the road in the Marquis of Granby. Be interested to know if anyone else has had this experience here.
By the way, the one toilet in the gents was blocked totally, with turd-filled water up to the top of the bowl-bloosy disgusting!
al5169 - 18 Dec 2009 11:19
The location right on Cambridge Circus is not a plus point but I have to say the Cambridge is a very pleasant pub indeed. For some reason it seems to attract less of the tourist element than some others nearby.

There is outside seating and the interior is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Rather than shabby or horrid chrome / pine there is a warm dark wood setting with benches around the front wall and some rather nice ceiling panels. It is also smaller than the photograph above suggests.

It's a good drinking environment and I'd come back here if in the area
murgatroyd - 4 Aug 2009 20:26
Warm Pint of Greene King IPA in a Warm Glass on a warm day YUK. Sat outide in the sun which was the best bit. Best Avoid
Bitter_Man - 7 May 2009 12:25
A good atmosphere and wide choice of real ales, BUT we were heavily short changed by the barman and had to argue to get the correct change. Not recommended.
Broomhandledmouser - 30 Nov 2008 19:56
In here tonight for a quick one after leaving the Astoria. Pride, Landlord, Batemans XXXB, Hen and Coach House Blueberry Classic Bitter. Bottles included Schneider Weisse, Erdinger Dunkel and Fruli. Medium sized room downstairs and a dining area and bar upstairs.
GuideDogSaint - 4 Oct 2008 00:15
Reasonable enough boozer with decent ales but invariably too busy - (see my notes for the Marquis of Granby) so I've given up visiting here.
BobOs - 1 Sep 2008 10:33
I have been in here a few times with mixed results. Today it was a rather warm pint of Golden Newt and a chilled rather wonderful pint of Wainwright. Even though it is in busy Central London it is not too expensive (under £3 for most beers) and friendly enough but prone to pissed idiots occasionally. All in all - I like their attempts at selling tasty REAL beers with tasting notes on the pumps. Yes it's aimed at tourists but some neighbourhood pubs would do well to emulate this formula. Well done Cambridge.
paulio1966 - 30 Aug 2008 20:12
Visited this pub yesterday Afternoon as part of "THE THEATRELAND" Dick Whittington Beer Trail. Usual good selection of Nicholson rated Cask Conditioned Ales, also punters can vote on the next guest ale they want. Agree with other reviewrs pub is either Too popular or Too Small. Still the Service and Atmosphere was good Would recommend a visit and the food looked good although I did not taste any, would go back.
Bitter_Man - 11 Jul 2008 12:47
Good solid little pub that is sadly due to its location and size very prone to overcrowding. If you can get there at a quieter time, it is a very pleasant place to have a few beers. Good range of real ales that are in good nick but are very pricey. Heineken on draft was spot on and the lagers in general are more competitevly priced. Food looks and smells great, reasonable price as well but I was in there too late for eating.
Cosy atmosphere and comfortable seating are two of its stronger points and a nice mixed clientele also makes this a decent place to while away a few hours. If anything the only slight drawback is that classic Central London syndrome of complacency. The upstairs serves mostly as a restaurant and whilst it was fairly busy downstairs they never thought to open the upstairs area bar so that some of the growing crowd could move there and ensure a more pleasant environment for all. There was also one particularly inebriated gentleman sitting in one corner spitting phlegm into a newspaper for at least an hour of the time I was there and despite many people moving away from him or leaving altogether and complaints being made, no steps were made to ask him to stop or alternatively to remove him.
These are however minor gripes and in general this gets the Monkfish seal of approval.
Mr.Monkfish - 5 Jun 2008 11:29
Pleasent pub with good choie of real ales. Quite atmospheric but why, why does it close at 2300 in Central London?
MikeClarke - 22 Feb 2008 10:38
This is a very small pub that apparently has a restaurant upstairs. I had a few decent enough Heinekens whilst I waited for a few associates, but we had to leave as there wasn’t really enough room to accommodate a group.

I would probably go back if in the area, but wouldn’t spend the entire evening as it would seem a bit of a waste of time going to Soho and drinking in a run of the mill old mans boozer all night.
Strongers - 28 Nov 2007 07:13
Unremarkable pub but very handy for meeting people due to its extremely obvious location on the junction of Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. Loitering outside gains a couple of points for people watching when the weather's nice though - if you stand in Cambridge Circus for long enough just about everyone in the world will walk past you sooner or later.
tim_eyles - 4 Jul 2007 13:46
Not a bad little old-school boozer. Nothing special, but it's pleasant enough for a couple of pints after work. They have a restaurant upstairs I think, although I haven't tried it. Can be pretty difficult to find a table, although they do have outside seating for summer.
steve5312 - 23 Apr 2007 18:14
Agree with the previous comment - five real ales on offer and no blaring music. You probably wouldn't want to spend the entire evening here, but it's a good place to meet people if this is the area you're heading to.
pubcollector - 29 Mar 2007 18:56
We must have hit The Cambridge on a good night. All the real ales were in good shape, the barstaff served us quickly, and the music was at the right volume. Would not travel to be here, but given its location near many theatres and restaurants, was a good meeting place for a couple of pints.
Mr.Matt - 4 Feb 2007 21:08
Nice interior and 4 real ales on offer. Didn't have the food although it looked good from what I could see. Shame about the staff who seem to know nothing about ale real or anything about their surroundings. A sign on the counter said ask about the local real ale trail, sure enough when I asked I got blank looks all round. Fortunatley I got talking to a local who pointed me in the right direction for other local real ale pubs. Why do pubs take on staff who couldn't care less??
david1972a - 13 Dec 2006 20:51
I like this pub, you can stand outside and admire the weirdo's that walk past or sit inside for a drink in what i think is a good sized pub - well done
danspack - 27 Sep 2006 17:59
Well 12 months later and this place has changed, now its a definatly dont bother pub. watching football on the weekends used to be a fun occasion for a regular group of guys. most have moved on, the staff have changed. This place has gone downhill, as so much as jumped off a cliff. we are drinking in the golden lion in dean st for sunday football now, much better environment, cant comment on the bitter as dont touch the stuff. fosters was bland , no real sparkle to it , suggest cleaning lines on time might help. not one of nicholsons best!!
kiwiphil - 14 Sep 2006 15:48
Went in there with a couple of mates for a Tuesday evening drink; nice, but a had a slightly surreal atmosphere due to the trendies drinking outside and the proximity of the rickshaw drivers. Drinks were ok, but the ladies' toilets were quite seedy (in fact, you'll notice that quite a few passers by sneak up to the 1st floor loos) and in many ways needed a good clean and for the soap dispenser to be operational. Music became a bit too loud after 9pm and to be honest, if you can't hear what your mates are saying, what's the point of going to a pub?
anonymous - 6 Jun 2006 23:48
Bar staff rude and aggresive. My brother was immediately accosted for ID before he'd even ordered a drink by a small angry woman with the manner and apperance of a bulldog. After we got our drinks we sat down and endured loud 80s disco music and angry glares from aforesaid 'woman' for the duration of our pints. Probably the worst pub I've encountered so far in London (Wetherspoons excepted)
ElBurro - 11 Apr 2006 12:54
This is one of those pubs I have walked past a million times but rarely entered. Part of the Nicholsons chain and recently undergone a hefty refurbishment. Fairly small pub in a very busy area but there is an upstairs bar to take the overflow if necessary. Plenty of old London prints going up the stairs. Main bar has a very intricate ceiling and a few brass chandeliers. 3 regular ales (Bombardier, London Pride & Young’s Best) supplemented by a guest beer (Landlord at the time of writing) and an extensive range of continental lagers including Starpramen, Amstel, 1664 and Stella. For the uninitiated beer drinker, they do a “try before you buy” deal (I have now come across this in a couple of Nicholson’s pubs) and label them with a description. Quite civilised for a pub on such a busy tourist junction.
RogerB - 10 Apr 2006 18:59
ok for watching sports, i can see why some people dont like it. but it is the closest to a real pub in the close area. let the tourists go to all bore one across the road. i like the place , the staff were fine and the prices was the same as any other nicholsons in central london. will def return
kiwiphil - 10 Oct 2005 10:59
dump, expensive bored looking staff
anonymous - 31 Aug 2005 22:49
Overpriced, rude staff, dreadful food. Ken Livingstone should step in, seriously and get this place to shape up. A tourist coming in here and forming an opinion of London's famous friendly pubs based on the experience would probably never use one again. The Cambridge you bring shame on our great city. Get a grip.
realalesnob - 15 Jun 2005 15:41
The manager was nothing but rude to a large group of us after work on a wednesday night. One of the girls complained that her glass of white wine was warm and was met with nothing but hostility and rudeness. All over a simple unchilled wine - will not be going here again - or anyone in our company!!
anonymous - 20 May 2005 14:40
Great Pub for watching the Sport (They have american sports too.....not many around that cater for that) Very freindly staff, great place for meeting and the food is fantastic. Beer is very well kept (cask Marque accredited) and very well priced
Steve - 16 Aug 2004 14:18
Just been refurbed and is looking nice,its a traditional boozer with no frills,Howard the landlord is friendly as are all the staff,good pub for a few pints and a laugh with your mates.Also due to the loction right on sohos doorstep the downstairs bar gets very busy at weekends.
Nick Hamer - 10 Apr 2004 16:48
The upstairs bar is perfect for people-watching, especially as the Les Mis audience pile out of the Palace Theatre opposite (but sadly not for much longer)
Piers - 25 Jan 2004 18:40

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