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Cutter Inn, Ely

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Lovely riverside pub in beautiful Ely, What's not to like?
Muzzy - 4 Sep 2016 11:51
Pleasant riverside pub, good pint of Wherry. However, very crowded and a bit more expensive due to its' riverside situation.
Aztecgoat - 12 Jul 2015 09:12
Nice enough pub in a pretty riverside location. Flagged floor and various bits of ship-based artifacts on the walls enhance the nautical theme. The pint of Wherry was excellent and the young barstaff were competent if not attentive. Let down, however, by the following incident. The bar was busy but we found a couple of seats at a table occupied by an elderly women and her silent, scowling husband. We asked if we could sit in the empty seats (we didn't have to as they were unoccupied but we were being polite) and were sniffily waved in. I went to the bar and when I returned with our drinks was surprised to see my wife visibly upset and asking to move to another part of the bar. Once we'd done so, she told me that another woman had joined the couple and, indicating my wife, asked in a loud voice, 'What is she doing there?' Fortunately for this vile woman, I am a peaceable man and did not wade into her and her associates but I was sorely tempted. Now, this of course isn't the pub's fault but we won't be back.
Kenny260556 - 17 Sep 2013 20:45
Now something of a victim of its own success: absolutely rammed in good weather, which isn't surprising given its location!

Chicken curry on Sunday - curry fine but chicken dry and fibrous.( This is a criticism of all pubs really ... if only they'd use the leg meat! Breast is almost always dry ... and please leave the skin on: that's where the flavour is!)

However, it's a lovely pub all in all.
Firedrake - 22 Jul 2013 16:27
Genuinely expensive - a tourist trap that exploits its prime location to charge an extra 20% on the drinks prices. Always packed out and busy on a summer's day due to the boating crowds and the tourists out for a walk along the river. Quality of drinks is fine, but paying �7 for a pint and a soft drink is never that welcome.

Food is quite good (not amazing, but better than average), and the restaurant area is quite nicely done. They've spent a lot of money doing up what used to be a tatty riverside pub into a fairly posh gastropub, but in doing so, they've picked up an eliteist attitude where the staff are not particularly welcoming and the prices are hiked. There's nothign exactly 'wrong' with it I guess.

There are many better pubs in Ely, however if you're not local, The Cutter is the one you'll come to first as it's got prime position.
bcalvert - 13 Sep 2012 10:47
Went in there on Friday after work for a pint of Summer Lightning, glass of wine and some nuts,ten pounds spent straight away.The location is why it's expensive but at least the are no local ratboys drinking in the place.
sweeties1975 - 15 Aug 2012 16:10
I can confirm the above comments concerning price. I had a half of Jennings Snecklifter which was OK. As for the interior it was rather minimalist: it was probably full of character until someone took a large can of emulsion to it.
dred_scott - 11 Mar 2012 10:55
Can confirm the priceyness of the Wherry, however was a very good pint and a great view.
mrse1 - 22 Jul 2011 16:31
Woodfordes Wherry now 350p a pint and Fosters nearly 400p a pint.

Dreary interior against a great riverside view.

hogshead - 13 Jul 2011 09:16
Nearest pub to the station now that the Angel has closed, a bit of a cafe bar style, nice views of the river, can't say it would be worth a detour for, Woodfordes Wherry was � 3.35 a pint, which is ridiculous, but it was open at 1100 on Saturday morning.
Hodge1 - 7 Mar 2011 06:12
On my only time in Ely in October , this one required a visit as it is in my GPG 2009. Was early Friday evening and busy with "blue collar" and "white collar" afterwork types, plus people just having a pint like myself.

Can see that in the summer it must be a lovely setting away from the centre of town, and I thought it was OK. Didn't eat there but the beer was fine. Does enough to be a 'lucky dip', but I couldn't see how this could have been a Main Entry in the GPG in 2008.

6 or 7 out of 10.
Lord_Jeffers - 6 Dec 2010 12:01
Woodforde Wherry and a Fullers beer on tap and overpriced at 300p a pint and a cheese sandwich 600p..!

There are a lot of better pubs in town but I guess you pay for the riverside view.

hogshead - 20 Aug 2010 15:26
It changed some years back from being a good atmospheric creaky old place with a pool table, into dreary gastro hell. It lost everything it had going for it apart from the location, and I'm sure they would have lost that too if they were able to.
followedthrough - 22 Feb 2010 17:47
Went there on Sunday for lunch.Good amount of food no complaints there.I go about twice a week for a pint or two and the only thing that really irritates me is the way the staff dont tell you how much the rounds cost and just expect a note to be handed over to them and they never tell you how much change you have,very,very infruriating so I have to ask everytime.Just laziness I suppose.Expensive yes,but better class of people go in there to avoid the vermin in town.
sweeties1975 - 3 Sep 2009 11:32
planespot - I'm sure we would find your old etching interesting, but how do we access it?
Ditchcrawler - 6 Aug 2009 18:14
I have found this old etching of Ely and i wonder if anybody is interested in it
planespot - 1 Mar 2009 12:50
Great pub - both before and after the recent refurb. Expensive? Yes ... but I don't mind paying a bit over the odds for quality and atmosphere. (I might if I were a "local" though!)
Firedrake - 23 Jan 2009 16:27
i had over 1 hour to killed in ely. as i had been in the cutter in before i went for a pint of spitfire,it was a good pint but the price of 3-10 was was very quiet about only 6 in the pub
forestwood - 19 Jan 2009 17:51
Went in last Sunday for lunch. In the bar OK except that one of the party ordered a Lager Shandy, which she believed was the most tasteless she had ever had. Roast Beef was probably precooked & was like leather, both portions were left.
One of the Doors in the ladies toilet needed foot on it to keep it shut.
Service pleasant
How did they get East Anglian Pub of the Year 2007?
admclauchlan - 15 Oct 2007 15:11
I went here back in March on a weekend break with my family. What excellent food in the restaurant! Great for a special occasion although a bit above my budget when paying for three. Staff very friendly even down to a discussion about the music - was that really Rod Stewart? Didn't have a chance to taste the beer - but next time ......
ButchEgg - 12 Oct 2007 12:37
I agree with the last two comments. Much improved, although the service was a bit slow.
mrse1 - 10 Sep 2007 09:29
Two bars, one more formal, one less so, but has a fun bar (a boat!). Brilliant location, can get rather touristy in the summer, plenty of boaters in high season. Posh restaurant, great for meat dishes. The meat is locally sourced. Friendly management and staff, good attention to detail. Beers are rather expensive for a non large city location, but good range. Open fire in winter, rather snug when the fen wind is blowing along the river. Convenient for train station.
fernando - 15 Jul 2007 20:41
Improved under new ownership. Obviously invested some serious dosh.
The_Man - 29 Apr 2007 21:42
Went in to the Cutter mid-afternoon last week. It was smokey and there were dirty ashtrays on the tables which hadn't been cleared away. The music was slightly loud for a relatively empty pub. There was only one real ale in stock and two of the lagers were out of stock too. We took a look at the menu with a view to returning to eat later, but were not tempted.
NickZ - 26 Mar 2007 23:46
We are the new owners of The Cutter and it is now under private ownership for the first time in 25 years. With newly refurbished non smoking captains lounge serving traditional pub fare and a good selection of wines. The Riverside Bar, again newly refurbished with spectacualr views to the River Ouse and marina, also serving food all day everyday with good selection of Real Ales, Extra Cold Draught Lagers.
Coming end of June: Spectacular 100 seater Restaurant serving traditional pub fare with delightful views to the marina.
We also have areas avaliable for private parties, functions and weddings.
Coashes welcome by appointment.
40 space car park avaliable.
the_cutter - 16 May 2006 16:27
Now under new ownership and in the process of renovation, first impressions very good. My earlier comments about the toilets no longer apply as now you could eat in them!
Definately going "upmarket" with an expanding restaurant area, still a good range of beers and friendly atmosphere
clivebutcher - 26 Apr 2006 18:44
The ales are usually in excellent condition, the music's never too loud and you get a nice mix of customers - boaters and yokels and everything in between. I pop up to Ely a couple of times a year and always end up in the Cutter 'cos it's a good reliable unpretentious local pub which isn't trying to be anything else. Particularly like it in the winter when you can sit in the warm and look out on the icy river.
flat3 - 25 Nov 2005 09:34
After much expectations of this Pub by the river, we were very disappointed by the cold welcome we received and the meal that we ordered was well below par in comparison to other Pubs that we have visited. The Cutter is in a lovely location but it's a pity that it does not come up to standard regarding food etc.
23153927 - 15 Jun 2005 20:46
In a superb riverside location, very popular with the boating fraternity in the summer months.
A good atmosphere but the pub badly let down by the poor condition of the toilets.
Clive - 17 Nov 2004 21:48
A really nice riverside pub, with outdoor seating and great views. A few guest ales on but mostly main stream stuff. Music is kept to a low level to allow people to chat and there is also a pool table for the lads.
Sal - 11 Jun 2004 15:58
The outside is a great place to sit and people-watch, whether they're in their boats or just walking on by. Their house white was delicious.
Briony - 23 May 2004 19:40

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