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The Crown & Punchbowl

The Crown & Punchbowl Inn High Street, Horningsea, Cambridge CB25 9JG, England
+44 1223 860643
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“crab risotto” (2 reviews)
“guinea fowl” (4 reviews)
“sea trout” (3 reviews)
Closes in 9 min
12:00 pm - 2:30 pmAll hours
British, Pub, Bar, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Crown & Punchbowl Inn High Street, Horningsea, Cambridge CB25 9JG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish board here is a pescatarian's paradise! We tried the smoked eel and kedgeree scotch egg to start. Amazing flavours, cooked to perfection. Also had the octopus and the roast mushroom faggot, both exceptional. I actually almost couldn't believe the mushroom faggot was vegetarian...More

Thank jessica d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. Having been a few times I love the cosy corners and warm service that you receive. Although haven't been here in a bit too long. We booked online, really easy and no problems, despite not being busy we enjoyed drink in...More

Thank Olibob89
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently stayed for one night whilst visiting Cambridge. The rooms are very nicely decorated with good bathrooms and an excellent shower. The only downside in our room (Marlowe) was that the bathroom was just a little bit too small to fit everything in with...More

Thank EnglishLady
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A slight exaggeration perhaps but when a waiter lists all the fish contained in the fish pie,making it sound like a roll-call of ocean life,we were entitled to expect more than the few sad morsels that appeared.The finished dish came in a starter size ramekin...More

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Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

The food was incredible and service by Connor was outstanding. Horningsea is a lovely village and would make a great destination stay for anyone visiting Cambridgeshire. Thank you!

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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We have visited this place numerous times over the past 2 years, and every time everything has been spot on. Food is Michelin star worthy, ambience is lovely and the staff have that perfect balance of being attentive but not over the top. When it...More

Thank Natalie A
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable mid week 2 course special at £16. Great quality food for a good price. Staff are very knowledgeable and professional and the house red is worth a try.

Thank sarahm576
Reviewed July 26, 2017

Dined with family who were visiting last week as I have had good dining experience there before. The food was up to their usual standard and very good but service was slow and forgetful (had to be reminded about bread, coffee and 2nd drinks order)....More

Thank drlegend
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Had a delicious lunch here today with my family. Lovely surroundings, helpful & friendly staff & delicious food. I had the sea trout which was delicious! Others in my party had the cod loin & the roast beef, all of which were equally delicious. A...More

Thank PaulaBen
Reviewed June 22, 2017 via mobile

Our food was good, it wasn't very busy. Service was good. Nothing to complain about at all, but neither was there anything standout that made me think "I must come back here again". Can't put my finger on why, though.

Thank Tim C
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Questions & Answers
June 10, 2017|
Response from Tim P | Property representative |
Our opening times for food are as follows Mon-Thurs 12 noon - 2.30pm 6.30pm - 9pm Fri-Sat 12 noon - 2.30pm 6pm - 9.30pm Sunday 12 noon - 3pm 6.30pm - 8.30pm
May 20, 2016|
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Response from Tim P | Property representative |
Hi, I'm afraid we don't currently offer outdoor seating. Our conservatory is lovely in summer however and we often have the windows open. Best wishes, Tim
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$27 - $54
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Crown & Punchbowl Inn High Street, Horningsea, Cambridge CB25 9JG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge  >  Horningsea
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 860643
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*Please note on some old Sat Navs our postcode CB25 9JG directs you to Ely but we are just off Junction 34 of the A14 on the outskirts of Cambridge. The Crown & Punchbowl is a quaint country pub, restaurant and inn nestled amongst farmhouses in the village of Horningsea, just 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge. This Grade II listed building was originally an old coaching inn constructed in the 17th century. It has been extended periodically but retains many of its traditional features including brick fireplaces and original timber beams. The pub serves local real ales straight from the cask whilst the restaurant offers seasonal modern British food in relaxed surroundings. We are a passionate local business devoted to providing fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced food. Our style can be best described as Modern British & European with a regularly changing menu. Food is keenly prepared, presented and served by a knowledgeable team. Please see our blackboards for fresh fish. All fish is supplied by Marrfish from day boats and delivered fresh daily. These dishes change regularly and are from a sustainable source.
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