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The Crown & Punchbowl

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The Crown & Punchbowl Inn High Street, Horningsea, Cambridge CB25 9JG, England
+44 1223 860643
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6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great meal at the crown and punchbowl, arriving early on a Saturday night, but the place was heaving when we left. We stuck mostly to the daily specials – crayfish salad starter with chili popcorn (worked brilliantly) and then roast cod loin with celeriac puree, some kind of shredded apple fritter and wilted spinach, again amazing and... More 

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Cambridge
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98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our second visit recently and a little disappointing this time. Two courses, including artisan bangers and mash plus 3 glasses of wine and a few bottles of home bottled waters, with service, came to over £100. It really wasn't worth it. Much better value down the road ( though less salubrious) at The Plough and Fleece. You pays your money... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would highly recommend. The service was very good. The food was delicious especially the gluten free sticky toffee pudding, it was amazing. Great that they have a gluten free menu so tha it accommodates everyone. Well worth a visit.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We regularly visit The Crown and Punchbowl. Food and service always good. Lovely to have separate gluten free menu as I'm a coeliac! Can be reassured that they understand special dietary requirements which is brilliant!

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1 Thank Chris5506
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Called in for a lunchtime meal, found the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The meal was very nice with good flavours. A little above average prices but well worth it

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Henlow, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I stayed in one of the pub rooms on NYE and arrived absolutely famished. Not wanting to go out and party on an empty stomach, I was so pleased that they were able to find us a table in an adjoining dining area. Perfect as it had a staircase up to the rooms so didn't have to go outside when... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

We went for a birthday meal on a Saturday night. The menu was pretty resticted but we chose. the steak was too tough to cut easily and certainly too tough to eat. We complained and another meal was prepared. The second steak was marginally better and half was eaten. The accompanying mushroom sauce lacked flavour. The chicken option on the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

We went for a meal on a cold, damp and miserable day, and had high hopes when we went in and it was warm and cosy and we were welcomed by friendly and efficient staff. However, my starter was completely tasteless - I really could have been eating anything (surely game terrine should be quite distinctive). The sea bass main... More 

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West Linn, OR
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25 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

We were looking forward to an amazing Xmas Eve experience but were sadly disappointed. The ambience and staff were decent, but the food was a let-down. It all started well with drinks and salads (from their set holiday menu). The main dish, however, could be summarized as quantity over quality. A lot of food and very little finesse. We all... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely meal, great friendly service and staff at a very reasonable price. Would definitely recommend and revisit again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
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
Description
*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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?