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“So much more than a pub!”
Review of The Blue Lion

The Blue Lion
Ranked #38 of 705 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Blue Lion in Hardwick provides a warm and friendly venue for a relaxing drink, a hearty business lunch or a sociable dinner with friends, family or colleagues.
Reviewed November 4, 2012

From the moment we entered we could be sure that nothing would be too much trouble. The service was outstanding and the waiting staff's bright personality was an immediate lift. This pub ticks all the boxes for me - it's true to itself as an old building, with an open fire and unpretentious furniture offering a cozy feel, real ales and good food. The menu was comprehensive with a good selection to choose from and 2 clear sections - pub classics and restaurant dining. My husband enjoyed chicken thighs stuffed with bacon mousse served on roasted garlic mash with wild mushroom ragout. I had wild mushroom stuffed leek 'cannelloni' with blue cheese crust on spinach puree with jerusalem artichoke chips. Both were worthy of fine dining. We were also given bread and flavoured butters as an appetizer and we were asked if we were ready for the chef to prepare our mains after we'd had our starter. Consequently the meal felt well paced and not rushed. As I struggle to come to a gourmet pub and not try the chips we ordered a side portion of garlic and herb chips to eat as a starter and wow they were good and a huge portion to share! Others in the pub were dining from the pub classics menu and I am confident you wouldn't be disappointed - gigantic portions of classics such as beer battered haddock and chips.
We couldn't manage pudding (after our indulgence in chips) but the selection certainly looked enticing and included some creative twists such as rice pudding doughnuts.
I'd have no hesitation in returning to the Blue Lion for a romantic evening meal and equally I'd happily bring the children for a family lunch as the place was so friendly, relaxed and welcoming. Wonderful.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We and a number of friends visited The Blue Lion on Saturday night for a catch up and in search of some nice food. This is an adorable pub in a beautiful location and it gets even better once inside.
We were greeted with the warmest of welcomes and shown to our table which was in the conservatory and delightful!

Now the food choice here is amazing and they really do cater for everybody and by the looks of the other customers around us we were in for a treat! Then came the specials board which blew half the party away. Rabbit curry with rabbit onion bhajis, rich spiced curry sauce and a home made version of saag aloo, finished with coriander rice and a cauliflower purée! Simply genius and everything was cooked perfectly and all plates were left clean.

It's so nice to find a decent place to eat which isn't a chain in Cambridge and having eaten at many top places around the world I would have to put The Blue Lion amongst one of the best!

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We enjoyed a lunch here recently. I'm reliably informed the Potted Pig was very tasty...I was only given a bite of the pickled carrot ! Main courses of Chicken Kiev and Stuffed Chiken thighs went down very well. Not your ordinary, everyday version of Chicken Kiev either! The Rice Pudding doughnuts were a bit different and the Chocolate Brownie was sufficiently gooey! All in all, a very good meal. Service was attentive without being overpowering and the pub itself has a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

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Thank MG1746
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Great menu and service. Food is great and the atmosphere is very good too. Went twice over the last weekend and was treated very well on each occasion - no issues on choosing something different on each visit. This restaurant has the right attitude and the prices are reasonable too.

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Thank Mike_from_Staffs
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We had 4 major birthdays in our department at work, so had a superb evening at The Blue Lion. Firstly we were very late going through to our table as one of our party had a problem with their car, but the pub didn't hassle or rush us and helped to solve the problem. The food was fantastic, tasty and imaginative. Loved the Bunny sharing platter - brilliant. We are now going to book our work Christmas meal there. There were 11 of us and all of us would thoroughly recommend this pub for it's food, ambiance and service.

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Thank Karin N
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