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Granta, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Granta

3.7
3.7
71 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

The Granta has fresh, seasonal and innovative premium gastro pub food, premium wines and craft beer selections alongside a charming pub experience in the heart of Cambridge.

With beautiful views over the Mill Pond and is the perfect spot to watch the punting happening just outside of the pub, what more could you want from this pretty riverside pub!

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Booked 18 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01223 505016

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Cambridge

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SL

    SaL3

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    The service was very slow, the food was poor - tofu not cooked properly, fish overcooked, cold chips. The atmosphere of the pub is good but i would only ever return for drinks. Food was poor and very overpriced!

  2. CG

    CliveG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice setting, under cover thankfully as raining. Nice food, pricey

  3. CC

    ClaireC

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Booked a table for 5pm. When we arrived we were sat at the table, given menus and told they had no Sunday lunches left. Ok, but that only left on the menu a salad, a burger and fish and chips! None of us wanted that. So we left. If you run out of Sunday roasts, why give us the roast menu. Why not offer other choices. Disappointed

  4. MI

    MIllymolls

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great roast dinner. Lively pub atmosphere. Service good and attentive.

  5. T

    Tristanastreats

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had a lovely outside table overlooking the Cam. Celebrating Son’s birthday plus visiting daughter at uni! Very friendly hardworking team! Good lunch and dog friendly too

  6. J

    Judithd

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Lovely, atmospheric and original waterfront punting pub, with lots of original details, beautiful and comfy furniture and relaxed laid back sphere and super kind staff and good food!

  7. TM

    TMor

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Nice location, relaxed atmosphere over the river, very tasty food but note self-service dining. There was a lack of drink variety in the outside bar yet staff didn’t offer to obtain additional drinks from inside, we were sent inside to fetch them ourselves. Had to ask for a drinks menu and zero assistance offered when ordering too many drinks for an untrained customer to carry up and down multiple steps, without consideration of customer mobility issues. Outdoor tables and benches were grubby and dirty. No water offered for the table with food. This was a recommended place to visit but the service didn’t quite live up to the expectation, the experience was saved by the delicious food and generous size portions

  8. PX

    PunterX

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We went out for dinner on a Sunday evening in the Glasshouse. From there, we could still enjoy the view of the outdoor view, with the plus of the heating. The overall experience was very nice. The quality of the food was very good, although not outstanding (with the very notable exception of the hot, crunchy skin-on fries -- the best ones I ate in Cambridge in ages!). The service was very good, and the environment pretty quiet. I'd definitely go there multiple times, and I'd definitely recommend it to a friend!

  9. GN

    GrantN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Friendly and welcoming staff. Great selection of food, well executed. Lovely location with picturesque outlook.

  10. OO

    OzanO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing view, nice ambiance and delicious food. Service was great.

  11. J

    Jules

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    Lovely location and super friendly service but this is not a gastro pub and the food was mediocre at best. Good for a drink and snacks only.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Location was really lovely, service ok staff very polite.food was ok

  13. FJ

    FJBCam

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5

    Location by the river is wonderful and the staff are friendly. However, the pub was less than half full and we waited over 30 mins for our two drinks (after having asked 2/3 waiters where they were) and over 90 mins for our two mains (after having asked 3/4 waiters where they were). All in all we were there for more than two hours during which we had a main and dessert (which wasn’t great either). Shame, because it’s a lovely spot. Maybe we were unlucky.

  14. M

    Meena

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    New Menu vastly reduced and old favourites such as fish and chips now about £5 more for the same dish as this time last year. That adds up for a family of 4. Granta will no longer be an affordable option for a weekend treat and quality of food and service isn’t good enough for special occasions. It’s now priced the same as higher end bistro style pubs such Raymond Blanc Histon Boot where food and service are far superior. You are paying for river view, but Graduate hotel garden restaurant with same view is much cheaper.

  15. SW

    SimonW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ate outside and there were heaters at the end of the evening when the sun went down. Waitress were very attentive.

  16. SP

    SharonP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    Staff were helpful. Unfortunately the food was v disappointing. I had the sea bass and the whole plate was drowned with rock salt. I sent it back and had fish and chips instead. That was ok. Everything was overpriced.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Food good, but service patchy. The waitress forgot us completely and after sitting for 20 minutes we had to go to the bar to order.

  18. VB

    VictoriaB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, staff were friendly, would recommend to a friend

  19. J

    Jules

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The 'Glass House' outside was fine and sufficiently warm although two of the heaters were not working. The food was good, very nice roast dinners, the baked camembert sharer was great. Unfortunately our food order got 'lost' so we waited an hour before the starter appeared. Nice place. It wont put me off going again.

  20. ML

    MonaLisa

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Pleasant welcoming staff - good service. Calorie counts were confusing! You could have put me off ordering the chicken with them, but when it turned up couldn't understand why compared to Fish & Chips! Had good evening.

  21. DC

    DanielC

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The waiter was not attentive and dropped gravy on one of my guest’s coat. When my guest asked for help cleaning her coat, the staff directed her to the toilet.

  22. BR

    BRJW

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Difficult to describe how bad an experience this was. Made a reservation that seemed a surprise. No decent wine save for £48 bottle of Sancerre. This is no gastropub and has almost same menu as the Anchor. Had smallest piece of hake I have seen, lukewarm. Service non-existent. Absolutely terrible.

  23. LF

    LydiaF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Booked a table but people were sat on it and waiter didn’t want to move them so had to be seated elsewhere. Waited ages for menus, food was poor and overpriced. No hand wash and dirty toilets

  24. CF

    ClareF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Turned up to a very busy bar with no empty reserved tables in sight. No staff outside to help us find our table. Went inside to a bored looking barmen who badly described where our booked table should be outside. Tried to look again but no chance. They have a terrible reserved table system of a bit of paper with tiny writing, no name or number of people. People had either just ignored the booking or pushed it on the floor. Another barmen tried to look for our table but no luck. Ended up getting given a spare table with one seat between 2. Left asap. I dont know why they take bookings with that system. Disastrous.

  25. c

    claires

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Not great. They forgot the food. Took 90 mins for anything to arrive. And who coats mortadella in oil?

  26. JJ

    JuvJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favourite riverside pub in Cambridge. Good food in a lovely setting.

  27. HB

    HayleyB

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It was ok I wouldn’t rush back for food but… it’s a gorgeous location, right on the river. For drinks and good vibe it’s perfect. Bar manager was great…

  28. SP

    SaraP

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    I was told that Granta had only four people on duty on a busy Sunday lunch time. It showed. They were pleasant, but run off their feet, confused the orders and it seemed that there was no senior management to keep things running smoothly. Our orders took ages to arrive. We were told 40 minutes for fish and chips. When they did come, they were flatiron chicken. One portion was replaced but the chicken appeared on the bill anyway. A friend had the roast and said it was horrible. I was really disappointed as Granta has a wonderful position and would be perfect to take out of town friends if it were properly managed.

  29. H

    Henry

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 March 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4

    Staff is slow and ignored us, continuing to chat with each other when we entered . Food is ok, burgers overcooked & dry

  30. SD

    ShalaineD

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A gorgeous little pub overlooking a pond. The staff was so attentive without being pushy and the food was excellent, especially the fish and chips and sticky toffee pudding!

  31. DH

    DavidH

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    Food was poor and insipid. Over and over described. Burger and chips for £17 Was a waste of money, but a great advertisement for McDonald’s

  32. S

    Speedy

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 February 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We found ourselves unexpectedly short of time but the staff pulled out the stops to get us fed and watered in time to meet our deadline. Great food too. Will definitely go again.

  33. j

    jade

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    The roast was big but the meat wasn’t great and came with half a cabbage. Staff were lovely but we were quite disappointed.

  34. PE

    PatriciaE

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Very long wait for food (approx 1.25 hours). Understaffed due to Covid I understand but if that was the case they should not have taken our booking. Staff were hugely stretched and were very pleasant despite this. Felt very sorry for them. Management need to up their game significantly.

  35. TC

    TimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and atmosphere overlooking the river - very friendly and efficient service - will definitely be eating here again!

  36. PN

    PaulN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food was excellent and the service ok but a bit sporadic, the restaurant was not that warm and could do with heating up a bit.

  37. A

    Agoston

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I had a very pleasant date. Although some of the food choices were not available on a Sun evening but the ones we chose were very delicious. Very nice environment, friendly staff.

  38. c

    cathym

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    At 6.15 pm on a Sunday evening they had sold out of roasts, the sea bass and the flattened chicken which left a choice of 3 dishes. We had fish and chips which were not good and the coffee I had after was cold. Very disappointing for £80

  39. EW

    EllieW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    I think The Granta had the potential to be great, but our experience wasn't very good on Sunday sadly. First, those seated outside in the shelter needed to order inside, which seemed a bit silly as it was raining so we had to get cold and wet to get food and drinks. Even the waiters who were in the shelter already collecting plates couldn't take our drink orders. Most of the heaters were broken which meant we were freezing (especially my 82 year old nan)! Not helped by the fact we were a little wet from ordering inside and the door was being opened more than usual. They were out of the Veggie Wellington which is understandable but sad as a vegetarian craving a roast, and not a burger, the only other option, at all! But after the 45+ minute wait for the food, I was certainly hungry! I think I might come back, but will definitely try sitting indoors and come earlier so I can get the food I'd like! I'm sad we had this experience, but perhaps we were just unlucky.

  40. W

    Westy

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really enjoyed the new look Granta, very cosy and welcoming. Attentive good service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Granta is rated 3.7 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Granta

14 Newnham Rd Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9EX

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Cambridge

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

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