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Red Lion - Grantchester

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634 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Sunday Lunch
Casual
We are at our heart a pub. This is a place where you can stop for a while, eat delicious food and drink in the atmosphere.
Set in the beautiful village of Granchester, our picture perfect, thatch roofed pub is a 2 minute walk from The Granchester Meadows and a lovely 20 minute stroll along The Cam from Cambridge.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 634 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
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4.1
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3.6
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HELENB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pub was busy on arrival. First drinks came quite quickly. Starters were about 30 minutes at which point it was explained there would be a delay of a further 40 minutes for our mains.
This was okay but our drinks orders weren’t that quick either. Prawn linguine was fabulous. Burgers average and the fries cold.
We’ll give the pub another go, we don’t want to judge on only one visit.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 17 March 2020

Hi Helen, I am sorry for the delay you experienced on your visit to us. This is not at all the standard we aim for and we will be reviewing the service amongst the team to ensure this is not an experience that is replicated.

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Notimpressed
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We waited for 2 hours (with an 18 month baby having to sit in a high chair the whole time) after ordering our food for it arrive. We must have asked 5 times how much longer our food will be to be told every time “it won’t be long”. There was no apology or explanation. When the food did eventually arrive it was cold and dried up. When the bill arrived there were no discounts or any form of compensation. When we questioned it the waiter huffed at us. Will not visit here again!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 17 March 2020

Good evening, I am very sorry for your poor experience with us. This sounds far below any standard we usually aim for and is entirely inexcusable. We appreciate all feedback and will take onboard your comments in an effort to ensure that such a poor experience is not replicated.

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SandyN
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall it was very good. I had to send my burger back as the bottom of the bun was so soggy it disintegrated when I picked it up.

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MelanieM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First visit. We were warmly welcomed. Lovely pub with interesting home cooked menu & good service.

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Knittysue
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Late lunch/ brunch with family last Sunday, pub was full but we were greeted and seated very quickly after booking table online.
Menu was varied and interesting but without being overwhelmingly long.
Excellent service, the food was delicious, the staff professional and personable - I would definitely recommend!!!

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Janus
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great space with interesting menu that caters to all tastes and friendly attentive staff. Ideal watering hole for a walk along the river even on a wet Sunday

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DuncanG
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enthusiastic and courteous service at all times. Food good, beer good, ambience affected by shortage of customers (early lunchtime).

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SharonneH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Unfortunately although we were eating relatively early in the evening (6.30pm) there were no roasts left apart from duck. We were not told this at the point of arriving or ordering. Therefore only one person had their choice.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Sharonne, I am very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience with us as much as we would have liked you to. Unfortunately Sunday was far busier than we ever expected it to be and as such sold through our roasts much sooner than anticipated. This however does not excuse the poor service we provided you by not informing you of our shortages at the start of your experience, for that we are very sorry. I hope you give us another chance to show you how we really like to do things.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Completely messed up the bill and the food wasn’t that great at all. No chicken left either.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overpriced for what you get. It was busy but manager apologetic

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SophM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Roast was amazing but pork was very very chewy and fatty

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Soph, great to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. Our Roast Pork Belly is one of our best selling roasts so it is a shame you did not enjoy this as much as we would have loved you to. I hope you give us another chance to showcase our wonderful roasts to you.

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Hasapa
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely pub, nice and warm, good food too. I will definitely recommend

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Hasapa, we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us so much. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RuthJ
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Friendly staff and a warm welcome but food not well cooked and poor value for money.
£16 for a mediocre piece of chicken, watercress and a small tub of chips is not acceptable

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Ruth, I am very sorry you were not happy with the quality or value of you food. We aim to provide good value for money in a competitive area through amazing service and great quality food. I am sorry you did not feel like we had hit the mark with your experience.

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HarrietG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely service and ambience! Shouldn’t advertise as 6 nations pub though.. small screen with no area around it for customers who want to watch matches. Just luck whether the table around it is free!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hi Harriet, delighted to hear you loved your visit to us. We are exploring options regarding increasing the offering of screens for game days. We look forward to hearing you again soon! Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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GemmaA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service
Friendly and accommodating
Memorable food, delicious and different
Would highly recommend after a weekend of disasterous service in Cambridge - this was a great place to end our weekend at!
Charming place all round

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hi Gemma, what a lovely review to read! It is experiences like yours that really motivate us to keep doing what we are doing. I hope we get to see you again soon!

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JanetR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious, happy fast service, highly recommended. Booked on way with open table so easy.
Happy customers.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hi Janet, its great to see you enjoyed yourself, if there is anything we could have done to further improve our standards then would would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Many thanks

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BobandJen
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable evening in great surroundings with great food

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hi Bob and Jen! Great to hear you had such a great time, I hope we get to see you again soon! Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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CaseyA
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very lovely place to have food, I thought it was a bit pricey considering I’ve been to other places with just as good food, but would happily return! Service could’ve been a bit quicker but I can appreciate it was a busy Sunday so didn’t mind waiting. All the staff were lovely, friendly and very helpful

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MichelleG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As this is where my husband and I first met, we had been saying for a long time we wanted to eat here. Finally on valentines day we did and were not disappointed.
We were greeted by a friendly lady who showed us to where we were eating with an option as to where we would like to sit. We found a perfect table for us out of the way in the corner. We were served by Sam and the service was fantastic. He was friendly attentive and generally just a really nice person. We had three courses and all were amazing! This was by far the best eating out experience I've ever had with everything being 5 star. We look forward to returning soon.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 28 February 2020

Hi Michelle, such a lovely review. It is experiences like yours that really motivate us to keep working as hard as we are to make this beautiful pub a true destination spot. We are delighted you and your husband chose us to host your Valentines evening and over the moon that we were able to do it justice for you! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is always consistently delicious, great atmosphere, well worth a visit!

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LouiseE
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great British food, big portions and a good choice of food. Only bad comment was it was a little cold.

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KennethW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

This was the second visit with my wife and daughter and found it very disappointing. The noise levels were very high which meant that my wife who has a hearing problem could not hear our conversation. This was particularly disappointing as we had travelled 100 miles between us to meet up. We had to ask for my daughters Prosecco to be topped up properly, the menu choices were limited and my coconut curry was bland, totally lacking any curry flavour. All in all a disappointment as our previous visit had been fine. I do not anticipate returning.

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KateT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Not value for money. I had flat iron chicken which was cold, more skin than meat. Wines hideously expensive

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous Sunday lunch, lovely pub, fantastic rare beef ! Service was really good, all very friendly and professional. We were visitors to Cambridge but wish it was our local !

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Worcester
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meals, helpful staff. We would go again when in the area.

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Fifi
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday meal with family and our dog. Very friendly and accommodating. Will def go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Sunday lunch good food and excellent service .

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DesneC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wouldn't normally travel just under 100miles for a Sunday lunch, but chose it as a mid-point for a family get together. Table booked for five people, but seven turned up. The lovely staff did not see it as a problem, and swapped us to another table without fuss. Amongst us, we sampled the roast chicken, pork, beef, lamb and veggie haggis, accompanied by an impressive array of vegetables, Yorkshires etc., which were enjoyed by all three generations. The desserts, too, were delicious. A comfortable and friendly atmosphere, busy, but we didn't feel rushed. Would definitely come again, despite the long journey. Thank you.

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ClareAnne
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very busy and noisy and had to wait for food but waiter did advise us of this and it didn't spoil the occasion.

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Rebecca
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambience and service was excellent. The food was fine but I expected better quality for the price - ie puddings weren’t fresh/homemade?

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AlexB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good food but too pricey, fish & chips, chicken and chips, a salad, two puddings and 2 small glasses of wine was £94!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit to the Red lion, and won't be our last. Burger slightly over cooked, but Sticky toffee pudding one of the best I've had. Lovely meal & good service overall

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DereckW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very good customer service. Great atmosphere but a tad noisy at Sunday lunch. Sunday raost excellent

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FrancescaB
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Took for daughter's 18th birthday last Sunday. Booked for 1.30 pm and then it took 2 hours for the Sunday lunch to arrive of which one was too salty to eat so had to be returned. Hot water from cup of tea ordered was spilt down the back of daughter's boyfriend back and they forgot our coffees after desert. Actually, husband just informed me he didn't even get his in the end. Pudding took an hour too to get served to us. Staff were friendly, so that was not the issue but the food was mediocre and we saw people coming and going with food orders way after we had arrived. Been before and was a similar experience but thought we would try again as it surely couldn't happen twice! Overall for the £250 we spent on lunch, it was not impressive and would not recommend again. I work in Grantchester and would usually recommend this pub but not anymore.

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MightyMoose
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Of all the pubs in Grantchester , the Red Lion has the best food. Having said that the potions are on the small side - a few more chips would be good. There is little choice on gluten free - is looked at menu online but things I wanted had been taken off menu that was actually available. The mains don’t have veg and it feels overpriced for what you get - avg £15 main plus £4.50 for broccoli side ? Service was ok.

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TeresaB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shown to table straight away. Good service by polite helpful staff. Food was plentiful and excellent taste and quality. Will definitely be returning

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JamieE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was extremely good. Best burger I've eaten in years - properly aged beef. Colleague's beef brisket and broccoli looked delicious. First time I've been to the Red Lion and I'd definitely come back.

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DavidE
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Probably worth avoiding on a Sunday. Very crowded with disconnected service, several waiters taking our orders and not really delivering on time. It was hard to attract the attention of the staff, too. The whole place was very busy, they needed more staff. The meat in the roast meals was tough and over cooked, except for the pork belly which was a blob of mostly fat. The gravy was excellent and so were the desserts, but we won’t be going again, leastways not on a Sunday.

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RichardJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This was not an entirely good experience. The roast beef was sent back as it could be neither cut nor chewed. The chicken which replaced it was fine. The duck was OK but overpriced, this too was rather tough. The roast potatoes were pale and very 'firm'.

The puddings were great.

We were surprised to find that we had been charged for the beef and not the chicken and that no allowance - in the form of a free pud or other reduction -had been made for the problems.

The service was good and concern was shown at the time about the quality of the food.

We have been before in a large family party which was enjoyable - this was not!

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place to eat

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