Red Lion - Grantchester

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  • Sunday Lunch
  • 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.
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AB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty Sunday roast. Service great and has a fab, kid friendly garden. Would definitely go back.

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Responded 2 days ago

Hi Anna, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review, its always so encouraging to hear we are doing something right. We look forward to seeing you soon! All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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DT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times and always enjoy the great food, fantastic service and lovely atmosphere.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 14 hours ago

Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review; its great to hear we are doing things right. Look forward to seeing you soon! All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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CK
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food a bit pricey, but good gastro nosh. Staff very good. Yup, prices need to come down a couple of notches, but hey if captive market, business obviously can tolerate. Bit heavy on the family section, (noise), but restaurant area just right. Old favourite from the mid 1970s- updated. I will certainly revisit..

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Christopher, We are delighted to hear you had a great experience with us and look forward to you visiting us again soon. The produce we use in our food is of an exceptionally high standard, and where possible we use local producers as well. As such this does make is captive to the local economy and dictate our prices somewhat, nevertheless we aim to provide an excellent experience making our guest's visits great value. All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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CR
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Red Lion during the busy time, at 7 pm on Saturday. Reasonably, the atmosphere was a bit chaotic in the entrance, but seating did not take much time and the staff was kind. All went smoothly without any unnecessary interruption by the staff. Meals were great. The staff missed my order of delivering a starter and a main meal together, unfortunately. But, all were satisfactory.
If there had been a big noisy party, the noise level would be troublesome, I felt. More ads for special occasions (e.g. BBQ in lunchtime, Sunday roast, ...) may be good to see.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Saturday evening was a very busy evening for us so it is great to hear we were still able to provide an attentive, efficient service and the food was to our usual exceptional standard! Where possible, we do try to keep large bookings separate from other diners to avoid noise disturbances so hopefully this never becomes an issue for you or any of our customers. I hope we see you again soon! All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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PW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

None too fancy, but nice meal and fast enough; service a bit too casual though, and then there is the advisory service surcharge .... deserved?

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Peter, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! We try to balance our service between casual and professionally efficient, and in this case it appears we didn't get it quite right. We add the service charge as it allows all members of staff, whether your waiter or our hard-working kitchen staff to have an equal share of the tips, however it is entirely optional and upon request we are happy to remove it from your bill. Kind regards Kieran Assistant Manager

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JY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It would have been 5 stars all round except for the clarity of the service charge.
Apparently it states on the menu that the service charge is already added to the menu prices but I or my wife didn’t see it so we left a good tip at the end of the meal.
I don’t remember seeing this stated on the website menus so be careful you will have already paid the service charge, no tip required.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 3 days ago

Hi John, Our menus state at the bottom of them that we will add an optional 10% service charge which we share equally among the staff. We also show this on our bills when presented to tables at the end of their meal, but are happy to remove this should it be asked. We are sorry you felt this is negatively affected your meal with us. Kind regards, Kieran Assistant Manager

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VK
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food although is pricey for a pub the portions are generous and filling. All the food was superb and the staff friendly and accommodating. Most definitely will visit again.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 11 June 2019

Hi VasK, We are thrilled to hear you had such a great experience. Although some consider us to be a pricier venue, we hope to prove our value for money through the quality of our entirely freshly prepared menu whilst still being affordable for families, so your positive feedback is encouraging for us to hear! All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and really enjoyed the meal. Service was great.

Only let down was the loud table of young guys that disturbed a few of the other tables.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 11 June 2019

Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. It is a shame you felt your experience was affected by another table, but I am pleased you still had a great time! All the best, Kieran Assistant Manager

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L
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Some of us hot poorly afterward. The meat in the burger was bad. Cesar salad too expensive for what it was. Over prized and not very good

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Responded on 11 June 2019

Hi Livi, I am terribly sorry to hear that you found our burger to be of a lower quality that expected, it is usually a dish that is received very well and one we are proud to carry on our menu. The Caesar Salad is a new addition to our lunch menu, and at £13 has been well received so far, once again, my apologies you were left feeling unconvinced. I hope you give us another chance, please call or email us should you wish to follow this up. Kind regards, Kieran Assistant Manager

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family friendly, excellent food, friendly and professional staff. Play area and outside space Is great for kids. Best roast! Will be going again!

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LG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place. The garden is massive so the kids can play easily. Food was good quality, a little bit too salty. I recommend the place

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N
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely meal. The Sweet Potato Curry was delicious and I would highly recommend it. Good menu selection, definitely returning.

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CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent but over priced
Lunch menu a bit limited

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PS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service enjoyed the experience thanks

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JB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice setting, have been before so was happy to recommend to a friend that we had her Birthday lunch there, very limited choice, it was a Tuesday post bank holiday and over 75% of the mains were unavailable, so very disappointing.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice pub with good food. We went on a bank holiday so it was busy and lovely.

As a result the service was a little slow but very friendly and enthusiastic. Had an engaging conversation about the menu.

We had a dog with us and the pub really is dog friendly

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KC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely lunch at the Red Lion and we would definitely come back.

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RU
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location with nice walks on the doorstep. Sunday lunch menu was tasty and nice atmosphere

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EH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The downside is they don't clean the tables. We had to remove the people
Dinners plates pervious to us,, then our own.

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JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service, wonderful food, noisy due to small children, but by 2.30 that had gone.

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CG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We got there after the main lunch service at 2:20pm on a Sunday, our table wasn't ready and we were asked to go to the bar and wait/order a drink. Bar staff unwelcoming, miserable., kept us waiting even though we were next in line to order. We were finally sat and our order taken, my starter was sent back - tasted off. Mackerel pate was full of bones, Roast duck was chewy - yorkshires were burnt, roast beef was small (1 slice). Restaurant very noisy and lots of dirty tables. Pudding was just 'odd' - baked vanilla cheesecake with a small saucepan of plum crumble on the side and a scoop of honey icecream? Weird combination, not sure what this restaurant is trying to be? Made to feel guilty for asking for a spoon when dessert orders were taken even though 3 out of 4 of us had dessert! Overcharged on our bill (charged for the starter that was sent back) Audacity to charge a service fee for a table of 3 adt +1 chd - this was not a great experience and certainly not reminiscent of our visit a couple of years back - shall not be returning. To top it off, Open Table emailed the next day to tell us off for not turning up for our restaurant reservation and proceeded to tell us why this may cause problems for the restaurant and the running of their service?! All round shambles.

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JA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite places to eat and/or drink. We had our wedding reception here a year ago and come here regularly. Great food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere and dog friendly too. Can't fault it!

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GW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to sit and relax, food was good, and service was quick polite and friendly, big car park at the back looking onto fields, combine it with walking the dog? Yes I would recommend this place, loved the way it was done out inside:

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HW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food (especially the pork belly appetizers) and atmosphere. Lucy was an amazing server and never steered us wrong.

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AS
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We loved our food and the staff were excellent but noise level too much for us and not cosy enough. Wooden floors and hard furnishings make it less comfortable for our age group.

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CH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really lovely staff and service. Child-friendly vibes which was a good thing for us! Lovely decor and ambience. Food really was nice. Definitely a bit dear, but eating nice food is I guess. Really like it here.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very nice for a Sunday roast. Booking a must on a bank holiday.

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HJ
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly traditional pub atmosphere despite being a very large venue. Good roast dinner. Excellent and speedy service

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was refreshingly good, food was a little over priced in comparison to other places in cambridge

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RH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Pleasant location, a bit of a tourist honey pot but ok once you've got parked. Service was fine, nice cheery lady, but food a disappointment. My lamb was far too chewy and undercooked while my vegetarian wife found the haggis with pastry too stodgy. Starters and desserts fine.

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BP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely food and town. Great walk from Cambridge to get there along the river and countryside

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LC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place so much. The first time we went the food was outstanding, as they get busier the quality drops slightly, however not enough to stop us from returning. Slight wait for drinks but understandable when you can see the amount of people they are serving. The gentleman who brought the food to the table (Chris?) was especially good, smiley and friendly. He had a very good balance between attentive check backs, without being a bother or interrupting. Portion sizes are perfect leaving us well fed but still able to try 3 courses.

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g
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My friend's main dish arrived cold and had to go back. But the waiter was very helpful and the chef prepared it anew. As always, the setting is pleasant and the staff delightful.

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SC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Amazing food, great service and lovely atmosphere!

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V
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great roasts and decent sticky toffee. Great for families and dogs. Our fave pub in Cambridge, especially for taking friends who are visiting

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Such a lovely place. Food was great and the environment perfect.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely gastro-pub. One of the best locations in Cambridge. Excellent service and ambience. But do book on a weekend.

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L
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice meal with family! Varied, interesting menu! Good atmosphere!

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PA
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went with friends to a Fizz and Fish night and were not happy to be told that prawns were not considered fish and that we would not ge given the glass of fizz if we ordered them. Well....... Crustaceans they are but where in shops do you find them? Yes, you've got it. The fish section. How tight can you get!!! Surely it's bad business to be so specific that you irritate customers by such pedantry and may well put them off coming ir back or recommending the pub to friends. Red Lion Manager, next time you go shopping I suggest that you look for prawns in the butchers or the greengrocers.

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C
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It took 35 minutes from arrival to be seated as it was very busy and we waited even longer for drinks to be brought to table with one drink being missed off order despite being taken. The young lady was very busy and she apologised for this hence when additional assistance of serving staff came along the service improved immensely. Just a shame this level of staff wasn’t at the beginning, as it obviously impacts on initial impression made. Food was tasty, can’t fault that so I guess just be prepared for the potential long haul at certain times.

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