Red Lion - Grantchester

4.4
883 reviews
£25 and under
British
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 883 People Are Saying
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SallyG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch at the Red Lion, very attentive and helpful staff, so thoughtful with my elderly parents. Really great food and service. Beautiful spot hidden away in Granchester we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. The Red Lion is my favourite local pub and we enjoyed the last lunch before the second lockdown hits. The updated menu is very good, both my slow cooked venison sauce pasta and apple crumble were great autumnal dishes. Staff are welcoming and covid measures sensible. Pub is also very child and dog friendly.

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SarahR
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Roast was poor, sticky gravy. Rubbish horseradish. Waiter was unapologetic. Will not return

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KevinS
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a good place to eat and drink with your other half especially for a cooked Sunday lunch . Would highly recommend this to anyone. Worth the while to book first .

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JoannaG
Cambridge
14 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Red Lion is about a 20 minute drive for us, and it's really good to have it as one of a favoured handful of trusted restaurants closeby that you can go back to and know you'll get a good meal and great service
Thanks Red Lion team

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JosephM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a Sunday lunch! Highly recommended to all

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CarlosRibeiro
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good atmosphere. Cosy and discrete.
The food was tasty and well presented.
Recommend.

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CharlesF
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely evening! Felt very safe and would highly recommend to anyone. The food was fantastic as well. Will be returning after lockdown or even to pick up a takeaway if possible!

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vipCambridge19
London
12 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Red Lion is reliably 'very good' ... never had a bad experience there ... we shall definitely return again with our family or friends when lockdown is over.

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Vince
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service coupled with great food and drink!!

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TazC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic pub - this is my third visit now and it gets better each time! Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, a great selection of drinks, and some of the best pub food we’ve ever had. The layout and procedures felt totally Covid-secure too, so no worries there. All in all, a really positive experience all round - we can’t wait to go back again.

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Lyne
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The coffees were cold, had them changed still cold. The place was cold.
Over priced, 12 1/2 percent service charge. Saying all that the food was very nice. Well overpriced for fish and chips and burgers

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Annoymous
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited the Red Lion on a busy Tuesday lunch and had a great time. Covid procedures make you feel very safe and the service was impeccable. Ashley our waiter was so friendly and very helpful with recommendations and helping us rebook our next visit. Food was superb! Can’t wait to return for our next visit!!!!

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LizE
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food good friendly service and discount to the bill offered as they weren’t as fast as they’d like!

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ClaudW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very happy with the service and food in the restaurant. Having to queue in the drizzle outside not such a good idea!

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IainM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly, efficient, knowledgeable staff, nice wine. Baked Camembert was good.

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RachelW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely service, nice atmosphere. They were very busy so not much food left but well kept beer and nice nibbles.

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Bovingdonbelles
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Previous diners would not move from our booked table but we were well looked after Under a heater and with complimentary drinks until they finally did. The food was excellent, starters and roasts cooked to perfection the service really friendly too, perfect lunch thank you.

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Joby
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect pub lunch in a lovely setting. Staff are friendly and welcoming. Third visit - always been good.

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FoodieCam
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great Covid precautions, and relaxed atmosphere

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HEATHERG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Beautiful location, service was a little slow. Particularly on the desserts. Food was good. Starters limited for children.
Overall okay experience.,

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AmandaR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This beautiful thatched pub is in a fantastic location near the river outside Cambridge. The hanging baskets were still in bloom at the end of October. Indoors there was an open fire and the COVID precautions were efficient but not overwhelming. Staff were very attentive and pleasant. Food was good although one item on the menu was not available. Good ambiance. Would definitely recommend for a relaxed lunch.

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Richard
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good selection in menu, well organised in relation to the pandemic safety measures.

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Tkoctober
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was awful, had much better meals there previously

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AndrewA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really tasty fresh food, great service in a secure enviroment, without losing the ambiance.

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FionaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We walked here from the centre of Cambridge and it was the perfect rest stop. Friendly service and good food. I had the avocado toast which was small but tasty and the tempura broccoli which I really enjoyed. My husband had the soup which was delicious. I felt very comfortable here as it had all the Coronavirus precautions in place with hand sanitizer, sign in for track and trace and well spaced table settings. Would recommend the Red Lion.

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CarolT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food here is always delicious and very generous portions. Prices are quite high but similar to other places in Cambridge and you get good quality for your money. Staff are friendly and helpful and the pub seems to be taking the COVID-19 guidelines seriously which is reassuring.

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LeneF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding and staff were helpful and polite

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MaryC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good quality food and the Red Lion staff had worked hard to make it Covid safe

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LouS
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Two of the 4 guests had steak which unfortunately was tough and grisly and really not great.

There is a very poor selection of vegetables on the menu which is disappointing.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 19 October 2020

Good afternoon Lou, I am sorry to see that you did not enjoy your steaks - I will speak with our kitchen team and meat supplier to address this. We are launching a new menu this week so we do hope to see you again to try some of our new dishes. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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NatashaG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to eat. Spacious car park. Very friendly staff. Food was delicious we had fish and chips but they were yummy. Would definitely go again.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 18 October 2020

Good Evening Natasha, Thank you for the review and rating, we really do appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Team Red Lion

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AnnaO
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. All Covid-19 precautions in place. Delicious food including vegan options and good value for money

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johnp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Unfortunately this was our first visit to the Red Lion and possibly our last! Totally ignored my daughters birthday and put us in a corner. The waiter was helpful but the overall service was slow. When the food arrived it was barely warm and considering the price of the meals I was very unimpressed! I was offered replacement meals but really didn’t want to wait for a second plate to arrive. Wholly disappointing!!

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ClaireC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, lovely food and great atmosphere. Can't wait to return

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 15 October 2020

Good morning Claire.We love to see we can't wait to return in our reviews, we are extremely delighted that you found our, food, service 5 star. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon we hope. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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DonnaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great family dog friendly pub that provides, certainly on a Sunday, a welcome break from the kitchen with a no nonsense choice of delicious roasts with all the trimmings. Yummy! The bread sauce with the roast chicken would have us back again just for it alone!

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AnsticeN
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great portions. Just lovely. Very well organised too with good precautions in place.

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Tammy
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend The Red Lion. Service was great, food was excellent and they are doing a great job in social distancing and meeting the requirements that are needed now due to COVID. Will definitely be going back.

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ThereseD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever
Superb team
Superb place
Superb food and service
Very COVID aware with excellent procedures in place

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KaPax
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents who are shielding had such a great time. They felt so safe with your Covid measures. We will be back. Thank you

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Willie
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit since COVID-19 restrictions to sample excellent Haddock & Chips. Pre COVID-19 visits have always been enjoyable due to friendly staff & good food.

FAQs

Red Lion - Grantchester offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 840121.

Red Lion - Grantchester is rated 4.4 stars by 883 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.