Red Lion - Grantchester

4.5
1038 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1038 People Are Saying
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Jigsaw
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food1service3ambience3

No alcohol free spirits just normal soft drinks . Very nice staff and garden

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CharlesM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had an excellent lunch, sitting outside on a sunny but blustery day, rather private and we were very well served with an excellent meal, enjoyed by all.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 16 hours ago

Good morning Charles, thank you for your review and rating. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to us. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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JulieB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Covid aware/safe without spoiling experience. Everything great. Lovely setting, pub itself great and the outdoor dining was fab- great food and even under a mini marquee so no worries about rain. Staff attentive, friendly and efficient. All really good. Great time meeting old friends.

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Mandy
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, delicious food, great service and lovely atmosphere.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 16 hours ago

Good morning Mandy, thank you for your 5 star rating and kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Yumyum
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Charming staff, nice garden, and food good overall with a few minor quibbles. Only gripe is that we had to wait an hour for the food -- but they were so busy, I'm not surprised. We will definitely be back.

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EmmaB
Devon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and setting and perfect for children. Good service though quite pricey!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon Emma, Thank you so much for your review and rating. We love our little visitors here. Our garden is perfect with our children's play area when the weather is lovely. We look forward to seeing you and your family very soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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MikeT
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great to be back . Worked very well outdoors. Top marks to the staff

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon Mike, thank you for your positive words, we have got use to outside now! Team Red Lion have really embraced it and have loved seeing all our guests. We hope you visit soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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ClareP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always loved this place and food is great. They have coped with COVID compliance well and not lost the special touch

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon Clare. Thank you for taking the time to review and rate us. Its great to hear that we have still maintained our special touch even in these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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JamesC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very tasty but a little more expensive than the average pub food.

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AndrewM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be able to have a meal out. Staff were really lovely and food super; especially the desserts.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon Andrew, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to us. We look forward to your return visit. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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HGJcambs
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Busy but well managed.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon, Thank you so much for your review and rating. It really means a lot to here we are well managed, our team really do their best to ensure every guest is looked after. We hope to welcome you back soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service, excellent management of Covid-19 circumstances and thoroughly enjoyable food

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 2 days ago

Good afternoon, thank you for your review and rating. We are so pleased to here that you felt safe with our Covid measures. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Lookingforsolutions
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great night out and team accommodations for our need to be near a heater.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and rating, we look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its a lovely place for outdoor dinning, great atmosphere and very tasty food.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food

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LIKE
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was incredibly overpriced for the quality. Fish and chips were oily and bland, ravioli was bulky and tasteless. Had to keep asking for the waiter as they didn’t come up and check on us. Not enough cutlery and were given a chipped wine glass. Location is nice though.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 4 days ago

Good morning, thank you for taking the time to review us. We are really sorry to hear that your waiter did not check back on you. We will address this at our next team meeting to ensure this doesn't occur again. Many thanks Karen Paxton General Manager

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Elleb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I thought the food was delightful, a little pricey for the portion sizes. But the ambiance in the garden was lovely. And the experience was good, the only thing we weren't sure on is alot of waitresses were walking about long after we'd finished our meal which lead us to leaving the table and walking to the bar to pay for our meal rather than knowing if someone was coming to our table to take payment.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 4 days ago

Good morning Elle, thank you for your review and rating. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We will ensure we speak to our team about the lack of communication with regards to where to pay. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly,safely organised, excellent quality food and ingredients, reasonable wine selection and brilliant setting.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 4 days ago

Good morning, thank you for your kind words we are delighted that you had a great visit to us. We hope to see you soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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MartinH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food in lovely setting. The service was also of a good standard and very friendly.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 4 days ago

Good morning Martin, Thank you for your review and rating. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful pub in Grantchester. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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SueM
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. They have dealt well with the outside eating.bright coloured benches lovely gardens and excellent service.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 5 days ago

Good afternoon Sue, thank you for your review and rating we are delighted you enjoyed your visit to us. We had lots of fun painting our benches and the addition of the Fever tree parasols makes it look lovely. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Cambridgenewbie
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pub, outdoor area had great ambience and good heating. Food was lovely and quick service. Really enjoyable evening.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 5 days ago

Good afternoon. Thank you very much for your 5 star rating and review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to us. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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DanielleJ
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service including outside shelter and heating- ideal for eating out

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 6 days ago

Good morning Danielle, Thank you for your review and rating. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to us. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Notsoaveragejo
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely garden for eating outside, lots of tables and umbrellas.Also some seating on the terrace with heating. Good food options for lunch and dinner and what we ordered very tasty. Service was perfect

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 6 days ago

Good morning, Thank you very much for your review and rating. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to us. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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SusanF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very attentive service and good food. I enjoyed my visit.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 6 days ago

Good morning Susan. Thank you for your review and rating. It is so good to hear that you were well looked after by Team Red Lion. We hope to see you very soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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John
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Great to be able to eat at a pub for the first time in ages. Had to be outside so rather cold though sheltered from the hailstones.

Beer was excellent, tasty and well kept. Service friendly, knowledgable, though a bit slow at times.

Food was indifferent. Soup included a rather hard poached egg that was supposed to have a runny yolk I suspect. Deep fried soft shell crab was fried in oil that should have been changed a week ago I suspect - tasted rather off.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 5 days ago

Good afternoon John, thank you for your review and rating. It sure is great to be open again and we are looking forward to being able to welcome you back inside in the next few weeks. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great service as usual from the staff at the Red Lion. We went for a birthday dinner and had to sit outside due to lockdown. Weather was pretty cold but they've enclosed some of the space outside so it was pretty cosy, and the food was really good. I also prefer the table service for drinks, rather than going to the bar so I hope they keep this going beyond the 17th May.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 May 2021

Good afternoon Peter, thank you for your review and rating, we are indeed going to encourage table service when life returns to a bit of normality. We look forward to seeing you when we are fully opened. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Philday
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well laid out in the patio area but would have benefited from heaters. Staff and service excellent - friendly and efficient under difficult covid restrictions. Food was very good although a choice of vegetarian main course was unavailable - a few more vegetarian dishes would be welcome.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 7 days ago

Good morning, thank you for your review and rating. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. We are currently reviewing our menu and will have some new and exciting dishes in the near future. Kind regards, Team Red Lion

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PatC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the garden due to COVID restrictions at a very nice table which was undercover and sheltered and extremely pleasant.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review and rating Pat. We really appreciate it. Kind regards, Team Red Lion

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INGVAR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Excellent service despite Covid restriction, no hassle, all well organized, fast serving, tasty dishes. Blooming Outside terrace is superb. Thank you

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 May 2021

Good morning, thank you so much for your amazing comments and 5 star rating. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Very friendly staff but our x2 main courses took far too long to arrive. We sat for 1.20hrs and the main courses were still not delivered. In the end we cancelled the order because our toddler was getting too cold waiting for the food. We were told 4 times by the waitress that the food was in its way, but that wasn’t the case. We had only ordered a burger and a fish dish. Very disappointing as we were very excited about an early dinner at a pub with our daughter, post lock down.

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Xmas
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting and great service. The food is average, could be better.

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JohnF
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Because of Covid we were outside for Sunday lunch. Excellent, friendly service in the well laid out garden. Food slightly uneven - portion sizes for the roast beef a little variable - but good quality and cooked well. All in all a great experience.

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JocelynR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to book for a little treat on coming out of the first part of lockdown. It was so well organised with a one way system into the delightful garden and sat under a beautiful white cherry tree in the sunshine. Very polite and welcoming staff. Vegan options discussed. Food delivered promptly to our table and it was all delicious. Would highly recommend

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 4 May 2021

Good morning Jocelyn, thank you for your amazing review and rating. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful pub and garden. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OliviaW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really well done. Totally covid compliant.
Food was fantastic and loads of space outside in the garden.

My only complaint would be there were a few children running in and out of all the tables while people were eating. However after about 15 minutes this was flagged by a me member of staff who did ask the parents to keep their kids at their tables.

Would highly recommend this pub to anyone visiting Cambridge!

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PeeEss
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food with lovely ambience. Our waiter Peter was very friendly and the service was excellent.
Just wish we had an outdoor heater on the cold evening! But that didn’t stop us from enjoying the experience.

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SianL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, lovely setting. Service pretty good.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 3 May 2021

Good morning Sian, thank you for your review and rating. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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AndrewW
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is the second time I have been to the Red Lion since the easing of the lockdown began. The check in took longer than before and could have been more efficient. Our lunch was good and the serving staff looked after us well without it feeling too much...well done

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FlyWren
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor service, had to ask for things several times. Staff were rude at times too, demanding we sit down when we route to the toilet.

They demand you use their COVID tracking system, not NHS. Essentially taking your data and looking at the privacy policy, selling it.

Food average but pricey. £16.00 for a small burger.

Only positive was the beautiful cherry blossom.

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HannahR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly attentive staff, delicious food, great atmosphere outside (covid restrictions at the moment), umbrellas in case of drizzle, sticky toffee pudding was amazing. Really impressed and will be back again.
(I missed the mozzarella ball starter though!!)

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 3 May 2021

Good morning Hannah, thank you for your rating and very kind words, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to us. We will speak to the chef about the mozzarella balls and see if in the future they can go back on the menu. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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vipMichaelB
London
20 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great garden and the menu seemed promising . The pie was definitely out of the ‘desperate dan’ category and very good. The veggie choice is limited as if your not in the mood for pasta the only alternative is the inevitable vegan burger which is disappointing especially as it comes with a turmeric bun and vegan cheese which is not to everyone’s taste (particular dairy loving vegetarians). Service was excellent as is the wine by the glass selection !

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 3 May 2021

Good morning Michael, thank you for your review and rating. Thank you for your feedback on our vegetarian options, in these unprecedent times we have been running a smaller menu to ensure a smooth service, come May 17th this will hopefully change. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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FAQs

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

Red Lion - Grantchester is rated 4.5 stars by 1038 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.