Red Lion - Grantchester

4.4
909 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 909 People Are Saying
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AlexT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always gorgeous and the plates are always over-flowing. We love this place whether it’s for evening dining or a casual lunch.

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Responded on 29 December 2020

Good morning Alex, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are delighted that you and your family celebrated Christmas day with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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DanielJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, staff nice, no wait, fairly priced

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Responded on 27 December 2020

Good afternoon Daniel, Thank you so much for your feedback with regards to your visit to us. I will pass on to my kitchen that you thought the food was brilliant. We look forward to seeing you and your family in 2021. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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SarahG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here - best vegan burger I have ever tasted. Ever!!!

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Responded on 27 December 2020

Good afternoon Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely comments. Our vegan burger is one of my favourites. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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elizabethh
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Varied menu, good quality food, good service. Good drinks selection.

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Responded on 3 January 2021

Good morning Elizabeth, thank you very much for your review and rating. We look forward to seeing you again in 2021. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Emma
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, food is good, socially distanced palaver as good as it can be. The red lion is a fab pub.

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Responded on 27 December 2020

Good afternoon Emma, thank you for your review and rating. We have really tried hard to ensure that we have ample safety procedures in place to ensure both our guests and team are safe. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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NeilW83
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Always have liked the Red Lion, been many times before. Our last visit food quality had gone downhill.
Menu not changed much either.
Maybe it’s just the current climate? We will visit again to see if there will be an improvement, if there not then we shan’t be returning.

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Responded on 27 December 2020

Good afternoon Neil, thank you for your four star rating for our service and ambience. We completely understand your feelings with regards to our menu. Due to the present climate we have had to make changes to our menu. As we close our doors for the third time this year, we hope it will be the last. We can assure you that when things return to a little more normal we will be once again extending our menu. Many thanks Karen Karen Paxton - General manager

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JohnC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service, very attentive and thoughtful staff who asked if we wanted a bowl of water for our dogs. Was going to go back next week as we enjoyed it so much, not with Tier 4 sadly!

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Responded on 25 December 2020

Good morning John, Happy Christmas to you and your family. Thank you so much for your ;lovely words and rating. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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LachlanM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here a lot and have never been let down regarding Service or Food.
Good signposting of COVID Measures in place.
Highly reccomend.

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Responded on 23 December 2020

Good afternoon Lachlan, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are really happy to hear that our COVID-19 measures that we have in place make you feel safe. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Although discretionary I do feel it slightly enforced when a restaurant puts a service charge on the bill they present you. The service was ok, just ok, not that there was a problem with it but we weren’t asked if our food was okay, which I would consider a basic thing for a venue like this. As above, the service was ok, however, I didn’t consider the service worthy of a 12.5% service charge but not could be bothered with embarrassment / awkwardness of asking for it to be removed. It was a nice meal/experience but with a slight improvement in staff training it could have been superb. Service is everything.

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Responded on 22 December 2020

Good morning Simon, Thank you for your review and rating. We will use your feedback for a team-refresher training. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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VitoV
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Location and ambiance is good. Table service can be improved. Menu is ok but pricey. I could go to a fancy restaurant for the same price.

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Responded on 3 January 2021

Good morning Vito, Thank you for your feedback. We will use this constructively for a team re-fresher. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Joels
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best scotch eggs I’ve ever had 🥰

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Responded on 22 December 2020

Good morning Joel, Thank you for your review and rating. Our scotch eggs are a well known favourite for team and customers alike. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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RichardR
Norfolk
9 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely and Festive with a great team and atmosphere. Hollie (her birthday is 23rd December) was excellent and very attentive. Lovely pub in a beautiful village. Good food and excellent wine. Hope the Green man can open again next year to add even more reasons to drive to Grantchester!

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Responded on 3 January 2021

Hi Richard, Thank you for review. We will pass your kind words on to Hollie. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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JoshuaD
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. Beautiful pub with a great atmosphere.

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Responded on 20 December 2020

Good afternoon Joshua, thank you very much for your review and rating. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time in our little village pub. We hope to see you very soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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AngieC
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just delightful! Your staff, your food, your Christmas decorations, your stunning location and restaurant are all beautiful.... lovely value vegan meal with a small glass of picpoul in beautiful surroundings- doesn’t get any better!!! Thank you very much, as always :)

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Responded on 19 December 2020

Good afternoon Angie, thank you so very much for your kind words. We love our pub and love our village. We are blessed to have also amazing customers like you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you again very soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Ditte
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great calm atmosphere with just the right touch of Christmas decoration.
Chicken liver pate to die for, ditto squid first course. Service friendly and prompt.

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Responded on 19 December 2020

Good afternoon Ditte, thank you very much for your review and rating. I will pass your praise for our chicken liver pate on to our kitchen team. We really enjoyed decorating the pub this year and dehydrating all our own oranges. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Anthea
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening with excellent food (flat iron chicken) and a great ambience, with good service. Also fine attention was made to Covid guidelines without spoiling the occasion. A wonderful pick me up experience in these difficult days.

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Responded on 17 December 2020

Good afternoon Anthea, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are delighted to hear that you felt safe in our pub environment. We have worked hard to find the balance. Our flat iron chicken is indeed a very popular dish and so tasty. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kindest Regards Team Red Lion

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MargsS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Vegan Christmas dinner. Lovely ambience and great service. Look forward to returning!

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Responded on 17 December 2020

Good afternoon, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are delighted you enjoyed your vegan Christmas dinner. We hope to see you very soon as our vegan burger are fabulous. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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DarrenC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely meal here on Sunday, we both had roast turkey and it was amazing. The team serving us were all great too. Drinks came quickly too, and the Shiraz was great. Lovely environment to eat in too, really great experience. Thanks to the team.

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Responded on 16 December 2020

Good afternoon Darren Thank you very much for your really positive review and rating. We are delighted that you had a great time at The Red Lion. My team are amazing and like nothing better than to make our guests happy. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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RoyB
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

No lunch time menu. So you either eat a starter, child's meal or spend £16 on an evening meal.
DONT GO LUNCH TIMES!

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Responded on 13 December 2020

Good afternoon Roy. Thank you very much for your rating of 5 stars on food, service and ambience. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the fact we have a limited menu. As I am sure you will appreciate that in these unprecedented times we are running a reduce menu. We will ensure that we forward your feedback to our executive chefs. We hope to see you in the near future. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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JonP
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The reduced menu is very poor - my daughter is celiac and requires gluten free food but there were no gluten free starters, very limited main courses and only ice cream available as a gluten free desert. My venison ragu was tasteless, and there was only 1 bitter at the bar (Green King IPA). I understand that these are challenges times but the menu should be more inclusive and each of the limited options should strong ones.

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Responded on 13 December 2020

Good afternoon Jon. Thank you for your review and rating. We are very sorry to hear that you felt the menu was limited. We will forward your views to our executive chefs to see if there can be any additional dishes added to the menu for guests with dietary requirements. With regards to our only having one ale on this is I am afraid this is due to the unprecedented times we are in. We hope that life returns to normal so we can showcase are fine ales once again. Many Thanks Team Red Lion

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Andrew
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

A lovley pub that we have attended many times.
However we waited an hour for a starter, our sons allergies weren’t taken on board either. So unfortunately will not be returning.

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Good afternoon Andrew, thank you very much for taking the time to review and rate us. We are extremely sorry to hear that you will not be returning to us after being here many times before. Can I please ask that you email me some additional information to info@redliongrantchester.co.uk so I can investigate this further. Many thanks Karen Karen Paxton - General Manager

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rebeccaw
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely pub but I felt it was a little expensive for what you got.

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Responded on 9 December 2020

Good afternoon Rebecca, thank you for your email. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to us. Our vegan burger is delicious vegetarian option. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Many Thanks Team Red Lion

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GayleG
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quick meal. All aspects very good. Will go again..

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Responded on 8 December 2020

Good morning Gayle, thank you very much for your review and rating. We hope to see you again before the new year. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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LaurenS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the staff couldn’t have been any more friendly or helpful! We will definitely be back....!

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Responded on 6 December 2020

Good afternoon Lauren, We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us. We love to hear that our team are helpful and friendly. We are extremely proud of them all. We hope to see you over the festive season. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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KevinG
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and a warm (but very Covid-compliant) welcome when we had lunch there on Friday. The Christmas burger was excellent, and the session ale was lovely too. Recommended.

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Responded on 8 December 2020

Good morning Kevin. Thank you for your review and rating. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful pub. Harry our cellar manager will be very happy to hear that your ale was lovely, he prides himself on his ale keeping. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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vipFlyerGirl14
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was lovely! All the food was delicious! This is my favorite pub in the Cambridge area!

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Responded on 6 December 2020

Good afternoon, We are delighted to hear we are your favourite pub in the Cambridge area. Grantchester is a very beautiful village, we look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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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
13 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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Enyl
London
4 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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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 909 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.