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Red Lion - Grantchester, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

Red Lion - Grantchester

4.0
4
2368 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 Grantchester, our picture perfect, thatch roofed pub is a 2 minute walk from The Grantchester Meadows and a lovely 40 minute stroll along The Cam from Cambridge.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    01223 840121
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Germany vs Scotland

    14 Jun 2024 only
    We're hosting all nations! If you can't be there, be here for all of the Euros 2024 action. Serving next-level food, perfectly-poured pints and all the action from Germany
    Germany vs Scotland photo
  • Hungary vs Switzerland

    15 Jun 2024 only
    We're hosting all nations! If you can't be there, be here for all of the Euros 2024 action. Serving next-level food, perfectly-poured pints and all the action from Germany
    Hungary vs Switzerland photo
  • Italy vs Albania

    15 Jun 2024 only
    We're hosting all nations! If you can't be there, be here for all of the Euros 2024 action. Serving next-level food, perfectly-poured pints and all the action from Germany
    Italy vs Albania photo

What 2,368 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Child-friendly

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Most Booked

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for business meals

  • Cambridge

    Good for groups

  • Cambridge

    Healthy

  • Cambridge

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Cambridge

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Cambridge

    Most Booked

2,368 Reviews
  1. Local

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant staff but slow service. Vegetarian food pretty dull and accompanying “gravy” massively overstated.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful place to spend a lunch. Great food and drinks and Pedro and his team are amazing

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm and friendly greeting with reservation acknowledged and immediately sat at our table - needed a cushion for one of our party to sit on and that was found and duly positioned. Drink order given and received within a few minutes. Food order taken and food arrived within good time. Unfortunately due to the thickness of the steak (very good size) the steak had been ordered medium rare and unfortunately it was a bit too blue. Steak was taken away and cooked for a few more minutes and came back perfect. No dessert, but another drink each. All in all a good experience, clean and comfortable surroundings, great waiting staff, and delicious food. Well done everyone!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We come here often with the whole family. From the kids menu the Mac n cheese is a bit hit and miss. Hope they can improve the recipe as they get it right only 30% of the time! Hence the 3 stars. The adults menu I can’t complain everything is good, would definitely recommend.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A well known, unpretentious Village Pub/Restaurant with tables inside and in its spacious garden. Very clean, with good food and bar with good Guinness. Other customers seem to be happy and friendly and keen to welcome dogs! The young young staff are energetic, welcoming, friendly and cheerful and the manager very hands-on and full of enthusiasm too. It is not The Ritz and does not try to be but the manager and his team make the place very happy, whilst providing good food and drink, without breaking the bank. I will go there again.

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  6. LisaM

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very well looked after and the steaks were absolutely amazing! Not the first time we've been and it definitely won't be the last!

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  7. AlisonM

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Varied menu with good quality food. Table was quiet, staff attentive. Lots of parking

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A Wednesday lunchtime visit. No bread, no coffee, no fries. Service was good, what they had was good and reasonably priced. Just a lot they didn’t seem to have
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 16 May 2024
    Good afternoon I am pleased you enjoyed your food. I am sorry we were not able to offer the full and hope we see you again soon. Have a great day

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great meal at the Red Lion. The server was attentive but not intrusive and the food was really delicious. I've been several times before and I will be back.

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  10. EmmaN

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday roast. They had run out of a number of items on the menu which was a little disappointing but the food that we were able to have was delicious.

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  11. AngelaR

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Have visited this pub for Sunday lunch a few times but Saturday lunch very disappointing. Ordered main course only which took 45 minutes to arrive. Several options not available .Fish and chips were ok mushy peas stone cold. Very disappointed as coming here is usually treat. Object to a 12.5% service charge for v little service.

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  12. Joan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service is currently very slow- we waited for about an hour and fifteen minutes for our main course ( we had not ordered starters). Staff are very nice but they are in need of more staff it seems. The food is good.
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 16 May 2024
    Good morning Joan I am pleased you enjoyed your food and hope we see you again soon. Have a great day

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived on time at 7 pm but our starters did not arrive until 10 past eight the starters incidentally were lovely although they were only sourdough bread slightly warmed which was meant to be and a crumpet with mushrooms on top ,tasty better than it sounds but this did take over one hour and 10 minutes to prepare and arrive at our table the main course arrived another hour later and was okay I had the fish pie and it was just what it said on the tin my wife however commented that the stake was lovely the staff were nice but as I said just took so long to get the food and the gaps in between where excessively large although the venue was very quiet the manager did apologize for this and did remove the two mains items from the Bill as I said the people were nice the ambience is nice and the food was better than average just such a long time to wait it

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always lovely - only complaint I can give is they always ask how you want your steak cooked and regardless of what you say, it comes out well done. Other than that, everything was amazing!

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  15. CarolineS

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely welcome on arrival. The chap who looked after us was friendly and professional. Drinks order was promptly taken and brought to us. The area we were seated in was fairly quiet and relaxed. ( dog free area inside) I was hoping to see a ceaser salad on the lunchtime menu as it was a warm day but it wasn't so I chose the fish finger sandwich which was very dry and not the best thing I have eaten. I wouldn't order it again. My three friends seemed happy with their choices of food.

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  16. Jane

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious roast lunch and tempting desserts. Plenty to return for another time.

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  17. TheresaF

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow ......but it was a bank holiday weekend, the restaurant was packed, the weather was very warm, so under these circumstances it was okay. Once we received the meals, it was worth it,delicious as always . Thankyou
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 6 May 2024
    Hi Theresa, thanks for this kind and understanding review, we are so glad to see that you enjoyed your visit at Red Lion and we hope to see you again soon! Many thanks

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming staff, great food and generous portions. Lovely atmosphere…booked to go again the following day it was that good!
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 6 May 2024
    Hi, thanks for this amazing review! We are so happy to know that you enjoyed your visit and booked again, we hope to see you more in the future. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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  19. BeckyR

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice welcome at the bar. Good selection of drinks. Shown to our table by a very rushed member of staff who also rushed through the menu choices and items not available. There were three or four dishes out of stock. Later we discovered a desert also out- two of us having chosen it. One guest was gluten free- no paper menu with this detail available. Another guest had to access website on phone for further information- which then needed extra explanation from staff. We laughed but actually this feels excluding. Food passed across us rather than brought round to us. Fingers in dishes as they were passed to us. Generally lack of care in the details- although polite and asking the right questions. Food ok nothing spectacular so felt a little expensive but I guess that reflects inflation costs. Also just realised there was a dog in the restaurant area- didn’t cause concern but the table was listed as dog free area?

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was poor and very expensive. I’m was very disappointed with the standard of food as what was described on the menu sounded very interesting yet it did not deliver at all - it was bland and tasteless. The raspberry tiramisu did not taste fresh. Overall a poor experience

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Yesterday it was chaotic; had booked table but sent round the houses queue of those who’d booked and those who hadn’t. No space in car park. Annoying if you’re busy and wasting time.

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  22. EllieH

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fantastic Sunday roast! Proper yummy food and sticky toffee pudding was a hit too. Only drawback was we had to wait 20 minutes for our table, even though we had booked way in advance. It is great to see the pub booming and doing very well, but not so great when you are hungry
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 4 May 2024
    Hi Ellie, thanks for the great review! We apologise that you had to wait for a table for so long, but do appreciate your understanding! We hope to see you again soon! Many thanks, Team Red lion

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  23. RogerF

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hadn't been to the Red Lion for ages and was pleasantly surprised. Ambience and table service (from Chelsea) was brilliant as was the food. Parking was close and easy. Best of all we could select a dog friendly table and have our dog sat along with us. There were other dog owners on adjacent tables so we felt absolutely comfortable. I like the fact that you can choose a dog friendly table - or not if that isn't your thing. I took my wife here on our first date over 30 years ago - much has changed since then but I'm pleased to say that The Red Lion has retained its charm and it made for a nice memory and a splendid meal. Thank you!

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  24. LucyR

    Hertfordshire

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was not great, food was not as good as it used to be - overall a bit disappointing

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  25. boylekb

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Having booked in the Dining Room we were seated outside of it in what looks to usually be a hall area. Our three tables were of different heights and were very wobbly. The service was very slow, with long waits between ordering courses and their arrival. We did not receive any apology for the delay each time. While we were not in a rush keeping a three year old repeatedly waiting was frustrating. Past experiences were much better
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 22 April 2024
    Hi, We apologise about the food delays when you visited us. We had a very busy and understaffed weekend so please know that this is not our usual standards. We hope very much that you will give us another chance to redeem ourselves and give you and your family an enjoyable red lion experience. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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  26. TristramS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall I felt the food was disappointing. 3 meals came out over done and we were never asked how our meal was. If we were in a smaller group, I would of sent the food back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Seemed very under staffed (the guys we dealt with were great) and the food was pretty meh! Wettest burgers ever!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been to the Red Lion many times . This time we were not overly impressed with the food. My friend’s fish was overcooked and my chicken rather unimpressive. My pavlova was not as good as some I have had. Rather disappointing

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  29. LindaV

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely Sunday Roast Dinner with great service from the attentive team

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  30. AndyC

    Singapore

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Used to be a great pub but the food, both the menu and quality, and the service were really poor and dissapointing this time. We were told upon arrival that the pies and club sandwich weren't available, then upon enquiry to consult the app for Gluten Free choices and they couldn't guarantee anything else would be allergy free. When we ordered the lady behind the bar seemed really grumpy and despite ordering medium rare steaks for two, both came out well done, the croque monsieur was 'disgusting' but at least the steak sandwich was cooked to the right order. A shame as used to be cracking but we're very unlikely to go there for food again.

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  31. Dottie180

    Dorset

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food and service, attentive level was spot on.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent friendly service Lovely lunch In great setting

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  33. StephanieJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very sweet and helped to make our visit even more enjoyable.

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  34. JennaT

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The ambiance and decor of the pub was lovely, very cosy and busy (which is normally a good sign) but unfortunately we were quite disappointed with our Easter Sunday Roast. Our table was booked for 17:00. We were done with our meal and on the road home by 17:30, which was incredibly fast service and makes us sceptical about the freshness of our food. Our food arrived before our 2 glasses of wine which did not sit right with us. For the price we paid (£20+) for each main, the food was not what we hoped. Both meats were over cooked & the vegetables were quite poor - the potatoes were not crispy, they seemed more boiled & the cabbage was tasteless. However the carrots were seasoned well and Yorkshire puddings were a good size. The gravy was very watery and did not have any flavour at all. My partner ordered the roast lamb was £24 as a ‘special’ but it was accompanied by the same subpar vegetables as my beef & was overcooked. Any additional ‘special’ vegetables/sides were extras and cost £5-£6+ which was a shame. Also charged £9.10 for a small glass of white wine (175ml) which I thought was quite steep. The staff were all very smiling & we appreciate Easter Sunday is always busy but the food really was not worth the cost.

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  35. KennyR

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The chips were out of a frozen packet not very good. No Meat as they had run out of steaks, also no English tea. apart from that ok.
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 21 March 2024
    Good afternoon Thank you for leaving us a review. I am sorry we had run out of steaks on your visit. Today we have launched a new menus including a ne flat-iron steak.

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  36. ERCrompo

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I was very disappointed with the gluten free options, 2 of the 4 weren’t available on the night we were there. I ended up paying for a very over priced steak. It was advertised with beef dripping chips…..they most definitely weren’t! The chips were dry and tasteless. My friend had fish and chips which again she felt were over priced and uninspiring. There was no atmosphere at the venue and it was cold, despite being on a table next to the fire, it wasn’t lit. Overall I felt this was a very mediocre over priced meal out and wouldn’t recommend unless you can’t find anywhere else to eat.
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 21 March 2024
    Good afternoon I am pleased you enjoyed the service. We have launched our new menu today and have many new and gluten free options available.

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  37. Anon

    South Wales

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely relaxing late lunch with friends, great food, great company great venue!
    Red Lion - GrantchesterResponded on 21 March 2024
    Good afternoon Thanks for you kind words and 5* rating, we really appreciate it.

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  38. ClareM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for Mother’s Day. Asked for quiet table as one of party is hard of hearing and very pleased to be seated in table by bay window which was nice and quiet, which we really appreciated particularly as it was very busy. Served by Kirsten who deserves a special mention. She was lovely, super friendly and very helpful as always. We’ve been various times before and she’s always very attentive and helpful and makes dining at the Red Lion a pleasure. Food was delicious and a reasonable price and good choice for vegetarians which is great. Kevin was very friendly and helpful too and the man who greeted us on arrival as well. Overall it’s one of our favourite places to meet up and the service is always a cut above. Thank you to everyone at the Red Lion - Clare Mills

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  39. LizzieC

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely afternoon with family, food was good, service no complaints, and not rushed at all. Second visit and will be going back again.

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  40. DerekC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A lovely lunch with friends at a pub with a great atmosphere and very attentive staff. Great escape on a wet Tuesday

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Red Lion - Grantchester is rated 4 stars by 2368 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 36 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Red Lion - Grantchester

33 High Street, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire CB3 9NF

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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