Red Lion - Grantchester

4.4
1513 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 1513 People Are Saying
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LucyC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have eaten in months! Highly recommend

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William
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We held a business meeting yesterday at the Red Lion and booked a table for lunch.
We all ordered the Chicken Club Sandwich. This is not a club sandwich... it is a sub roll filled with roasted chicken, lettuce, tomato, bacon and an egg - which was an odd twist. This is not the definition of a club sandwich, a club sandwich is traditionally made using 3 slices of lightly toasted bread, cut into quarters, stacked with meat/salad and held together with cocktail sticks.

Here is where it really went down hill; all three of us were revolted to find bones and cartilage in our sandwiches!
Not small amounts either, mine had what appeared to be an entire rotator cuff in it which I had to gingerly remove from my mouth whilst my client looked at me in disgust.

Not only was this disappointing for our client (who's sandwich had bones in) as we had recommended the pub but I was almost physically sick as chicken cartilage sets off my gag reflex - yuck.

Frankly It was embarrassing and revolting and management should really take time to review this and check their menu and the food being prepared in much greater detail.

Very disappointing

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SarahL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always brilliant. Service and food are superb. Aesthetically, i love this pub - it's cozy and beautiful. But i have been visiting it for 40 years as i grew up just round the corner, so am somewhat biased!

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Saxbel
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with friends after leisurely stroll from cambridge

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BBCambs
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond. We had a small error in our booking (my fault) but the front of desk was so polite and accommodating and despite a full and busy sitting managed to accommodate us with a toddler and puppy in tow! Amazing! The food was excellent and despite being asked to bear with them because it was peak lunch hour, the food came out quickly and piping hot. The roasts were delicious and the toddler’s dish was very well received! Keep up the excellent work, we all remarked what a great visit it was!

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Hardwick
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely setting and nice to sit at south facing window enjoying the sun.

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PaulM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for a full-on Sunday lunch with the family. Works well as a destination in Grantchester (a good walk along the river from Cambridge). The guys that served our table were really helpful and upbeat. With all day dining there's a good vibe all day (we were there from 3pm to 6pm. Can definitely recommend for a solid, good value pub.

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MikeH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, quick service, very hot and fresh. Only drawback was too many dogs allowed in pub, annoying barking and unhygienic and sprawled out over the floor so had to go the long way to toilet to avoid stepping over them

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PeterS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly people who specialise in perfection

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CliveP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out, bottles of wine on the more expensive side, but over all really good.

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JudyS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food very friendly staff,an enjoyable occasion on a horrible wet January day

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JoanaF
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visited for a post Christmas catch up and the pub is very pretty inside. The staff were friendly and the food was very tasty.
The only reason it was not 5 star is that the only gluten free dessert was ice cream - not even the brownie was, which is most places’ go to.
Also was slightly cold.
Would highly recommend

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JohnR
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and efficient, warm atmosphere. Good value.

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aliceg
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, friendly with kids, great food! Not too loud / rammed for a Sunday lunch

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded 6 days ago

Good afternoon Alice, thank you so much for your 5 star rating and review. We are so happy you and your family enjoyed your visit to us. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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HarriGS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Disappointing compared with prior experiences
Limited menu compared to summer: no steak option, chip heavy dishes

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 10 January 2022

Good morning Harri, we are sorry to read you were disappointed by our limited menu, unfortunately like most businesses we have been hit by team isolating. To ensure we could stay open and look after our amazing guests we had to reduce our menu. We look forward to returning to our normal, menu this week. We doo hope to see you soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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LisaD
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and food, nice relaxing lunch.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 10 January 2022

Good morning Lisa, thank you so much for your 5 star rating and review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to our pub. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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judyH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A colleague and I booked at the last minute for a meeting and light lunch. It was superb, lovely warm atmosphere, very tasty food and excellent service.

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JayM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Too late in serving, food was ok (not what i have heard from reviews).

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Good morning Jay, thank you for taking the time to review and rate s. If you could please email info@redliongrantchester.co.uk to elaborate on your comments we would really appreciate this. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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LizF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The portions were very large but quality of food was disappointing to previous occasions and not very flavourful.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Good morning, Liz. We are sorry to see that we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. If you have the time, please can you message us directly at info@redliongrantchester.co.uk with some further details regarding your visit so we can improve for your next visit. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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MarkE
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service and food was really good could not fault food burger was lovely and belly pork was great just 1 thing was not the best was roast potatoes were a bit under done otherwise perfect

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Good morning Mark, Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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MrsG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was really pleasantly surprised - despite being fully booked and really busy, the staff were cheery and welcoming, the food was excellent and the whole experience was great.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

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

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ClareB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a super Sunday Lunch. Excellent service and food. We will return.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Thank you for your 5 star review, Claire. We really appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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PaulaF
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Decent food, good service. Too busy for their own good so we were waiting over an hour to get the food. Nice, but not spectacular considering how much we had to pay.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Good afternoon Paula, thank you very much for your review and rating. We are sorry about the wait time this was due to unfortunately due to several team members self isolating. We hope that you return again in the near future. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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KatieB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year’s day lunch with friends thank you.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Hi Katie, we're glad to see you had a lovely time with us on New Years Day. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Team Red Lion

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PatrickH
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going to the lion for years and just love it! Great food and service in a beautiful village.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 3 January 2022

Good morning Patrick, we love that you love our pub. We are really blessed to have a pub in such a beautiful village like Grantchester. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Ally
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good varied menu. Nice vibe. Dog friendly. Lovely!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 5 January 2022

Thank you for the 5 star rating, Ally. We are glad to see that you had a pleasant time with us. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Team Red Lion

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PhilippaD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu, including a really decent vegetarian and vegan selection. Great service and atmosphere. It was fully booked for a reason!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 3 January 2022

Good morning Philippa, thank you so much for our 5 star rating and review. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your meal with us and that my team looked after you well. We look forward to your return. Many Thanks Team Red Lion

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Cheryl
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Just a shame,

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 1 January 2022

Hi Cheryl, we’re sorry to see you didn’t have a positive experience with us in your recent visit. Can you please email us directly at info@redliongrantchester.co.uk with some further details of your visit so we can improve. Many thanks. Team Red Lion

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BrianC
Lincolnshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing country pub, the staff couldn’t do enough for you and the food was to dye for. Definitely be going back :)

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 31 December 2021

Good afternoon Brian thank you for your r star review and rating. We loved your comment that our food was to dye for. We look forward to your return in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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CarolaG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice welcome .
Really helpful and charming lady who looked after our drinks and food choices .

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 31 December 2021

Good afternoon, Thank you so very much for your review and 5 star rating. We will pass your appreciation n to our server. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OMTrefined
London
23 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked Boxing Day early dinner and were delighted by the warm, friendly service. Most of us opted for the roasts which were very generous portions with great Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and veg. Somehow some of us also managed the delicious sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Will be visiting again!

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 31 December 2021

Good afternoon. Thank you so much for your 5 star rating and really kind words. We wish you a very Happy New Year and look forward to your return in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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BarbaraL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our Christmas meal at the Red Lion which, considering all of the Covid concerns at the time, was a very welcome and pleasant experience.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 31 December 2021

Good afternoon Barbara, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your Christmas Day with us. We look forward to your return. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Jonny
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A superb christmas meal in perfect atmosphere and surroundings. Service was also first class.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 31 December 2021

Good afternoon Jonny, thank you so much for your review aw are so happy to read that you enjoyed your Christmas Day with us. We hope to see you Christmas Day 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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AdrianW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant Xmas Eve lunch!
Well done to the hard working staff

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 27 December 2021

Good morning Adrian, thank you so much for your review and rating. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your Christmas Eve lunch with us. We hope to see you in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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ZoeK
Essex
6 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere for a family meal midway through our dog walk :)

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 27 December 2021

Good morning Zoe, thank you so very much for your review and rating. We love to see 5 stars. We really are the perfect stop on a long dog walk, and we love our furry friends. We look forwarded to seeing you all in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were concerned about meeting our family for lunch as we live approx 200 miles apart and the Red Lion is a good meeting point between us. We were not disappointed as it was very Covid compliant and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a really lovely day, a great start to the festive season. The food was excellent.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 27 December 2021

Good morning David, we are so happy that you chose to meet up at The Red Lion to start your festive season off. We will pass on your compliments with regards to our food to the chefs. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are meeting up with your family. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Initially they didn't have our booking recorded but the place wasn't busy and they gave us a table. It was in a dark corner with some loud lads sitting next to us and right next to the entrance. I asked if we could have a different table and they moved us inside the restaurant with a much better ambiance. From there the service was great, the food was good and the bill alright. I think that service was outstanding and food was served very quick. A big difference in the dishes, for example one of the starters (crispy duck) was very well presented and abundant while the other (whitebait and calamari) was quite small and lacking in presentation. Said that, both were very tasty.

Overall I think it's a bit pricey for what is offered, but given the huge demand for the place I don't expect this to change any time soon. It was a good experience but nothing remarkably good nor bad. I might come back or I might not, definitely I don't feel the urge to repeat.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 27 December 2021

Good morning, thank you for taking the time to review and rate us. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Food great. Hospitality great. This is our favourite place in Cambridge when we want something special.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 27 December 2021

Good morning, we are delighted to read outstanding as usual and that we are your favourite place in Cambridge. We wish you a very happy New Year and hope to see you early in 2022. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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MrsGrey
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. We were a party of seven, all meals arrived together. Covid friendly

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 21 December 2021

Good morning Mrs Grey, thank you so much for your 5 star review. We are happy to read that you felt safe in our pub. We like to ensure the safety of our teams and our guests. We hope to see you soon. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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JaneM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. Would highly recommend.

Red Lion - Grantchester
Responded on 21 December 2021

Good morning Jane, thank you so very much for a truly positive review. 5 stars is awesome. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks Team Red Lion

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Red Lion - Grantchester is rated 4.4 stars by 1513 OpenTable diners.

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