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The Elm

4.2
4.2
50 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

Set in the picturesque village of Abbots Ripton with access to beautiful walks on the local estate, The Elm has everything you want from your perfect countryside pub; A glorious garden, a roaring fire, comfortable rooms, delicious food and a wide selection of drinks.

The Grade II-listed building was built, as an open hall, in the late 15th Century to offer hospitality to the drovers bringing cattle down from Scotland (along the Bullock Road) to the market at St.Ives. It was later altered with the insertion of a brick chimney in the early 17th century. The Fellowes family, that own and run the pub, came to the area around the same time the pub got its chimney...

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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
    Sun 12:00–20:00
    Lunch
    Mon–Thu 12:00–15:00
    Dinner
    Mon, Tue 17:00–22:00
    Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00

  • Phone number

    01487 773585

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Liam Greenwood

  • Catering

    Weekly changing menu's focused on seasons, and flavour pairing.

  • Private party facilities

    Available on request

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • 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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Nibbles

  • Broccoli£4.00

    nettle pesto; Allergens: Nut, Milk

    • Asparagus£4.00

      parmesan, quinoa; Allergens: Sulpher dioxide

      • Hay and Gammon Croquettes£4.50

        Cumberland sauce; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Milk, Mustard

        Starters

        • Carrot Soup£6.50

          pickled pine nut, coriander; Allergens: Cereal, Milk, Nut, Mustard, Sulpher dioxide

          • Asparagus£7.50

            watercress, hazelnuts, hollandaise; Allergens: Egg, Milk, Nut, Mustard, Sulpher dioxide

            • Lamb Breast£8.50

              sorrel, garlic and bone marrow; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Mustard

              • Sardines£8.50

                chicken fat toast, parsley, dried chilli; Allergens: Cereal, Fish, Sulpher dioxide

                • White Crab£9.50

                  asparagus, pea, spring onion, rocket; Allergens: Crustacean, Sulpher dioxide

                  Mains

                  • Asparagus and Pecorino Tart£15.00

                    orange pesto, leaves, peas, potato; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Milk, Nut, Mustard, Sulpher dioxide

                    • Stone Bass£19.50

                      white vegetables, mascarpone, elderflower butter; Allergens: Fish, Milk

                      • Venison£22.00

                        vegetables, smoked new potatoes, oregano and mint oil; Allergen: Mustard

                        • Pork Cutlet£20.00

                          turnip top, broccoli, chickpeas, blood sausage; Allergen: Cereal

                          • Sirloin Steak£29.50

                            peppercorn sauce and a side of your choice; Allergen: Milk

                            Classics

                            • Fish£15.00

                              tartare, mushy peas, chips; Allergens: Cereal, Fish, Egg, Milk, Mustard

                              • Sausage£14.50

                                bacon, potato puree, gravy; Allergens: Cereal, Milk, Crustacean, Mustard

                                • Cheeseburger£15.50

                                  chips, trickle, blue cheese; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Milk, Mustard, Sulpher dioxide

                                  • Gammon£16.00

                                    egg sauce, chips, leaves; Allergens: Egg, Sulpher dioxide

                                    Sides

                                    • Chips£4.50

                                      • Smoked Potato£4.50

                                        Allergen: Milk

                                        • Turnip Top and Broccoli£4.50

                                          Allergens: Milk, Sulpher dioxide

                                          • Green Vegetables In Mascarpone£4.50

                                            Allergen: Milk

                                            • Watercress and Leaves£4.50

                                              Allergens: Sulpher dioxide

                                              Desserts

                                              • Vanilla Panna Cotta£7.50

                                                carrot cake; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Milk, Nut

                                                • Malted Chocolate Ganache£8.50

                                                  rhubarb and stem ginger, white chocolate; Allergen: Milk

                                                  • Cherry and Almond Bakewell£8.50

                                                    almond sorbet; Allergens: Cereal, Egg, Milk, Nut

                                                    • First Season Strawberries£8.00

                                                      condensed milk ice cream, caramel rice; Allergen: Milk

                                                      • Cheddar£10.00

                                                        brie, blue, biscuits, grape chutney, celery, salt; Allergens: Cereal, Milk, Crustacean

                                                        Last updated: 6 August 2021

                                                        What 50 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                        4.2
                                                        4.2 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                        • 4.2Service
                                                        • 4.2Ambience
                                                        • 3.9Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

                                                          Fit for Foodies

                                                        • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

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                                                        • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

                                                          Healthy

                                                        • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

                                                          Lunch

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                                                        1. CD

                                                          CarolineD

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          I took my partner here for a Birthday lunch this week. First time at this hostelry since its refurbishment. Our dishes were well cooked & presented using lovely fresh ingredients locally sourced. Service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient without being intrusive. Tables were well spaced. A couple of things that were missing but didn't especially detract were green vegetables being included with the main course. The veggies were all root vegetables. Additional veggies were available but at extra cost. Also my partner tried a pint of draft bitter he hadn't had before that he didn't particularly like. His favoured beers weren't available on tap. Otherwise a very pleasant lunch and we will be going back.

                                                        2. N

                                                          Nedkel

                                                          Norfolk

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          We went in midweek, so expected it to be quiet. On arrival received a warm welcome and taken to our table, which had a lovely view of the garden. Service was good, and the young ladies looking after us were very attentive. Food was good, although I thought the price was a little on the high side. Sausage and mash very tasty though. Cheese and biscuits not worth what was being charged for. All in all would visit again.

                                                        3. S

                                                          Shelley

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall2food1service2ambience1

                                                          Order was incorrect and when raised with the staff there was a suggestion that we had made the mistake. Although the food was ok the room is cavernous and cold. There is no atmosphere. This our 2nd visit since the refurbishment and I am afraid to say we don’t like it.

                                                        4. JF

                                                          JohnF

                                                          London

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Have been before and it is just as good. Quite expensive and charge for additional vegetables. Portions quite small especially for big appetites but really very good quality and surroundings. Loos are really quite spotless which always suggests a standard throughout. Have made another booking for us and some friends so will certainly be using again. Decor has been done to a very high standard and staff very friendly and efficient.

                                                        5. EN

                                                          ElaineN

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food and excellent service. The Scotch Egg starters were amazing.

                                                        6. MS

                                                          MarionS

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 16 January 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Very tasty Sunday Lunch with friends. Food was lovely, and all our plates were scraped clean! Services was friendly and professional.

                                                        7. HS

                                                          HaroldS

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 16 January 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food and staff were great and it was a lovely atmosphere

                                                        8. RG

                                                          RichardG

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 16 January 2022

                                                          overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                          Service in particular was a let down and was incongruous to the high price tag on the food and what the venue is trying to be. It was al functional, with no personal connection or genuine guest communication. Food was good, and would have been rated excellent at £1-£2 less based on value perception. Nice interiors, but all a bit soulless. Would benefit from soft touches and missed opportunity by not lighting the fire when the temperature outside is in single figures. Rated low on noise level, as was deathly quiet at times. I have no problem with a youthful team, but inexperience was apparent.

                                                        9. M

                                                          Millie47

                                                          Norfolk

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 16 January 2022

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                          Disapointing food (very beige Sunday roast & not much veg), very noisy (music, bottles being smashed) but staff very helpful....sad, it used to be lovely & we'd travelled up from Norfolk

                                                        10. LK

                                                          LesleyK

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 13 January 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Lovely surroundings coupled with excellent food and service. Staff are polite and friendly and the menu has something for everyone. Have been here a few times and always extremely good. Lookf forward to seeing you again soon.

                                                        11. RB

                                                          RogerB

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 12 January 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent food served by helpful attentive staff on a beautiful table with fine cutlery and glassware in a comfortable and warm restaurant.

                                                        12. SW

                                                          SandraW

                                                          Norfolk

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 12 January 2022

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                          Feel like staff could have worn masks other than that nice place

                                                        13. MB

                                                          MrsB

                                                          Oxford

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 19 December 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We used to come before the renovation and loved it so was wondering if it would be as good, well it's even better. Food was delicious, staff delightful. We will be back and hopefully next time we'll bring the whole family.

                                                        14. P

                                                          Paul

                                                          London

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 12 December 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          This is a lovely setting and the food is excellent I thoroughly recommend the Elm

                                                        15. HS

                                                          HeatherS

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 2 December 2021

                                                          overall3food4service4ambience4

                                                          The Elm is a restaurant rather than a pub. Food is quality rather than quantity. The building has been beautifully restored. We sat by a woodburning stove. Ladies toilets well heated. Prices on high side which confirm restaurant rather than pub.

                                                        16. AM

                                                          AMort

                                                          Birmingham

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 25 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Lovely meal, good food with excellent service, we’ll be back

                                                        17. IG

                                                          IanG

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 24 November 2021

                                                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                          Great night out....................................

                                                        18. JA

                                                          JenniferA

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 19 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Our first time. Couldn’t fault and will definitely return.

                                                        19. s

                                                          stephenw

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          Food was good well cooked, restaurant very plain little ambiance, service was friendly. Compared with similar restaurants in area , price was high, particularly the wine.

                                                        20. JH

                                                          JoshuaH

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 11 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Have yet to have a bad meal at The Elm. Highly recommended.

                                                        21. BE

                                                          BrianE

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 10 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Really interesting, diverse menu. Had shin beef and friend had sea bass, both excellent, crisp and tasty veg, generous portions. Will be back!

                                                        22. A

                                                          Alison

                                                          New York Area

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          Very good food, staff is lovely, pub is nice and clean. The only little thing that annoyed us while dining is that we were at a table next to music speaker and that was a bit loud. Otherwise everything was great! Highly recommend this pub!

                                                        23. SG

                                                          SusanG

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                          Excellent quality of food. Service was great despite them being short staffed. Will be booking again soon.

                                                        24. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Edinburgh

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          What a find! Beautiful country pub with chocolate box exterior and smart interior. Friendly service, good selection of wines by the glass and fabulous food. Every course was delicious but Bloody Mary salmon starter was a standout. Will definitely return.

                                                        25. PD

                                                          PaulD

                                                          Bedfordshire

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 3 November 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          Everything was fine, food was good but little unimaginative; main courses were , pie & mash, sausage & mash, fish & chips, burger… it might perfect for some but sometimes it’s nice to try something new.

                                                        26. F

                                                          Friends

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 30 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                          There was a limited menu. The main dinner of boar sausages was truly delicious. The apple frangipan dessert and cheese and biscuits were enjoyable. There was a small amount of cheese and biscuits and we had to ask for the chutney. Overall a delicious meal. Thank you.

                                                        27. S

                                                          Steve

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 29 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          Very clean and tidy venue with a good quiet atmosphere. Good of course excellent quality and. High standard. Staff very attentive and pleasant. Mid range pricing but justified with the quality of the food.

                                                        28. TR

                                                          TerenceR

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 28 October 2021

                                                          overall2food1service1ambience3

                                                          My visit ended up with me back b an arguement with the manager / assistant manager about the quality of their chips. I had left 3/4 of mine as they were under cooked and completely tasteless and when I brought this up with the staff my opinion was the last thing they were interested in. In fact when I walked away there was sniggering from the staff, and when I confronted them about this and said I won't be back, they could not careless. £16 for a burger and chips ( which were tasteless, undercooked, and soggy. I would have done better at Mcdonalds, and they would have had a much better attitude!

                                                        29. j

                                                          julie

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 27 October 2021

                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                          Very enjoyable evening with first class food and friendly service

                                                        30. JP

                                                          JoanneP

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Wonderful evening! Food was superb, will definitely come again.

                                                        31. MC

                                                          MadCLC

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 22 October 2021

                                                          overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                          Lovely meals in the past but newly refurbished restaurant looks great but inexperienced staff, poorly presented food and overpriced menu left us feeling very disappointed. A pub that doesn't have chardonnay, pinot grigio or pink gin is laughable but the poor level of customer service overall with no obvious manager in charge and staff who had received inadequate training resulted in a poor dining experience.

                                                        32. SB

                                                          SallyB

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 20 October 2021

                                                          overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                          Staff friendly and helpful, food choice a bit limited and a bit pricey, even the bar type options, very noisy

                                                        33. RP

                                                          RogerP

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on 20 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Great facilities for wheelchair users and a led bodied alike. Food is really good and the staff are friendly. It has the most amazing bar with a colossal stock of whisky!

                                                        34. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 15 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Very enjoyable food, the refurb looks great. Knocked a star off ambience because it was very noisy .

                                                        35. VK

                                                          VictoriaK

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 9 October 2021

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                          Very delicious food and lovely wine in a beautiful setting

                                                        36. JF

                                                          JohnF

                                                          London

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on 9 October 2021

                                                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                          First time since refurb. Very nice atmosphere quiet and calming. Food was great and staff attentive. Will certainly go back again quite soon.

                                                        37. CG

                                                          CheryllG

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We chose The Elm for a lunchtime reunion of school friends who both went to Abbots Ripton School between 1964 & 1971… The pub & food didn’t disappoint… service with a smile and food to die for… We’ll be back and thoroughly and highly recommend it to everyone.

                                                        38. VC

                                                          ValerieC

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 5 October 2021

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                          Such a pleasure to be back at The Elms. The new layout is a great improvement and it all looks very fresh and attractive. The menu, although more limited than before lock down, is well presented and offers a good choice. I asked for a wheelchair access on the booking form and it was all ready for me on arrival. My only negative comment is that I am not a fan of background "musac" and prefer to hear just conversation.

                                                        39. MW

                                                          MrWolfy

                                                          London

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on 2 October 2021

                                                          overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                          Not great in terms of waitress service as she wasn’t very flexible e.g. they had a snacks option pre starter but wouldn’t try to tailor this to being veggie or even fish (three meat and one fish was the fixed option - take it or leave it). We had an okay meal but probably won’t return for a while.

                                                        40. DJ

                                                          DonnaJ

                                                          Cambridge

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on 30 September 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Lovely food, great service and pretty surroundings.

                                                        FAQs

                                                        The Elm is rated 4.2 stars by 50 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.

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                                                        Booked 7 times today
                                                        Google Map for The Elm

                                                        Moat Lane. Abbots Ripton. Hntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2PD

                                                        • Cross Street

                                                          Abbots Ripton

                                                        • Area

                                                          Huntingdon

                                                        • Hours of Operation

                                                          Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
                                                          Sun 12:00–20:00
                                                          Lunch
                                                          Mon–Thu 12:00–15:00
                                                          Dinner
                                                          Mon, Tue 17:00–22:00
                                                          Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Gastro Pub

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Dining

                                                        • Dress Code

                                                          Casual Dress

                                                        • Parking Details

                                                          Car to rear

                                                        • Payment Options

                                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Executive Chef

                                                          Liam Greenwood

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          01487 773585

                                                        • Catering

                                                          Weekly changing menu's focused on seasons, and flavour pairing.

                                                        • Private party facilities

                                                          Available on request

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