The Old Spring

4.4
88 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

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Casual
The Old Spring is a neighbourhood Pub in the heart of the Defreville area of Cambridge just a short walk from the River Cam and its many boatyards.
Please note Monday to Friday we serve food from 12noon to 13:45pm and from 6pm to 20:45. Saturday and Sunday food is served from 12noon till 20:30.
Pub stays open throughout the day from 11:30am till 13:30pm Monday to Saturday. Sunday we are open from 12noon till 9pm.
Parking at the pub is free for customers, but drivers must obtain parking permit at the iPad near the bar upon arrival as the automated system registers all cars entering the parking area 24/7 and without obtaining parking permit drivers risk fines up to £100. Please ask staff for more details.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 88 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.5
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4.4
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnnetteB
Berkshire
52 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the pub was lovely, so friendly and good value. Will be back after lockdown

JJ
JayJo
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place, really delicious food and fantastic service.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nothing we ate was cooked fresh on the premises. The prices have increased and not really justified.

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danr
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service was excellent as always . Wine and beers were also very good value . I highly recommend this venue for lunch , dinner and/ or just for a social drink

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RuthC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly and efficient service and great atmosphere.

DJ
DavidJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A return visit and would happily recommend for a meal.

AV
AndreaVdL
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of our favourite places in Cambridge
The food is excellent as is the service
Another successful Sunday lunch !

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Gownie
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very friendly service and the food was great too. A little pricey but the portions are massive. Perhaps scale down portion sizes a little and also the prices. Will be great to have heated outdoor service in the winter but will be happy to visit again.

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marianeo
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve visited The Old Spring first time on a Friday night. Very good service, lovely atmosphere, beautiful setting, one of the best pubs in Cambridge!

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johnw
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It was too crowded and I didn’t feel safe... the tables really must be more spaced out in the whole area.

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PaulMc
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My burger was very reasonable quality but a little on the dry side. My wife's salmon dish was very nicely cooked. Prices a little on the expensive side for the main course dishes and a 10% charge seems to be always added - just as well the service was good!

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sueh
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice pub,clean & Covid aware.
The staff were friendly,helpful and attentive.
I had The chicken burger & my partner had the steak burger,both were very tasty served with plenty of shoestring fries.
Although a little pricey for burger & chips,the surroundings,the decor & ambience made it worthwhile.

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Shesha
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The music was too loud where we were sitting-should have asked for it to be turned down.
Was disappointed to see one of the female servers have mask below her nose and not covering:(.
The male server was very friendly chatty and correctly wearing his mask:)
Food excellent however not value for money

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Wilko
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We didnt eat but food looked great, all very covid safe and clean. Going back to eat next time .

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PaulD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking was easy through website, very welcoming and the food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The menu has gone down in variety and appeal since the change of management. Menu used to have changing exotic salads, a different frittata every few days, lovely fish pie, sausages and mash, sides such as rocket salad and steamed greens, plus lots of other interesting mains.
Now it is unimaginative and unhealthy. Four starters are all deep-fried, the other is bread and dips. In a short menu of nine main courses, three are burgers, one is steak, the fish is deep fried, the fishcakes are fried, there is one salad that never changes and a caesar salad. Of the sides, five are carbohydrate (different sorts of chip or potato) the coleslaw is (of course) slathered in goo, and there are no greens. The blackboard is headed "Old Spring Specials", but they aren't specials, they are all standard items on the printed menu.
We used to go once or twice a week and would always find something to enjoy. I don't think we will be visiting very often now.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

They do the best beefburger, we were seated and served quickly. thanks

WB
WilliamB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’ve been to the old spring many times and have always enjoyed it. The noise was a bit higher than usual but to clarify my ranking it was peak Saturday dining time. Perfectly reasonable levels but I guess if you’re very sensitive try picking a time a little earlier or later. Everything else should make it worth your time.

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MariaS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Sat outside on a sunny afternoon, great ambience. Very good food, including gluten free options.

PW
PaulW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well organised seating and cleanliness.
A quiet and hospitable experience. Will go back for sure

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KimS
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambiance and food. Friendly waiter service. Very good value for money.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was very good although a bit on the salty side. Very expensive for what it was, no atmosphere, lights very bright. Felt a bit like a canteen.

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MikeC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Quiet pub close to river. Easy to get to. Small car park but plenty of metered street parking available. Food very generous portions but a tad bland (lunchtime). Only one vegan choice. Good service. Good table space outside.

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MarkE
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

the food and service was great the burger was really tasty as i love a good burger but hard to get good one and the pork roast was lovely and the staff were very helpful and nice the price was good for the good food and drinks

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HazeM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The fish and chips were very delicious however my friend had to accept a burger cooked ‘ one way ‘ she could not specify well done/rare or medium and we found this a little surprising and disappointing. Food came in good time but equally we did not feel rushed.

The Old Spring
Responded on 20 September 2020

Hi. Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad you've enjoyed our fish and chips. The burger is cooked medium as standard, however we can always prepare the burger to your liking. Please let staff know how you'd like it cook on your next visit. We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

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SarahS
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

enjoyed our meal, we go there often and know what to expect.

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Bbbbbbbbb
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was lovely, even thou they didn't put gerkins in the burger which stated on the menus it came with them

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RAK1
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Meeting up with family on s ‘Rishi’ day!

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Car50
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice pub food - lovely decor and set up inside. Good drinks selection

KM
KatM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food and really friendly staff.

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michaelaH
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always.
Friendly pub,nice place to catch up with friends.

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BethanyB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Over priced food, 10% service charged without consent, had to ask twice for my drink. Disappointing as this used to be a great place to eat.

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SteveD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu, great service and reasonable prices, well worth a visit.

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Kate
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice friendly pub, with good food and professional service. I would have loved to see a really healthy fish dish in the menu, but it was a nice meal. Fifty quid for 2, with a drink a main and coffee. We'll go back.

LJ
LarryJ
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Sprint sharing platter, excellent food & great service

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Philday
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly attentive staff, very organised to cope with covid restrictions

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great food!

JM
JoMu
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food
Lovely staff
Very clean but welcoming

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Philday
London
9 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in all aspects. Specific table requested was booked, food was great, staff were impeccably helpful and friendly. Safety measures were exemplary. Will certainly visit again soon.

FM
FionaM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Disappointing and meagre veg salad. Scrappy service.

FAQs

The Old Spring is rated 4.4 stars by 88 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.