The Willow Tree

4.1
88 reviews
£26 to £40
English
The Willow Tree is a charming, unique and independent dining and drinks venue for all seasons. We create all of our food from high quality fresh ingredients that are as lovely, kind and as local as can be. Please specify any food allergies or special requirements when ordering.

Restaurant tables can be booked via Open Table. To book a magical and cosy outdoor Dome please go to www.thewillowtreebourn.com or https://dineatdome.com/listings/the-willow-tree/
Dome hire fee of £30-£45 per session. All domes heated by Dyson.

We are proud to have been selected for The Michelin UK Restaurant Guide for many years, awarded No.2 restaurant in Cambridge by Bookatable and Michelin, and featured in The Sunday Times as a local hot spot. We look forward to your visit.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 88 People Are Saying
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SallyI
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food . Excellent service . Friendly . Lovely Ambiance.

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Sandy
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on the heated terrace really recommend was warm while wearing coats & hats. Great food & atmosphere & very pretty outdoor winter dining at its best

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Gina
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable experience at this beautifully decorated village pub.

Friendly and attentive service, delicious food, lovely decor.

Looking forward to returning soon 😀

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lauraw
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at the Willow Tree. Such good food and the staff were really friendly, particularly the young boy at the bar who helped us get home. We were staying in a cabin 15 mins away and we had no money or signal to get an uber so he kindly let us get cash back from the till!!!! Thank you so much for your help. We will be returning xx

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EmmaG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food quality and atmosphere as usual, will be back again soon
Thanks!
Emma & family

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PaulaT
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Such a warm welcome received and would whole heartedly recommend

JP
JamesP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Currently the best restaurant in Cambridgeshire! The cheese soufflé is to die for and the duck is fantastic! Highly recommend

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EmmaC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We booked for Sunday lunch as there was a vegan option on the menu, when we got there I asked what the dinner consisted of and no one could really tell me, after a bit of back and forth they told me it was basically a plate of vegetables and its £17.00!! The same price as a roast with chicken etc.. I would expect a nut roast or something substantial for that price! The rest of the menu isn't great for a veggie... the pizzas weren't being served but no where stated this. We ended up leaving and going to a different pub. Such a shame as i've wanted to go for some time as its so pretty . Unless they improve their menu we wont be returning.

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CaML
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good.

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AndrewR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice place, I had the ox cheeks and they were really good.
Great cocktails as well.

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CLAIREH
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were running late, happy to keep our table and didn’t make us feel rushed at any time

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DeniseR
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been dining at the Willow Tree several years now. Always a friendly welcome from owner and staff.
Decor great with lovely outside seating area and dining pods.
Food tasty and excellent.

CM
CaML
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Lovely food and friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent quality food.

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good efficient and friendly service, plenty of space between diners, food and wine was very good.
The room could have been a bit warmer but apart from that, the overall experience was excellent, would definitely go back again.

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Tubby
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the beetroot and goats cheese starter! The food was lovely, it wasn't busy so very covid proof and we had a great time.

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EmmaT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Inside is lovely I loved the decoration. It is quite pricey and could do with a few more vegetarian options

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The best pizza I have had outside Italy.
And a very good Sticky Toffee Pudding. I would recommend this restaurant.

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EmilyO
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

There were a few difficulties such as my meal being put through to the kitchen later than the rest of my party's meals, an error with the bill, an error with desserts brought out and a shortage of cutlery brought to the table. But this was their first day of being open for food indoors since lockdown so we did not give them a hard time! The food was very good, the staff were friendly and they were happy for me to bring in a home-made birthday cake. The decor was cool although the exterior of the building was a bit shabby, and I found the incense smell a bit overpowering for a restaurant. I think under non-COVID times the service would probably have been a lot smoother so we gave a tip all the same!

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Alison
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I emailed this to the Willow Tree but they’ve not replied.

We were lucky enough to grab a cancellation on one of the domes for 26 September but we honestly feel like we just paid an extra £45 for poor service.

It must have been half an hour after we were seated in the dome before anyone came to take our drinks order. I have to say the food was delicious but after we got our food we weren’t asked again if we wanted any more drinks, desserts or coffee. Nobody came near until we were just presented with our bill. We did complain to the waiter that bought our bill who did say sorry. Then, as it was 10pm, we were told to leave by another waiter even though we were still waiting for someone to return so we could pay our bill.

Overall very disappointing, we’d wanted a dome for some time but really wish we hadn’t bothered.

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KennethP
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Due to current restrictions The Willow Tree have managed to make our evening enjoyable.

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Angelah
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our daughter’s 18th on the veranda. It was lovely! The service was good and food delicious.

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RodW
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A thoroughly enjoyable experience. My partner, who previously knew nothing of The Willow Tree, was absolutely delighted and enchanted by the garden setting - wants to return in the evening for extra ambience. We both also enjoyed our meals very much.

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CharlotteC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service was slow, and the staff, bar one lovely lady who was smiley, polite and warm. The main lady was not welcoming at all, and when we left they were all sitting around the table having a drink and didn’t acknowledge us leaving. Not the friendliest!
Food was fine, not mind blowing but good enough. Atmosphere was lovely, very pretty with the fairy lights

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BillH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Inside not open and no info at time of booking
No lunch menu again no info reduced menu

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HelenD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated under cover with outdoor heating, perfect. As the night wore on w had a beautiful view of the garden all lit up. The garden was very pretty.
The staff were attentive and very friendly.
Food was brought promptly, everything was delicious. The pizzas are huge.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Arrived to be told half the menu was unavailable although was accommodating due to special needs. Had to have the water changed as jug was dirty on the inside. Long wait for service. Setting is lovely and they are refurbishing in September. Deck was in need of attention and chairs are in need of replacement.

Shame as used to really enjoy this restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Starter was amazing! Main course was burnt and dry! Didn’t feel very welcoming.

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything is great, the food is absolutely delicious, people are really nice. The staff just need to be faster (order taking, getting the checks etc.) an overall nice and cozy experience.

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Skates
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It’s a nice setting, unfortunately we weren’t able to sit under the willow tree or by the lake as there was a comedy evening on, but sat on the terrace which was very nice. The pizzas were good, the starters weren’t as well presented as you’d expect, but tasted nice. The waitress was really lovely and helpful. It was priced well on the eat out to help out scheme but not sure I’d pay full price.. still, we had a lovely evening.

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Olive20
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Warm welcome on arrival, was very apparent after awhile that the staff were unprepared for the bookings.
Poor service and hugely overpriced.

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Cath
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a Sunday roast. The choice of starters and desserts didn't appeal to any of us very much and although the desserts were OK, the presentation was a bit strange. Main course was good, but could have done with a little more on my plate. Overall it was good, but not outstanding. Appreciate that these are difficult times for a restaurant and I think they dealt with COVID19 very well, we felt safe and protected.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was just ok, I had expected it to be a much better experience. 1 of our table had lamb it was very fatty. Small cans of ciders and beer £5 per tin, this is extortionate. Dining was on terrace this was certainly not a socially distanced experience, tables not spread out enough, too many people eating at same time. Very disappointed

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olive
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Very busy and so the service was not good and the beer we wanted had run out, so had one of the meals and the menu is a already restricted. But! it was on the deal night and the place was lovely. All our other visits there have always been good and so will go back.

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SidH
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food was outstanding, presented to a high standard, choices on the wine list were very good.we chose a savingon blac which is not one of my favourites, but I thoroughly enjoyed it dessert was to die for ,the chocolate ganache was outstanding crumble.

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JuliaC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea sat underneath the willow tree. Great to see how the Willow Tree have adapted to keep everyone safe and secure.

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jake
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant does NOT take OPENTABLE reservations. When we arrived, we had NO reservation. This is not the first time this has happened. You need to clean up your list and not mislead users to believe they are going somewhere with a reservation when one doesn't exist!!!!!

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Ursula
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Slightly limited choice of dishes, perhaps to a smaller number of customers.

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DuffyD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Cool experience in the pod.

Stock take is a little iffy at the moment. They ran out of a few drinks options whilst we were there. Somewhat understandable in the current climate

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vipATG1977
London
28 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good ambiance as always, service was pretty slow and disorganised. I can highly recommend the Pea Burrata, but the crab salad was disappointing due to a very small amount of crab.

FAQs

The Willow Tree offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01954 719775.

The Willow Tree is rated 4.1 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.