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The Anchor Pub, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Anchor Pub

3.9
3.9
586 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
(We unfortunately cannot reserve our terrace tables, any bookings will have a table reserved inside although guests are more than welcome to sit at a table on our riverside terrace if one is available upon arrival)

Set on the bank of the beautiful river Cam in the historic city of Cambridge, The Anchor pub, dining room & river terrace is a stone’s throw away from the world famous Queens college & its stunning Mathematical Bridge.

We serve fresh seasonal food using locally sourced ingredients, cask conditioned real ales, craft beers, wines from a carefully chosen innovative wine list. We provide friendly knowledgeable & relaxed service in picturesque surroundings.

Escape to our dining room where you can guarantee a fabulous view or experience al fresco dining overlooking the river during the summer months.

Why not spend an afternoon or the evening with us, take a punt on the river then enjoy a meal with us either before or after

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    01223 353554
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Buffets and set menus are available, we are also able to bespoke menus to your specific requirements and budget.
  • Private party facilities
    We like to think we are pretty good at hosting events here at the Anchor... We are blessed with an amazing versatile dining room over looking the River Cam and is available for exclusive use. Due to government guidelines we are only able to accommodate a maximum party size of 6, however we are always happy to discuss any special occasion requests. Call Jules 01223 353 554 or email us info@anchorcambridge.com
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 586 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for brunch

  • Cambridge/Cambridgeshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cambridge

    Great for brunch

586 Reviews
  1. AlixP

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    After driving for an hour we were told there was no table. I said I’d booked but was told it was late booking and system hadn’t caught up and no table. I was told to go downstairs to walks ins. We did that the man behind the bar said yes it’s walk in but we are full sorry.

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  2. Camgran

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a pleasant restaurant in a good location. The food was very good. My only criticism is that a lot of menu options had run out - I think they were all vegetarian.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pumpkin tortellini very tasty, Timothy Taylors Landlord well kept. Prices surprisingly reasonable for the pub location. Staff just great. Will definitely visit again

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  4. AnthonyA

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked a table overlooking the rushing river Cam with the sun streaming in. Service was prompt and attentive, food was inventive on basic themes like shepherd's pie and fish and chips. Good value

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  5. lara

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Didn't have many items including 2 of the veg mains in the menu so had to leave

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  6. Wanda

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The items on the menu sound good, but the preparation and taste of everything was truly awful.

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  7. Giselle

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had booked a table for 7 but they had only set a table for 6. Fitting 7 at the table was a squeeze. The view from the table was great, overlooking the river. We had to ask for a children’s menu, they did not bring it automatically. Drinks were served promptly but the food took a very long time (over an hour from being seated) to arrive. The staff did apologise for this. The food itself was good. The toilets were very dirty, they do have a sign apologising for this, stating that they are used as public toilets.
    The Anchor PubResponded on 13 February 2024
    Dear Giselle, We really do apologise for any inconvenience caused with your table. We tried our best to make sure we give you a really good seat with a nice view for you to enjoy the experience. This most certainly is not our usual standards and would be amazing if you give us another try to make this right for you as being busy is not an excuse for your food to arrive on time. Best wishes, Team Anchor

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  8. anny

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pub food, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

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  9. NikolayS

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great for Sunday lunch - delicious Sunday roast, friendly staff, nice view of the river
    The Anchor PubResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. Hope we see you again very soon! Best wishes, Team Anchor

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  10. AlexiaS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I recently visited the Anchor Pub and was thoroughly impressed. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, perfect for relaxing. Their selection of craft beers and spirits is top-notch, and the food, especially the fish and chips, is delicious. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, adding to the overall great experience. Highly recommend for a cozy evening out!
    The Anchor PubResponded on 4 January 2024
    AlexiaS, we strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience at our pub. I will happily pass along the message to the team of the kitchen for their excellent job on delivering these impressive dishes and to the Front of House team that looked after you. Best of wishes and a happy New year, Team Anchor

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  11. PaulQ

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent table overlooking the river , superb food and great service .
    The Anchor PubResponded on 2 January 2024
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I will pass on the message to the team for being so attentive and making your experience positive. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  12. MikeW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, lovely view over looking the river cam
    The Anchor PubResponded on 26 December 2023
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I will pass on the message to the team for being so attentive and making your experience positive. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  13. BrigidJ

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a lovely meal here with my son and his partner, who had a lovely beef roast. My son choose the vegan wellington which he said was excellent. However, I cannot abide meaty textures so as a vegetarian my only option was a ceaser salad. It too was lovely but I would have preferred a hot meal. Otherwise very friendly staff, lovely view up the river and a pleasant meal out.
    The Anchor PubResponded on 22 December 2023
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I will pass on the message to the team for being so attentive and making your experience positive. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  14. NikolayS

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday roast, friendly staff, pleasant space and a great view across the river. Ticks all the right boxes
    The Anchor PubResponded on 16 December 2023
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I will pass on the message to the team for being so attentive and making your experience positive. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  15. NicolaB

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly helpful staff lovely meal very quick service
    The Anchor PubResponded on 8 December 2023
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. I will pass on the message to the team for being so attentive and making your experience positive. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice pub near the river cam, can be a bit confusing inside due to having a bar down below and the restaurant upstairs with a middle seating area between the two. Food was lovely though unfortunately they didn't have much left in stock by the time we got there so 8 of us almost all had the burger. Service was great and friendly and will probably visit again in the future.
    The Anchor PubResponded on 6 December 2023
    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Apologies for being a bit low on stock but some of our dishes were a bit more popular than others and hence why we run out. We will be looking forward to your next re-visit where we will try our best to be well prepared! Best wishes, Team Anchor

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  17. TomC

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We each had the lamb shepherds pie and a lovely bottled of red wine presented by an efficient and very pleasant server. When we return to Cambridge we will surely call again and would recommend the Anchor highly.
    The Anchor PubResponded on 28 November 2023
    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We will let the team working that evening about the great experience they managed to provide you in our establishment. It is reviews like this that does keep us motivated and pleased that our efforts and hard work is paying off. Hope we see you again very soon. Best of wishes, Team Anchor

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  18. luke

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, elvis and the team looked after our party and we had a great time, highly recommend the anchor to anyone, the best roast turkey I’ve had.

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  19. IRoB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday Roast is a must! Great views and great service :)
    The Anchor PubResponded on 25 November 2023
    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. Hope we see you again soon

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  20. JuliaB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an early lunch - so it was quiet and pretty empty. Food and service were very goid

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  21. ZoeW

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing, staff really friendly, beautiful view. Would recommend

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  22. BethM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely evening with great service and good food.

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  23. NottsFoodies

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited this pub for a Sunday Roast. Upon arrival we were seated quickly and our order for drinks and food were taken swiftly. The food when it came was delicious and big portions. We asked for additional gravy as the amount given was fairly small and found at the end that we had been charged for the additional pot (despite not being informed of this at the time). Once we had finished eating our mains, we waited 30 mins for our plates to be cleared and it was only after I asked to see a dessert menu did someone come over and give us one and clear our plates. We then waited another length of time for someone to come and take our dessert order and despite the waitress saying she would be right back twice she didn’t come back so we decided not to have dessert and just went to the bar to pay instead. We were in the restaurant a total of 90 minutes for just one course and a drink. The food was delicious despite the slow service.

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  24. CAROLEB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely venue looking over river, nice food and friendly staff.

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  25. Dora

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kind and fast service Nice location The food was really good

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  26. StephenO

    Derbyshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food, nice beer, excellent service. I can highly recommend. I never give 5 stars but I nearly did!

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  27. AlanT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The dining room was closed so pointless booking they were not expecting us

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  28. ToddB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pub on the river Cam. Lovely views of the river and punters from almost every table. Food selection is very nice, staff have always been friendly. We stop by at least once on every visit to Cambridge.

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  29. Rowan

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked a table for my partner's birthday, asking for a romantic tables if possible in the comments, and had to re-confirm the booking the day before too. When we got there no-one was interested in greeting/seating us, so we waited at the bar — we were told the bookings didn't matter, the tables outside were 'first come first serve', the romantic tables upstairs overlooking the river were cordoned off, so we could choose between a booth next to the stacked up spare tables, an awkward table right infront of the toilets, or eating on bar stools. We waited 5 minutes at the awkward toilet table and left without being served. Wouldn't recommend for a date on a weekday, the upstairs looked like it would be really nice, so I expect they have busier days where they take bookings more seriously. If you want a riverside table, you'll have to get there early

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  30. JohnE

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely pub lunch, especially the setting by the river

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  31. Yorkshire

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday lunch was mediocre - the prok dish was good but the beef poor. Vegetables somewhat overcooked and Yorshire pudding not light enough

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  32. Wilhelmusv

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us met again in Cambridge, 40 years after our degree, with one of our Professors present. The Anchor arranged for a nice corner table with riverviews for the lunch. Great occasion.
    The Anchor PubResponded on 26 September 2023
    Thank you very much for taking time to leave us your feedback. Hope we see you again soon.

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  33. Chilindrina

    Puerto Vallarta

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    One of the worst roast dinners I've ever had. Avoid at a ll costs.

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  34. IanS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Having read the reviews we booked a table for 4. We where given a nice table with a river view. A beer was served up in what appeared to be a greasy glass. This was replaced. We all had roasts which arrived very quickly. The food was not freshly cooked and not enjoyable. The roast potatoes where solid. The vegetables where sparse. The stuffing; the size of a fifty pence piece, was not at all enjoyable. All in all an experience that will not be repeated

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  35. TomL

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice pub dinner with very pleasant staff and beverages. Gets lively later in the event.

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  36. JohnS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were told that pub was short staffed due to illness but nevertheless service was fine. A pity this is yet another Cambridge establishment that no longer accepts cash.

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  37. AngusD

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks to the Anchor Pub for lunch in the upstairs dining room. Special mention to Brad for helping us on the day and reserving our desired table by the window. It's a lovely outlook over the Cam watching the punts and the view of fields and the cows! Service was friendly and efficient, and our meals were very nice, and reasonably priced.

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  38. StevenW

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat and drink. Ate outside right by the river watching the punts. Could have stayed there for hours

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice views and great location. Food mixed. Expensive for what it was. Designed for a captive audience.

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  40. Hv123

    London

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely experience for lunch at The Anchor. Ideally located on the River with lovely views and access points. Staff were super friendly and attentive from start to finish. We all had Sunday roast, I opted for the Vegan Wellington which did not disappoint. It was delicious and filling, the only thing i would have liked was a little more of the vegetables for the pricepoint to accompany. Gravy was superb and everything cooked to perfection. Finished off with a sticky toffee pudding for dessert which was also quite good.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Anchor Pub does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Anchor Pub also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 353554.

The Anchor Pub is rated 3.9 stars by 586 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Anchor Pub

12 Silver street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9EL

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01223 353554
  • Catering
    Buffets and set menus are available, we are also able to bespoke menus to your specific requirements and budget.
  • Private party facilities
    We like to think we are pretty good at hosting events here at the Anchor... We are blessed with an amazing versatile dining room over looking the River Cam and is available for exclusive use. Due to government guidelines we are only able to accommodate a maximum party size of 6, however we are always happy to discuss any special occasion requests. Call Jules 01223 353 554 or email us info@anchorcambridge.com
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