The Maids Head Wicken

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The Maids Head in Wicken is a traditional country pub/restaurant with a thatched roof, sitting on the village green in a beautiful unspoilt village location, a short stroll from the National Trust"s oldest Nature Reserve, Wicken Fen. We have a 60 cover restaurant and summer dining is available outside for approximetly 80 guests, on the village green or in a gated garden. All our meals are cooked fresh to order by our own team of Chef's. We try, wherever possible, to source our food locally. We offer an extensive menu including Lite-bites as well as our normal Starters, Main and Dessert courses. We also have daily Specials. In the winter we have a roaring four sided log fire in the restaurant. Private dinning is available for up to 30 people with menus designed to suit your needs. We also host wedding receptions, parties, wakes etc. We can supply Marquees outside the pub on the village green for larger parties.
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CP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a very nice Sunday roast . Cater really well for gluten free diners. Very friendly, attentive staff .

KS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We booked expecting that the Maids Head might be busy (on a Friday evening) but when we arrived they were actually pretty quiet, maybe because the weather was bad. The menu choice was good, plenty of variety and enough to suit all 4 of us. Starters arrived about 15 minutes after ordering and the main courses I guess 15 minutes after we finished the starters. The food was really good, everyone said they enjoyed it. Both the starters and the mains were larger portion sizes than we expected. But we tried really hard and fisnished them. I hope to visist again next time we are near to Wicken.

JW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice meal shame about temperature , far too cool. Food was good arrived on hot plates but unfortunately due to temperature of dining room cooled down almost immediately. Thanks for the Birthday ice cream and candle. Good friendly staff and prompt service

GR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Very generous portions. Well kept beer. Great service.

MH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to The Maids Head at Wicken a few times, either passing through or a special trip, always good.

B
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The pub itself needs updating and a general spruce up. Very tired looking interior. However the staff were very friendly and the food was good value, home made and a large portion.

CL
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Beautiful premises but couldn't recommend for Sunday lunch.
Roast potatoes weren't homemade and the yorkshire pudding was very doughy.
Only two small slices of chicken although the lamb and beef portions were more generous.
However, desserts were excellent.

W
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service very enjoyable experience as we had the dogs we ate in the bar and retired to the garden for coffee and ice cream beautiful surroundings

TH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and great portions, staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly. Would strongly recommend a visit and will definitely visit again

CM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch. The food was well cooked and served nicely.
Staff were attentive ( offering umbrella in sun etc).
Very pretty pub, facilities clean.
I've already told a number of people about it!

LK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Chair’s were totally uncomfortable and back broken.
Menu poor.
Prawn cocktail was not prawns but shrimp tasteless too much pepper.
Scampi was ok chips unable to eat as under cooked again too much pepper in salad no cucumber or tomato.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local and we brought with us family members who live in the West Country and who were visiting us that day. We all had something different and we all enjoyed what we had. It was nicely presented, tasted good and had a more unusual mix of vegetables/salad/sauces as accompaniment. The ambiance was nice and our visitors commented on it. It was very quiet when we we arrived but got a bit more noisy by the time we had finished but there was a party of about ten near to us. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch.

TS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was nice but waited for too long to receive it and main meal was cold, arrived 6.30 and left at 9pm and when you have 2 children with you,was too long!

CG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good variety of food freshly cooked. Friendly service.

JH
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great traditional pub. We had a great lunch there on Easter Sunday. Great food, good service and lovely location close to National Trust.

A
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We visited the Maids Head in Wicken on Good Friday to celebrate my Grandson’s 11th Birthday. He had especially asked to go to this particular venue, because he had previously enjoyed the ‘Fish and Chips’. They did not disappoint, the staff made him feel very special, with a happy birthday banner to welcome us and a prepared dessert complete with birthday candle, all ready for a celebratory rendition of Happy Birthday. Good food and thoughtful staff made this experience a memorable one. Many thanks to the staff at ‘ The Maids Head’ I would defiantly recommend a visit.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will definitely go back there.

PF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

All six of our group had a roast dinner at 5.30 on Mothers Day. The meat content was fine and tasty. We had three small roast potatoes each, which had clearly been cooked hours before and either re heated or microwaved, they had a stale taste. The 'fresh veg selection' comprised of a huge pile of carrots and one floret of cauliflower cheese. The Yorkshire pud was soggy and had been around for hours.
It was a shame because we had lunch the day before and it was very nice, as is the pub in general and the staff. We clearly suffered with the dregs of the mass cooking for Mothers Day.
I hope it was a one off poor performance, because it seems a nice pub.

CC
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service excellent as usual and a very pleasant atmosphere ... perfect for a catch up chat with a friend - thank you.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good value food, good service, cosy setting but open fire a bit smokey and bar next door a bit shouty for a Sunday afternoon.

CB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the food that we chose was delivered hot and was very enjoyable, the only disappointment was that on the website it shows a lite bites menu, however I was told this was not available and the website had not been updated.

KH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Lunch perfectly cooked, good portions, plenty of vegetables, hot & a lovely meal.

IR
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lacked a little atmosphere but then we were early lunch so one cannot expect it to have a lot this time of year

FA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Waited an hour then food wasn't hot, the waitress offered to take it to heat, but didn't want roast potatoes and Yorkshire put in the microwave.

S
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The third time I and a friend have been to The Maids Head and each time the venue has proved to be just what we were looking for. It has easy access with car parking, It provided just the place for comfortably chatting over a fairly well drawn out lunch. The service was friendly and without hassle, the ambience good. The menu was sufficiently varied to be attractive although a couple of items were unavailable on this occasion. I particularly enjoyed the cheese coated Hunters Chicken Breast with sweet potato fries and salad garnish. I will go again.

H
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Great location, but poor food and very poor service. Waited an hour for any food, and when it arrived it was Yorkshire puddings from a packet and two poorly cooked and very average sausages. Not great I’m afraid.

DJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Unfortunately, the restaurant was busy and I suspect that our order fell out of the system - a couple of tables that arrived after us were served first. As a result, we waited more than an hour for food. Very disappointing as we have previously enjoyed good meals at the restaurant. To management's credit, a discount was applied to the overall bill but I would advise people to go early or late.

DM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fantastic food , friendly staff , really nice atmosphere and attention to detail which made for a very pleasant valentines meal

EO
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good, plenty of variety. Only downside was the cold air coming through the door to the toilets and people did not seem to manage to shut the door.

D
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We sought this venue out as an ideal meeting point with friends to exchange xmas gifts and have a nice lunch and drink. The venue was ideal, easy parking, excellent service, nice cosy fire and not too busy so we could talk, not chased out once the meal was finished and stayed over 3 hours eating, drinking (not all alcohol - had coffees too!).

We could make this an annual meet up point - close to some good walking venues too (wicken fen).

CB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We enjoyed our meals on Boxing Day lunchtime although we were kept waiting sometime for our food to arrive.

RH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

i took friends here for a boxing day dinner. we had to wait approx 1hour for our meal, starters came about 2o mins before main meal. Christmas dinner was not what we expected, would not recommend for a seasonal meal

SD
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Lunch! You could also have 2 or 3 meats if you couldnt decide which was a great touch. The bread and butter pudding for dessert was amazing. Everything was home cooked and tasted great, we will definitely be going back!

L
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely pub great character good food reasonably priced. Friendly staff good service. Will be back again soon.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The ambience is good , nice log fire , pleasant staff and a typical pub style menu .
It seemed to take ages to take the food order and for it to be delivered and yet the pub was not filled to capacity . We had starters which were excellent , 3 of the main courses were good but lasagne was awfull . From sitting down to the service of the main course was 1 hour 15 minuites , we did have a starter but it still seems excessive .

DB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice open fire in eating area, nice and peaceful and food and service was very good

GJ
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Called in for Sunday lunch & service & food was great, would highly recommend.

SH
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice lunch menu but for me the sticky toffee pudding wasn't sticky enough!

M
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

On our recent visit, it was so sad to see a once thriving pub restaurant reduced to all the levels that would forecast its doom, for our experience was classic of this type of establishments standards of years ago before the revival started. With respect I would recommend the current management took a course in hospitality and the employment of a competent chef, in hopes that just these two attributes would bring the Maids Head back to its former glory, where a visit was enjoyable and one had to make a reservation to ensure a table. I trust the current management will think deeply about my comments and not bury their heads in the sand.

AH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall3food1service4ambience1

I’m sorry but the food was awful. One of my party was poorly the next day. Most of the dinner on all plates was left. Nobody asked why; if there was problem. Dessert however was nice. Haven’t been here for years. It was good then hence the booking. The restaurant was almost empty and for a Friday evening that spoke volumes..