The Maids Head Wicken

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£25 and under
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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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MarionC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Despite restricted menu, the kitchen had a problem with an extractor fan, the food we had was delicious and we were all pleased with our choices. Portions of a good size. Reasonable prices. Helpful and friendly staff. We were so happy with our meal that we are going back again this week.

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wendyD
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had Sunday lunch; lots of fresh veg and nicely cooked leg of lean Roast Lamb . Staff were very pleasant and service was efficient. Lovely log fire too. There was also a choice of 3 non-alcoholic wines

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Shadow
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very disappointed. No soup or pie available. My burger was overcooked, dry and tasteless and we waited quite a long time although the place was nowhere near full. Sorry to say but wouldn't go back.

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KaCheng
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt a bit smokey on arrival due to the large open fireplace.
Staff were really friendly and the food was delicious!

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JimL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday lunch following a dog walk at Wicken Fen

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Maverick
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food good, service very slow, overall experience spoilt by noisy children. Landlord apologised, a chef off due to wife having a baby, we may have been unlucky

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Dotty
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Table of 4 no one else in restaurant, rushed to table and to order food. Had to ask for steak knives and sauces. We asked if we could wait 5 minutes before looking at desserts menu to be told “The kitchen closes at 9pm” and again felt rushed. A lock in card game was going on in the next room and the shouting and appalling language we had to listen to while having our meal was a disgrace.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Perfect menu, lots of choice.
Reasonably priced.
We are everything - a good sign.
The room was too cold and it took ages for the radiator to heat up.
Other than that - very good indeed.

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CaronP
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 .

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KevinS
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.

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JacquiW
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

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GeorgeR
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MikeH
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.

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Bex100
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.

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CarolL
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.

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robertW
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

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TomH
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

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CatherineM
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!

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LindaK
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.

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DianaJ
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.

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TrinaS
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!

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CarolG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good variety of food freshly cooked. Friendly service.

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JanuszH
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.

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Alim
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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PeterF
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.

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CathyC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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CherylB
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.

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KarenH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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IanR
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

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FoodyA
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.

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Stoker
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.

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Hels24
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.

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DavidJ
London
4 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.

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DavidM
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

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EdithO
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.

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Daffyduck
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).

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ChristopherB
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.

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RitaH
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

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The Maids Head Wicken is rated 4.2 stars by 185 OpenTable diners.