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The Tickell Arms is a former coaching inn which was transformed into a country pub/restaurant in the 1960's by the flamboyant Kim Tickell. With it's striking blue exterior, eclectic and eccentric decor and service it gained a level of notoriety. Kim Tickell passed away in 1991 and afterwards the building lost a lot of its lustre & appeal. It had been closed 2 years before we undertook a major refurbishment to restore it to something approaching its former glory.
Monday - Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
Monday – Thursday: 6:30pm – 9pm
Friday: 6pm – 9.30pm
Saturday: 6pm – 9.30pm
Sunday: 6pm – 8pm
a very nice meal with fantastic service in a lovely setting. We drove 1.5 hours to meet relatives "halfway" at the Tickell and we will definitely be back.
Dynamic fresh fish oriented menu with specials now dumbed down in line with most local gastro pubs. Now no longer special, but as good as any in the area. Thankfully still has selection of good local draught beers but otherwise the opportunity to be different has been squandered.
Excellent birthday dinner, service friendly and professional. Great seasonal food with range to suit most tastes. One pudding not quite right and we were offered a reduction on bill with no fuss. Wine list good and reasonably priced. Conservatory dining room works well with lovely views of the garden. We have visited a few times. Quality and service consistently good.
What could better than to be in the company of loved ones at a restaurant with a menu from which the most significant lady in your life says she could choose everything, food that matches the description and 'off the beaten track' wines of the South-West by the glass or by the bottle to bathe the experience?
Great food (including for two vegetarians - peas with attitude), excellent service, atmosphere full of character, and altogether very enjoyable evening. Chose to be inside, but garden also looks lovely.
Excellent setting and service.
A few mains missing off menu so had to change choice but an excellent venue and place to dine
Arrived early but made very welcome. Staff were attentive but not obvious. Food was excellent
Had lunch here on a Sunday before going to Duxford American Air Show with some American friends. Had accidentally found this place some time ago and it was so good then that it seemed a really good choice for our visitors. It was.
Great quirky place to visit for a nice lunch or evening meal.
Good choice of food on the menu, and exceptionally fresh and tasty well presented food.
The only let down on this occasion was the service from start to finish was incredibly slow, hence why we didn't bother waiting any longer ordering deserts.
Hopefully this was a one off and will return again one day.
The atmosphere at the Tickell is a balance between being contemporary and steeped in history. Lovely building with odd shaped windows. Bar was welcoming and the restaurant was lit which made the evening ambiance just right to lose yourself. It felt as if we were there in out own private restaurant. No music playing just the hum of people enjoying good food and company. We had a memorable experience.
Beautiful location and absolutely stunning, but not extortionate, good English food. I also love the addition of Blackadder in the lavatories - much better than ambient music!
This is a lovely setting and great location convenient for where I live near Saffron Walden. Food and service really good, lovely wine and reasonable wine list in terms of choice and cost. We ate in the orangery, which was lovely as Saturday was a hot day. Only one negative was that the doors were all closed up on request of a rather selfish diner that sat by the door, wearing hardly any clothes then complained she was cold. The room was however very hot and as it filled up with people, had candles on every table, heat retained in the walls from a very hot day and the sun still coming through then glass, the temperature soon became unbearable. The manager should have challenged the other diners, but he offered to move us outside for dessert, but as it was warm outside and the garden was very pleasant, we agreed and this was a nice way to end the meal. Full marks to the manager for pleasing all of his customers! I will definitely be back, but I will sit by the open door next time!
It was a pleasure to discover this high end bistro style pub in Whittlesford. If you live in or around Cambridge or Saffron Walden, it's worth a visit. Food was good, as was the ambience. We'll be back.
Our decision to try The Tickell came after a wonderfully lazy lunch I shared with a girlfriend two weeks ago. We walked over, chose our meals from the special menu and enjoyed a carafe of an aromatic white, sat next to the warming fire. We were served by charming staff who gave us space yet ensured we waited for nothing. The food was served hot and the flavours were exquisite.
Our family evening meal was equally delightful and the ambience perfect. We felt our meals were good value for money and have already raved about our experience with other friends. Thank you for such a lovely evening, we will certainly be back soon.
Not much to fault in this up-market but still very reasonably priced gastro-pub. The food is great and so is the service. It can get a bit noisy at times but generally is a really pleasant place to eat. Has a nice garden too - good for the summertime.
Four of us ate at The Tickell on a Friday evening but the restaurant was unbelievably quiet, our waiter said usually they had 70 covers on a Friday but only 12 that evening, so service was very efficient! The food was all very tasty and the wine very good quality at an extremely reasonable price.
Very attractive interesting restaurant with good food and service.
well sourced, well selected and well cooked food. I had a special starter- ham hock and goose terrine- lovely and I asked for the cod which was a special with the risotto - Jerusalem artichoke . They were happy to help and it was outstanding. My husband had the pork belly and fillet also good. I would definitely recommend- I would love to move them to closer to me -its a hundred miles but I look forward to my next visit.
If only they had rooms we would go to stay
Excellent food with wonderful service from a very friendly team. The wine list is limited but reasonably priced. The service came at just the right speed. The only complaint we had was that the table was a bit cramped for 4 people. We would certainly return there.
Had sunday lunch here and was very impressed with the food and ambience
The quality of the food at The Tickell Arms is consistently good whether for lunch, Sunday lunch or an evening meal. In addition to its regular menu there are 2 or 3 course set meal offerings as well as specials. The service is always friendly and efficient. For all these reasons I have booked The Tickell Arms to host my 60 something guests at my forthcoming birthday party.
To sit in the conservatory section looking out onto the lovely pond and gardens is a treat and to sit outside on the terrace under a parasol on a warm day is an absolute delight.
Second time back to the Tickle Arms which is nestled in Whittlesford, 15 mins south of Cambridge. Great ambience in the pub/restaurant, with a well thought out and exciting menu. Staff very attentive and very keen to ensure the meal and experience is enjoyable.
Staff are attentive, food was great and the wine was delicious. There is a really good atmosphere - great place! Highly recommend a visit.
Fantastic food, good value for money and great service. Will definitely be going back soon!
The mains no the wine were excellent. However the came,Bert was barely warm and my salon and red onion was cold, not sure if this was how it should be served, but salmon with a large piece of red onion on top should be warm!
And sorry but the puds were uninspiring and expensive for the cheese
The Tickell is located in the beautiful village of Whittlesford. We were warmly welcomed and had a lovely table in the large conservatory area. There was a wonderful fire and we were given ample time to enjoy our wine and relax. There was a good choice of dishes, the portions were more than adequate and truly delicious. We will definitely return to the Tickell and highly recommend it to others.
This was our 6th or 7th time at The Tickell. As ever the fish was the star. We both ate from the daily changing fish specials; scallops, cod and mackerel on this occasion. It was all great. Service was friendly. Ambience is good in bar and restaurant. Recommended.
We have eaten here fairly often but always a week day. We have never had a problem with the week but eating lunch on a Saturday was not a wonderful experience. Service slow and a very noisy restaurant with lots of children. Mid week is far more relaxing.
...with friends: pre-prandial drinks in the bar excellent, service kind but food very slow. Mains delcious when they arrived though. Would defintiely go again.
The Tickell has been run for a few years now by the same folk as the Cambridge Chop House, The St John's Chop House and other outposts. They share similar menus and wine lists - nothing wrong in that, as they all share high-quality ingredients and an emphasis on hefty southern French wines. The Tickell is a bit different, as its main building is an early nineteeth-century dwelling with "Gothick" touches, modernised and smartened up and linked with a handsome new-build conservatory which overlooks an idyllic small garden, complete with pond and fountain.
The staff are young, eager and helpful, and lend charm to what could be have been a slightly sterile environment. If you want to just drink at the bar, fine: half the place still operates as a pub. But better, settle down near a roaring fire and enjoy the exceptional country-style fish, meat and game dishes - all perfect for Sunday lunch, or indeed for any other occasion!
This was my first visit to the Tickell. Did not like the long bus seat like bench or the very tiny wooden tables in front of it. The service was good but the food was far below what we expected. Would I return, I don't think so.
My wife and I dined here with two friends. Staff were welcoming and efficient without being overbearing. Restaurant was about half full so kitchen was not under very much pressure. Starters were excellent (I had the scallops). My wife and I shared a Beef Wellington and were content to wait the 35 minutes it takes to prepare. It was greatly over done so that the meat was grey, solid and tough. Our waitress agreed. I left a large piece for Chef to see for himself and, apparently, he agreed too. It had been left too long on the pass under the heat lamps, he said.
When a £48 main course falls way short of the mark you expect that to be acknowledged by an adjustment to the bill. The cost of two puddings was deducted. That was the wrong response. The correct way to entice a disgruntled customer to return is to relate the compensation directly to the problem. In this case it should have been half or, perhaps, the whole cost of the Beef Wellington which, by Chef's own admission, was not up to standard.
Complaints, when handled correctly, can turn a negative into a positive. Not so in this case.
A serious restaurant for foodies, special occasions or romance. A big, welcoming bar area caters for non-dining drinkers and for aperitifs. Professional service under a great manager. Always some interesting specials - primarily fish. Perhaps a slightly short menu for carnivores. Wine pricey but a wide range offered, many by the glass. A warm haven in winter. We always eat out there if we can remember to reserve in time. It can get crowded.
Sad to say the dishes we has set our saliva buds to expect were not available so compromised with one Game Menu starter and main course from A lå Carte. OK but more expensive and not really what we wanted. Atmosphere good as usual. We have been staff and customers over the last 48 years. Pity the opera music has gone !
We went here for dinner after having visited few weeks previously and had a really good lunch. We'd really been looking forward to it. Lovely ambience and very friendly staff. Just disappointed with the food. I had a rib eye steak, quite expensive, but the meat was very fatty and could only eat about half of it. My wife had some hake, which was very well cooked and delicious, but the stew underneath it was rather dull.
Lovely starter of smoked salmon and great warm sticky chocolate cake to finish.
We would return, but perhaps for the lunch menu. For the price we paid for dinner, we expected much better.
This is a fantastic place, such a shame it's not my local.
I went to The Tickell with four others recently for dinner. It was a 'steak night' and so three of us chose steak and went for the same cut. Two of the steaks were lean and tasty but mine was disappointingly tough. However as I was busy taking and otherwise enjoying the evening I didn't mention it. I should have done so.
However that apart the evening was a fine occasion. I have been going to The Tickell for more than thirty years and always enjoy the ambience and warmth of the surroundings.
But the food is not always reliable and I have heard mixed reports of it from others. The pricing is such that The Tickell needs to get it right every time.
The quality of the food is excellent both the fish and the stakes however the creative chef fie bits are often estherically pleasing but almost inedible
This time I had the cod with some sort of fried noodles/birdsnest which filed a fair position of the plate but not my stomach
Apart from a small pice of veg or spud I left feeling hungry
Another lovely meal with friendly service and great food
Helpful when suggesting alternative wines if some were out of stock
Returning following over ten years of absence, we arrived to a very good, casual (perhaps frenzied) welcome, with excellent service throughout the meal, despite a novice waiter - his first day.
Comfortable, spacious table in the conservatory - without any echoes, surprisingly, considering the hard surfaces.
Four of us (friends) only had a main course each - being lunchtime and needing to return by 2pm, which we managed with ease, having arrived at 1215.
Three of us had the superbly cooked monkfish tails beside a light mustard sauce, coming with well-chosen vegetables of mini roast potatoes, steamed cabbage and yummy, deep-fried curly kale (could have done with more).
The men had well-kept Cambridge bitter ale, with the girls having house whites chosen from a broad selection of house wines by the glass. The main wine list looked scrumptious.
A choice of speciality coffees were had to finish and we departed in a convivial mood with smiles all-round.
PS: Don't be put off by the shabby exterior décor and very limited on-site parking. It's ever been thus - if you wished to be tikelled.