The Winner of our Best Gastro Pub Award for 2009
This heavily-timbered 15th century pub, half-way between Cambridge and Newmarket was brought to prominence by top-chef Stephen Bull and his head chef Christopher Leeton. During 2011, it was taken over by Masterchef finalist Alex Rushmer - who, with partner Ben Maude, is now actively at the stoves. They have hard acts to follow, and although still good, in our opinion the cooking has gone down a notch, but because of the enthusiasm on tap - might rise again. Lunch offers particularly good value!
However, forgetting the past, as well as a welcoming pub-like atmosphere, the villagers still have an good restaurant on their doorstep - enhanced in the darker months by crackling log fires.
The food style as modern British, and they have gone out of their way to source top-quality local produce.
Depending on the season, an autumn snapshot brought 'Butternut Squash Soup'; 'Roasted Bone Marrow with a Shallot, Parsley & Caper Salad and Sourdough Toast'; 'Carnaroli Risotto with Girolle Mushrooms, Chicken Skin Crisp & Popcorn' and 'Seared Scottish Scallops with Cauliflower Purée & Pakora & Curry Oil' listed on the half-dozen, or so, listed starters.
Perhaps 'Telmara Farm Duck Breast with Pickled Cucumber, Potato Spring Onion Terrine, Swwis Chard & Spiced Caramel Sauce'; 'Fillet of Halibut with a Ragu of Beans, Black Cabbage and Mussel, Bacon Basil Sauce'; 'Lemon Sole with Lemon Dumplings & Sea Vegetables' and 'Loin of Radwinter Roe Venison with Haggis Fritters, Parsnip, Purple Kale and Port, Raisin & Verjus Sauce' amongst the mains.
If you have room their puds shouldn't be missed.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Weds-Sun; 12.00-14.00, mains about £13 to £28; set L £20 (2 courses) to £24; set L Sun £26 (2 courses) to £30 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Weds-Sat 19.00-21.00; mains £13 to £28; set D £30 (2 courses), £35 (3 courses; Tasting Menu from £50 (5 courses)
- Seats: 70, plus 20 outside
- Wine: an interesting list kicks off at around the £20 mark, and offers a good selection by the glass
- Wheelchair access: please enquire, but no suitable lavatory
- Nearest station: Dullingham or Newmarket
- Directions: 1 mile off the A14, mid-way between Cambridge and Newmarket. See the map on this page, although you may still have to ask in the village
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available