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On The Plates

Cambridge has experienced something of a foodie revolution in the last few years with a huge growth in food establishments - from cosy cafes to food markets and top end world cuisine to fabulous, inventive street food. In this competitive arena where many are pushing the eatery envelope, we continue to be determinedly honest and straightforward with the food that we serve. 

Back in the day, when eating out in Cambridge, was a choice between a Wendy burger or selling an organ for a single course at Midsummer House, The Punter launched its gastro pub fare on a, more often than not, grateful clientele.  Over the years we have stuck to the same offer, mixing well-cooked pub staples with more adventurous dishes, always adhering to the same basic principles of fresh food, cooked well and delivered in hearty portions.

The menu changes regularly, offering an à la carte style menu lunch and dinner, which is supplemented by a, now legendary, £5 lunch, Monday to Friday 12-3.


On The Pumps

Our cellar is run with a near obsessional rigour.  One of our four ale pumps features Oakham’s top selling Citra as our Punter Blonde session ale – this award winning beer, with its 4.2% ABV, is light and refreshing with pungent grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry aromas leading to a dry bitter finish. Apparently.  Or to quote Ray, who pops in most days for half a pint, “Oooo smooth that …… lovely that is ….”

The three remaining ale pumps are rotated regularly to reflect changes in season, customer preference (bullying – you know who you are), and to provide a platform for the best of our local breweries to showcase their new ales. Adnams remains a firm favourite but Turpins, based here in Cambridge, is a close contender.

We are SIBA registered and 5* Casque Marque accredited and have been awarded a Certificate Of Excellence by Oakham Ales Brewery.

Click on the images below to see some of our regular contenders


Dog Friendly

We’re not going to lie, even though they never bring their wallets, often have inexcusably bad table manners, questionable notions of personal space, lounge about as if they own the place and always expect their favourite table even when they haven’t called ahead to book – we still love our four legged guests just as much as our two legged ones. Sometimes a teeny bit more.


On The Walls

We are currently exhibiting for sale -

Matchbox Prints - a collection of framed prints of enlarged mid to late 20th century matchbox labels from the old Eastern Europe and Russia                  (£95 - framed).

Original oil paintings by Virginia Neild together with a series of charcoal drawings from her period as artist in residence at Cambridge's Bodyworks Dance Studio ( Price on request )

WildFlorals - A collection of handmade Autumnal Wreaths (£5 - £15 )


In The Barn

Across the Courtyard from the main bar is our Barn that day-to-day provides additional seating for either drinking or dining. The Barn has also been called ‘The Shed’, ‘The Stable’, ‘The Outbuilding’, ‘That Bit at the Back’, ‘The Room with The Door and The Toilets’ (?) but to us it’s The Barn; lovingly restored, full of paintings and mature planting and a mismatch of wobbly tables and chairs. And it does indeed boast its own door and toilets.

In the main Barn area we are able to accommodate larger groups of up to about 45 who are catered for with a pre-order menu. On occasion The Barn is booked for private dining parties but this does incur a hire charge depending upon the time, day and date. Please email enquiries as they’re all dealt with on an individual basis and we will certainly try to accommodate you wherever we can.

Adjoining The Barn is a Private Dining Room that can sit 12 around one large table for dining or alternatively can be used for small groups of up to 25 for drinks.