Pubs in Cambridge

Boasted as one of the oldest cities in the UK, it's no wonder than a destination the likes of Cambridge is pretty friendly with a smack up historical tradition, hot-footing it down the boozer. From on-site microbreweries and Cambridge craft, to nuzzle worthy nooks and beloved favourites, the pub scene in Cambridge is one of the most enviable in the UK, and we're here to show you why. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Cambridge.

Last updated on 19th October 2022

When it comes to drinks in Cambridge, you can't go wrong with a classic boozer. Low-key interiors, proper British dishes and real ales on tap are all on the menu at The Mitre, so head down if you're after a laid-back time.

The Waterman

16 user reviews 4

A characterful pub in Cambridge's city centre, The Waterman is a popular spot for those who need to wet the whistle. Head on over for refreshing pints of craft beer, delicious wines and a range of spirits. And if you're hungry? You'll find elevated classic and Sunday roasts here.

The Mill

21 user reviews 4

The award-winning pub, The Mill, is a great shout for watering holes in Cambridge. Get stuck into a great selection of real ales, draught beer and sparkling prosecco all while you tuck into bar snacks or buffalo chicken wings.

The Red Lion

15 user reviews 4

If you're on the hunt for a Cambridge city centre pub, The Red Lion is as cosy as you're gonna get. Toting wooden interiors, vintage posters and old school knick-knacks, it's the place to enjoy a round of pints and top-notch grub.

Old Ticket Office

1 user review 4

A stunningly restored pub in Cambridge city centre, Old Ticket Office is a real treat for the eyes. It also boasts an epic lineup of craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits (with a bottle shop to takeaway). And if you get hungry? Chomp on small plates, burgers or sandwiches, which you can also take on the alfresco terrace.

The Crown & Punchbowl

1013 user reviews 5

A former 17th-century coaching inn, The Crown and Punchbowl is a charming and historical pub; think exposed beams, fire places and even cosy room upstairs - should you enjoy too much of their delicious real ale.

The Three Horseshoes

2118 user reviews 5

Located three miles out of Cambridge centre, this charming, thatched-roof pub is the perfect anecdote for a Sunday afternoon. Find roaring fires, a large beer garden, original features, and an award-winning menu that includes hearty British dishes.

The Portland Arms

1 user review 4

One of the best pubs for live music in Cambridge, this 200 capacity venue is always buzzing with the best beats in town. And if it's a quiet pint and a bite to eat you're looking for, this menu has it covered. Nestle into a cosy corner and enjoy a vintage tavern pub in the centre of Cambridge.

The Anchor is a riverside retreat perched right next to the beautiful Cam where you can revel in alfresco drinking and dining all day long. Satisfying a traditional pub physique, this boozer oozes charm and comfort with a menu of locally sourced foods where you'll find game, meats and fish all on the menu and the bar stocks more than it's own weight in craft beers and ales. 

The Alex parades under a banner of Burgers, Brews and Banter, which is more than enough to get us through the door. Once inside it's all about delicious patties, with these homemade meaty treats ranging from between £7 and £9 a piece. There's a top drawer Sunday Roast at the weekends, and a lovely choice of locally brewed ciders, ales and craft beers to contemplate at the same time.

This cosy cubby hole is a quaint and quirky take on the old pub design, with extra care taken on delicate decorative details in this rustic interior. Settle into a comfy antique sofa, or take your pints outside and soak up the sun in a picturesque beer garden in one of the cosiest quirky pubs in Cambridge.