The Clarendon Arms, Cambridge for exceptional homemade food and real ales July 2015

The Clarendon Arms
The Clarendon Arms (aka ‘The Clarrie’) is situated in a quiet residential location close to the city centre
The inside of this pub is full of character
The inside of the pub is full of character and charm
Steve's starter was a tiger prawn dish
Steve’s starter was a dish of Tiger Prawns cooked in garlic and chilli oil, served with sourdough bread
For my starter I chose Sourdough bread and Balsamic dipping oils, with olives

We loved the retro white enamel dishes which the starters were served in!

Steve chose the aged rib eye steak meal
For his main course Steve chose the 8oz aged Rib-eye steak, with a mixed salad, croutons, chips, and a blue cheese dressing
My main course was a warm salad of roasted Mediterranean vegetables with Goat’s cheese, Crostinis, Artichoke, Little Gem lettuce, Beetroot, Red Pepper, Roasted Courgette, Green Pesto and Red Onion Chutney.

Last week Steve and I ate at The Clarendon Arms and were very impressed with the food and service. This pub serves essentially English restaurant quality food at sensible prices combined with a great atmosphere. I liked the bare flagstone floor, the dark wooden tables and chairs, and the cool interior as the rear doors were open to a small courtyard. Work for sale by local artists adorned the walls which was an interesting feature, and I noted that a range of newspapers were available, and wine was served by the glass, although this is a traditional real ale pub.

This was our first visit to The Carendon Arms but we were made welcome by friendly staff, and even on a Tuesday evening it was very busy so booking or at least phoning ahead is advisable if you want to eat. Speaking of which, the food here is innovative and stylishly presented, with big portions suitable for hearty appetites. In fact, it’s hard to say which dishes we enjoyed most as both our starters and mains were exceptionally good, but I would give a big heads up to the extra special chips which were unusually light, thinly cut and crunchy.

We were too full for dessert although a choice was available. To accompany our meal we drank San Miguel on draught and finished our evening with a liquer at the bar. The bill was under £40 for our food, which I thought was excellent value for money. We will be returning to The Clarendon Arms to sample their very popular Sunday Roast dinner very soon, and I wholeheartedly recommend this pub for a meal, or just for a drink and the ambience.

If you are looking for exceptional bistro quality food in unpretentious surroundings, where everything is homemade and freshly cooked from scratch with locally sourced ingredients then look no further than The Clarendon Arms.

Steve says “My steak was unbelievably good, perfectly cooked and so tender, and the delicious prawns had a really hot bite!”

Granny Apples says “My main meal was a superb combination of flavours and textures, and a perfect choice for vegetarians”.





01223 778272


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