The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Cambridgeshire Edition

Category: Pubs

Foodie Flash – new openings that you need to know about

27 Mar 2017
SmokeWorrks, Cambridge

We’re pounding away at Muddy Cambs as there’s so much brilliant stuff coming up in the next weeks and months and, as you know, if it’s cool, chic or stylish we’re all over it. Grub is on the up in Cambridgeshire this spring and summer – there are roof gardens growing, new hotels opening and pubs that have been given so much plastic surgery they’re lost years, changed their shape and sound different. Some have opened in the last day or two whilst others are still a work in progress so as ever keep your eyes on the blog and I’ll wave a flag when you need to get your skates on


This popular all day coffee-cum-brunch-cum-cocktail bar is raising the roof this summer quite literally.

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Mother’s Day – need a hand?

9 Mar 2017
The Tumberlain Hotel, Cambridge Garden Room

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you haven’t arranged anything yet you better get a shift on. Everything gets booked up so flipping early and who wants to be in the doghouse for the next month (mini mudders are you listening?). Whether it’s Sunday lunch or afternoon tea I’ve pulled together a delicious bundle of ideas, across the whole of the county, that will get you back into your mother’s good books.

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Muddy eats: the Black Horse at Elton

21 Feb 2017
The Black Horse at Elton, Cambridgeshire


I’m writing this feature with a huge grin on my face because, truly, it was such a delight to find The Black Horse in the beautiful village of Elton, close to the Northants border a few miles from Oundle. We’re not drowning in good gastropubs towards the west of the county – if you’re a regular Muddy reader, you’ll know already that the lifeblood of the blog is to find things in Cambridegshire that have something that lifts them from the ordinary, and here’s one delicious nugget for you.

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Muddy Eats: The Mermaid at Ellington

2 Jan 2017
The Mermaid Inn, Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

You know those pubs where you’ve driven past a hundred times but somehow they never entice you to try them out? That’s how I’d always felt about the unassuming The Mermaid Inn, in the quiet village of Ellington just off the A14 a few miles west of Huntingdon, but the other day I tried some of their delicious canapés at a party and couldn’t stop scoffing them. So I did what any self-respecting glutton would do – grabbed my husband and dragged him along to try out the pub.

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The Top 6 Cosiest Pubs

1 Dec 2016
The Elitsley, Elistley, Cambridgeshire

Baby it’s cold outside – OK understatement, it’s arctic! Nothing for it but to hunt out the thermals, grab some woolly socks and make a beeline to one of the toasty, pubs to keep you warm through January. This list has been selected with as much geography as I can muster to ensure that those Muddy readers hibernating in Huntingdon and Peterborough are catered for as well as those holed up in Ely and Cambridge.

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