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“UKs Rudest Barman?”
Review of Monkfield Arms

Monkfield Arms
Ranked #315 of 693 Restaurants in Cambridge
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“UKs Rudest Barman?”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Ate in here on Wednesday Feb 5 as an alternative to the Belfry Hotel. I had the steak and ale pie which was well cooked and plentiful.

What makes this otherwise unexceptionel city centre pub stand out, for the wrong reason unfortunately, is Keith the barman

If you don't like people and don't like serving people you might want to avoid any career that involves serving people.

How this pub has retained any customers is frankly beyond me.

My order was accompanied by tutting, muttering, eye rolling and a general level of disinterest that would have a Parisien waiter frantically taking notes

Worth a visit if only to appreciate service elsewhere

Visited February 2014
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English first
Braintree Essex UK
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“More than met expectation.”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

Ate here rather than suffer the food at the belfry hotel.
What can I say. It's standard pub grub, some of it straight out of the packet and into the fryer. But it was well presented, and tasty. Staff friendly.
Had the big burger, and was very pleasantly surprised. It was a really good burger.
Cheap too.
Would revisit.

  • Visited February 2014
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“Freezing cold”
Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

I have been into the pub twice in the last week and both times it has been freezing. When I went on Sunday 5th Jan the man behind the bar, said that the heating was broken but head office knew about it and was someone was coming out too fix it. So we all drank hot drinks too warm up and we all had coats on. Along with the rest of the pub.
Went in on Saturday 11th Jan for a couple of drinks with friends and once again it was freezing cold to the point that we left and went home as we were so cold. Asked again why it was so cold and was told that head office were sending someone out to fix the heating!!!!
I don't think it's good enough. I wonder when this will be sorted????

Visited January 2014
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Thank Emma J
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Amazing coffee, great atmosphere, very relaxed happy people, cool place to hang, but even if you don't have a 'tablet' your still cool just for being there!

Visited January 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Shocking.”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

Simply shocking food that was cold uncooked all the way through. There was clear drug use in the toilets and although late eating there was a sewerage smell from one end of the pub.

  • Visited June 2013
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