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“Great food, lovely people”
Review of The Punter

The Punter
Ranked #123 of 713 Restaurants in Cambridge
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 12 May 2014

On a short trip to Cambridge, we stumbled upon The Punter rather by accident as it is situated across another restaurant that we had found on the internet. We decided to check it out and weren't disappointed. Having all had a nibble of each other's plates, we decided the food was excellent. There is a small but good choice of ales and wines. The pub has great atmosphere and the service is lovely, all smiles and helpful. We went back the next day. And the next. And the day after. Check out the graffiti in the loos!

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Thank WimVW
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I went to The Punter for lunch on a day trip to Cambridge over the bank holiday weekend. Whilst the service wasn't exactly great (all the staff were sitting around at the bar when we arrived and we weren't even sure they were open), we had a lovely time. We shared a portion of fish and chips (large, tasty, average price) and had a couple of glasses of their nice house red wine. The overall feel of the pub was great and we sat in a corner and played Scrabble (they have lots of board games to choose from) after we finished our food. We could see a lot of the tables were reserved for the evening, so it's obviously a popular choice for dinner!

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Thank Emma K
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We had the BEST punter to guide us through the river - booked for us by the Cambridge Food Tour (Gerla) he really made it perfect, his personality went well withthe group!!!!

Thank Amy H
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Went there for lunch today with our son. He enjoyed tasting the different beers before settling on one. Food was piping hot, delicious and represented good value for money! Will definitely go there again when we next visit Cambridge.

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Thank mark f
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

The Punter is a low-key gem of the Cambridge culinary landscape, hiding somewhat off the beaten track under the shadow of St John's college.

This pub is of the solid, uncompromising type that is a rare treat these days. When George Orwell wrote his criteria for the ideal pub, he may well have had The Punter in mind. Well furnished, a great selection of drinks on tap and bottled behind the bar and approachable staff make this a place well worth visiting. No loud music. No intrusive TV screens. Children and animals most welcome.

There is a quaint little courtyard, amply populated with squashy sofas and patio heaters, making it quite pleasant to sit outside even after sunset. Across the courtyard is the barn, a large separate room that can contain large groups and still give the feeling of intimacy. The furniture is assiduously mismatched and decoration is eclectic without being indiscriminate.

However great the pub, though, the experience is not quite so fulsome for those who make the mistake of failing to try the sumptuous offerings of the Punter's kitchen. The menu is adventurous, but not to the point of being insufferably "nouvelle", using ingredients that are clearly well-prepared and very fresh.

I had mussels, cooked to perfection; the terrine was deceptively imaginative and flavourful. The pan roasted chicken was most succulent, accompanied by a cake of aborio rice that both challenged and complemented the chicken (certainly not a "middle of the road" option here). A friend of mine described his lamb as "the best meal I've ever eaten"; and the loin of cod was "very generous". The desserts, I fear, were not uniformly brilliant. The churros were less thrilling than I had hoped, making me rather envious of the crème brûlée which received rave reviews from my friends.

I paid about £30 for three courses (incl. service but not drinks). Most of the birthday cake was left lonely and ignored, passed around to cries of "I couldn't possibly, not after all that!"

BOTTOM LINE: If you want either a pint or a meal in Cambridge, my advice is to stop wasting your time on identikit serveries. Make the short walk around the corner to The Punter for a unique and enjoyable experience.

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3  Thank cloudowl
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