The Clarendon Arms - Clarendon St

Pub, Bar, Bars and Pubs, Restaurant



Clarendon Arms, Clarendon St, Cambridge CB1 1JX

+44 1223 778272




Based on 88 reviews.


Agregated reviews (88) The Clarendon Arms - Clarendon St

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A 5 star pub without a doubt. From the moment I entered with my little dog I was welcomed. I had 3 hours to kill before my train back to London, I was quite tired after doing the touristy thing since 9am and just wanted to relax for a good amount of time. I'd been turned away from another establishment because of my dog and I then asked a local who recommended the Clarendon Arms. I was a good 20 min walk away at that point and just had this fear that I'd be turned away there too. London is such a dog friendly city, I can even take my dog inside clothing stores a lot of the time and definitely a in all pubs! But I had found Cambridge to be a little bit anti dog. Even the taxi that the pub ordered for me at the end of my night to take me to the station turned me away due to my little dog .... Any way back to reviewing the pub. The manager was just a delightful man and he made me feel very welcome so I settled in with some wine and let my dog investigate the pub. She was a bit jumpy and barky but I had no complaints when I apologised. The food was excellent. I had the prawn starter (garlic chilli butter) which was excellent. The prawns were large and juicy. The sauce was spicy and left me wanting more! I had some sour dough bread to soak up the juices, another slice would have been welcome. I then had a burger - I asked got the burger to have no bun as I wasn't sure I could fit it in, also I find bread makes me bloated. The chef kindly allowed me to have chips in replace of the bun. This was done as a favour and it left a very good taste in my mouth (literally) and I left in a very happy mood. When the first taxi refused to take me due to me owning a ferocious poodle the manager quickly ordered me another dog friendly taxi just in time so that i could make my train back to London, just in the neck of time. I can't wait to return to Cambridge with my family and friends, and when I do I'll be having dinner at the Clarendon Arms.

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The food was very good and the pub is cosy. One problem we had was when we were eating our desserts one of the staff informed us that the next guests had arrived and they needed the table. This was repeated by a different member of staff a couple of times over the next 3 or 4 minutes and in the end two of the waiting guests sat down at the end of the table! We finished our drinks outside!
It was a busy day and I understand that it's not nice keeping guests waiting but I also think that guests should also be treated kindly right up to the end.

3 by Semplicemente Jenna Review source

We went to this pub on a Sunday just as it opened. Most of the staff were extremely friendly! Sunday menu was very limited. Wine was added to the gravy of the roast which was not stated on the menu. My family member cannot consume alcohol for personal issues. When we asked the lady if we can change it she said we will still be charged a reduced amount for the plate of food with the wine gravy. I thought this was unfair as they should state if alcohol is in the gravy on the menu! Also in general the food was very average with very small portions.

2 by Milla Review source

Sadly a disappointing experience. The pub itself is a nice venue in a good part of Cambridge and the staff are excellent - very friendly and very accommodating to requests. The food itself was unfortunately poor quality and of a low standard. The presentation was good but the ingredients themselves weren’t great. A shame to rate lowly as I had high expectations as this location is rated 6th best in Cambridge but the food doesn’t reflect that rating.

2 by Scott Black Review source

Wonderful local pub. We arrived outside kitchen hours unfortunately, but were happy to drink with the friendly locals. They seemed surprised we as American tourists found the place and stopped there. I picked it as the closest pub to the bus station. Very happy to have found it. We had a great time and would definitely visit again. This time for Sunday roast maybe.

5 by AJ G Review source

Loved the service and the ambience.Give 10/10 for the starter curried sweet potatoes soup. It was very tasty .I ordered the Gammon with eggs and didn't want the chips.The Gammon slices were served cold with nicely fried eggs on top which wasn't that great. The salad wasn't great felt it was a few canned corn and tomatoes and olives together

3 by Chandani Rekers Review source

Best Sunday roast in Cambridge! The quality of the meat is excellent. Maybe it would benefit from having more veggies and potatoes, but still OK. Be careful with the Treacle sponge, is really sweet. I love it but can't do anything in the following 10 hours. You need to book in advance, and they have two seating times: 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

5 by Jordi Lanuza Review source

Met the two chefs in another local pub called the ELM TREE( WHICH WAS WONDERFUL), but no food, so they recommended us to their own pub a short walk away in Clarendon Street. Enjoyed a first class pub meal at good pride, a great pint of ale....should be on the list of top ten pubs in cambridge... you will not be disappointed.

5 by Niamh Kenny Review source

Me and my motorcycling mate had a wonderful roast lunch after the Easter service at King's college chapel yesterday. THE roast lamb and vegetables were fantastic . Portions were very reasonable and the friendly service and efficiency form staff made our Sunday lunch a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

5 by Graham Shoebridge Review source

Definitely positions itself as a food pub and, as far as I could see, its good reputation in this area is well deserved. We weren't eating and, although we had a fun evening with the selection of board games, the beer was a little on the pricey side for the area. On the other hand, it was well kept.

4 by Rich Wareham Review source

Great food at reasonable prices.
We ordered the Fish and Chips and Burger letter (both delicious), and two special also very good.
The potatoes simply spectacular.
Apart from the great variety of beers: the Blue Moon very good.

5 by Rafael A. Sayago Review source

Small pub with great traditional British food and a very good selection of beers!
The staff was very kind and they are around advising you about out-of-menu dishes and desserts.
The location is cozy and quiet. Recommended.

5 by Alessio Foradori Review source

If your looking for a dog friendly pub that serves great Sunday roasts with a fabulous selection of real ales (the Rioja was great) & staff that actually are friendly and helpful then give them a try. Thanks Claredon

5 by Adrian Shaw Review source

Pub was quiet and very clean. The team member was very efficient and friendly.

Food is reasonably priced. £5 for the scotch egg and £3 for a decent portion of handmade chips.
All the food was delicious.

5 by thomas burke Review source

Little choice of Sunday lunch dishes, rudeness by the 3 waiter who sent us off the table despite we were ending drinking our drinks, accommodating customers in our table while we were still sitting. Never again

1 by Jessica Fadda Review source

Nice place, decent selection of beers and a cute little beer garden.

Only downside is it is sometimes full of rather rude students. Not the bars fault, but detracts from the ambience.

4 by Sam Ellenby Review source

The best roast we have had in the UK. Very welcoming staff, lovely atmosphere, delicious food and a friendly vibe. We will recommend to our friends, and will come back if we visit Cambridge :)

5 by Courtney Scales Review source

Great atmosphere & not a plastic pub - drink prices are reasonable & beer was in A1 condition - next time I am back in Cambridge this will be my first port of call.

5 by Amy Sutheran Review source

I had a great time at this pub. They have a good selection of local beers and the food was delicious. The staff were very friendly.
I definitely recommend it.

5 by David Harada Review source

Warm welcome (including the dog), best burger ever and great atmosphere. Chosen as a venue for a family get together - exceeded our expectations - we will be back!!

5 by Review source

Absolutely great beer, food and even more the great great service. It was very full, but they did everything to accommodate us, even taking pictures. We loved !

5 by jcf123456789 Review source

The food is ... SPECTACULAR.
The best steak and the best burger I've ever tasted. The best steak; and the grilled hamburger was delicious.

5 by Francisco José Bernal Review source

A very nice pub. Trendy, good drink, nice decor and wasn't too busy when we went (guessing that's because the pub is quite tucked-away).

5 by Samuel Macdonald-Walker Review source

Fantastic pub, great staff and customers with fascinating conversation and good beer. Amongst the best pub food in Cambridge. Our favourite local.

5 by William Handley Review source

Absolutely delicious mulled cider there last weekend. Really friendly staff, food was lovely and pet friendly
Would absolutely recommend

5 by Alan Daly Review source

Authentic British pub. The food was average but I had a very good ale. I heard Sunday roasts are great, I guess I'll have to come back.

4 by Marc Allaire Review source

Great Sunday lunch - thoroughly enjoyed it. Met the chef who came out mid-sittings and had a 'natter' (that was nice to see).

5 by Rebecca Bond Review source

I am the new owner all reviews prior to this message are irrelevant,we are now I believe serving the best pub food in Cambridge!

5 by Lawrence Dixon Review source

Nice little place off the beaten track.Food was quite nice. Doggy friendly which was our main reason for visiting.

4 by Nicola Wood Review source

Lovely place and nice staff, but very expensive: £10 for a small bottle of beer and a single spirit plus mixer.

3 by Martin Law Review source

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