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The Ancient Shepherds

) #205 of 550 Restaurants in Cambridge ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , British,
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
+44 1223 293280
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub
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5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here after very rainy day; just across road from b & b. Both had moules mariniere, then lamb rump and burger with all trimmings. Washed down with bottle of Shiraz and waddled back across road 😁. Service and food just fine; thanks.

Thank SandyBack2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately this meal was not particularly successful. One of our party of 9 adults and 2 children has coeliac disease, which we had informed the restaurant in advance and been assured they could provide appropriate food. On the day which was a Sunday, the only...More

Thank jacknian2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for Sunday lunch to find the best and treacle tart off the menus because they'd been too busy. The lamb rump was delicious however and a good alternative choice.

Thank chumphris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Me and my farther in law have been going to the ancient shepards over the last ten years. In that time they have had different owners, which were all great and accomadating and made to feel welcome. There are new owners which have taken over...More

1  Thank sim0nh1981
Ronan M, Public Relations Manager at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Comments noted. Have you heard of spellcheck btw..?

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in for a glass of wine for first time since new management. Not that impressed. Get to know your locals, we have propped up the Ancient Shepherds for years, it's not difficult, we love the place.More

1  Thank liz977
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Liz, Sorry you were SO disappointed with the pub on your first visit since April. It would help us tremendously if you could let us know why you were so unimpressed. We are getting to know the locals as and when they come in....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pub had been recently done up but not quite complete when I went. The food was very good and I look forward to going again.

Thank Gary C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit since the place has been renovated, starters were very nice. Gemma, who was working on the bar when we arrived made our visit. She recommended our drinks and was attentive and pleasant. Was a great visit and is our local so we will...More

Thank Natalie A
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We had a very poor experience here. The evening was a combination of really poor food and a lack of professional service. We did speak to one of the waiting staff to explain why we had not eaten most of the food served so I...More

1  Thank Camb2210
Reviewed 29 June 2017

I came in for lunch with my kids, the first time ive been here since it reopened. Interiors looking great, much brighter than it used to be. Staff were friendly and accommodating of my kids who where a bit messy! Extra points for letting us...More

Thank sheila372
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Hi, Many thanks for those kind comments. Its a work in progress, so good to hear we are getting there.

Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Table for 3 at 2 pm for Sunday lunch; my mum, my husband and me. Staff seemed disorganised and confused by our arrival. It took a very long time for anyone to take our drinks order and even longer for us to receive it, even...More

Thank Jen V
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

Dear Sirs, We recognise that most of your feedback is accurate and our performance unacceptable. We have recently reopened and clearly we have many operational issues to iron out, which is no help for your bad experience on Sunday 25th June. I can only apologise,...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 22
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 293280
  • E-mail
The Ancient Shepherds is a Free Hold, Free House in Fen Ditton, a beautiful traditional pub just a short walk from the river Cam.
We reopened on June 1st 2017 after an extensive makeover. We pride ourselves on fresh food, good wine, great beer and an eclectic gin selection. We have six taps offering a variety of craft beers and lagers. We have three hand pumps serving Woodfordes, Adnams and Nene Valley Brewery (GF)
We have a wonderfully rejuvenated beer garden where you an relax in the shade or sun.
We take bookings by phone or email.
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