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If you’re looking for a slightly sophisticated pub serving exquisite dishes, try the Punter. Here you will find a traditional and welcoming atmosphere yet in modern and plush surroundings.

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Mon-Sat 12:00-00:00

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The Punter reviews

By Abbie M.

Poor customer relations and sloppy event management. Do not hire for an event. They have taken my money and won't return my phone calls.

By Abbie M.

Poor customer relations and sloppy event management. Do not hire for an event. They have taken my money and won't return my phone calls.

By Phil M.

Great pub with great decor. Excellent food, if a little pricey for a la carte but worth it. £5 lunch menu is limited but for a fiver you can't expect a huge choice. Service was good, and friendly staff are happy to help and explain the menu in detail. Well worth a visit for something a little different to the normal 'pub grub'. A vast improvement over the previous occupiers.

By Wibble W.

Beer ok but Broadside tastes a bit 'thin'. Took 20 minutes for drinks to be brought to the table. Not as well kept as The Castle, only 5 minutes round the corner. Restaurtant was cold at lunchtime; had to keep my coat on.

Only 3 lunchtime mains on the menu for the advertised £5. All other mains £12 - £16. I had lamb with couscous and sweet chilli. Lamb was chewy and gristly, couscous watery, chilli was undetectable.

Other people in our party were told the cottage pie was off at 12.45 (down to 2 lunchtime choices), a late arrival at 1.15pm was told the fishcakes were now off as well. Can't have been more than 15 dinners in the place.

Deserts took a long time to arrive. Didn't arrive till nearly 2pm despite our party arriving shortly after 12.30 and not having starters. This place was poor when it opened.

They've dropped their prices since, but apparently not improved the service, choice and quality of food. Suggest you avoid and go to The Castle instead.

By Neda H.

Calling themselves ‘Cambridge’s first urban gastropub’, The Punter is a beautifully renovated barn that has character and class.

The Venue
For those who are tired of Cambridge pub food, where a basic burger in a dated pub is about the best you can get, The Punter will be a refreshing change. Only minutes away from Bridge Street this pub is a secluded Cambridge secret that locals love.

A renovation has completely transformed The Punter, with a classy decor that mixes traditional and modern very effectively.

Low ceilings with chunky wooden beams hint at the old barn facade, but colourful boudoir wallpaper brings the place into the 21st century. The silver blue colour of the wallpaper stands out well against the cream walls and simple dark wood furniture.

Other walls are covered with many posters and pictures, with a mix of retro 1950s style to an older more classic 1920s style.

The effect is haphazard yet cool, adding an essence of times gone by while still looking chic. With a couple of private rooms that follow the theme of old classic with a modern twist there is lots to look at.

The outside courtyard is totally cut off from the street making it feel lovely and tranquil, and it usually gets quite busy on sunny days.

The People
The Punter is filled with people who want something more than just a trip to the pub. They want good food in a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere with an interesting crowd.

Ages vary from student to elderly, with everyone in between. The informal atmosphere is infectious but there is also an air of sophistication that is lacking in many pubs.

The staff are down to earth and helpful with the menu and the wine, so everyone feels at ease enjoying the low-key buzz.

The Food
For cheap pub grub this isn't the place to go. The Punter's menu changes daily and it focuses on ‘English and French peasant food’. It's just as hearty as the cheap stuff, but with quality ingredients, good presentation and delicious flavours.

Dishes range from classic roast beef or shoulder of lamb to seabass and asparagus risotto. Prices aren’t cheap with mains mostly above the £10 mark, but the taste is worth it.

The Drink
As this is a foodie focused pub the wine list is extensive, with around 90 to choose from. Prices range from £13 to £30.

There's a good mix of Old and New World wines to suit most budgets and preferences. Beers are also on offer and they're slightly different to your usual selection. Leffe, Hoegarden and Staropramen cost around £3 a pint.

The ale that’s usually available is Adnam’s Bitter, and there is also a popular Addlestone’s cloudy cider.

The Last Word
The Punter is a homely pub with a stylish edge that offers good food and drink and bit more than the average boozer.