Pretty pub with excellent food and wines, charming staff and seats in the garden
The good pub guide review
Situated within a quaint, romantic village just three miles from Cambridge city centre, this pretty thatched pub boasts light and attractive décor and an easy-going, friendly feel. It's a bustling and gently civilised place and the bare-boards bar has high-backed cushioned settles and a mix of nice old dining chairs around wooden tables, prints on pale paintwork and a woodburning stove. From the bar counter, friendly, courteous staff serve Adnams Southwold and a changing ale such as Brewsters Hophead on handpump and several good wines by the glass. The airy conservatory restaurant, overlooking the garden, has rattan-style and pale wooden chairs around plain tables on quarry tiles and parquet flooring, a long, brown button-back wall banquette and another woodburning stove. At the front of the building are solid benches and tables, and the sunny back terrace and lawn have picnic-sets and teak tables and chairs. Sister pubs are the Cock in Hemingford Grey, Crown & Punchbowl in Horningsea and Tickell Arms in Whittlesford (all in Cambridgeshire).
The good pub guide food review
Interesting, up-to-date food includes scallops with white bean purée, black pudding and red salsa, salad bowl of bulgar wheat, peas, radish, herbs and chickpeas with tahini and lemon dressing, goats cheese arancini with arrabiata sauce, haggis fritters with dijon mayonnaise, garlic-roasted butternut squash with shaved fennel, black olives and almonds, herb-crusted hake fillet with lemon roast potatoes and lemongrass butter, slow-cooked beef with dauphinoise potatoes and juniper sauce, and puddings such as peanut butter parfait with Malteser cookie crumb, whipped yoghurt and pickled strawberries, and chocolate pot with kirsch-soaked cherries and vanilla ice-cream; they also offer a two- and three-course set weekday lunch.
Three Horseshoes, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 8AB
Weekdays: 12-3, 6-11; 12-3, 5.30-11 Fri