The northernmost of the riverside pubs can be one of the most scenic, depending on which time of the year and week you are there. While the area facing the park can be big and loud, there are a couple of banks behind the pub facing the river. The moored barges and the green background can make you think that you are in rural Somerset or Yorkshire. Audience is mixed and although there is also a large area inside, it's not hard to guess that the pub is mainly full during summertime or any sunny day.
Food is OK, as a Greene King pub it serves the well-known menu which you may have seen at the one or other pub around the city. A small choice of guest ales is available. Would definitively recommend it for the scenery and to have a beer outside, but for food, there are better options in the city or the nearby Chesterton Road area.
The refurbished building is nice, but the food was cold and overpriced.
The staff I found were slow and uninterested and a foul mouthed man in the pub which i though was a local drunk turned out to be the landlord.
Avoid at all costs especially if you are with loved ones or children.
Favorite Dish: Couldn't tell you the food was too nasty to eat.
The Fort St George in England (to give it its full title) backs onto the River Cam with its front overlooking the green of Midsummer Common and manages to maintain a "country local" atmosphere despite being effectively still in the city centre. The pub dates back to the 16th century and whilst it has undergone a few changes over the years it still has a proper pub feel to it with its various dining and drinking areas creating spaces for both intimate dinners or a casual evening out. When the sun comes out its outdoor beer garden facing onto the common is a great place to sit and watch the world go by and get away from the clutter of the city - tho' it can get a little busy at times!!
The food here more than transcends the norm of British pub fare with its classics such as pies and burgers being that bit more classy than most as well as some more unusual bits and bobs. Service is friendly and informal and prices, tho' slightly higher than average, very reasonable for what you get. A good range of well-kept beers (and wines) makes The Fort well worth a visit no matter the season.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit, with my two boys, we started with a whole baked Camambert between us which came baked in its box with garlic, shallots and herbs and accompanied by mango chutney and decent bread - well tasty but best you enjoy garlic!!
For mains the boys had Argentinian steaks, which were excellent, whilst I opted for the crispy belly pork with whole prawns which was elegantly presented and absolutely delish! Perfectly cooked melt-in-the-mouth pork, with the crispiest of golden crackling, juicy plump prawns and a side of roasted vegetables and a subtle delicate saucing. Ths was proper pub food at its best and the couple of beers (Fireside if I remember correctly) made for a perfect accompaniement.
Yep, no complaints whatsoever!
This pub has a picturesque setting on the edge of the River Cam. The front beer garden overlooks midsummer common, and is filled with large tables and also has a flagpole.
It was built in the 16th century.
The meals are certainly very filling, and the chips in particular are to be commended.
Favorite Dish: I had the lamb with new potatoes and vegetables and it was very good. My husband had the burger and chips.
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