Brewery Tap: Brew pub
City centre brewpub and restaurant, a showcase for the beers of Oakham Ales, and "the largest brewpub in Europe" so they say and I'll not argue.
Anyway there is a Thai restaurant on site too with authentic food and it was very popular with a large Saturday lunchtime crowd, a vegetarian sampler plate for us.
Obviously the beer is the major attraction though and did try four, all house brewed and all enjoyable, real ale at its best.
Food and drink reasonably priced, good pace to visit.
Draper's Arms - Wetherspoon's: A Wetherspoon's in Peterborough
Here, we have another Wetherspoon pub: Cheap and cheerful, conveniently located and with some lack of own character. The selection of ales is not bad for such a place and the staff was really friendly. The pasta dish was good (can't remember exactly what it was, I just remember that I haven't seen it on any other Wetherspoon menu). And it was open until late at night – a good place to wait for your train as the station is just five minutes away. The building is from the 19th century and the location was used as a carpet and curtains shop for many years. However, it remains just a Wetherspoon pub. It's not a place where you should expect any kind of new pub experience, just a place to get a cheap pint and a meal until late at night in the well-known quality you know from the rest of the UK.
P.S.: In this place, I had my only ever power blackout in the UK. Congratulations guys! For a couple of minutes I felt like in the place of my childhood: Caracas, Venezuela!
The Office: Classic pub for almost everyone
Among the three pubs I visited at Oundle road, “The Office” was the one with the most mixed audience. From youth, to elderly locals, from office workers looking for an after work pint to regular costumers, almost every group was present. It has a traditional atmosphere, although it is not as down to earth (or raunchy...) as the close-by Palmerston Arms. “The Office” has an Irish glimpse, but is not an Irish themed pub. Irish black stuff clearly dominates, but the usual lagers and a half a dozen of tapped ales are also present. Unfortunately, it does not serve any food, only snacks like crisps and peanuts. For food, please visit the “Cherry Tree”, which is only a short walk away and serves good Pasta dishes.
Palmerston Arms: Old style beer drinker's pub off the beaten path
If you are looking for a really traditional pub in Peterborough, I would like to suggest the Palmerston Arms at Oundle Road. Although it is not far away from the city centre, Oundle Road looks more like the main street of a village than part of a larger town. Here, you will usually not find any tourists, but a couple of down-to-earth – pubs which are rarely found in the 21st century. The biggest time warp takes place in the Palmerston Arms. Here, the interior hasn't seen any major changes for decades and the landlord's cat strolls around the pub. Perhaps the drawing card is the lack of pumps. You will get your ale, stout or whatever from a barrel which is stored in a separate room behind the bar. With just a big window in between, you can see the barkeeper pulling your pint directly from a barrel.
The audience is mixed, neither the 50+ locals nor the hip crowds or the after-work people form a dominating group. And even if it may scare away a non-pub-experienced tourist, it has a friendly atmosphere. Some snacks (crisps, peanuts etc.) are served. For real food, visit the “Cherry Tree”, which is just a couple of metres away.
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The Cherry Tree: A Greene King Pub with delicious pasta dishes
Not far away from the city centre, but still in a zone most tourists don’t get to, you will find a couple of nice pubs. The Cherry Tree is the first you encounter and is the largest of those at the beginning of Oundle Road. It is a family-run pub, famous for its Pasta-dishes but not a posh gastro-pub. I tried one of them and it was delicious, unfortunately on the second day I oredered a meal the cook was sick, so I went back to Guinness and crisps. The Cherry Tree is a Greene King Pub, but fortunately it has not lost its identity like many other of its kind. The cosy atmosphere and the old furniture has been kept, making the Cherry Tree attractive for the mixed audience. When it comes to classic style, it is good but can't compete with the classic Ale pubs nearby, the Palmerston Arms and the Office. Hot food is served at dinner time, but please check out exact time with the pub, if you come to eat. Occasionally, bands are playing here too, but at the time I was there, no events were going on.
I’ve seen better pubs in England, but also for worse. A good place for a down to earth pub – experience in Peterborough, but not the place I would go to every other day.
Gordon Arms, Oundle Rd, Peterborough: Looking for a long wait?
If you want somewhere to sit around for a couple of hours while your stomach growls then this is the place for you.
If ever anyone has died of starvation while waiting for their food it probably happened here.
I waited almost 1hr 30 for my meal to arrive and then I had to complain to the manager, who wasn't all that interested really.
No one asked if I was happy with the food when I finally got it. The only 'offer' of compensation for having wasted over an hour of my life, that I will never get back, was a drink for myself and my missus. Appalling, I'd had 2 pints of shandy while waiting for my meal and I hardly wanted to spend anymore time there as it was.
If you're visiting Peterborough avoid this place. Though the '2 for 1' offer is tempting, by the time you get the meals only one of you is likely to still be alive. The surviving person will have eaten their companion so won't be feeling that hungry anymore, so don't bother.
Joy Wah: Plentiful Chinese Buffet
The food has always been well prepared and plentiful. You can order from the menu my advice is to take the buffet option. You get to eat as much as you like aand the selections is extensive including some Thai dishes.
Favorite Dish: The honey coated ribs are nice as are the fried meat dumplings.
Admiral Wells: Good honest fare
This is actually a pub but the emphasis is definitely on the diner. It gets very busy at weekends and holidays so you must book in advance. The food isn't particularly fancy but the surroundings are pleasant the food is always well cooked and presented. The added bonus is that you get to eat in a good example of what most people expect an english country pub to be. The beer is also good, be it, foreign lagers or a good selection of well cared for english ales. Prices aren't silly either.
Favorite Dish: No doubts if it's an english pub it's got to be steak and ale pie, or steak and kidney pie and I have eaten both here with no complaints.
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Abdullahs: Quick asian snacks
My favourite place for a snack in the city centre. Friendly staff, clean premises, inexpensive for the city and prompt servie. I've been visiting for the last five years. Don't expect anything fancy on the menu. It's basically a very good kebab shop with a few tables.
Favorite Dish: Chilli nan with donner meat. Chilli and mint sauce on the table. You also have to have some of their meat samosas, there excellent.
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Charters Cafe Bar & East Restaurant: Charters: On the River Nene
This restaurant is on a boat, moored on the River Nene in the Peterborough city centre. It has an ideal location, and very good food. Rather pricey, but you get what you pay for. Friendly atmosphere, with a great view of the river.
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FRATELLI: PASTA PERFECTION
we eat here once a week, its near the food store where l do my shopping and paying £20 for lunch here means that l save more than that amount on my grocery bill ! never shop for food when you are hungry !!!
this is a friendly family run restaurant and Deli, the food is absolutely excellent, the owners also have a top class `posh` reataurant near to Peterborough, the service is quick and friendly........it gets very busy at peak times but its worth waiting for a table
it is a very attractive restaurant, with tables outside in the covered shopping arcade
inside the restaurant is non smoking, though you can smoke outside
Favorite Dish: pasta con salami is my favourite dish [ one of the waitresses doesnt even bother to give me the menu any more, she writes my order as l walk through the door !........its creamy tasty and spicy, absolutely delicious
garlic bread with cheese is the best I have had anywhere
according to my husband who has tried everything at least once, the rest of the menu is wonderful too
the food is all freshly cooked, and there are a good choice of wines and beers
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Sessions house: Eat in an Historic Jail
I'm afraid I have yet to procure a picture of this place - but it will come.
The sessions house was formerly Peterborough's jail, and after that a Magistrates court. The conversion has been sympathetic and many features of the courtroom remain.
The food is not overly exciting but is pretty much middle-of-the-road carvery type stuff, and they give good portions. My brother was a little more forthcoming : "They do a lovely bit of beef" he said.
This is the blurb from a 'pubs' website about the place :The Sessions House is a 98 seating Carvery restaurant with an a la carte menu. The bar area caters for light snacks and quick meals. Sessions is located within a ten minute walk of the town centre, near to the train and bus station. The building itself was a magistrates court in recent years and still holds many features of its time. Built originally as a castle it is a prominent building on the main Thorpe road into town. Set back from the road, with front garden area and rear patio in pleasant surrounds, we offer Special offers and Music or General Knowledge quizzes once a week on a Monday. Our restaurant / pub is known locally as the castle pub, why not visit us soon.
THE TAJ MAHAL: CURRY ANYONE ?
My favourite curry restraunt....... the food is wonderful, and for those cant-be-bothered nights they deliver !
Favorite Dish: Chicken Tikka Massala.....its to die for !
Tandoori Mixed Grill...for diet days
Im not going on or I will end up listing the entire menu !
MANNINGS: NOT the Hard Rock Cafe
For those of you who visit Peterborough and want a good breakfast this is THE place, the portions are generous and early patrons are often to be found enjoying the `cabaret` courtesy of mine host (exept Thursdays). Its a Very friendly place and handy for the passport office
Favorite Dish: Bacon rolls are extremely good. My available sausage expert (him indoors) assures me the sausage ones are too
Notcutt's Garden Centre and Restaurant: Notcutt's
Excellent choice of steaks, vegetarian dishes, appetizers, and many more items. The garden centre is a great place for the green thumb in the family.
Favorite Dish: The steaks are great.
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