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This 16th-century, riverside pub stands beside one of the biggest lock gates in Europe. It’s a real success story, with local ales and home-made cider drawing drinkers to the bar with its open fire, while the kitchen create British classics with a twist. There’s a street food and bar snack menu of ‘nibbling snacks’ (Swedish juniper and sweet orange roll mops), ‘munching snacks’ (home-reared sausage hot dog in a blanket) and ‘bowls’ (Thai beef salad with lemongrass). Turning to the tempting main menu and there could be a starter of black sesame tempura whitebait with korma mayo; and 24-hour lamb shoulder, shepherd’s pie sauce, potato purée, cheese and chive hash and pea medley.
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To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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