The Old Spring
“Neighbourhood pub with a lengthy and varied menu” - AA Inspector
You’ll find this bustling pub in the leafy suburb of De Freville, just a short stroll from the River Cam and its many boatyards. The bright and airy interior offers rug-covered wooden floors, comfy sofas and large family tables. Sip a pint of Elgood's Cambridge Bitter, one of the real ales on tap, or one of 20 wines by the glass while choosing from over a dozen main courses plus specials, perhaps smoked mackerel, beetroot, new potato and spring onion salad; steak ciabatta sandwich with home-made onion marmalade; Cumberland sausage and mash. Sharing plates, sandwiches, wraps and lighter meals add to the choices. Leave some room for pudding though, a chocolate and nut brownie, for example.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About the area
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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