“Carefully constructed menu of select options” - AA Inspector
This 18th-century building stands in a fenland village between Ely and Newmarket. While enjoying a pint of Adnams or glass of wine, choose between the dishes of good English fare on the two AA-Rosette menu. Cooking is taken seriously here, with quality, presentation and flavour taking top priority; specials change daily. Starters may include pork shoulder bon bon with bramley apple, pickles and cider cream; poached salmon with tomatoes, pink grapefruit and pickled cucumber; or duck spring rolls with sweet chilli mayonnaise. Followed by sea trout with crab risotto, cavalo nero and dill oil; game pie with creamed potato and braised red cabbage; or venison sausage and mash with buttered cale. Desserts will prove to be very tempting too – violet panna cotta with apple granita and baked white chocolate, or blackberry mousse with pear, red wine and flapjack. If you fancy something less sweet then the British cheese selection will fit the bill.
- 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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