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A real gem in the Fens

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Kids play area

This 16th-century, riverside pub, next to one of the biggest lock gates in Europe, is owned by John McGinn, who, a few years ago, competed in BBC’s MasterChef. It’s a real success story. Local ales and home-made cider draw drinkers to the bar with its open fire, and for food, John is passionate about creating British classics with a twist. The pub has its own chickens and rare-breed pigs that live on land next door, and farm produce is available to buy in the restaurant deli. 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. There’s now a five-course tasting lunch and an eight-course tasting menu – a version is offered to vegetarians and vegans too.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday lunch and Tuesday lunch
  • Opening times: 12-2.30 5-10 (Saturday to Sunday 12-10)
  • Lunch: Wednesday to Thursday 12-2, Friday to Sunday 12-9
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5-9, Friday to Sunday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Marston's Pedigree, KCB 66
  • Real ciders: Spinney Abbey Monk and Disorderly, Dog House (own brew)

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Cider festival, Early May bank holiday


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On B1040 between Thorney and Whittlesey

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