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The Ancient Shepherds

$$ - $$$, British,
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
+44 1223 293280
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good46%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“lamb rump” (2 reviews)
“burger” (7 reviews)
“ice cream” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A fabulous Sunday lunch. Great choice of roasts. Nut roast & Roast Beef delicious and accompanying vegetables & Yorkshire pudding just perfect. Good service too. Thanks👍

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my sister came here on a Sunday for a roast. We hadn't booked so were lucky to of gotten a table. We were seated quickly by a young girl who was friendly enough. We decided to order a starter (Big mistake) The starter...More

Thank Jodie D
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ladies, Once again we are very sorry for standard and quality of the service and food. We were, indeed two staff short, at least..!, not your fault, obviously. We were overrun with a particularly busy Sunday. We are a new business and are still...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I live in Fen Ditton and had heard mixed reviews about the Ancient Shepherds so decided I must see for myself. Was shown quickly to the table by very friendly staff. The specials board was pointed out to us. Pate, whitebait, sausages and mash and...More

Thank Dee B
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Dee, Thank you so much for those kind words and support. Village pubs need local support , without which they simply don't survive. See you again soon, BW Ronan

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Welcomed by Ronan and served very well with food. The Ancient Shepherds has two areas one side appeared to be for drinking, the second side was a split level restaurant. Very quaint look with a modern twist. Menu simple but ample. You can either order...More

Thank Julesx64
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jules, Many thanks for those kind comments. The B & B is planned for next year btw, BW Ronan

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always been intrigued by this pubs name, so finally decided to try it out. Still being painted outside..all looking good. My mum and I were early for lunch but still greeted nicely and had our drinks, no problem. Lunch menu have good options, we decided...More

Thank karen l
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Karen, Many thanks for the excellent review. Looking forward to seeing you again, BW Ronan

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice pub with a good size garden, the staff were great, very chatty and friendly. If I had to nit pick, one fault would be that that urinals were full to the brim, in which case you would just use the toilet but just...More

Thank stanboe89
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Many thanks for review and feedback. Loo dealt with since btw, See you again, soon.... BW Ronan

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So maybe I should keep this quiet because we arrived and were able to get a table without booking on a Saturday night. The food was super, not expensive and our plates were completely clean at the end. Good variety of ale. Very tasty risotto,...More

Thank karoline.clive
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Ate here after very rainy day; just across road from b & b. Both had moules mariniere, then lamb rump and burger with all trimmings. Washed down with bottle of Shiraz and waddled back across road 😁. Service and food just fine; thanks.

Thank SandyBack2014
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Unfortunately this meal was not particularly successful. One of our party of 9 adults and 2 children has coeliac disease, which we had informed the restaurant in advance and been assured they could provide appropriate food. On the day which was a Sunday, the only...More

Thank jacknian2017
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We went for Sunday lunch to find the best and treacle tart off the menus because they'd been too busy. The lamb rump was delicious however and a good alternative choice.

Thank chumphris
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$23
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 293280
  • E-mail
The Ancient Shepherds is a Free Hold, Free House in Fen Ditton, a beautiful traditional pub just a short walk from the river Cam.
We reopened on June 1st 2017 after an extensive makeover. We pride ourselves on fresh food, good wine, great beer and an eclectic gin selection. We have six taps offering a variety of craft beers and lagers. We have three hand pumps serving Woodfordes, Adnams and Nene Valley Brewery (GF)
We have a wonderfully rejuvenated beer garden where you an relax in the shade or sun.
We take bookings by phone or email.
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