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The Ancient Shepherds

$$ - $$$, British,
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
+44 1223 293280
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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Open Now
11:30 am - 11:00 pm Hours
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We attended a small group celebratory lunch. The atmosphere was very convivial but the food was very average with a limited menu. Perhaps the chef had the day off?

Thank David_Cambridge_UK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Continue to visit our new local and not disappointed yet. Had a great lunch after the Fen Ditton 5 mile - pulled pork sandwiches and chips a bargain. Friday night fish and chip takeaway a great idea and what better than a very good pint...More

Thank Graham B
Reviewed 3 May 2018

The Ancient Shepherds is my local and it is so nice to see this great little pub gaining popularity again after a few years in the wilderness! We have been twice recently for a meal with friends and I felt the pub deserves a big...More

2  Thank Rosielee911
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Moved in to the street 3 months ago and we just keep coming back. The rump steak is fantastic, as good as more expensive cuts particularly with the cognac and white peppercorn butter - a bargain on the Thursday steak night. Currys alternate Thursdays with...More

1  Thank Graham B
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

First visit to this traditional pub. The gammon, 2 eggs & chips was very tasty which was washed down with a pint of the local cider. Prompt friendly service. If you enjoy pub grub well worth a visit.

1  Thank Cygnetsixsix
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Had a really nice Sunday lunch here, roast dinner was delicious- crispy potatoes and tender lamb. Big portions of vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. The pub was dog friendly which was a plus and seemed very popular with dog owners. The staff were very friendly and...More

1  Thank Jenessa_126
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi, Many thanks for the support and great feedback. I'll pass it on to the team. Hopefully see you again soon, Kind Regards, Ronan

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Haven’t been here since it was done out Liked it better how it was, just my my opinion My daughter came home from Norwich, so we went there with the wife and mother in law on the Friday night because daughter was going back Sunday...More

1  Thank 321terryt
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Came here on a Sunday for lunch with my partner. The food was not anything surprisingly good and it would have been nice to see something on the menu that would have been different to the standard pub classics. The pub itself felt a bit...More

Thank Adam B
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi Adam, Sorry you were disappointed with the menu content. We are open to suggestions, always. We are,however, a Village pub serving honest home-cooked pub fayre. We don't pretend to be anything else. I will certainly be investigating the poor service as this is something...More

Reviewed 26 February 2018

The Ancient Shepherd's in Fen Ditton started life as three cottages, with the first being converted into a hostelry in the 17th century with the last in the 1960's. The menu is good British fayre and the Gammon steak I had was very well cooked...More

Thank The_Magpie_on_Tour
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi Magpie, Glad you enjoyed the food and the fire. Many thanks for the positive review. Hopefully we will see you again next time you are in the area., Regards, Ronan

Reviewed 20 February 2018

Just moved into the street and popped in for Friday night food as house still in boxes. Lovely interior and found a great spot by the fire on a cold night. Beer on tap very good - Dry Hopped Lager excellent and food brought out...More

1  Thank Graham B
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2018

Hi Graham, Welcome to the Village..! Many thanks for those excellent comments and your continued support. See you both again soon, Regards, Ronan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 22
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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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