11 great outdoor pubs and when they are reopening
- Credit: THREE PICKERELS
As pubs with outdoor areas gear up to welcome back visitors next month, here are some of Ely and East Cambridgeshire's finest.
The Cutter Inn at Ely
"From April 12, we’ve got a new menu for you to try, fresh beer on order, prosecco in the fridge and the suns shining. We’re just missing you".
Think England, think river, think great beer, think equally great good, think view. You’re already there.
The Cutter is a jewel in the Ely crown with its tranquil setting and the most inviting of places to meet friends and enjoy this historic inn’s hospitality.
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Outdoor seating is limited but well worth a short wait just for the view.
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Dine al fresco by the river from April 14 - "we are installing patio heaters and gazebos to increase your comfort".
Location, location, location. Three prized assets rolled into one at this delightful riverside pub and restaurant.
Plenty of outdoor seating, some excellent moorings nearby, and a perfect place to meet friends and enjoy the best of British pub and restaurant hospitality.
The Three Pickerels at Mepal
An idyllic riverside pub, restaurant and bed & breakfast set alongside the New Bedford River, this pub offers seasonal dishes with locally sourced produce.
"It’s been one year since we’ve all had our lives turned upside down by COVID and we had to close our doors.
"No one knew that this would still be going on a year later, however the end is in sight!
"We can’t wait to have you all back inside the new and improved Three Pickerels".
The Village Inn at Witchford
A homely and friendly small village pub with freshly made food and a great selection of beer on tap.
As of April 12 "we will open outside table seating only; also please just be mindful of the Covid rules of a maximum of six people or two bubbles".
The Townhouse Pub
60-64 Market Street, CB7 4LS
With its conservatory and walled garden, the Townhouse celebrates its 25th birthday on April 12 - the day it reopens.
"It'll be table service in the garden due to lockdown easing but it's a start. We look forward to seeing you wonderful people again".
The Crown Inn at Littleport
Reopening on Bank Holiday Weekend, it will be open Friday April 30 till Monday 2pm till 11pm.
Last orders will be at 10.30pm and it will be outside seating only. Toilets will be open and the rule of six or two households will be allowed to be seated.
"We will update you nearer the time with all the rules. Thank you for all your support we will see you all soon".
Five Miles From Anywhere at Upware
Situated in the hamlet of Upware on the outskirts of Ely, customers can enjoy a range of traditional pub fayre, home cooked meals and a regular specials.
Established in 1995, Five Miles - which is reopning in April - also overlooks the River Cam from its spacious gardens.
The Ship at Soham
Beer garden only reopens from Thursday April 15: there are no reserved tables or booking system so there are limited tables available.
"You will be in two marquees undercover and there are heaters. Just remember a coat to keep to warm."
There is a new online ordering system available for anyone who wants to use it.
"Can’t wait to see you all. Fingers crossed for some lush weather soon."
West End House at Ely
It has had many accolades but the visitor who summed the venue up as the “best proper pub in Ely, homely and friendly” nailed it.
It has a reputation for its beers but also has a splendid beer garden too. Nice and convenient.
The Five Bells at Burwell
44 High St, CB25 0HD
A traditional village pub where you will find a warm welcome, great home cooked food, a good range of drinks, real ales and a cosy spot to while away the hours.
"We have a great beer garden and play area, and it's being given a full makeover by Zion Landscapes Ltd, ready for reopening on April 15".
The Lazy Otter at Stretham
"We are getting ready for April 12 - more information to come!"
Nestled beside the River Ouse, the pub is a long-established favourite and great for a leisurely drink or a meal too.
The gardens are spacious and overlook the moorings – a delightful spot for these long lazy summers days. It’s also a great place for families too with an enclosed play area.