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The Ancient Shepherds

$$ - $$$, British,
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
+44 1223 293280
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good43%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5 High Street | Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8ST, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

Popped in here a couple of times over christmas/ new year to have a catch up with friends. The pub has been done up very nicely and the food we had was delicious. Drinks were a fair price and the atmosphere was nice. Miss the...More

2  Thank Holly K
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Holly K, Many thanks for the positive comments. Its comforting to know we are improving. Sorry about the missing sofas. We are looking to recreate a more comfortable seating area later this year. See you again soon, BW Ronan

Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We booked a table for 5 of us, we phoned and changed it to 7 and then 9 even after that we had an extra turn up - all very well coped with - thank you. The atmosphere is lovely and welcoming. We had a...More

2  Thank Mel M
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Dear Mel, Many thanks for your kind comments. I must apologize for my grumpy behavior when delivering the meals to the table. I was drafted into the kitchen to help out as we were short staffed, guilty of being a little abrupt and , indeed,...More

Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful family meal at the Ancient Shepherds the Saturday just before Xmas. We were made to feel very welcome and the food was delicious (I can recommend the Shepherd’s pie in particular). Great kids menu and it looked like it had a...More

Thank EllieTea
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

Hi, Many thanks for the great feedback. I will make the team aware of your comments. Watch this space for when we add the letting accommodation next year..... Best Wishes for the New Year, Ronan

Reviewed 12 December 2017

on arriving we had the wait for the menu as not typed up not a happy beginning.. we ordered out lunch 3 roasts I child roast, after waiting an hour in a empty dinning room the food did get to us. veg where not cooked...More

1  Thank Sallyfoodsnob
Ronan M, Public Relations Manager at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

I can only apologise for the wait at the beginning and what you felt was a poor quality meal. We were, indeed, late with everything due the weather causing all the staff to be late. Clearly NOT your fault . We'd have since replaced the...More

Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

The last time I visited the Ancient Shepherds was around 4 years ago. Back then I really enjoyed this village pub so I was anxious when I heard it was in new hands. No need to be as this pub is as good as ever....More

Thank wpage68
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Hi, Sorry for tardy response. Many thanks for the great review and we are glad you enjoyed the new look Ancient Shepherds. Look forward to seeing you again soon in 2018, BW Ronan

Reviewed 23 November 2017

So pleased to see this pub being well run. We visited for a mid week meal and the pub had a good number of people in there for a Wednesday night and a variety too- workers for an after work drink and couples for meals....More

Thank Beachymel
Ronan M, Owner at The Ancient Shepherds, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Dear Beachymel, So glad you enjoyed the new-look Ancient Shepherds. Always great to hear good feedback which confirms the staffs great efforts which incentivises and helps them improve even further. Best Wishes Ronan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$24
Bar, British, Contemporary, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch
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
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 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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