The Fort St George in Cambridge is an old traditional pub, part of the Greene King group. The landlord runs it as a gastropub (though some research shows it has exactly the same menu as some other Greene King pubs in London; said research was prompted by the waiter saying some of our order couldn’t be done because the ‘pickles we were sent fell apart in the fryer’), which means it has a nicer looking menu than most GK pubs in Cambridge which share a range of frozen food.

View, Fort St George, Cambridge

I have gone here from time to time over the last 20 years, as it is around the corner from a friend’s house, and it is a very nice place to sit outside and enjoy a summer’s day, with views either of Midsummer Common or the River Cam. The staff are pretty friendly if sometimes a bit offhand. The food is pretty good for a pub, though a little expensive.

Veggie burger, Fort St George, Cambridge

Veggie burger is Asian style, with edamame beans adding texture, and the burger comes dripping with sriracha and kimchi sauce, some skin on French fries and chilli coleslaw. All pretty good.

Scampi, Fort St George, Cambridge

Scampi and fat chips served with mushy peas and tartare sauce was similarly a little above average.

Address: Midsummer Common, Cambridge, CB4 1HA

Telephone:01223 354327


Directions: At the Mitchum’s corner end of Midsummer Common, on the river. You’ll see it.

(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)