The Waterman is a curious pub in Cambridge, out on Mitcham’s Corner. It is one of the more local feeling pubs I have been in for a while. The decor is fairly crazy, with the odd fish tank here and there, an area with cactuses, and one wall having a beautiful 17th century map presumably printed specially for it. They had pleasing old fashioned place mats with Victorian biological drawings.
They do Chinese food on Tuesdays, and have a Chinese cook, and his influence appeared in my food; the majority of their food is pub classic. We were there on a Monday, sadly. Food was passable pub food, and ok value for money. The one staff member there was a cheeky chap, and helpful enough. Maybe I will try the Chinese food in future.
I had veggie sausage and champ (an Irish dish, I think, of potato and spring onion similar to bubble and squeak or colcannon). It was made with quorn sausages, instant mash and instant gravy, I reckon, and tasted fine. The cook had dumped a load of spring onion on the top, Chinese style, which I enjoyed.
My mate had a chicken ‘fillet’ (breaded and fried) burger, American style, with a gherkin on the top (!), salad inside, and skin on chips beside. He described it as solid but uninspired. Chilean Sauvignon blanc was good, though.
Address: 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AX
Telephone: 01223 323813
Directions: Head from town towards Chesterton Road. It’s on the left as you enter Mitcham’s Corner.
(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)