The Crown & Punchbowl has 5 delightful double rooms, all of which are en-suite.

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High Street,
Horningsea, Cambridge
CB25 9JG
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(Please note on some Sat Navs the postcode directs you to Ely but we are just off Junction 34 of the A14)

01223 860643



The Crown & Punchbowl is a quaint country pub, restaurant and inn nestled amongst farmhouses in the village of Horningsea, just 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge. Horningsea has the best of both worlds - it is idyllic and rural whilst being well connected to the Cambridge Science and Business Parks, just a 5 minute drive away via the A14. Our five guest rooms are well-placed for visiting Cambridge, Ely or the Newmarket Races.

This Grade II listed building was originally an old coaching inn constructed in the 17th century. It has been extended periodically but retains many of its traditional features including brick fireplaces and original timber beams.

The pub serves local real ales straight from the cask whilst the restaurant offers seasonal modern British food in relaxed surroundings. There are five delightful guest rooms upstairs.


Mon-Thurs 12 noon - 3pm
6pm - 11pm
Friday 12 noon - 3pm
5pm - 11pm
Saturday 12 noon - 11pm
Sunday 12 noon - 10.30pm


Mon-Thurs 12 noon - 2.30pm
6.30pm - 9pm
Fri-Sat 12 noon - 2.30pm
6pm - 9.30pm
Sunday 12 noon - 3pm
6.30pm - 8.30pm


Mon-Fri 7.30am - 9am
Sat-Sun 8.30am - 10am

We are a passionate local business devoted to providing fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced food. Our style can be best described as Modern British & European with a regularly changing menu. Food is keenly prepared, presented and served by a knowledgeable team.

Please see our blackboards for fresh fish. All fish is supplied by Marrfish from day boats and delivered fresh daily. These dishes change regularly and are from a sustainable source.

Follow the links below to view our menus:

Main Menu

Fish Board

Set Lunch Menu & Sandwiches

Sunday Lunch

Gluten Free Menu

Dairy Free Menu

Children's Menu


Our wine list is quite unique in that it focuses on the Languedoc- Roussillon region of France. We have visited the region many times, with staff, and have met very nearly all of the wine makers on our list.


We take our real ales very seriously and serve 3 local real ales at sensible prices. We also serve homemade punch and real cider from Cromwell along with a good selection of soft drinks.

Wine List


The Crown & Punchbowl has a total of nine delightful double rooms, all of them ensuite. The Erasmus Room is our largest room and offers an ensuite bath/shower. The Goodall room can be arranged either as a twin or as a super king bed. The Science Wing was added in December 2018 with four fabulous rooms named after four of the 20th century’s most influential scientists, all of whom have a connection to Cambridge: Alan Turing, Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Hawking and Jane Goodall.

Room rates are from £120 per room. Breakfast is available for an extra £10 per person. We also offer a special rate for weekend breaks - £295. This includes a two-night stay, breakfast on both mornings and a three-course dinner on one night in the restaurant (excludes drinks.) Available Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.

All our rooms feature:

- Freeview TV & Wifi
- Egyptian Cotton Linen
- Nespresso Machine and Kettle
- Liberty & Green Toiletries and Hairdryer

Check In: 5pm
Check Out: 10.30am

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Set Menu at The Crown & Punchbowl