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The Three Horseshoes

High Street, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AB +44 1954594029

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Main course: £15
Food spend: £28

The food was very nice and so was the atmosphere of the place, enjoyable second date. Nothing could be faulted on apart from the service charge; I don't believe in service charges and its this which has stopped my experience from reaching top marks!

Richard Thorley 26 September 2016
from Madingley, Cambridgeshire

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A picturesque thatched inn just outside Cambridge, The Three Horseshoes offers a concise menu of bright, fresh Mediterranean dishes. The airy conservatory restaurant and buzzy bar look out onto a large garden. Since August 2016 it is back in the ownership of John and Julia Hoskins, who previously ran it until 1997 and who also have The Old Bridge at Huntingdon.

The Three Horseshoes

High Street, Madingley, Cambridge, CB23 8AB

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Customer reviews for The Three Horseshoes

4.1 ((((* (based on 55 reviews)
87% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (40)
  • lunch (29)
  • private dining (12)
  • value (10)
  • romantic (9)
  • al fresco (7)
  • luxury (7)
  • views (5)
  • child friendly (4)
  • trendy (4)
  • business (3)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • entertainment (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • ((((* by from Sydney, Australia


  • (((** by from Cambridge

    I love eating at the 'Three Horseshoes' and have done regularly for eleven years. Yesterday was the first time when I had a little disappointment with certain aspects of the meal. The monk fish dish is my fourth time of eating, but was not quite as good. Before puy lentils had been used, with a better result. Also the monk fish was a thick tail end, which did not give as much flavour. The compressed chocolate dessert was too compressed. I only tried a mouthful, which was more than sufficient. The crackling was so hard it was inedible. The marshmallow on my dessert was too sweet. I do not like giving negative feedback on my favourite place to eat, but feel that it can only improve and hopefully restore the dishes to the usually high standards I have come to expect of the establishment.

  • ((((* by from Cambridge

    Excellent food and nice ambience.

  • ((((( by from Madingley, Cambridgeshire

    The food was very nice and so was the atmosphere of the place, enjoyable second date. Nothing could be faulted on apart from the service charge; I don't believe in service charges and its this which has stopped my experience from reaching top marks!

  • ((((* by from Huntingdon

    Food was very good though I personally struggle with the somewhat eclectic menu options.So I declined the fancy vegetable dishes served with my lamb and settled for salad; meat was excellent but some jus or other sauce would have made it more enjoyable. I stress, that's my taste and rest of the party very much enjoyed all food served. Staff are excellent but we were somewhat disappointed to be seated in the bar area adjacent to the coffee machine, as the main restaurant was being refurbished. As I'd booked a couple of weeks previously some warning of that would have been good
    Our guest , something of a wine buff, revelled in the terrific wine list. Overall , it's a good choice if you like 'adventurous' , ie slightly fussy meal construction. Bill for 3 was c£300, mezze plus 2 courses but included 2 high quality wines and cocktails. . Our guest thought the wines were exceptional and for the quality, reasonably priced

  • ((((* by from Sydney Australia

    The crab entree and the quail

  • ((((* by from Madingley, Cambridge

    A pleasant place to eat - when we were there the restaurant was quietly busy and the service attentive but not intrusive. The meal was delicious, good bread, good wine and a starter of mozzarella on a beetroot puree adorned with cardamom was quite, quite, inspired.

  • ((((* by from Aalborg, Denmak

    Very god experience. Twice this week. Good food, Wine and service. We have been here for 2 years ago and We will come back.

  • ((((* by from London

    Lovely service & environment with beautiful outlook. The perfect Camoari spritz & a pleasant dinner

  • ((((( by from Cambridge

    It was an our anniversary, and was a relatively quick visit due to babysitting, so we can't comment on some parts. Our reception was held in this restaurant 3 years ago. The restaurant has different owners now.
    The restaurant was fairly empty, so was missing some ambience.
    The wine list looked good, but we weren't drinking alcohol, so we were on soft drinks (personally would've preferred the drink to have been fully decanted to the glass rather than having the cans on the table).
    We didn't have starters, although there were some interesting options.
    The medium rare hanger steak was beautiful, the patatas bravas were very good and the leeks worked well with the steak. The sirloin steak was ordered medium-well, but what we got was definitely well done, but it was still very tasty, so no complaints, and had the same sides,
    We didn't have dessert, because the dessert menu didn't really grab either of us. This would be our only disappointment. 3 years ago we had their crack pie, which was to die for.
    The waitress was brilliant: cheery, helpful and attentive.
    Overall a lovely experience. The restaurant maybe not quite as good as before (but that might just be biased by the occasion 3 years ago) but certainly a very good restaurant (and is also a little cheaper than before), and one we would intend to celebrate in further anniversaries (and other more random times).

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