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The Three Horseshoes

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

((((* British
Main course: £15
Food spend: £28

Pleasant setting, very good unobtrusive service and excellent food.

Chris Smailes 22 April 2017
from Ely

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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

Contact +44 1954210221
Reservations +44 1954594029

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4.2 ((((* (based on 99 reviews)
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  • dinner (70)
  • lunch (58)
  • private dining (28)
  • romantic (20)
  • value (19)
  • business (14)
  • luxury (14)
  • al fresco (12)
  • large parties (6)
  • trendy (6)
  • views (6)
  • child friendly (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • entertainment (3)
  • ((((( 24 April 2017 by Joanna Simpson from Cambs

    Excellent restaurant, brilliant staff, great atmosphere & fab food oh & amazing cocktails!!!

  • ((((( 22 April 2017 by Chris Smailes from Ely

    Pleasant setting, very good unobtrusive service and excellent food.

  • ((((( 21 April 2017 by Graham Thorne from Great Totham

    We enjoyed this visit every bit as much as the last. Excellent food, and lovely efficient and friendly service. The duck was delicious but the choc ganache to die for.

  • ((((( 17 April 2017 by Anon from Bournemouth

    This place is wonderful - when I visit my parents in Cambridge I always try to visit

    Setting beautiful and very pretty in the sun on a Saturday afternoon

    Atmosphere great and food great as usual

    Service attentive but not intrusive

    Thoroughly recommend

  • ((((( 13 April 2017 by Christopher Bartram from Cambridge


  • (((** 13 April 2017 by John Mclaren-stewart from Cambridge

    It was ok. The staff were excellent, very warm and friendly.

    All of my guests thought the food was alright but nothing special to talk about, main curses felt a little on the pricey side for the quality of them. I had moussaka which looked and tasted like it had been kept warm under heat lamps for too long.

    I wasn't that keen on the restaurant area itself although I do appreciate it is a pub location rather than a specific restaurant venue.

  • ((((( 12 April 2017 by Christine Hoyle from Saint Ives

    The Three Horseshoes was excellent with the conservatory dining room facing the garden. Staff extremely pleasant, something you don't always get, and the meal could not have been better, especially the sticky toffee pudding. We will definitely visit again for a meal, and in the better weather, for a drink in the garden.

  • (((** 7 April 2017 by Paul Castle from Oberwil, Switzerland

    I left some comments on my feedback form at the restaurant, and mailed a couple more afterwards.

  • ((((* 29 March 2017 by John Dunn from Cambridge

    The squid starter was beautifully cooked, the radicchio by contrast a bit insipid (the goats cheese very bland and texture and taste of the radicchio itself less pronounced than it should be). The cod main was excellent and the dessert selection and range of desert wines (particularly the Madeira) were very well chosen and attractively diverse.
    On the other hand neither the meat nor the fish main offerings were at all adventurous ( a game option of some kind would be good, a veal chop or veal kidneys, sweetbreads - just one a little more aspirational. I still think that the range of wines by the glass is a bit weak and doesn't range high enough. None of them is a wine which anyone might keenly wish to drink for itself. Given that many patrons must be driving to and from the restaurant, at least one really fine and correspondingly costlier white and red by the glass would be a sensible option. I was in Paris the week before and the smallest Parisian restaurant which is really trying, even with much smaller overall wine lists, always offered several really good wines. The restaurant is a very nice space in which to eat either in the day or at night (nicer really than any at any price in Cambridge itself). The service was agreeably relaxed, but also reassuringly responsive. I shall be back as soon as I can muster a presentable excuse: children's or spouse's birthdays etc.

  • ((((* 29 March 2017 by Sybille Young from Cambridge

    A very nice and welcoming atmosphere for lunch in a country restaurant. The moussaka was excellent - the right portion size for a light lunch and very tasty.

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