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The Willow Tree

29 High Street, Bourn, CB23 2SQ

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Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 21:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:00

Fabulous interior. Excellent FRESH food and brilliant service. The venue has a beautiful outdoors too with large tree and swings to sit on. The chef prepapred vegan food for us with no prior notice and we would travel again to eat there.

Aneesh 18 February 2019
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With a country garden overlooking rolling hills, a bar with an open fireplace and a candlelit restaurant, The Willow Tree in Cambridge blends fairy tale charm with country chic. The restaurant’s mix of English and European dishes from locally sourced produce have earned it a place in the Michelin Guide.

From fish and chips with mushy peas to sea bass with leek rosti and vanilla and coriander sauce, the menu at The Willow Tree restaurant spans the culinary spectrum from pub classics to fine dining. Dishes such as locally sourced fillet steak with Cambridge Blue sauce or corn-fed chicken with parmentier potatoes showcase the restaurant’s commitment to local produce and delectable food

Meals here are topped off by a selection of international wines, local ales, stunning cocktails and local fruit juices. The delightful setting is enhanced by live jazz, summer garden parties and cabaret dining.

As if plucked from the pages of an idyllic fairy tale, this enchanting gastropub lies in the picturesque village of Bourn, 9 miles from Cambridge city centre.

The Willow Tree

29 High Street, Bourn, CB23 2SQ

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Customer reviews for The Willow Tree

4.2 ((((* (based on 383 reviews)
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Recommended for

  • dinner (267)
  • romantic (181)
  • lunch (157)
  • trendy (91)
  • private dining (87)
  • al fresco (72)
  • large parties (61)
  • child friendly (54)
  • luxury (52)
  • value (48)
  • entertainment (43)
  • business (28)
  • afternoon tea (25)
  • views (18)
  • breakfast (7)
  • (((** 15 April 2019 by Peter from Bourn

    Great ambiance and food but service was slow due to staff shortage. This didn’t spoil the evening and couldn’t be helped

  • ((*** 22 March 2019 by Mike from Cambridge

    We’ve visited the Willow Tree on several occasions now and unfortunately on this particular visit we found that the quality of service had dropped considerably in a number of ways. For example, the beer on tap was very flat and wasn’t very cold. In addition, we were only told when ordering that there was no burger rolls and that a couple of the starters were not available due to delivery issues, which we found very disappointing for a Friday night. Also, we found the service very slow and the staff not very welcoming like we have done in the past. Very poor experience all round.

  • ((((( 7 March 2019 by Karen from Bourn

    We really enjoyed our visit and had a lovely meal. It is a real bonus that you can cater for vegans so well. It is also good that dogs are welcome. The fish and chips was lovely- very fresh and just delicious . My only slight quibble is that it was cold when the door at the back blew open which happened quite a lot. It was fine when the outside door was closed but it kept being left open by people coming and going.

  • ((((( 22 February 2019 by Tom from St Ives

    We had an excellent evening at The Willow Tree following several recommendations. The atmosphere and setting is extremely welcoming with a refined shabby/chic feel enhanced more by the candlelit tables and roaring fires. All of the staff who attended to us were extremely polite, friendly and even joined in with my terrible jokes - very attentive, but not intrusive. I started with the roasted asparagus special which was out of this world, the flavours packed a punch - light enough to not impact the rest of the meal but still an ample portion. I followed with the pistachio crusted rack of lamb and wow. Beautifully cooked lamb, amazing flavour and texture combinations and a very good portion size. Ordinarily I wouldn't have a dessert, but the Pornstar Martini cheesecake looked too good to be missed - a generous slab of vanilla cheesecake smothered in fresh passion fruit, with a shot of prosecco on the side? Who wouldn't enjoy that! The night was rounded off with a 'Parma Violet' cocktail - for those of us who enjoy parma violets, this is an absolute must try - beautifully balanced, quirky and tasty - perfect ending to a perfect evening. Thanks to all the team, front of house and kitchen, at The Willow Tree - I will be returning!

  • ((((( 18 February 2019 by Aneesh from Beds

    Fabulous interior. Excellent FRESH food and brilliant service. The venue has a beautiful outdoors too with large tree and swings to sit on. The chef prepapred vegan food for us with no prior notice and we would travel again to eat there.

  • (**** 15 February 2019 by Roy from Cambridge

    Booked a table on-line and received confirmation. Travelled 10 miles to the Willow tree only to be told “the kitchen was closed to catch up from lunch period”. Will not be returning

  • ((((( 12 February 2019 by David from Cambridge

    Great place for a special Saturday lunch. Ambience and good food with courteous service. Busy but no overly so.. Perfect for a low key birthday celebration even if wagging ears meant that the chef provided a brownie with candle and trimmings at no extra expense - thankfully with no singing. Highly recommended

  • ((((( 30 January 2019 by Hannah from Cambridge

    Excellent food, excellent service, beautiful restaurant. Perfect for a date night with the hubby!

  • ((((( 28 January 2019 by Barbara from Cambridge

    Very enjoyable experience.

  • (((** 23 January 2019 by William from Caxton

    Delicious dishes, as always. However, the waitresses showed to be inexperienced. They should know what draft beers are on offer, and they really should not ask if the customer wants to add gratuity to the bill and how much. Just give the card machine, full stop.
    As regular customers for years, we were disappointed by the service overall. Fortunately, the chef provided stunning food.

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