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The Mermaid

Situated half a mile from the west-bound carriageway of the A14 and two miles from Grafham Water is The Mermaid, part of which dates back to the 14th century. It gets its name from old ships’ timbers used in its construction and is owned and run by Nick Marriott, who is a Michelin trained chef.

In July 2014 Nick, who was previously at the acclaimed Paris House in Woburn, undertook the huge task of reinventing a village pub that had been closed for 10 months. He has since put it firmly back on the local food map, offering fantastic dining in comfortable and charming surroundings. Take a look at the wooden oak beams and see if you can spot coins in the cracks, which were placed there by American bomber crews based locally during the Second World War, left there for good luck and to be recovered on their return and spend on a pint!

The Mermaid offers a wide range of food spanning pub classics, tapas and themed evenings such as “Sirloin Tuesdays” where Nick sources local beef that he butchers on the premises. And on Thursdays each of the three chefs cooks a different curry to compete for the best dish as voted by the customers.

Drinks are equally well chosen and include a wide range of ales including local brews and an expansive list of wines.

By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor

Useful info
High Street, Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0AB
01480 891106

Customer reviews for The Mermaid

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  1. Avatar BR says:

    Had a good meal. Thanks

  2. Avatar Francesca says:

    Blown away by the quality of the food at this little pub in Ellington. It manages to deliver a relaxed pub-like feel, while serving up seriously good dishes. I enjoying a tasting menu featuring several small versions of dishes on the main menu – every course was interesting and delicious. The staff were attentive and clearly took pride in delivering good service. Highly recommended.

  3. Avatar Philip Smith says:

    Surprised how we could have been unaware of the re-opening of the Mermaid for so long! We must get out more !
    Booked for the Tuesday special sirloin and glass of wine special. Chose the bar as we have a welsh sheepdog who loves cosy pubs with real fires in the bar!
    Went for some tapas starters including king prawns, squid, and star dish for us, the halloumi pakora.
    Decided on the rib-eye for main course, which was perfect.
    They are achieving something special and different at the Mermaid, we commend it to any diner looking for a new experience at realistic prices. Stonking wine list too.
    Phil, Mary Smith and sheepdog ‘ Fan’ !


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