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