The Tickell Arms
Part of the excellent Cambscuisine Group, The Tickell Arms – named after the former Lord of the Manor – is located in the village of Whittlesford on the Granta tributary of the River Cam, seven miles south of Cambridge. Whittlesford is charming and once boasted eight pubs. Today it has two. The village was home to Roger Ascham, tutor to Elizabeth I, and has some lovely period buildings.
Expect high-quality food in smart, comfortable surroundings at The Tickell Arms. The menu changes regularly, is seasonal and often features local produce. There is also a well-researched wine list focusing on the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France and a decent selection of locally brewed ales.
The pub offers an excellent-value set menu – two courses for £16 and three courses for £22 – served Monday to Friday lunchtime and Sunday to Thursday evening.
On our visit we chose an earthy and robust starter of pigeon breast with pearl barley risotto, crispy pork belly and kale in a Port sauce. A sophisticated chicken supreme followed, comprising tender and moist chicken, celeriac purée, potato terrine, chargrilled Hispi cabbage and red wine sauce.
The Tickell is definitely worth the short detour off the M11!
By Philip Seaman, editor-at-large
Photos: The Tickell Arms