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Reviews by BlackHaddock:
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev +11.2%
Supposed to be the most famous pub in Cambridge, well it was certainly busy on my visit: formally known as The Eagle and Child. I was there early evening Friday 2nd December 2011. It consists of a large front bar, a smaller middle room and a back room with its own bar: outside is a heated courtyard area full of tables, chairs and smokers.
My party fell lucky and we only stood for a short while before a table became available in the middle room: our cask conditioned ales being served from the rear bar in the RAF (Royal Air Force) room at the rear. The walls are covered in photos old and new along with other aircraft type pictures, signatures and memorabilia.
Although very full, almost overflowing with customers the staff coped well, dispensing hand pulled pint after hand pulled pint assiduously. The three pints I had were in excellent form as were these of friends, plenty of conversations but no music or machines to produce any extra noise: just the hum of many voices enjoying the ale and atmosphere. Didn’t try the Eagle’s special DNA cask beer (I have "discovered the secret of life" said someone in here back in 1953, according to the plaque outside), the church across the road has a tower dating back to 1033, but no beer named after it, a pity. The pub its self dates to around the 14th century and it shows in places, especially in the middle room where parts of the wall are protected while exhibiting the inner brickwork/wood.
This pub is owned by Greene King, but it does stock other breweries beers too: I sometimes knock the brewery, but it has done a good job here, you can even see some of the original signatures of returning WW11 pilots on the ceiling and walls of the RAF bar, done with cigarette lighters, lipstick or candle smoke. All in all a lovely place to have a beer or three, busy or not.
12-06-2011 13:39:07 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.93/5 rDev +13.3%
One of the oldest and most celebrated pubs in Cambridge, The Eagle dates back to who-knows-when in the medieval times. Beautiful details are everywhere inside and out of this damn old building: stained glass, wood panels, rambling nooks and crannies that encourage exploration and a lovely patio straddling the main bar and the "RAF Bar", whose ceiling was "decorated" by army men and women in World War II. It was here also that the discovery of DNA was casually announced.
Atmosphere then gets kudos here, and so does the quality of the cask ales and the service, which, although by no means stellar (this is the UK after all, where you have to order at the bar), was competent and rather efficient. Considering there were only three or four bartenders for such a sprawling place, I cannot complain. They also take credit cards, which is kind of a rarity in England.
The downside of The Eagle is the crowds. We got there at 5:00 pm and the patio was already packed but not the bars. 30 minutes later, though, all the tables were occupied and even some folks were peeking in and leaving right away. So plan accordingly! If you can make it here before rush hour, you'll have a good time.
Beer selection is good. They have seven cask ales (Olde Trip, Greene King IPA, St Edmund's, Old Speckled, Wainwright...) and seven lines with Euro lagers and Guinness.
Didn't try food, but menu looked a bit uninspiring. British staples you can't go wrong with...
If this is a touristy place, I couldn't really tell. I enjoyed The Eagle and would recommend a stop there if you're in Cambridge!
04-09-2011 10:22:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.06/5 rDev -11.8%
The Eagle is a famous pub in Cambridge due to the DNA connection. Pity that you can't really say that it is a great place to go for beer. After my visit I felt pretty underwhelmed.
Pretty dark inside with lots of students when I visited. There is a seating area outside which is nice during the summer, I was there in winter. Service was pretty slow even though there were 4 servers. There were a selection of about three cask ales (don't remember which) and I was not particularly impressed, the beer tasted OK but not great, had the feeling that they did not look after their cask beer. They were selling lots of the industrial lagers and alcopops to the students.
Overall feel this pub could be a lot better and there are certainly better places to drink in Cambridge.
02-12-2007 14:42:21 | More by Stephen63
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
DNA was discovered in The Eagle. Well to be more specific, those who discovered it came to the realization and announced their discovery at the pub.
The Eagle is also known for the markings on its ceiling. During WWII the RAF would frequent the place and burned their initials with lit matches into the ceiling.
All these years later the Eagle remains very popular. Generations of drinkers have fond memories of this pub. Located a bit away from the main hub-bub of beautiful Cambridge and it's college atmosphere, and with numerous rooms and a beer garden, it's a lovely place to relax with a pint.
My personal opinion is that it's a decent pub for a drink, but service lacks a little and the food is not the greatest. Just down the street and a around a corner a few feet is Eraina Taverna, a great Greek restaurant will an extensive menu and fantastic yet affordable food.
05-04-2006 22:43:44 | More by JayTheFinn
Eagle, The in Cambridge, United Kingdom (England)
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.