The Cambridge House Brewpub

The Cambridge House BrewpubThe Cambridge House Brewpub

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

357 Salmon Brook St
Granby, Connecticut, 06035-1804
United States

(860) 653-2739 | map

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Reviews by mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We visited Cambridge House for our first official visit on a Sunday afternoon, around 4pm to beat the crowds, with a group of CT BA’s. From the outside, CBH appears to be a large house, blend sin well with the area, and doesn’t stick out as an obvious dining establishment, I like that…kind of blending in with the locale. Everything about the place is still very clean and new. Walking in through the back entrance there’s a nice deck with a few tables that will doubtless be clamored over in good weather. The interior is spacious and well lit, lots of windows, with a huge additional seating area upstairs. Beautiful photos from local artists of national parks and local cityscapes adorn the sponge painted walls, I believe the photos are for sale as well. Plenty of dark wood trim adds to the interior for a comfortable pub setting.

We experienced very good service throughout our visit, beverages and waters not sitting empty for more than seconds at a time. Our waiter was right on top of special requests as well, producing malt vinegar and extra bread quickly and as requested. The menu was fairly eclectic with many tempting offerings from lighter fare to sandwiches to entrees. We very much enjoyed the enormous coconut shrimp as an appetizer, and then for meals we had the dry hot (hot damn good!) and margharita pizzas. The spent grain dough is excellent. Prices range from very affordable to the high end of moderate for the entrees, portions all appeared to be sufficient.

Beers were all excellent, to the point that is was difficult to choose. The dangerously drinkable IPA, incredibly smooth and flavorful mild, and crisp clean Kolsch were all phenomenal. The beer lineup so far is outstanding, with no complaints at all from us, Steve S. obviously knows what he’s doing. Looking forward to seeing what else will be coming in the Cambridge lineup.

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Photo of ajwii33
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of tnh787
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Good food good beer. Unfortunately it didn't do anything to wow me. The home brews were good. The selection of other brews was ok. The atmosphere was hard to gauge. Lots of locals bar need to style for sure. Still a place to check out if you are in the area. At the very least you will get good food and beer. If you go in expecting to be blown away i think you will be disappointed. That said is is a family friendly establishment so for those with children that is a plus.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.89/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of dfecteau
3.25/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of SwG237
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Wyatt_Sasser
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of klangheld
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mccrackrlm
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Ultra-Plinian
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

My GPS thinks this is on the other side of the street but we manage to find it anyhow. I stopped here last week for dinner while on vacation with the family. Maybe a half mile outside of town this unassuming building looks like a converted house from the outside. We arrived later for dinner to find a full parking lot, but luckily it was not a totally full restaurant and we were seated quickly. Loud boisterous seating area with a bar off to the right side of the building and tables off to the left and around the bar and on the deck. 5 house brews on tap and maybe the same number on guest tap make the selection decent enough. The food is standard pub fare and tasty enough, the service was attentive and at the ready. Loud local vibe adds to the ambiance, pricing in line with everything else on the trip. The beer was hit or miss, with one a huge mess. I might go back if I was in the area.

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Photo of TheMan
1.25/5  rDev -68.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 1

I used t go there and have lunch, almost every day, it was OK , nothing special.
But then after the owner told me they have gluten free pasta and bread, I decided to go there for dinner with my son, who can not have Dairy or wheat.
We asked if he could have gluten free pasta and grilled shrimp with olive oil and garlic. ( How easy is that to make).
After waiting a half an hour, here comes his gluten free pasta with non gluten free breaded shrimp. How dumb is that?
So, we send it back. I get him a salad until they remake his meal.
In the mean time I get my meal and have to wait another 45 minutes for his meal.
Long story made short.
He finally gets his meal and says it taste like butter is on the shrimp (NO DAIRY I SAID)
So now he is afraid to eat it.
Then they charged me for the whole meal. I called the owner over and finally he deducts my sons meal.
Tells us to come bake another time and he will make sure it does not happen again.
The next day we go back and order a really easy thing to make.
A hamburger on a gluten free bun. He says sorry no gluten free buns, after he told me the day before they had them. OK a hamburger NO BUN, a vegetable with NO BUTTER, an onion slice and lettuce, and french fries.
He gets a hamburger on a wheat bun, no lettuce no onion, no french fries.

They charge me for everything with all of there mistakes.
My son eats the hamburger with out the bun, but still has a allergic reaction because
some of the bun was probably still stuck to the hamburger. I should sue them.

This place is good for nothing. I would give it zero stars if I could.
They should just serve beer to the locals and nothing else.
Don't go there unless you want to be dissatisfied.

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Photo of inanity
3.25/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Food was great, beer was fantastic. Atmosphere was nothing special, though not unappealing. Service was among the worst I've ever had. Nobody at the entrance to greet us, so after a short wander we were told to find our own table. Our server was unfriendly, unpleasant, and either unwilling or unable to answer any of our questions. Maybe if you're a regular, it gets better. But based on this visit, I cannot imagine WANTING to be a regular

Overall, I would recommended stopping in here to sit at the bar and try the beer. The food, while excellent, is not worth dealing with such bad service.

Note: an email to the Brewer was sent, and we were given an apology and were told the server in question would be spoken to. While the initial experience was still unpleasant, this goes a long way. The fact that he responded personally, and quickly, really means a lot! Thanks, Scott

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I came here while visiting the parents for Christmas. My mother and I went for an appetizer and a couple of beers on a Thursday afternoon around 5:00. We walked into a large room with a 4 sided bar in the center and tables surrounding it. There is also a dining area on one side of the bar. The atmosphere is very much nice rural pub.

I had the IPA and Pink Peppercorn Saison. Both were served in pint glasses. The Saison had little to no head and an off flavor to it. The IPA was quite nice. We had a pizza which was quite good. The server knew very little about the beers, but I've seen worse at brewpubs. I was hoping to try their RIS, but it was not on tap.

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Photo of spydo99
3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

LOUD!!! They have done some "sound proofing" to dampen the volume - only partially successful. I used to enjoy this spot more when it first opened. (Except for the noise level)

The beers (or the important part) are average to slightly above average. One thing I will say, is that WHEN they have the PORTER or STOUT it is worth the trip. I try to go at least twice per year just to keep giving them a shot.

OK Bugers, OK wings. Live entertainment can be a plus.

Best time to go - after a good days fishing. Sit outside in Rural Granby, have one or two and then head out.


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Photo of CliffBrake
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Bright, clean atmosphere with a variety of rooms and porch, etc. Although I was there on a night that was not very busy, it was a bit loud. I can imagine it gets quite loud at times - a lot of polished hardwood surfaces make for very bright accoustics.

Only three of their own beers were available when I was in - the IPA was quite tasty - a nice example of more of the English style. It is well worth checking out and I brought a growler home for $13. About 10 guest taps were available - ranging broadly from PBR to Oscar Blues Gordon.

The food selection and quality is outstanding. The wait staff, at both the bar and table were unusually friendly, knowledgeable and efficient - among the best I have experienced in a long time. Definitely worth a stop for lunch or dinner. With great beer to boot, I will be sure to stop by again when in the area.

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Photo of circlenine
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went here for the first time last week. There were approximately 10 beers on tap, half of which were Cambridge House beers and the other half were guest beers (Allagash, Brooklyn Double Chocolate, a BBC nitro, and others I can't recall. Their CH selection consisted of Smokey the Beer, Old Mill Pond, Copper Hill Kolsh, an IPA, a red, and (although out) the Pumpkin...

I enjoyed multiple Smokey the Beer, and the Old Mill Pond and a red. Very good. Also came home with a growler of Smokey the Beer for $16. No complaints!!!

Food: Ordered nachos which were awesome, piled high and well worth the value.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A little out of the way if you do not live out here. I took a scenic route to Hartford to visit, and during the day. A nice place,patio focussed, minimal bar in siz, it is a nice ash wood. Lucky to get a seat post-lunch. Loud regulars haveing a beer. Beers are average, product line is conventional. Worth a stop if in the area. Decent drinkability of the beers, this is a restaurant more than a brewpub. Was not excited at the guest stuff, the regular lineup is worthwhile to try. Noteable use of hops.

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Photo of janbrown56
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

CBH has been a wonderful addition to Granby. When they first opened it was difficult to dine and talk in the bar area because of the noise. They've made improvements of adding acoustic tiles on the ceiling, which has helped. They also have seating outside on the deck for nice weather, a room with dartboards off the side of the bar and an area upstairs for a bit more formal atmosphere
The beer is always high quality and tasty. Their tap selection has improved since new ownership and changes frequently. They also offer quite a few guest brews although we rarely take advantage of those.
The staff are very attentive and friendly.
Thursday night is open mike night and draws a good crowd as well as some very talented musicians. There is live music on Friday and Saturdays as well.
The menu is a good variety of pub favorites as well a dinner entrees, salads, sandwiches, apps. They've been offering specials that have been tasty. Tuesday is wing night. Big wings with a choice of flavors and only 50 cents apiece! Plus you get a dollar off CBH beers. Thursday is prime rib special, a favorite of my husband's.
The place has greatly improved in many ways since it was taken over by Scott. We find that we are visiting much more frequently and are happily finally members of their Mug Club.
If you're in the area it's definitely a place to go to!

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Photo of GranbyBrewer
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm pretty lucky since there are actually 2 good places within 5 minutes of my house here in Granby. The Cambridge House has a slight advantage because the brew their own beers and they do a pretty darn good job of it.

Their Kolsch is an award winner and for good reason... Its just a darn pleasant beer. Easy for the "bud lite" crowd to adjust to. I usually lean to their brews with a little higher octane... They haven't disappointed me there yet. And if that isn't enough they have a nice selection of "guest brews" on tap. Did I mention a full bar? The bartenders are EXCELLENT...they know the beers and they also know how to put together some good mixed drinks.

The food is pretty good and has improved over the years since they first opened. Tuesday is Wings night (CBH pints are just a buck) and Thurday is Prime Rib. Fresh beer and fresh beef... I'm good! I guess my biggest food criticism would be that the menu doesn't change much. There are TONS of wait staff around. If you can't see yours you can easily flag down somebody.

My biggest complaint about CBH is the noise level... Sometimes its hard to carry on a conversation. They've made some effort to put some sound dampening on the walls and ceiling but there is still a LOT of surface area to echo off of. The live music they book is outstanding for such a small place. All in all if yer gonna be stuck in central Connecticut and don't know what to do with yerself... CBH ain't a bad place to sit and meet the locals.... We're pretty friendly.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Cambridge House with a few friends recently and we happened to be there during a dart tournament night so it was pretty full and loud. I like the layout - rear entry - statue of a horse as you stroll up the steps which is decorated with glass and mirrors like a mosaic. They have a pretty big deck and foyer where the bathrooms are located which is nice if you want to stop in and wash up before sitting down to a pint & meal.
The interior is pretty good sized with the brewhouse facing the road and bar next to it in a sort of rectangular shape.

There is a large room for dart playing and lots of bistro height tables and a small stage for musical performances. The only complaint is some of the seeting seems to be arranged tighly making it hard to get to your chair if you are seated directly behind someone at a neighboring table. I like the bright clean and well lit interior with chalkboard displaying the house selections and guest taps.

The service is friendly and prompt we did not wait long at all for drinks or our meals. The attentiveness was there too we didn't stay long, but were asked several times if we needed anything. I found the food to be very tasty and served in large portions. I had a cheesesteak which I paired with a Kolsch. The quality of the establishment is pretty high, they run a good operation which I learned in Ale Street News is a separate ownership from the other Cambridge House location. I recommend them as the beer selection is pretty good with some quality house beers and a few other choices on guest taps that weren't too shabby.

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