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The Merry Monk

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30 West Street, Isleham CB7 5SB, England
+44 1638 780900
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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Sun 11:45 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

we popped in for lunch, the waitress gave us a lovely table. everything was freshly made. the staff were very helpful , cocktail yummy,. the staff very helpful , looking forward to returning

Thank susan512
1 review
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had really high expectations of the restaurant based on feedback from my partner and her family who have visited 4-5 times....upon leaving they had to apologise for the bad quality of the food! I, and another guest, had the roast lamb which tasted like it could have been roasted a week ago and was unrecognisable as lamb - too tough... More 

Thank Jonathan C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for lunch last week to find that all the things that made it worth driving out of our way, and recommending to friends, had gone. None of the excellent Asian-themed dishes, no spicy nibbles, and no lunch-time deal or specials. Just a standard pub food menu - somewhat overpriced for lunchtime, and languid service. We will not be going... More 

Thank johncipe
adrianmerry, Manager at The Merry Monk, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not like the new menu and I do remember you asking for the Asia salad. Our menu has recently changed, however the response we have had has been excellent. This is the first negative piece of feedback, however I am sorry you feel this way. Our menu changes around seasonal produce,demand and trends. Our... More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband took me here for my birthday dinner, the night before we went away on a trip. Nice staff, rustic yet cosy table, delicious food (the sharing steak was amazing) and the service was fine. A thoroughly lovely meal out

Thank Beth R
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Merry Monk on a Friday night for a relaxing evening dinner. The food was lovely certainly no complaints, but it was all a bit rushed. On arriving we were taken straight to our table and from then on the whole evening seemed like a race. We hardly had time to swallow the complimentary bread before our starter... More 

Thank Smt310561
Cambridge, UK
Level Contributor
25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chose to book to celebrate my Mum's 'significant' birthday here this evening. I've eaten at The Merry Monk before (although not for a good many months) and, having dined at another local esteemed pub restaurant only a few days ago, I had high expectations - these were surpassed! I enjoyed wonderfully succulent duck and, having eaten very little meat for... More 

Thank Saxophonic
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to us, so thought we'd give it a try. The pub itself was lovely, and the Staff were friendly, but unfortunately, the food did not meet our expectations.As I am a pescetarian. I ordered the scallop starter, which had a very strong pungent fishy smell (which was not very appetising), and it appeared to be undercooked.... More 

Thank Kim P
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had booked online and highlighted that one of our party has a severe food allergy; when we arrived, to a great welcome, roaring log fire and quick service, the staff were fully aware and discussed how they might help. They went to considerable trouble to accommodate this and the service overall was impeccable. We all had great starters (lovely... More 

Thank virginia m
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Will be interesting to see what response the management give to this review. They seem to be an extremely defensive bunch but this is a totally honest review. Evening booking for five. Food first: Out of the five starters we ate two or three. The scallops were undercooked and I don't even know what they were prepared in (vinegar I... More 

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Somersham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Having only had Sunday lunches at this venue previously we took some friends for a Birthday meal to The Merry Monk. We arrived for our meal a few minutes early, but were seated immediately. We were asked if we would like wine with our meal and given menus. I will say the restaurant was poorly lit, and I had to... More 

Thank M5Liv

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Pub, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:45 - 22:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:45 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 30 West Street, Isleham CB7 5SB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Isleham
  • Phone Number: +44 1638 780900
Tucked away in the Cambridgeshire fens, The Merry Monk started life as three cottages in the 17th Century and from there became The Red Lion Public House until 1992 when it was renamed The Merry Monk. Roaring log fires for cosiness during the winter months and a garden rounding off a gorgeous country restaurant offer perfection for enjoyment throughout the year.Our focus at the Merry Monk is a casual and inviting atmosphere.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?