Restaurant review: The Boot, Histon

Eastlife checks out the menu at The Boot in Histon, Cambridgeshire

If you fancy eating out in Cambridge but don’t want to get stuck in the city’s traffic then head to The Boot in Histon, a recently refurbished village pub with something on the menu for everyone – even pet pooches!

The Boot Histon

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc’s, The White Brasserie Company, has recently breathed life into the once run down village pub. After a nine month closure and full refurbishment the pub is sporting stylish interiors, a bright and airy restaurant and a private hire room, however it has managed to keep the essence of a cosy welcoming pub.

Vietnamese summer rolls

It’s rare to find a menu that caters for all dietary requirements, but The Boot have managed to leave no one off their spring menu. Vegans and vegetarians for once have more than a couple of choices, including the Vietnamese summer rolls, which I chose for a starter. My dining guest chose the light and fluffy cheese soufflé – I highly recommend.  

Cheese soufflé

Meat lovers can tuck into the likes of steak, slow-cooked Bœuf Bourguignon and a shoulder and leg of suckling pig. There’s plenty of fish options too. For main we chose the Malabar fish curry with toasted coconut, grilled king prawn, shallot crisps & coconut rice and Scottish Hebridean rope-grown mussels, which come with chips and a baguette and can be chosen as a starter – minus the chips!


Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The service was flawless and the food exceeded expectations. If you’re dining with friends make sure you reserve one of the tables in the cosy nooks.

Dogs are welcome in the bar area and are treated to their own bowl of water and doggy biscuits. With two outside terraces, I think The Boot will quickly become a popular summer hotspot.

Prices: Starters from £5.50, mains from £10.95, desserts from £5.25

1 High St, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LG | Tel: 01223 209010

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