Cambridge now has a conveniently placed pub to serve thirsty commuters waiting for trains from the city’s station.
Young’s have opened The Station Tavern just a few feet away from the rail station entrance to offer a commuters space to meet, eat and drink while waiting for their rides.
I decided to check out the new venue and see what the food and drink offering is like.
The building is situated in the newly regenerated station surrounds, which includes new hotels and a shopping area.
It offers conveniences to travellers including electronic train timetable boards so you can have a quick drink while keeping an eye on the arrival and departure times as well as large glass windows so you can keep on eye on the comings and goings from the station.
The interior in a mix between the modern bar design styles, such as an exposed ceiling and air condition and subtle lighting, and oldie worldie train memorabilia and brick-a-brac.
It gives a feeling of cosiness as well as modernity. It also has baby changing facilities in both the male and female restroom areas.
I visited with a friend and we decided to check out the menu. The pub has a wide selection of meals, from quick bites to full dinners.
For starters we opted to share the monkfish scampi, crispy samphire with Bloody Mary mayo. This was a delicious and plentiful way to start the meal with the samphire and mayo adding a kick to the scampi.
For mains I had the braised short rib of beef, roasted butternut squash, purple sprouting broccoli, creme fraiche and minted peas.
The beef was lovely and tender in a tasty sauce and was matched by the delicious veg.
My friend opted for buttermilk chicken, pomegranate, apple and toasted walnut salad, which she enjoyed very much.
After all that it was difficult to fit in a full desert so we decided to share a tasty select of cheeses which included Lincolnshire poacher, beau vale blue, roseray ash goat, rhubarb chutney, celery, grapes and seeded crackers.
The pub as a whole had a very lively feel with locals checking the place out mixed with commuters having a drink before heading for a train.
It all adds to a sense that the area around Cambridge’s station is becoming a trendy destination in it’s own right, not just a place to get somewhere else.
The Station Tavern could be on to a winner here. They have guaranteed traffic from the station, but they have also created a trendy space, which is bound to also attract locals looking for some great food and drink.