The trendy pub restaurant in the centre of Ely, The Hereward, is owned by the pub chain Baracuda Group. In 2005 it took the place of the hardware store Cutlacks, and briefly became the talk of the town among Ely's young people. As well as offering a lively evening atmosphere, a wide range of people come here to enjoy a quick bite to eat on one of the large comfy
our food arrived with lightning speed, proving that this is an ideal place for local workers to stop for a quick lunch
leather sofas. With food served all through the day until 9pm on most days, as well as having an affordable menu with a reasonable choice of traditional pub meals such as fish and chips, burgers, sausage and mash and scampi, as well as a more modern selection of wraps, it is a convenient choice for a pub meal. The menu changes twice a year corresponding to changes in summer and winter appetites.
The décor has a modern feel but is by no means original, with an industrial-sized bar stretching the whole length of this elongated pub suggesting it was purpose built to cope with some serious alcohol demand. An exposed ventilation system overhead with hanging lamps spaced out along the bar look dramatic, almost with the industrial raw edge of a grimy London super-club. The rest of the interior has a stylish yet cosy feel with traditional wooden panelling, some walls warm red and some beige, large brown leather sofas and new looking varnished tables with contemporary silver buckets containing condiments on each one. Different seating areas provide semi-private booths, tall bar stools, and a more laid-back sofa area down the end, with black and white photos of the old hardware store on the wall.
After ordering at the bar, our food arrived with lightning speed, proving that this is an ideal place for local workers to stop for a quick lunch. The standard of food was average for a pub meal, arriving on stylish dishes, but with smudgy grease marks on the rim. We chose a mix and match burger with cheese and bacon as extra toppings which came with crispy onion rings inside and a slightly dry tasting bun. The burger was lean and satisfying, with tasty chips, fresh salad and coleslaw in a paper pot on the side. The brie, red onion and tomato wrap came in a cold tortilla and was a bit bland. We thought tortilla wraps should be warm. This must be fenland wrap style.