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Queen's Head Free House, Fowlmere Road, Newton, Cambridge, CB22 7PG


Click below to learn about the village, the pub and the Short family


Food & Drink

Lunch at the QH, Newton


No review of Cambridge soups would be complete without our unique offering, which simply goes by shade of brown. It’s crammed full of fresh veggies and is homemade every day, any more than that would be telling… #BrownSoupPub

In addition, we make some of the best sandwiches. Choose from our home roasted beef (served pink), smoked salmon, ham off the bone or excellent British cheeses and pickles. On Thursday - Saturday evenings and on Sunday lunch we also offer our generous QH ploughman's.


Every Wednesday night we have different street food vans from Steak & Honour, Pizza Mondo to Waffle & Co, all available to eat in our pub or to take away.

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Our Tipples...


We are known, first and foremost for our real ale, which we serve straight from the barrel on our own custom-made stillage. This traditional way of keeping beer can often bring out subtleties of flavour and is definitely something for every beer enthusiast to try. We are tremendously proud to be one of 5 pubs nationwide to be featured in every edition of CAMRA’s ‘Good Beer Guide’. We keep Adnams beers and are passionate about supporting local breweries too.


We serve a handful of carefully chosen wines from Noel Young Wines and often from the cellars at King's College, Cambridge. We feature ‘Pinksters Gin’, who are based across the road from us and have a wide range of soft drinks, again mostly sourced locally. Take a look at our full list of partners here.

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Visiting Us


‘David Short’ by Ophelia Redpath

The Queen’s Head welcomes cyclists, dogs, families, walkers, groups and individuals, everyone really. We have a large and funky Cyclehoop bike rack beside our terrace, a non-smoking beer garden (with easy access to the village green and playground just out of the gate), a Public Bar and games room inside, and a smaller, more intimate Saloon Bar.


Being a small and traditional pub, we generally operate on an easy first come, first served basis. However, we do like to accommodate reservations for special occasions, groups of 6 and above, or other specific circumstances. Please call us on 01223 870436 if you would like to make a reservation.



“Just had a lunch here after a long walk. We had soup, sandwiches and beer - all of which was totally delicious and very good value for money. The pub has a nice cosy interior and is full of character. Highly recommended!”

“I worked during Election December 2019. The owners brought us a lunch with their famous soup. It was nice gesture but I was not expecting that it will be amazing, delicious soup, fresh bread. Food worth King's price. I love. Will visit this pub with family.”

“We’ve been coming here since the early 80s but since we all moved further afield it’s been at best an annual visit. The place is perfect if you’re a beer and simple/tasty food lover.”

“Superb old English pub full of genuine atmosphere, ale still served direct from the casks behind the bar, fresh made sandwiches and a glorious cheese board. It’s been 35+ years since we were last here and it seemed like yesterday the place has retained that true English pub character.” 

“Totally charming, unspoiled family run pub that I've been going to since I was in a pushchair. Food is delightfully simple, the finest round of beef & horseradish sandwiches you'll eat & brown soup, which is off the chart in the taste dept. It also has a superb selection of taxidermy. Too many other things & stories to list here. The best pub in the world.”

“Five stars isn't really enough. Genuine 'proper' pub. Proper beer, simple but excellent food. Great history.”

“Visited after a visit to Thriplow Recycling Centre, for a spot of lunch to reward friend Br*ce (name obscured to protect identity) for helping to get rid of a recalcitrant mattress. Sat outside in the sun and had a delicious pint of Adnams. Br*ce had roast beef sandwiches with horse radish sauce which made him wrinkle his nose. I had soup and crusty bread. Initially was a bit emotionally disappointed that the soup came in a tea mug, thinking that it looked a bit niggardly. But in fact it was plenty, and it stayed hotter in a mug than it would have in a bowl. And without wishing to be overly effusive, it was the most delicious soup I think I've ever had. Well, certainly top ten. I recommend The Queen's Head, Newton.”

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