Eating out in and around Willingham

Visitors to Willingham entering the village from the south along Station Road will first come to the Black Bull located on the right at the lights-controlled cross roads. Having just taken the pub over, Maggie and Bill intend to be offering lunches and evening meals including the popular ham, chips ‘n’ egg special that they used to serve at the Three Tuns! Their hearty English fare will be available Tuesday to Saturday12pm – 2pm and evenings Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday lunches are also on the menu. Call 01954 2201132 for more info.

Turning right past the pub you come to the long-established Happy House Chinese and Fish and Chips Take-Away at 39 Berrycroft. Now run by Michael and his team, it is open Monday to Wednesday 5pm – 10pm, and Thursday to Saturday 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 10.30pm. Their number is 01954 260765.

Those coming from or going to Over will need to be careful not to miss the Allsorts Tea and Gift Shop, 1D Highgate Farm, Over Road, where Becky can be found serving teas, sandwiches, cakes, pastries, cooked breakfasts and panetas, as well as her exceptional hand-made jewellery.  Open 9am – 3pm Mon. Sat.; closed Sunday (http://www.rebeccadawson.co.uk, 07773 123610).

Further down from the traffic lights into Willingham High Street, you’ll see on the right at No. 25 the entrance to Willingham Auctions, home of the Auction Café. Open 8.30am to 4.30pm throughout the week, this offers the weary traveller breakfast, light lunch and afternoon tea in a quite unique setting (www.willinghamauctions.com, 01954 201396).

It’s no secret to those working in the area that North’s Bakery at 15 Church Street (turn right off the High Street) do a fine line in fresh sandwiches, hot pastries and cooked-breakfast-butties with all the trimmings (well ... ketchup and brown sauce) – ideal for refuelling on the hoof. These and/or some pretty scrummy breads and traditional baked goods are yours for the buying – phone ahead on 01954 260286.

Moving further down Church Street – to number 50 to be precise – you come to Willingham House (now with new signage - gone the three lll's ... such a shame!) on the right, which is home to the impressive Royal Palace Chinese Restaurant and Take-Away. This opens 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 6pm – 11pm Friday and Saturday (www.royalpalacerestaurant.co.uk, 01954 260603).

And then on the left at 43 Church Street we have at the site of the former Three Tuns our latest culinary addition, the Royal Bengal Indian Restaurant offering Tandoori, Balti, Biryani, Sali, Kurma, Bhuna, Dupiaza and House Specialities, eat in or take-away (also: burgers, chicken meals, wraps and pizza for those who like their food fast!). Open seven days a week 12pm – 2pm and 5.30pm – 11.30pm (www.royalbengalindian.co.uk, 01954 263060/263064).

Just a little further down on the left can be found the lively Duke of Wellington, famed well beyond the bounds of the village for its specialist Pie and Mash Meals, Warm and Cold Salads and friendly service headed by Fran and Barry. Oh, and the Duke serves the odd drink as well, offering guest real ales alongside the usual tipples. The pub is always vibrant with a great atmosphere and friendly locals! Coffee mornings 9am – 11.30am Monday and Thursday, free wifi, lunches every day incl. roasts on Sunday, evening meals every day except Sunday when there is a Quiz Night. (www.dukeofwellington-willingham.co.uk, 01954 261622).

Doubling back and taking a right at North’s Bakery down Church Lane you come to Willingham Social Club at the junction with Fen End. If you haven’t had a drink by now, this is the place to relax with a pint, a cue and and arrow or two. Membership is just £7 per year or £5 for senior citizens, or you can pay at the door for the Jazz Club on the first Sunday and the Jam Session on the last Monday of each month. It is also home to the Carpet Bowls Club. Open 5 – 11pm Monday to Friday, 12 – 11pm Saturday and 12 – 10.30pm Sunday. Call John Sibley on 01954 260436 for all the gen.

And for those daring-dos wishing to venture out, there is the Black Horse in Rampton (6 High Street). Closed on Monday, it opens for hot and cold food 6pm – 11pm during the week, 12pm – 4pm and 6pm – 11pm on Saturday (kitchen closes 9pm on all days), and 12pm – 3pm on Sunday for lunches. There is also a Quiz Night with Fish’n’Chip Supper for £5 on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Confused? Call 01954 251867.

Or how about an alternative fish supper?...Terry's mobile Fish and Chips comes to Willingham on Thursdays, located by the Rec on West Fen Road from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Call 07973 908045 to pre-order and/or visit (www.terrysfishandchips.com) for more information and times at other nearby locations.

Prefer to stay in?...then try a local take-away delivery service:

  • Earith Tandoori, 57 High Street, Earith, PE28 3PP, call 01487 740590
  • Sutton Tandoori, 46-48 High Street, Sutton, CB6 2RB, call 01353 777965/777980
  • Vindaloo at The Rose and Crown, 99 High Street, Somersham, PE28 3EE, call 01487 741600
  • May Garden, Chinese, 30 High Street, Bluntisham, PE28 3LD, call 01487 741688

And for more local eateries (and local leisure in general), go to www.localsecrets.com

The above information is correct at the time of writing. Please always contact the establishment and check on times and offerings to avoid disappointment.

 

Allsorts Tea and Gift Shop

1D Highgate Farm, Over Road, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 5EU

Auction Café

Willingham Auctions, 25 High Street, Willingham, Cambridge, CB24 5ES

Happy House

17 Berrycroft, CB24

Royal Bengal Indian Restaurant

43 Church Street, Willingham, Cambridgeshire, CB24

Willingham House

50 Church Street, CB24