The Carpenters Arms

Location Cambridge

Postcode CB21 5JD

Telephone 01223 827444


Why we love it...

Refreshing design in a great location

The Place

A contemporary inn carved out of an old pub with four bedrooms, as little as 20 minutes from the centre of Cambridge, so it could be a base for exploring the university city.

Great Wilbraham is a pleasant but ordinary East Anglia village surrounded by Cambridgeshire’s relentlessly flat countryside, so its imaginative recent conversion into an up to date inn by the small Chestnut group of East Anglian inns is a pleasant contrast.

The key features of the design’s impact are floor-to-ceiling glass, plus a kitchen open on two sides to the eating area. The entrance lobby, at the side (rather than the main street), is a glass atrium and the whole of one side of the large dining area is glass.

You look into a large garden, a relaxed outdoor eating area. Sliding doors complete the indoor-outdoor experience which of course hits the spot in warm weather.

Most country inns are brown and dark, but this is colourful and bright, even modestly eye-popping – see the vivid orange banquettes and an expanse of boldly colourful wallpaper.

The chef describes his fare as modern pub food done well, but this could be modest. Among the six mains we noticed a gluten-free chicken schnitzel, a courgette risotto, and veal – i.e. pub food with quite a sophisticated twist.

Two of the bedrooms have minimal space, but to reflect that are fairly priced, at times less than £100. Try staying in central Cambridge for that.

Check out the other Chestnut locations on the site, The Cricketers in Clavering and The Wiveton Bell, just a mile from Blakeney.

The Essentials

Price Band £
Rooms 4; 3 Good Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and king size beds, the Best Rooms is slightly larger with a super king and sofa bed
Food Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities Bar, restaurant, parking
Children Welcome
Accessibility Wheelchair accessible
Pets 3 dog friendly rooms

To Book

Call 01223 827444

Good To Know

Address The Carpenters Arms, 10 High Street, Great Wilbraham, Cambridge CB21 5JD

The Location

Find this place: In the small village of Great Wilbraham, 14km from Cambridge

What's nearby: Newmarket, Cambridge, Saffron Walden

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