The Three Horseshoes is a picturesque thatched inn with a small, bustling bar and a pretty conservatory-restaurant overlooking a large garden. Inside,
the lively atmosphere is given a cosmopolitan edge by the nature of
its guests drawn from the important tourist and business centre that is Cambridge.

The Chef-owner for the past twenty years is Richard Stokes. His modern British menus ­­are imaginative without being outrageous, seasonal and change weekly.

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Christmas menu 2014

Christmas Party Menu

House-made cheese & bacon bagel bombs

Poached deep-fried egg, kale, comte, mustard & bacon crumbs


Buffalo mozzarella, winter leaves, fresh chestnuts, figs & mosto cotto


House cured & tea smoked halibut, edamame, nameko, crispy rice, shoots & miso


Pork & black bean soup, soured cream, coriander & chilli


Pumpkin sformata, fonduta, truffle, sage & grilled greens


Poached hake, clams, sherry, jamon, parsley, pimenton, spinach & butter beans


Traditional roast Norfolk ‘bronze’ turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, bacon rolls, blackened brussel sprouts, pork, sage, chestnut & apricot stuffing, cranberry sauce

& gravy


Char-grilled bavette steak, red wine, dauphinoise potatoes, cavolo nero & garlic crumbs


Candy Bar pie & yoghurt


Buttermilk pannacotta, blood oranges, pommegranate & figs


Violet ice-cream, frozen chocolate, salted caramel & honeycomb


Christmas pudding, rum sauce & brandy butter


Coffee or tea & chocolate truffle



Christmas Day Lunch

Thursday 25th December

Joseph Perrier, Cuvee Royal N.V, Champagne. France

House-made sourdough bread & hand-made butter

Warm olives from Puglia

Salted Marcona almonds

Seared peppered venison, pureed & caramelized cauliflower, sultanas, PX sherry, artichoke chips, cresses & flowers

Portland crab, shrimps, fennel, parsley, cured egg & rye crumbs

Traditional roast Norfolk ‘bronze’ turkey, duck-fat roasted potatoes,

honey roast parsnips & carrots, bacon rolls, blackened brussel sprouts,

smashed celeriac, pork, sage, chestnut & apricot stuffing, cranberry sauce & gravy

Christmas pudding, rum sauce & brandy butter


Dark chocolate ganache, caramel ice-cream, orange oil & spice salt


Creamed Colston Bassett Stilton, celery, grape & radish salad

& La Fromagerie biscuits

Coffee or tea & chocolate truffle

£65/£70 with cheese as an extra course

£35 children


Boxing Day Lunch

Friday 26th December

Prosecco Frizzante, Frozza. Valdobbiadene, Italy

House-made sourdough & hand-made butter

Buffalo mozzarella, cavolo nero, roast beets, olives, rosemary & bruschetta


Venison terrine, foie gras, chestnuts, raddicchio & mustard


Creamed cauliflower & polonaise croutons


Crab risotto, tomato, parsley, dried chilli & cognac


Roast halibut, wild mushrooms, parsley, garlic, thyme, parsnip puree & clams


Roast leg of lamb, rosemary & garlic roasted potatoes, confit carrots,

buttered brussel tops, anchovy & red wine


Salt-baked celery root, artichokes, cavolo nero & herb crumbs


Roast loin of pork, olive oil mashed potatoes, slow cooked fennel & salsa verde


Pear & almond tart with clotted cream


Vanilla pannacotta, rhubarb, grappa & hazelnuts


Chocolate nemesis & burnt caramel ice-cream


Blood orange sorbet & basil-milk crumbs

Coffee or tea & chocolate truffle


£30 children

New Year’s Eve Dinner

 Wednesday 31st December

10 course tasting menu, Champagne, Coffee £60

Celeriac pulp, brown butter, soubise & bonito

Jerusalem artichoke crisps & porcini puree

Scallop, popcorn grits & bacon

Broken squid, dill & carrots

Sea-Bass, blackened cucumber, radish & mint

Quail, parsnip, parsley & rye

Hare, beets, buckwheat & vinegar

Steak, kidney, salsify, onions & sage

Roast fig, moscavado ice-cream & milk gel

Chocolate, orange & mint



The Independent Review

This review from Amol Rajan of The Independent took us completely by surprise and it is so great to see that there are those who enjoy our pub as much as we enjoy having you here. For those of you who do not read The Independent there are some snippets of the review below, as well as the link to the online version.


Across all nations and centuries, the essential ingredients of a wonderful restaurant form an enduring trinity: delicious food, affordable prices and a lovely setting. I’m not sure I’ve been to any place in England that more effectively combines these criteria than the Three Horseshoes in Madingley. Let’s take them in reverse order.

A 20-minute cycle ride west of Cambridge, Madingley is a small, tranquil village distinguished by the presence of Madingley Hall, where the future King Edward VII rented a room while an undergraduate at the university. Today, the hall is a conference centre and home to the university’s Institute of Continuing Education.

The Three Horseshoes is a thatched building which was once the village pub. For two decades, the chef-proprietor has been Richard Stokes, an alumni of the River Café in London. He kept the bar in the front, raised the quality of the upholstery, and converted the conservatory into a spacious and well-lit dining-room. What he also appears to have done is taken a solemn vow to keep his prices down and his standards up.

Even the drinks are relatively cheap: classy cocktails for a fiver, a Tom Collins for £4.50, and plenty of good wines at £5.50 for a large glass. But the best value is in the food. On one side of the menu is a fuller list with snacks, small plates, mains, cheese, dessert, dessert wine and hot drinks; on the other side is a bar menu with the same categories but an altogether different selection.

That’s as nothing, though, compared with the hand-rolled agnolotti (ravioli, basically) stuffed with Swiss chard and ricotta, new season’s olive oil, Parmesan and fried sage – £8 for a small plate and £12 for a large one. I’ve gone for the small one and regret it on first bite: this is as close to perfection in a plate as I’ve had for a long time. The sage is elegantly presented, the pasta couldn’t be cooked better, and the chard and ricotta make a deliriously happy union inside it.

There are marvellous cheeses to follow, however (three for £10, five for £14), and, on the dessert menu, a spot of gold: I would think it worth coming to this part of the world just for the passion fruit “snow egg” with coconut marshmallow, white chocolate and vanilla custard, and passion-fruit granita (£8). Other than the snow egg, which is a poached meringue, I can’t really begin to do justice to the rest of this dish, so would encourage you to scrap your plans for next weekend and head to Madingley to order it at the earliest available opportunity.

We leave extremely full and satisfied, having had two drinks each, and a bill that’s come to £123. If you’re not stuffing yourself for the benefit of readers, I think you could probably do it for a ton.

It’s not perfect – that wasabi didn’t pack a punch, and the cod was a little flat – but at this price, for this food, in a location as gorgeous as Madingley, I should think this easily one of the best restaurants in England today.


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