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The Cuckoo, Peterborough - pub details

Cuckoo

Address: 20 Oundle Road, Alwalton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 3UP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33534) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Peterborough (4.1 miles)

Chain: Vintage Inns
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user reviews of the Cuckoo, Peterborough

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Very busy outside in the garden on a hot summers day, though refreshingly cool inside.
Four handpumps serving Adnams Ghost Ship and Lighthouse, the other two both Doombar.
Food limited choice, average price and fair quality.
Described accurately from Blackthorn (below).
fugglehops - 24 Jun 2017 12:24
I quite like this pub! They had a few beers on tap, Bitter & Twisted being one that seemed quite popular. Only Strongbow cider on which was a shame, but they had a decent selection in bottles.
I've drunk in here three times now, and ate once. The food was quite ok - nothing spectacular, but quite decent pub grub. I certainly didn't have anything to complain about and the prices weren't too bad.
The staff seemed ok - not especially friendly, but certainly not unfriendly. There's a decent looking beer garden for the warmer weather and a nice selection of different areas within the pub.
The only downsides were the comment from the barman when the beer ran out and I asked if had anymore - I got the impression that they had but he wasn't going to bother changing it, although I may be wrong. I they do seem keen to get rid of you as soon as it's closing time, but then that was on a Sunday & Monday when there was nobody else left in there. It may be different on a weekend.
Worth a go I'd say, and especially useful if you're staying at the Marriot and don't fancy their restaurant of a Harvesters.
Blackthorn - 1 May 2009 17:29
We arived at the Cuckoo to find 2 (very average) beers and a christmas special Santa's Tiple. My partner tried the special and had to leave most of it. It was cloady and tasted as though it was old. The bar staff had no manners and didnt smile once!
Not feeling too hungry, we opted for the meze platter for two. Half an hour later we were given a plate with four halves of bread, no smoked salmon, no king prawns (instead we recieved frozen, watery ones) and extremely disapointing chicken liver pate. As we had no cutlery we called over to a waitress who looked at us and walk off.

We have eatten at the Cuckoo several times and this has been the most disapointing. We will definatly not be eatting there again.
Pepper45 - 31 Dec 2008 19:58
The Cuckoo is a large and attractive pub in very picturesque surroundings on the outskirts of Peterborough, just a few 100 yards along the A605 from the southbound A1 It is part of M&B’s Vintage Inn chain, so as one would expect, it is clean and comfortable. It also has a very pleasant outside seating area.

But other than that, it is somewhat less than average. When I visited, it had 3 mainstream real ales available; GK-IPA, Landlord and Bombardier. I opted for the Landlord which was drinkable, but quite a long way below being in tip-top condition. I have had much better pints elsewhere which, I have to say, I have been served by much pleasanter and sociable bar staff.

The biggest disappointment was the food. Being lunchtime I opted for what was described appetizingly described on the “lighter bite” menu as a “honeyed ham and mature cheddar cheese sandwich with bramley apple and red onion chutney and seasoned chips”.

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards should check this one out ...

The mature cheddar was OK, but for the rest there is probably a good case for a prosecution under the Trade Description Acts. The “apple and red onion chutney” appeared to be nothing more than ordinary apple sauce spread on one slice of the bread with a layer of Branston pickle spread on the other slice. The “seasoned chips” were just bog standard frozen chips and what the menu described as “Hampshire outdoor reared honey roast ham” was a wafer thin slice of reconstituted ham which contained quite a high percentage of translucent fat. And for that, I was ripped off to the tune of £4.50.

I could go on … but overall, my impression is that this is a pub in decline. It has below average quality beer and well below average quality food served by seemingly disinterested staff. I certainly will not be calling again … Vintage Inns can be very good, but this one definitely is NOT.

steve2905 - 18 Oct 2008 03:35

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