Lunch in Huntingdon can be a bit tricky, some places are not formal enough, some are too formal or expensive, some very quiet over lunchtime, some pubs do a bit of bar food, there is Starbucks, Pizza Express and other national chains but if you are looking for a nice place to enjoy lunch in Huntingdon with friends, family, colleagues or clients we don’t think you can beat The Exhibition.
We have bar, restaurant and outside areas to choose from, a special lunch menu with options from a full three course affair to a light bight or salad.
If you’d like to book a table please call us on 01480 459134.
The Exhibition Pub & Restaurant in located on London Road, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 2HZ
The short drive from Huntingdon town centre or Huntingdon ring road is well worth it to visit us. From the ring road take the exit at The Bridge Hotel over the river from Huntingdon into Godmanchester, drive past The Black Bull pub and at the round a bout turn right along The Causeway, past the Indian restaurant and The Royal Oak pub, the butchers, round the left hand bend and you’ll find us on the next bend.
Searching for a pub on the internet can be a tricky thing…
- You need the right location – The Exhibition Pub is in the small town of Godmanchester, close to Huntingdon and close to the A1, A14, A428 & A1198. We are 20 minutes from Cambridge, Bedford & Peterborough.
- Is our food any good – Of course, we would say YES but so do our customers. We have great reviews on TripAdvisor – click here to read them
- Is it a nice pub – We have something for everyone, a nice bar, a seperate restaurant and a great garden so you can eat where ever you feel comfortable. To see some photos of The Exhibition Pub – click here
- What about parking, smoking, the kids and the dog? We have a large car park at the back of the pub and a covered & heated smoking shelter, we are children friendly and dogs are welcome in the bar & garden.
- What next? Call us on 01480 459134 and book?
We have new flyers in the pub and restaurant that give you details of all of the events going on this summer at The Exhibition. You can steal one next time your are here or download & print your very own by clicking here
To see our restaurant menus click here.
For some more information about restaurants in Huntingdonshire click here.
Huntingdonshire is a historic county in England covering the area around Huntingdon, St Ives, Godmanchester, St Neots and Ramsey. Between 1889 and 1965 it additionally formed an administrative county. Since 1974 it has been administered as a district within county of Cambridgeshire.
Locals now tend to refer to Huntingdonshire as the general area surrounding Huntingdon to the west of Cambridgeshire to the Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire borders. There are many suburbs and villages including Hartford, Houghton, Wyton, Brampton, Buckden, the Offords, the Hemingfords, the Paxtons, Eynesbury, Eaton Socon, Eaton Ford, Southoe, Hail Weston and Sawtry. Nearly all of the these places have a pub & restaurant and you’d be unlucky not to find a good one.
There are some fabulous restaurants within the Huntingdonshire District, many gastro pubs and lots of take away restaurants. We had a look at the reviews on TripAdvisor to see how they all rank, to read more about click here.
The Exhibition Pub & Restaurant is located in Godmanchester, two miles from Huntingdon. For more information on how to find us click here.
Looking for a nice pub to have a pub lunch in?
Want a pub close to St. Ives but with easy parking?
Want a choice of hot & cold, small or larger meals?
We have a lunch menu & daily specials menu.
We always have a great pudding menu available.
We have a range of soft drinks, teas & coffee.
We have an extensive wine list & real ales.
To book at The Exhibition in Godmanchester call us on 01480 459134.
We are about 4 miles from St. Ives and very easy to find from the A14.
Click here to see a map or use or Postcode for SatNav: PE29 2HZ
There are a few pubs now in and around Huntingdon with open fires. They seem to have come back in fashion.
At The Exhibition in Godmanchester, 2 miles from Huntingdon we have an open fire as soon as the temperature drops and the nights draw in. It is a great focal point in our bar area.
The Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon often have their fire going as does The Mill at Brampton. There is a small fire in the bar at The Axe & Compass in Hemingford and The Pheasant out at Keyston has open fires in a beautiful old thatched pub.
To find The Exhibition use our postcode PE29 2HZ or have a look at the map below:
Looking for somewhere nice to grab a coffee in Godmanchester?
We have a couple of sofas, great coffee, a wide selection of teas and a pleasant environment.
If the sun’s shining we’ll serve you in the garden.
Here’s our menu
Join us on Monday 4th from 2pm to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee.
We will have live music from the fantastic Freddie Hall Duo and a barbecue in the garden.
Here is a snippet about the history of The Exhibition taken from the new book ‘Thirsty Godmanchester’ by Pam & Ken Sneath” available from Cliffords Chemist or Ethnic Origins at a price of £7.99.
There are two pub walks planned lead by Ken Sneath on the 3rd & 4th July this year.
The 3rd July walk includes a meal at the White Hart afterwards
The 4th July walk includes a BBQ here at The Exhibition afterwards.
Both walks start at 6:30pm from The Black Bull and places can be booked in advance from Alan Hooker of the Godmanchester Community Association.
The Exhibition was first licensed in the early 1850s and the name refers to the Great Exhibition held in 1851. It became a tied house of Jenkins and Jones brewery.
When we arrived in Godmanchester in 1982 the Exhibition was in a sorry state. This was the year before the arrival of Richard and Macha Pumphrey who totally transformed it. Richard explained that the idea for installation of shop fronts in the bar was inspired by a visit to the Castle Museum in York. The shop fronts in York captured the atmosphere of Victorian Britain and were perfect for a pub which celebrated the Great Exhibition. Richard, a keen steam railway enthusiast, also adopted a railway theme for the Public Bar. It was highly appropriate for a Victorian pub. Railway lamps hung from the beams in the ceiling, loco shed and wagon plates adorned the walls and customers sat on buffers, resting their feet on a single rail at the foot of the bar. An imperial ‘blue brick’ was embedded in the middle of the bar, built of metric bricks as a token to a railway platform. This one brick had come from the platform at Woodford Halse on the old Great Central Railway and had originally been laid in the Victorian period. The garden where pétanque was played was also a feature of the pub and it is perhaps no surprise that it won the Best Pub Garden of the Year competition of any Grand Metropolitan tied estate. The prize was a holiday for two in Florida. Our memory of those years was the wonderful and inexpensive food that was provided, the highlight of which was the salad bar. Not surprisingly, the pub was regularly buzzing with people. Macha remembers, ‘most weeks we did around 700 meals and the pub did 400 brewers barrels of beer per year. One barrel is 288 pints, that’s 115,200 pints a year, or an average of 315 pints a day’. Sadly the Exhibition declined rapidly when Richard and Macha departed after five years as landlords. Fortunately, when Willem and Maggie Middlemiss took over the Exhibition, it experienced something of a renaissance.
The Exhibition Pub & Restaurant in Godmanchester is close to Hinchingbrooke School, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Country Park.
If you are visiting the Performing Arts Centre at Hinchingbrooke School, visiting the hospital or the country park then why not pop into Godmanchester and visit The Exhibition.
There are some great walks near to Hinchingbrooke, you can cut through Hinchingbrooke Country Park to Brampton or over Portholme to Godmanchester. In the summer the walk over Portholme to The Exhibition is well worth it. Great views as you walk along the river and over England’s largest natural water meadow.