Thank you to everyone who took part in the Godmanchester Running Club Santa Run and the Community Association’s Living Advent here at the Exhibition.
A great turnout and huge support for the Amy Bosse charity. Another example of what a great community Godmanchester is and we are very happy to be part of it.
Join us from 2pm on Sunday 25th August for our last ‘family fun day’ of 2013 in our graden with live music from ‘the decanters’, a barbecue and a bouncy castle for the kids.
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
We’ve got a busy weekend coming up at The Exhibition, we have live music on Saturday night from Mike Allen, he’ll be here from around 9:30pm. Then in Sunday 26th May we have our first family fun day of 2013. The sun will shine, we’ll have the Soul Sisters playing live in the garden, we’ll get the barbecue out and their will be a bouncy castle for the kids.
Last years fun run/walk was the biggest yet with 150 people taking part and many more in fancy dress than ever before. Thank you, with your help we raised over £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. To see last years photos – click here
For all the information on the 2013 Godmanchester Fun Run please visit www.godmanchesterfunrun.co.uk
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.
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
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.