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?
The Hunts Post have an article on Paul & Phillip’s upcoming trek to Everest base camp.
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 to throw a party? Need a nice pub venue?
The Exhibition Pub is a nice place to hold a private party of any kind.
We have naming ceremonies, leaving parties, funeral wakes, anniversaries, 1st birthday parties, christening parties, work bashes and even charity events.
We can arrange formal sit down dinners with custom menus or less formal buffets.
If it’s just dinking and partying then we can also help, nice pub atmosphere or hire the bar & restaurant area.
Call Paul for more info or to book on 01480 459134.
The Exhibition Pub & Restaurant in Godmanchester is now taking bookings for Father’s Day Lunch or Dinner?
If you’d like to treat Dad to lunch or dinner in our restaurant call us now to book a table on 01480 459134. If you’d prefer a bar meal and a few beers with Father then we can still reserve you a table. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to enjoy the beer garden.
Mothers Day was a roaring success here with us fully booked but will people treat their old man the same way?
FATHERS DAY – BOOK A TABLE NOW.
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.
Are you looking for somewhere to get great food from close to the market town on St. Ives in Cambridgeshire?
We are just along the A14 in Godmanchester between St. Ives and Huntingdon on the river Ouse.
To find us with Sat Nav our postcode is PE29 2HZ
Other pubs in St. Ives are:
Aviator, The (Ramsey Road, St. Ives PE27 5BZ)
Black Bull, The (London Road, St. Ives PE27 5FD)
Floods Tavern (27 Broadway, St. Ives PE27 5BX)
Golden Lion Hotel (Market Hill, St. Ives PE27 5AL)
Greyhound, The (Carlisle Terrace, St. Ives PE27 5PQ)
Haywain, The (Constable Road, St. Ives PE27 3ER)
Lounge, The (14 Broadway, St. Ives PE27 5BN)
Manchester Arms, The (138 Needingworth Road, St. Ives PE27 5LB)
Nelsons Head (7 Merryland, St. Ives PE27 5ED)
Old Ferry Boat Inn (Holywell Front, St. Ives PE27 4TG)
Oliver Cromwell (Wellington Street, St. Ives PE27 5AZ)
Pike and Eel, The (Overcote Road, St. Ives PE27 4TW)
Queens Head, The (30 High Street, St. Ives PE27 4SA)
Robin Hood (11 Market Hill, St. Ives PE27 5AL)
Royal Oak, The (13 Crown Street, St. Ives PE27 5EB)
Seven Wives, The (Ramsey Road, St. Ives PE27 5RF)
White Hart, The (Sheep Market, St. Ives PE27 5AH)
In conjuction with the members of The Exhibition Golf Society we hold regular events and support our locals to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
We have done parachute jumps, head shaving, moustache growing, weight losing, marathon running, meat raffles, guess the babies weight & date and football scrath cards. We’ve rowed the river Ouse for 12 hours, we’ve partied, held coffee mornings and eaten cake all for charity!
Since 2005 we have raised over £54,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support
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The easiest way for you to donate a couple of quid is to text THEX99 £2 to 70070
Well behaved and quiet dogs are more than welcome at The Exhibition Pub. Dogs are allowed in the bar area and garden.