“ Address: Church Lane / Grantchester CB2 9LA / Cambridgeshire „
The Unicorn is one of several pubs in the sprawling village of Grantchester, just outside Cambridge. A cute little village, with thatched cottages, the Unicorn is easy to spot as it is yellow. It is located on the roadside, near the main road into Cambridge, and has a reasonable sized car park in front.
I visited the Unicorn with my parents for Sunday lunch recently, although we weren't planning on having the typical English Sunday lunch - just something light. The Unicorn was advertising a carvery on signs at the front, but we didn't see any sign of this.
The menu offers a reasonable choice. There is a good selection of sandwiches, burgers, main meals and a kids menu (which I was impressed by as it included a veggie burger). I chose the (full size) veggie burger served with chips, while my parents both opted for sandwiches on ciabatta bread, one sausage and onion and one bacon and brie.
My veggie burger was certainly a good size. A large floury roll with an actual vegetable burger - that is, not soya-based. The portion of chips was huge, and the salad was reasonable too. However I had specifically asked for cheese on my burger, and my dad said the barman had written that down when he placed the order - but there was no cheese. We didn't cause a fuss over a bit of cheese, but it did mean there was just a burger in a roll. I added some mayonnaise myself, as without it I suspect it could have been quite dry. The burger was tasty, but it tasted very familiar - like something I may have bought in the past from the supermarket, which was a bit disappointing.
My burger was fairly ordinary, but the sandwiches looked good - larger than expected, and on nicely warmed ciabatta bread with generous fillings and a side salad.
To drink I chose Gaymers pear cider, which rather surprisingly was available on draught - I've never seen pear cider on draught before. However it didn't taste very pear-y - it was more like normal apple cider than pear cider. I don't think I've had Gaymers before so maybe that is normal, but if so it isn't the taste I would expect of pear cider.
We sat in the large beer garden at the side of the Unicorn as it was a nice day. There are plenty of picnic tables with parasols, and a slide, climbing frame and bouncy castle for kids. There were a few groups there with kids and dogs, but we weren't bothered by the noise levels at all. The bar area of the Unicorn seemed a little cramped, and with low beams which you are in danger of bumping your head on.
Service was good, and our food came quite quickly. The staff were working the bar and waiting tables, but they never seemed flustered and smiled at all their customers. Prices were average, with sandwiches and burger costing around the £5-6 mark.
I found my choice of veggie burger a bit ordinary, but the sandwiches looked good and I have a feeling the Unicorn would be the kind of place that would do straightforward pub main meals pretty well. I'd be happy to go back if I was in the area again, and sample some more of the menu.