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The Eagle, Cambridge Central, Cambridge

Benet Street
Cambridge
CB2 3QN
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Greene King

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E TA left this review about The Eagle

Originally a Jacobean ale house, the pub was given a Georgian makeover and has  been extended into adjoining commercial premises to form a two-part pub and restaurant.  It is currently operated by GK.  There is a main bar and another, smaller bar known as the RAF Bar, though whether this implies any connection to the paramilitary organisation of the same name isn’t certain. The bars, described below, are connected externally by a small paved and very smokey terrace, and internally by a tortuous subterranean corridor which leads to the lavatories.  Some of the customers were rather annoying, including one who looked like Jonathan Ross, while the staff were largely inefficient and unhelpful.  Ales on were Eagle's DNA, Abbott, Trooper, Starry Night, Gangley Ghoul and Doombar, Mighty Moose IPA, Tribute and Landlord spread across the two bars. The Eagle's DNA, a reference to the Crick and Watson historical connection, was clearly something re-badged, a practice which, just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it right. Worth visiting for the historical interest described below, but it could turn tiresome quite quickly.

On 29th November 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Eagle

It was nice to visit here out of season, as this gave good opportunity to a have a good look around this pub which first opened its doors in 1667. As mentioned, Watson and Crick announced their double helix DNA discovery, lunchtime on the the 28th Feb 1953. Also of historical interest, is the messages written by our brave Second World War airmen covering ceiling and walls in the rear bar. The pub has no music, TV's or gaming machines, a plus I suppose when you're trying to make a major discovery. Seven ales on handpump, we went for the Cottage Try Me.

On 9th March 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Eagle

This is an iconic pub in Cambridge and worthy of inspection by any pub enthusiast but beware it is often overrun by tourists.There are multiple rooms all wooden panelled with many low beams ,nooks and crannies and original fireplaces dotted about.There is an exterior courtyard between some of the rooms,and the rear RAF bar is interesting for the the memorabilia and poignant with the war time flight crews having written messages about their squadrons in lipstick on the ceiling,many never to return.
The room next door is probably the most charming and has a plaque denoting the spot that Crick and Watson first unveiled their double helix DNA discovery .
These days the pub in owned by Greene King ,and the two bars both sport 7 handpumps with a different selection of ales ,although GK brews are much in evidence and the house Eagle DNA is no doubt one of their too.However guests (I spotted four in total with a few reversed clips) are served and both my Woodeford Nog and Potbelly Captain Pigwash were in good condition although the latter did cause confusion on ordering as the Polish barmaid assumed I was casting aspersions on the quality of the pubs beer !
Food is very popular here,it's a corporate pub grub menu and your are advised of the likely waiting time,expect 45 mins at busy times and when our food arrived the meat centrepieces were quite dry and curled at the edges,the chips and veg fresher.
Have a look around as there's lots to appreciate ,try and choose a quiet moment when the charm may have a chance to shine through.

On 31st December 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Cambridge, 1.33 miles, 25 min walk (show)
Cambridge North, 2.58 miles, 49 min walk (show)
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26th Jul 2019, 18:27
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26th Jul 2019, 18:27
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Jukebox : No last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 08 August 2014 by john mcgraw
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 26 December 2017 by E TA
Opening Hours
Sunday10am - 10:30pm
Monday10am - 11pm
Tuesday10am - 11pm
Wednesday10am - 11pm
Thursday10am - 11pm
Friday10am - 11pm
Saturday10am - 11pm
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