Cambridge-based writer, thinker, psychologist and wandering minstrel
Published April 27th 2013
The spring is old but the water's fresh
I first went to The Old Spring many years ago, and it was a tatty, lifeless pub with nothing going for it except the fact that the word 'old' felt like a pretty good description. It was taken over by new management shortly after that, and its current incarnation is, thankfully, completely at-odds with its former self. Its interior has an elegant, neat style reminiscent of a country hotel, with two open fires, big leather sofas and armchairs. At the back of the pub is a lighter conservatory-type area with large windows and dining tables. They have some outdoor seating, adjacent to the small carpark (parking is free but you may struggle to find a space). Although it is a short distance from the city centre, near the river and Midsummer Common, this pub is very popular.
Since its transformation I have been to The Old Spring quite regularly. It has a nice ambience – relaxed but vibrant – and it offers a reasonable selection of ales, lagers and wines, along with hot drinks including coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
The food is generally good: I have had the Steak Ciabbatta Sandwich and Grilled Hallumi Wrap on more than one occasion and both are very tasty. Unusually the Cauliflower Cheese Frittata from the specials menu which I had on my most recent visit was a bit disappointing. It was presented beautifully (see the photo) but had evidently been reheated and not for long enough. However, I've eaten here many times and this is the only time I've had any issue with a dish, so I still rate their food highly.
The Old Spring is a very nice, smart, popular pub that is worth visiting for a meal (you may need to book) or a drink, and congratulations to the management for turning it around so successfully. From what was once dingy and unwelcoming something fresh and new has sprung.