Hereward Wakes – Ely’s New Pub Opens

Image: The Hereward Pub

Tonight sees the grand opening of Ely’s newest public house ‘The Hereward’ located in Market Street and owned by the Barracuda Group.

£600,000 was invested in transforming the former Cutlacks hardware store into an upmarket, authentic pub offering an award-winning menu complemented by an extensive range of beers and wines.

The pubs names was chosen after the ‘Ely Standard’ ran a competiton to name the pub. The winners, Margaret Duffield, of Wardy Hill, Mrs K Salmon, of Ely, and Mrs Anne Newman, of Stretham will be treated to the VIP night that precedes the grand opening. They named the pub after Fenland’s most famous hero, Hereward the Wake.

Image: The Hereward Pub

The Hereward will be run by Tony Love and his partner Tanya Parratt. With 27 years experience in the victualers industry Tony believes that ‘The Hereward’ will bring a much needed boost to Market Street, a part of Ely that is often overlooked by visitors. Our photograph shows Tony (right) with Barracuda trainee Tom O’ Reilly.

The Hereward’s exterior belies just how spacious the interior is, with its warm relaxed atmosphere you can see a lot of time has been given to the layout of this pub.

Image: The Hereward Pub

On entering via the Market Street entrance (there is also entry at Chequers Square) you can see the main dining area on the left, just past the bar is the dining area for non-smokers.

Food is served between 12.00 mid-day through to 9pm and the menu is extensive and well-priced. There are dishes for the health conscience containing less than 5% fat and meals suitable for vegatarians.

It should be noted that this pub does not allow under 18s access, even for meals!

The bar is non-smoking although bar height tables near the main dining area allow for smoking.

Opening Night Update

By all accounts opening night at ‘The Hereward’ was a resounding success.

The management couple from the Hereward, Tony Love and Tanya Parratt were thrilled at the welcome they received at the opening night.

Image: The Hereward Pub

Tony said; “ The opening night was just brilliant, we had a fantastic crowd and we’ve had lots of people coming into the pub to wish us well and have a look at Ely’s latest edition and feedback from the customers was great. Tanya, myself and the team at the Hereward very much look forward to becoming a valued part of Ely’s community.�?

Full size images can be viewed here

Hereward Information

  • Opening Times
  • Mon – Sat: 11am – 11pm
  • Sun: 12 mid-day – 10.30pm
  • Food Served
  • Mon – Sun: 12 mid-day though 9pm
  • No Under 18s

The Hereward pub can be contacted on 01353 772050.

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  1. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    This pub just recently been taking over by new management, which seem to have made a big difference with there friendly approach towards customers and the staff. The staff definitely did not need to be replaced. Nice to see smiles on there faces now. The pub has such a better atmosphere since the change and compliments to the chefs in that kitchen the food is very nice. I will definitely be eating and drinking in this pub a lot more.

  2. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I meet a very good friend of mine for coffee and fish & chips in the Hereward. After waiting 30 mins for our coffee I went to the bar to ask after it. I was told it was at the end of the bar waiting for us to collect it!! (Apparently this is the way it happens in there but, as I’d not been in there before, how were we to know?) By this time the was stone cold and so I had to persuade her to heat it in the microwave because there was no way she was going to pour us a fresh one. We continued to wait a further 20 minutes for our food. Again, I had to go to the bar to ask – the two waitresses we’d asked had totally failed to come back with an answer. It turned out that our order hadn’t even gone to the kitchen yet!!! We told them not to bother as we had to go back to work. I did get a refund for the food – and the coffee but, I’ll never go in there again. I understand they’re painting the outside of the building at the moment so lets hope they replace the staff as well as the paint!

  3. Michele Stokes-Warrington
    Michele Stokes-Warrington says:

    Popped into Ely to do some shopping with my mother and came across The Hereward. We relised that this is a managed house but had not come into Ely for a posh meal just some lunch and knew that it was 3663 all the way(i ran a managed house in Cambridge for Greeneking for 3 years). The food and service were fine for what we wanted at lunch.

    I came back into Ely a week later for some shoes for my 2 year old daughter and time was running out so i decided to take her in there for something quick to eat. I was barked at by the manageress “children are not allowed at the bar” no hello, nothing! she barked this at me once again. I asked her if she expected me to leave my 2 year old on her own across the other side of the pub while i order food with her?? She just stood there, no offer of another way of getting round this or help. (I’m waiting for a response from Barracuda head office as i write this). Family friendly?? I don’t think so!! won’t be going back. I hope that Barracuda have mystery shoppers, because with service like this they will save millions every year!!

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