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Welcome to The Empress Pub

72 Thoday Street, Cambridge. CB1 3AX. 

Regional winner for Best Spirits Pub of the Year 2012.

Regional winner for Best Smoking Area 2012.

Award from Great British Pub Awards by the Morning Advertiser.

See the announcement here.

The Empress Pub Cambridge

The Empress Pub Cambridge © Rita Smith 2012

Go to our blog to find out why our pub is painted blue.

We are open seven days a week:

4pm – 11pm Monday to Thursday

4pm – 1am Friday

Midday – 1am Saturday

Midday – 11pm Sunday

Children are welcome in our family pub and Romsey, our resident pig, is friendly but we tend to get quite busy after 9pm and would ask that parents consider taking children home after this time.

The Empress - Romsey, our Resident Pig

Romsey, our resident pig © Rita Smith 2012

A Bit About Romsey Town

Following the Enclosure Acts of the 1800s, which dismantled the open fields around the town, the small strips of land were re-assembled and many were sold for housing. This became Romsey Town. Most of the houses were built between 1885 and 1895 with the street pattern following the old field boundaries. It was the era of high Empire, reflected in names such as the Jubilee and the Empress, and in street names – Malta, Cyprus, Suez, and Hobart.

The railway divided Romsey Town from the city and provided the largest employer for the area. Today, Romsey Town is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of the city and boasts a wealth of independent shops, cafes and restaurants – and, of course, the city’s best pub!