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"No fuss, no frills, just delicious food."
- Cambridge Evening News

MJP@...The Ancient Shepherds

Last few tables available for August events

New date added! Friday 10th August

As we prepare to open in Cambridge City Centre, we are running a number of exclusive events so that a select group of friends and customers can be involved in the journey.

From wine tasting to menu previews, you will have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes view of our restaurant opening.

We are holding the next in our series of events at the Ancient Shepherds.

For those in need of a midweek treat, we can offer you dinner on

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Wednesday 15th August 2018

If Wednesday doesn't work for you, why not round off the week with some great, simple food?

Friday 10th August 2018

Friday 17th August 2018

There are only a few tables left so book soon!

Here is an example menu, from one of our July events.


  • Rabbit terrine
    with prune, and liver parfait
  • Roasted cauliflower soup
    with pickled apple and toasted almonds
    £6 (V)


  • take as a smaller or larger plate, extra courses, starter, or main
  • Smoked haddock tart
    with spinach and hollandaise sauce
    £6.50 / £10
  • "Seed to feed" hot and cold salad
    with feta cheese and dill pesto
    £6 / £9 (V)


  • Slow cooked lamb
    dauphinoise potato & glazed carrot
  • Grilled sea trout
    "nicoise", with charred baby gem lettuce
  • Roasted "seed to feed" kohlrabi
    with toasted pine nut dressing, black olive and tomato salad
    £12 (V)


  • Crispy goats cheese
    with beetroot marmalade
    (try it as a side, instead of dessert, or as an extra course)
    £7.5 (V)


  • Baked chocolate tart
    with strawberry sorbet
  • White chocolate fool
    with blueberries & salted hazelnut praline


  • Rye sourdough bread & whipped salted butter
  • Coriander seed roasted chantenay carrots
  • Buttered new season potatoes

Our events sell out extremely quickly. If you want access to our advanced booking window, sign up for our mailing list below.

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Cambridgeshire Cookbook - Second Helpings

We're really pleased to see that Mark has three delicious recipes in this great cookbook, showcasing the breadth and depth of culinary talent in Cambridgeshire.

Copies are available from us at only £12.50, signed by Mark.
Drop us an email to order.

Mark signing copies of Cambridgeshire Cookbook, Second Helpings