13 reviews of The Regal in English
First off yes it is a weatherspoon! this is the cheapest place to eat or drink in cambs, the dishes aint great but theres lots off them (dont ask for rare mix grill they loook at you like an alien) but if your looking for a cheap night out with friends this is the place. it has a massive dance floor with many weekly events (its a student dream) not really much more to say but for a weathers its not bad and plenty of room
It pains me a little bit to give this three stars as it is a Wetherspoons but this place is perfect, provided you time your visits right.
Supposedly the biggest pub (in terms of floor space) in Europe, there is certainly lots of room and I've always found a lunch or dinner space. The food is basic but cheap and therefore good value, and I've been here again and again. Later in the evenings it becomes very loud and rather sticky (I'll leave you to work out what that means). You'll need ID and don't wear any kind of football shirt...
You can't usually go far wrong with a Wetherspoons pub when it comes to cheap and cheerful meals, or cheap deals on drink, but service can be slow. It's absolutely huge, and there's lots of different seating areas. It's the perfect place to begin a boozy night out ... so avoid at weekends if you want a quiet drink.
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The high rating is due to the cheap booze. This is a central pub with a DJ and dancefloor. Attracts a young crowd and is a bit of a 'pick up’ joint. It is on 2 levels with upstairs and downstairs bar although these can be very busy at weekends and there is often a long wait and a bit of pushing and shoving.
Although I didn’t try the food it look cheap with some good offers such as curry and a beer deals. A wide range of drinks and a lot of cheap offers. I saw a bottle of wine for £5.99!
Large outside area on 2 levels but this has now become the 'smoking’ area.
The first thing one realises when one walks in to the regal is it’s vastness, I am reliably told that it is the largest pub in England. This I can believe it due the fact that it spans two mighty floors and the toilets are the size of a small pub in themselves.
The second thing one realises is how cheap it is, due to the fact that the pub is owned by Weather spoons drinks are unbelievably cheap. I had a pint the other day which cost a mere £1.29, granted this was a local Ale but still. Other more well know brands regularly are under £2 a pint.
Overall good atmosphere, good food, good drink and most of all a good price.
The Regal pub (owned and run by the weather spoons chain) in the centre of Cambridge used to be the ABC cinema, gracefully converted to a modern bar restaurant with no music blaring into your ears whilst having a drink. There still is the re-located Arts cinema using the old screen 2 that shows al the classic films from various years. During the day the pub serves very good food from a large and varied menu, and most days evenings have a special deal weather it be a curry meal deal or a Sunday roast two for one offer, all this with free coffee refills. I have eaten there many times in the past and have never had cause to complain, and in the evening the place livens right up as a very popular night spot for everyone and as said the best thing of all is the sounds, all you can hear is the chatter of people having a good time.
This is part of the wetherspoons chain. The pub is the old cinema so is very large. It has a high ceiling with an upstairs seating area. The food is standard wetherspoons food. Good value, the curry nights are good and the food tasty. The drink is cheap as you would expect from this chain. The bouncers have cracked down on underage drinkers as this used to be a place where they would be able to get in. So, do take your ID with you just incase. The Grand Arcade / Lion Yard car park is a short walk around the corner. There is an outdoor seating area. The shops are close by making it an ideal venue for a lunch during a shopping trip.
Its a Wetherspoons, and you know what that brings:
Cheap drinks - tick
Cheap food - tick
Less than desirable drinkers - tick
This particular place does have a very open area, after being developed from the old cinema. Its also quite lively at weekends, which is either good or bad, depending on what you’re looking for.
Hell, its hardly classy but if you’re a bit strapped for a cash and still want a big night out, then maybe pop in or an hour or two.
Well, the regal is a great big wetherspoons so you know what you're getting food and drink wise. That said, the food is fine and well priced, but the most remarkable thing about the Regal is the building. Its in an old cinema and so its massive, with a balconied area and high vaulted ceilings, so its a nice venue to spend a few hours.
Its pretty popular and fills up quickly, but there always seems to be a fight outside on the weekend.
Recommend taking ID too, as the bouncers are quite thorough.
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