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Which Cambridge pub is best to watch the Boat Race? Our Top 5

A rivalry that spans over four miles, two universities and 195 years. The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race deserves to be experienced in a pub that matches the atmosphere that takes over the town each year. And what better place to watch it than in the hometown of one of the contenders?

Cambridge might be the birthplace of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but it’s also home to an array of town centre taverns, woodland watering holes, and riverside rathskellers. So whether you're a student, tourist or local, Cambridge offers the perfect setting to watch the Boat Race unfold.

The interior of the Pickerel Inn

The Pickerel Inn

Taking its name from a freshwater pike, the Pickerel Inn has been a staple of Cambridge far longer than the storied boat race. Dating back to the 16th century, this traditional pub is an ideal spot to enjoy the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, while acting as an excellent gateway to further experiencing the history of the university town.

With both indoor and courtyard seating, the Pickerel is a great spot to bring along the family – including your dog – and serves up the very best of British pub classics to enjoy while you watch the race.

People drinking in a beer garden

The Golden Hind

If you’re travelling to see the Cambridge Boat Race, view it on the biggest and best screen you can. the Golden Hind is a family-friendly pub just north of the city centre that’s a worthy host. Featuring a beer garden large enough to accommodate the rapturous applause of a Cambridge victory, this watering hole guarantees you won't miss a moment of the action.

The Boathouse (Cambridge)

The Boathouse

Of all the riverside pubs in Cambridge, is there a more fitting place to watch the Boat Race than at the Boathouse? Located a little outside of Cambridge city centre, the Boathouse offers plenty of choice in its food and drink menus, as well as a great waterfront atmosphere.

Here, all are welcome to cheer on the Cambridge competitors from the riverside beer garden. As locals and tourists take their boats up and down the water, it'll feel as though you're witnessing the race first-hand.

A selection of drinks

The Rock

One of the best Cambridge pubs for Boat Race enthusiasts has to be the Rock. Known for its impeccable service, extensive drinks menu and loyal regulars, the Rock is a stone’s throw from the city centre, making it an ideal spot for both students and locals alike.

You won't be disappointed if you’re a tourist either. With a beautifully maintained beer garden, large screens for events and even a pool table, the Rock is a great shout if you want to watch the Boat Race with a drink in hand.

The interior of the Eagle

The Eagle

If you’re looking for a healthy atmosphere to watch the race, you can’t go wrong with the red-brick and wood-clad walls of the Eagle. This bustling pub is smack-bang in the centre of Cambridge with a history as storied as the city itself.

While you make memories cheering on the racers, take some time to reflect on the stories created within these four walls over the last four centuries. From hosting the scientists that discovered the structure of DNA to preserving walls of messages left by RAF pilots during the Second World War, the Eagle is a popular spot to watch the race.

Whether you’re a local who lives for the race, a student experiencing the tradition for the first time or a tourist travelling to get involved, Cambridge is dotted with pubs as fascinating as its rivalry with Oxford. So if you’re looking for great pubs in Cambridge to watch the Boat Race, view our Cambridge pub finder to find the nearest one to you, and book a table today.