History of the Bridge and Waterbeach

Close to the historic town of Cambridge and Newmarket Racecourse, The Bridge, Waterbeach, is a 200 year old pub that welcomes customers both old and new.

Situated on the Car Dyke, a Roman waterway with a course that can be traced as far as Lincoln, recent archaeological investigations in the village of Waterbeach have found extensive evidence of Roman settlements.

Waterbeach appears in the Domesday Book as Utbech and, in the 12th century, Templar Knights were located in Denny Abbey, an ancient monument in Waterbeach now housing the Farmland Museum.

Also worth a visit is the nearby Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill - a former 13th century Augustine priory. This Jacobean-style house has beautiful gardens and a working water mill. It was transformed in the 1930’s by Lord Fairhaven. At just 30 years old, driven to inspire and impress his guests, he created a haven for horseracing, shooting and simply luxuriating in the sheer decadence of the 30’s.

Waterbeach was also home to the Royal Air Force for many years. RAF Waterbeach was built on the northern edge of the village in 1940, operating under RAF Bomber Command. After World War II, it was operated first by RAF Transport Command then RAF Fighter Command until 1966. The site was then transferred to the Royal Engineers and became Waterbeach Barracks.

The Barracks finally closed on 31 March 2013 following the relocation of all remaining army units to RAF Kinloss in Scotland and RAF Wittering.

Today, one of the finest attractions in Waterbeach is The Bridge - a delightful riverside pub restaurant serving delicious traditional pub food, seasonal specials, fine wines and real ales. Whether you’re passing through Waterbeach en route to Cambridge or Newmarket Racecourse, or whether you’re spending a lazy day by the River Cam, we look forward to warmly welcoming you.

Directions to the Bridge

You can find the Bridge in the village of Waterbeach, Cambridge, situated on the banks of the River Cam, just off the A10. Just key CB25 9HZ into your satnav to find us.