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  • Welcome to the Portland

    Cambridge's best loved pub and live venue
  • Our Drinks

    See our range of Cask Marque approved real ales, ciders, bottled and craft beer.
  • Our Food

    Home-cooked favourites plus our Barrel & Stone pizzas

About Us

The Portland Arms is a traditional English pub serving fine real ales, speciality beers from around the world and home cooked food in a cosy, friendly setting.

There has been an Inn on this site since the 1880’s, the current building dates from the 1930’s and was designed by renowned architect Basil Oliver

Hayley and Steve Pellegrini are the licencees and have been running The Portland since 2004.

The pub has four distinct areas;  the Saloon bar with it’s original wood panelling, Public bar with pool table and sports, a Courtyard with our Tiki themed hut and not forgetting our 200 capacity venue space.

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Sam's Beer Blog

Muses from our bar manager, part-time wrestler and beer enthusiast Sam on all things hops and barley related.

Sam’s Beer Blog: Food Pairing

It’s always been a trend in restaurants to pair wines with certain food dishes, for example a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc to...

Sam’s Beer Blog: Vegan Beers

In 2018, breweries must accommodate for several dietary requirements, should they wish their beer to be consumable for everyone. More and more people...

The Venue

For decades the Portland has been an essential part of the Cambridge live music scene welcoming local, national and international acts of all genres and backgrounds to play in our dedicated 200 capacity venue space.

Whether you are in a band and are looking for a venue to hold your own gig or are looking for a modern space to hold a meeting or gathering we can cater for groups of all sizes and requirements.

We have a full in house PA system and lighting with experienced sound technicians available to make sure your event sounds and looks great. The venue also has it’s own full-service bar, air conditioning and ‘green room’ space.

For smaller events we have 2 separate bars and a courtyard garden that can be hired independently.

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Meet The Team


STEVE & HAYLEY: The Landlord and Lady who have been running the good ship Portland since 2004. In that time they have formed a pub company which also run The Hopbine on Fair Street and The Alex on Gwydir Street."Who needs sleep anyway?"


SAM: Our part-time wrestler, full-time pub managerAlter ego: Peter Nixon


KIAN: Our flamed-haired assistant manager


SEB: Bar supervisor and teller of the longest stories ever.


SARA: -Yes without the 'h'. Our northern shift supervisor with the dirty laugh.QUOTE: "I'm not being funny right, but..."


ALASDAIR: Shift supervisor and beard enthusiast.

Tickets and Merch

Tickets for The Portland  hosted events can be purchased online.

Cant see the ticket for the show you want? Check the individual event on the calendar for full info.

Get In Touch

If you are an individual, group, band, promoter, club or organisation wanting to play at the venue please go to the VENUE -HOW TO HIRE section. We do not book individual bands ourselves.

Many answers to common questions like parking, age restrictions and letting rooms can be found on our FAQ pages

For all other non-gig inquires you can phone us or fill in the contact form below.

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01223 357268

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The Portland Arms
129 Chesterton Road

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