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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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Latest News

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The Portland Arms shared The NMG Awards's post.Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 12:33pm
The 6th Annual NMG are taking nominations for best Studio, Producer and Small Venue. We would love to win an award again so if you have a free minute please drop a line to tim@nmgawards.com to nominate us for the public vote.
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The Portland Arms added 2 new photos.Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 1:30pm
Our Big Fat music quiz is tonight. Cunning questions from every style of music, as diverse as the programming of the Portland itself!
7pm start, £2pp entry with cash and beer to be won.
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The Portland ArmsMonday, August 13th, 2018 at 6:30pm
Our Big Fat Music Quiz is tomorrow! I'm particularly looking forward to you all seeing the picture round. No clues.

For more information visit www.theportlandarms.co.uk/wp/event/the-big-fat-music-quiz

#portlandarms #pubquiz
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The Portland ArmsFriday, August 10th, 2018 at 1:00pm
Our big fat music quiz of the year is fast approaching, so if you can tell your Buzzcocks from your Elbow, then you may be in for a chance to win! Be at the Portland Arms Tuesday 14th of August, only £2 entry per person for the chance to win cash & prizes! There will also be a welcome return of Rock and Roll Bingo, simple rules to follow, hard game to master.

For more information visit www.theportlandarms.co.uk/wp/event/the-big-fat-music-quiz

For extra special Portland Bonus Points, can you tell us which member of the Beatles was the first to have a solo No. 1 hit in the UK? Leave your answers in the comments.

#portlandarms #pubquiz
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The Portland ArmsFriday, August 10th, 2018 at 1:00pm
Our first big fat music quiz of the year is fast approaching, so if you can tell your Buzzcocks from your Elbow, then you may be in for a chance to win! Be at the Portland Arms Tuesday 14th of August, only £2 entry per person for the chance to win cash & prizes! There will also be a welcome return of Rock and Roll Bingo, simple rules to follow, hard game to master.

For more information visit http://www.theportlandarms.co.uk/wp/event/the-big-fat-music-quiz

For extra special Portland Bonus Points, can you tell us which member of the Beatles was the first to have a solo No.1 hit in the UK? Leave your answers in the comments.

#portlandarms #pubquiz
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The Portland ArmsMonday, August 6th, 2018 at 7:24pm
Did y'all see our fearless leader Steve "Pellerini" on the ITV News this evening?

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: 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...

Sam’s Beer Blog: Stouts and Porters

Last week, I held a craft beer tasting session with the other site managers, to give them the opportunity to sample our tremendous...

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

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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?"

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

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KIAN: Our flamed-haired assistant manager

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

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

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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


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01223 357268

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The Portland Arms
129 Chesterton Road
Cambridge
CB4 3BA

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