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 wooden panelling, Public bar with pool table and sports, a Courtyard with our Tiki themed hut and our 200 capacity venue space.
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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.
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.
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.
The Portland Arms
129 Chesterton Road
- about 3 days agoLast few tickets left for tonights Comedy Club, 5 top acts for only £6 -no joke! https://t.co/Anet816Vq0
- about 5 days agoOur Comedy Night returns on Friday with the hilarious DAVE THOMPSON headlining +4 other great acts. Advance tix:… https://t.co/D007rBQMiu
- about 2 weeks agoThe Guardian have a great 'Alt guide to Cambridge' featuring some local legends (and Simon from @greenmindgigs 😉 https://t.co/ZrlBGSSIPb