the shepherds

Restaurant, Lounge & Rooms
5 High Street, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, CB5 8ST
01223 293280 | info@mjprestaurant.com

Restaurant Reservations




Restaurant, Lounge & Rooms
5 High Street, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, CB5 8ST
01223 293280 | info@mjprestaurant.com

restaurant, lounge & rooms

enjoy a relaxed dining experience

Enjoy a relaxed dining experience with chef Mark Poynton.

We offer an ever developing and changing menu, focused around some of the best, seasonal, local produce we can find.

Mark J Poynton

Opening hours


Thursday to Saturday
Lunch – 12:00 to 14:00 | Dinner 18:30 – 21:00
12:00 – 14:00


Thursday to Saturday
12:00 – 22:30
12:00 – 15:00

Sunday evening, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – Closed

Sourdough bread



Our menu has been created to allow you to enjoy as much or as little as you wish. Fish, plant and meat plates can all be small/large. Create your own tasting menu, enjoy a selection of plates in the middle of the table; the decision is completely up to you! If you have any dietary requirements or allergies please inform a member of the team.

If you fancy trying something new then why not ask for Chefs' tasting menu. We will put together a menu of Chefs' favourite dishes on the menu at that time. Why not ask for a wine flight too! Certainly a dining experience to remember.

See a sample menu here.

We also have a set lunch menu (available Thursday, Friday and now Saturday) and a Sunday roast!

(Note - these menus are samples and will vary based on season and market availability.)

Wine List

We're really proud of our wine list. We think it has some of the most delicious, best value wines around. Take a look, and see if you agree.

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Smoked haddock soup with egg


Take the time to relax and enjoy your time in Cambridge

With 5, modern, individual bedrooms situated to the rear of the property we are pleased to offer these at incredibly competitive prices across various rates.

For enquiries over 2 nights please call us on 01223 293280 or email us on info@mjprestaurant.com

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White fish in a bronze bowl

Mark Poynton
It's Just Food

marks debut cook book

Mark Poynton decided to launch his own restaurant, MJP @ The Shepherds, at Fen Ditton, near Cambridge, taking the keys as the UK was in lockdown due to Covid-19.

His lovingly produced book, therefore, has been a long time in the making. Featuring classic recipes from a starred and glittering career, it will appeal equally to professional chefs and home cooks.

Telling his remarkable story and sharing recipes for cooks to recreated, It's Just Food is a towering achievement from one of the UK's best and most popular chefs.

It's Just Food by Mark Poynton - £40 + shipping

Click below to place your order for 'It's Just Food'. This will open an email and simply let us know your name and address, along with how many books you would like and we will be in touch!

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Beef and mushroom

Private parties

Hire our space for private parties and events

Our restaurant and lounge are available for hire for private parties and events.

We can offer a space for up to 20 guests or split a larger group across two rooms catering for up to 45 guests.

Please contact info@mjprestaurant.com to plan your next special occasion with us!

relaxed dining

Mailing list

If you want to keep up to date with events such as wine dinners, book launches and more click below to sign up to our mailing list!



We're really pleased to see that Mark has three delicious recipes in this great cookbook, showcasing the breadth and depth of culinary talent in Cambridgeshire.Copies are available from us at only £12.50, signed by Mark.


We have worked with suppliers throughout the world to source a vibrant and interesting wine list. We believe that it is of superb value and can cater to many aspects of our menu!

Whether ordering with your meal, or relaxing in the lounge, our team can recommend the best option to suit your budget and taste. If you would like paired wines with your meal, please simply ask a member of the team who will be happy to help!


There's always something a bit special about a cocktail. Our signature cocktails are expertly mixed to get your meal off to a brisk start, or wind down in the lounge after a lazy dinner. See our cocktail list here.

We also have a full drinks menu available packed full of alternative options!

We're growing our own!

If you spend a bit of time in our garden, you'll notice beds of herbs, fruit, salads, and vegetables.

There's nothing better than produce straight from the garden to your plate. It doesn't get more locally sourced than that!

A home away from home

Our relaxed environment, friendly staff and great service make for a very special experience.

We're taking all the precautions that keep you, and our staff, safe, and welcome, whatever the circumstances!