Stow-Cum-Quy is situated 5 miles East of the City of Cambridge lying between the Newmarket Road (B1303) and Burwell Road (B1102). It is just off the A14 via the Quy interchange and is about two miles from the Newmarket Road Park and Ride. There is a bus service running between Cambridge and Newmarket passing through the neighbouring villages of Bottisham, Lode and Burwell. Nearby are a number of places of interest including the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey and Quy Fen a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Another nearby conservation area is Wilbraham Fen and there are several picturesque walks around the village. Cycle access is good thanks to a number of cycle paths.
The village has a population of around 500 and has a number of excellent facilities. The Church of St Mary’s is a striking feature at the head of the village on Church Road. At the opposite end of the village is the Post Office and Village Stores which stocks a wide variety of produce and gifts as well as providing various other services. Close by is the recreation ground which has both football and cricket pitches with a pavilion and children’s play area.
There are four licensed premises in the area. Quy Mill Hotel offers high class accommodation, a restaurant and large function facilities. The Wheatsheaf public house on Stow Road has pleasant open surroundings with a large restaurant. The White Swan on Main Street provides a separate restaurant with a wide ranging menu and a variety of real ales in the homely bar. The Missing Sock offers a range of menu choices with a lovely outdoor area.
The Village Hall has excellent facilities. It is the venue for many village social groups and can be hired for parties and other general meetings. Primary and Secondary schools are available in the neighbouring villages of Bottisham and Great WIlbraham.
Stow and Quy were ancient Roman Hamlets located on cross roads with the old ‘Low’ or ‘Summer’ Road to Reach; at that time an important main town. Stow means The High Place (where St Marys stands today) and is the highest point in the local area ~ 50ft above sea level. Quy means Cow Island. In around 1100 the two villages were joined together and named Stow-Cum-Quy (Stow-with-Quy).