There are some great restaurants and pleasant pubs in Cambridge, UK.
Some of the restaurants in Cambridge, which have a great meal, good service, central (and sometimes beautiful) location:
Restaurants in the city centre of Cambridge, UK
Oak Bistro, Cambridge, UK
Oak Bistro is very close to the heart of the city, take a 3 minute walk from the city centre of Cambridge on St Andrews and Regent Street. According to the Harden’s restaurant reviews, Oak Bistro has very good food, very good service and very good ambiance (scoring 2-2-2, where 1 means excellent). ‘Top class food, reasonable prices’ is the short summary.
Cotto Restaurant, Cambridge, UK
Cotto Restaurant is approx a 5 minute walk from the city centre of Cambridge (on East Road, opposite the Anglia Ruskin University). According to the Harden’s restaurant reviews, Cotto seems to be your ideal place for a simple lunch in Cambridge, quote ‘this is on some accounts “the best mid-range restaurant in Cambridge”’. Cotto has very good food, very good service and a good ambiance (scoring 2-2-3, where 1 means excellent – Harden’s dining guide). Families will appreciate that there are children facilities and children’s portions too.
Restaurants close to the city centre of Cambridge, UK
Midsummer House Restaurant, Cambridge
Midsummer House is said to be one of the best restaurants in England, and definitely in East Anglia (Midsummer House has been awarded two stars in the Michelin guide, and was 12th on The Sunday Times top 100 food list for 2011). ‘Excellent cooking, comfortable restaurant’, i.e. a two-star restaurant in Cambridge, which could deserve 3 stars according to some reviews (based on Michelin Guide restaurant guide), while others question the validity of two stars… The restaurant has a nice conservatory, located by the river Cam, approx. 10 min walk from the city centre. Cuisine is modern and inventive. In everyday terms, the restaurant is expensive. Booking is recommended. Currently the only Cambridge Michelin star restaurant.
Restaurant 22, Cambridge, UK
Restaurant 22 is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre of Cambridge (22 Chesterton Road) near Victoria Avenue Bridge. According to the Harden’s restaurant reviews, Restaurant 22 has very good food, very good service and very good ambiance (scoring 2-2-2, where 1 means excellent).
Peking Restaurant, Cambridge, UK
Peking Restaurant is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre of Cambridge (where Hills Road meets Cherry Hinton road, close to the train station in Cambridge). Although the restaurant’s location is poorly rated, the food and the service is ‘very good” at a really affordable price for huge portions. According to the Harden’s restaurant reviews, Peking Restaurant has very good food, very good service and poor ambiance (scoring 2-2-5, where 1 means excellent).
Cambridge Blue Pub
Cambridge Blue is more of a beer institute than a culinary establishment but it is such a much loved casual traditional English pub that it is worth taking a visit (if you are OK with a great atmosphere and a good food). It is about a 15 minute walk from the city centre, right next to the romantic ruin cemetery called the Mill Road Cemetery (beautiful old graveyards, charming place – really). Cambridge Blue was voted Pub of the Year in 2011 (The Branch and County award). The owners sell their own ale, as well as a staggering range of foreign beers (more than 70 Belgian beers!). You can also try the Mead. Cambridge Blue “is a true community local attracting a great mix of customers into a welcoming, convivial atmosphere” (quote from ALE). Some of the critical remarks: “the service is often quite slow”
The See Tree, Cambridge
The See Tree restaurant is an affordable seafood takeaway restaurant (modern interior), close to the city centre of Cambridge, where most guests are happy to return to saying “Just the best you can get fish-wise locally”. Specialty: you can order gluten free batter to takeaway. Some finds the price of the classic fish and chips a tiny bit more expensive than the usual cod and chips prices in the neighbourhood.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Cambridge, UK
Rainbow Cafe, Cambridge
Rainbow Cafe on King’s Parade, Cambridge is a fully vegetarian restaurant welcoming vegans and vegetarians alike. If there is world music, there is world cuisine in this restaurant. Specialties include yummy vegan cheesecakes. Free organic food for babies. Enjoy.
Restaurants & Pubs near Cambridge, UK
The Hole in the Wall Pub in Little Wilbraham, Cambridge
The Hole in the Wall pub is approx. 25 minute drive from the city centre of Cambridge. The restaurant has a Bib Gourmand recommendation in the Michelin guide (an authoritative restaurant guide mostly in Europe), which means the Hole in the Wall is a good traditional pub (beamed ceilings, sizeable brick fireplace) with flavoursome food and good service.
Pea Porridge Pub, Bury Saint Edmunds
Pea Porridge Pub is about 45 minute drive from the city centre of Cambridge. The restaurant has a Bib Gourmand recommendation in the Michelin guide (according to which the cuisine is ‘country-style cooking with a strong Mediterranean bias’). Lovely pub in a 19th century cottage. Great value for money. Booking recommended.
Great House Restaurant, Lavenham
Great House restaurant is about an hour’s drive from Cambridge city. French cuisine in a pleasant country house hotel.
The Willow Tree, Bourn
The Willow Tree in Bourn is recommended by the Michelin Guide in the ‘traditional pub serving food’ category. Tourists find the quirky pub a great, warm and welcoming place to have some good food in and feel good too. As for the interior and atmosphere, imagine a life-sized cow model in the garden outside and Louis XV style furniture with gilt mirrors, chandeliers etc. inside. And background 1920’s music playing. “Menus range from old pub classics to much more ambitious modern dishes,” according to the authoritative Michelin restaurant guide. The few critical remarks about the restaurant are: ‘pretentious menu’ ‘overpriced’ ‘small portions’ ‘service somewhat lacking’
Lalbagh Bangladeshi & Indian Diner, Bourn
If you want to eat good Indian food outside Cambridge, take a half an hour ride to Bourn, a nice little village in Cambridgeshire. The buzzing place is an Indian restaurant and takeaway at the same time. Get some tasty good food in a nice clean decor. Average ratings of tourists is 4.5 out of the max 5. Some complaints: “like all the other curry houses in Cambridge”, some guests felt being rushed – bookings may get mismanaged (earlier bookings making the next guests wait, earlier guests rush), if you order takeaway please check if you got what you asked for (something can be missing), and few were disappointed by the food. Maybe frequented by couples rather than groups or students.
Anonymous quotes and ratings from TripAdvisor travel site.
Last updated: March, 2012