Aside from its historical significance, Cambridge is renowned for its array of independent eateries and restaurants that make city living such a big draw.
When staying for business there are so many places to choose from that you may just want to stay an extra night to pack in another visit to enjoy some outstanding Cambridge dining experiences.
However, with lots of choices right on the doorstep of our serviced apartments, we know it can be hard to know which place to secure for those client dinners or those late-night gastro take-aways; so to help you secure the best food Cambridge has to offer, we’ve revealed ten of our favourite Cambridge restaurants you must-try during your stay.
1) Pint Shop
Address: 10 Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PN
Pint Shop takes the quintessential pub grub to the next level. In fact, the food here has a reputation in Cambridge for providing ‘fancy pub food’. Envisage scotch eggs, onion bhajis, and fresh off the grill burgers.
The gin menu alone is three pages long, which means if you’re planning on having an alcoholic tipple with your dinner, you won’t be disappointed.
We highly recommend you eye up their Instagram to see their dishes truly come to life. (@pint_shop)
Food Style / Theme: British pub grub with something extra
- Click and Collect
2) The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie
Address: 16 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TB
The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie is a young addition to the city but has become a firm favourite amongst the locals for its exquisite menu offering everything from luxury burgers to lobster linguine.
Alongside getting waited on hand and foot by the best service in the city centre, the stunning interiors are enough to impress any potential client.
To compliment your meal, you can opt for a glass of fizz or a cocktail.
Of course, in a truly sophisticated style, tables have to be reserved, so ensure to book your space as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Food Style / Theme: Casual, yet sophisticated fine dining a la carte
- Dine-in only – reservation required
3) The Old Bicycle Shop
Address: 104 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DP
Just as the name gives away, this stunning restaurant was once one of the city’s bicycle shops.
But not just any bicycle shop, this space was once home to one of the UK’s oldest bicycle shops which had been running for 173 years. Rumour has it; even Charles Darwin purchased a bicycle from this very shop.
Now, however, the Old Bicycle shop has been transformed into a stunning eaterie which boasts of the most colourful array of modern British cuisine.
The courtyard is a major attraction of this restaurant, which is a dream to sit and enjoy lunch during the warm British summer days.
Food Style / Theme: Modern British food
- Dine-in only
4) Steak & Honour
Address: 4 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB
Sometimes a good burger and chips are what is needed after a hard day of networking or attending meetings. So when you don’t have the energy to cook and fancy yourself a good burger, Steak & Honour is the place you need to visit.
The super meaty and moorish hand-made burgers are so popular in the city, the queue for a take-away can often go around the corner.
Food Style / Theme: American style burgers, chips, chicken wings
- Take away (Order online)
5) SIX at The Varsity
Address: 24 Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8EQ
SIX Restaurant is based right in the heart of Cambridge city centre and is one of the top spots for stunning rooftop views.
If wining and dining clients during a stay are required, this restaurant is highly recommended as one that will certainly impress even the most sophisticated pallets. With dishes including steak, roasted salmon and grilled king prawns, you will be served a real feast in elegantly modern surroundings.
During the summer the rooftop terrace and cocktail bar offer incredible views across Cambridge, and space to truly dine in style.
Food Style / Theme: Modern British brasserie
- Dine-in only – reservation required
Address: 98 – 100 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2BD
The beauty of Cambridge is its diverse range of restaurants that offer authentic dishes from places all over the world. Bedoin is one of these authentic gems.
Transporting you all the way to the Saharan desert, you can enjoy the tantalising taste of Tagines.
If dining in, you will very quickly feel relaxed and at home in the African styled restaurant that encompasses treasures from the continent. Or if you’re simply seeking a comforting night in, you can collect your order, or have it delivered straight to your apartment.
Food Style / Theme: North African
7) Shanghai Family
Address: 39 Burleigh St, Cambridge CB1 1DG
If you’re seeking a night in during your stay at our serviced apartments, then the Shanghai Family Chinese restaurant is one of the city’s most loved takeaway destinations.
With a full range of authentic Chinese dishes available, you can pop open some wine, sit back in your apartment and wait for a real feast to be delivered.
Food Style / Theme: Chinese
8) La Pergola
Address: Cambridge Rd, Harlton, Cambridge CB23 1HA
In true authentic Italian style, La Pergola is a family-run restaurant in Cambridge offering authentic antipasti dishes, as well as their famous stone-baked pizzas.
With true respect for local ingredients, the family only use and grow their own produce in an adjoining allotment; and what they cannot grow themselves they source from local suppliers.
La Pergola is the most authentic Italian restaurant you will find in Cambridge. In fact, it was once voted as England’s best Italian restaurant.
Food Style / Theme: Italian stone-baked pizzas
Address: 15 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB
Trinity Cambridge is the sister restaurant of The Varsity. Which means if you can’t get into one, at least you’ve got a second option.
At Trinity, you will find the ultimate fine dining, foodie experience.
Specialising in seafood and meat, Trinity is the kind of place many people go for a celebration as the price will leave some blushing.
In the relaxed, contemporary restaurant, you will have the option of pan-seared duck, to fresh oysters. In fact, the menu simply doesn’t do it justice. Visit their Instagram page (@restauranttrinity) to get a real taste of what they serve up.
Food Style / Theme: High-end oysters and champagne
- Dine-in only
10) Stem & Glory
Address: 13 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LH
If yourself or your clients prefer vegan dining, then Cambridge does not disappoint.
As well as many vegan options across all of the restaurants in Cambridge, one restaurant stands out alone as the only vegan restaurant in the city.
Stem & Glory only offer a plant-based menu, which ranges from superfood juices to a full three-course dinner. In fact, it’s fast becoming the destination for those of the plant persuasion to enjoy vegan food with a true foodie twist.
Food Style / Theme: Vegan
This is just a selection of the wonderful options for dining out in Cambridge. If you are going to be staying in one of our Cambridge Service Apartments and stuck for ideas on where to dine out then why not let us know and we can provide a few handy tips for your stay.
Note: All information provided is current at the time of writing but may change without notice. Contact the restaurants direct for information or booking.