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Summary

Despites both its iconic status – a Cambridge landmark since 1921 – and foodie ownership (FT columnist, Tim Hayward has owned it since 2011), this Varsity café (most famous for its Chelsea buns) inspires only limited and middling feedback: “more-than-adequate if pricey comfort food in a busy environment”.

£39
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This Cambridge icon (est 1921) famous for its Chelsea buns has inspired mixed views since FT columnist Tim Hayward took the reins in 2011. For some long-term sceptics “this new trendy journalist owner has ruined the place (despite its friendly staff, they can’t even get marmalade on toast right!)” but fans were more in evidence this year, boosting its “excellent brekkies” (“sourdough smash is just great”), “amazing cakes and good coffee too”.

£38
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3
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A Cambridge institution” – a “cute little spot that holds on to its history” (including the original sign) and where, above all, “you have to try the Chelsea buns” (“but maybe take a friend and share!”). As a more serious place to eat, however, food journalist Tim Hayward’s “upmarket café” can be a letdown, with food that’s “no doubt very trendy, but quite strange”, and service that – albeit “very friendly” – falls short.

£45
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Still an institution” – a “crowded” café “famous for its Chelsea buns and cakes” but where the Full English is also “superb”; on the downside, the atmosphere can seem “noisy and busy” (in a bad way) and service can be “lovely” or it can be “non-existent”.

£44
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Portions
14
44

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Veggies Pudding
£9.75 £3.50 £4.20
Drinks  
Filter Coffee £2.60
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 10.00%
51 - 52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RG
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Opening hours
Monday8 am-6 pm
Tuesday8 am-6 pm
Wednesday8 am-6 pm
Thursday8 am-6 pm
Friday8 am-6 pm
Saturday9 am-6 pm
Sunday9:30 am-6 pm

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