survey result

Summary

£39
    £
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

Summary

£38
    £
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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”.

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Restaurant details

Portions
14
No dress code
44

Prices

Traditional European menu

Main Veggies Pudding
£9.75 £3.50 £4.20
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £28.00
Filter Coffee £2.60
Extras  
Bread £3.50
Service 10.00%
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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