British, Modern Restaurants in Cambridge
1. Restaurant Twenty Two British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 22 Chesterton Road - CB4
“Much better value than its main local competitor Midsummer House” – you will need to book two months ahead if you want to visit Sam Carter and Alexandra Oliver’s “very enjoyable” venue, “located in a Victorian terraced house with small cosy rooms” a short walk from the city centre (near the Cam and Jesus Green). One central London reporter acclaimed it as “worth the trip to Cambridge” thanks to its “very enjoyable” combination of personable service and very accomplished cuisine (all served – except at lunch and on certain evenings – via the now-obligatory tasting menu format).
2. Pint Shop British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 10 Peas Hill - CB2
This “useful stopping place in the centre of Cambridge” serves “solid pub food” and a “good selection” of craft beers. A boozer for only 10 years, it was once the home of E.M. Forster.
3. Trinity British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 15 Trinity Street - CB2
This “good (mainly) seafood restaurant – always with good oysters” – is a decent option for a meal on a prime tourist site, directly opposite the Great Gate of the college of the same name. “Service is lovely”, and the “creative menu” is “now slightly SE Asian (coconut and/or curry with everything)”.
4. The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 16 Trinity Street - CB2
“A lovely bright and cheerful room, with good food and special touches” make this glossy British brasserie from Richard Caring’s chain a useful option for many in the Varsity town – although, like its many siblings around the country, it “lacks the glitter of the London original”.
5. Parker's Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 1 Park Terrace - CB1
“A proper brasserie in a lovely refurbished hotel in the middle of Cambridge” – “who would have guessed that the once-dismal University Arms would house such a charmer?”. Ex-Launceston Place chef Tristan Welch champions local East Anglian produce on a menu that provides comfort rather than foodie fireworks. Rebuilt several years ago, this long-established hotel has a fantastic position, overlooking Parker’s Piece.
6. Garden House British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge Granta Place - CB2
“Focused on simple dishes, with excellent ingredients, all elevated by sharp cooking” – the year-old grill at this new Graduate Hotel (named for the previous hotel on this site) wins positive feedback in our annual diners’ poll (but too limited for a rating).
7. Millworks British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge The Watermill, Newnham Road - CB3
2021 Review: This “meaty joint” occupies an attractive converted mill, complete with working water wheel. It “continues to please students and locals in its airy space overlooking river and millpond (I saw a kingfisher!)”.
8. Oak Bistro British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 6 Lensfield Road - CB2
2022 Review: “Always a pleasure”, this indie bistro is a “local favourite”, twinning “very friendly service and reliable cooking” of an Anglo-European bent; take advantage of the attractive courtyard in clement months or pop in pre- or post-theatre.
9. Amelie Restaurants British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge Grafton Centre - CB1
2021 Review: Look out for the bright yellow Citroën van, if you want to try veteran restaurateur Regis Crépy’s latest venture, selling Alsatian pizza-type Flammekueche in a Cambridge food court. For a tasty, cheap ’n’ cheerful snack that’s a little out of the ordinary, these “light”, “fresh-tasting” and “reasonably priced” wafers of bread dough complete with toppings are just the job.
10. Midsummer House British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge Midsummer Common - CB4
“What an experience: from the brimming tray of Champagne choices and canapés to great coffee at the end and a parting gift”, this VIctorian villa delivers an experience that’s “very special”. It helps that it has an idyllic location, on the banks of The Cam opposite the college boathouses and surrounded by the greenery of Midsummer Common. In 2023, Daniel Clifford celebrates his 25th year at the stoves here. “There is alchemy at work with his magical combinations, creativity and attention to detail at every stage” – some very fine food, which helps make this one of the most commented-on destinations in the UK. Dishes are “prepared with wit and incredible to look at”. But they are also “phenomenally expensive, particularly if you also have the wine flight” and the level of value remains the main issue when considering a meal here, with almost one in five diners feeling the place is too “overpriced”. Still, “it always impresses even if it is somewhat pricey even when compared to London”. (“There will be moans about the bill, but, as I was hosted by my children for a big birthday, that was not my problem. What an experience it was. I am not sure I like being this age, but the celebration was second to none!”)
11. Vanderlyle British, Modern restaurant in Cambridge 38 Mill Road - CB1
“So stunningly good” – there’s “no need for meat or fish” at Alex Rushmer’s “innovative and exciting” venture: “who cares if it’s vegan/veggie or not? This is simply outstanding tasty food which will totally blow you away”. The former MasterChef finalist ran the Hole in the Wall in nearby Little Wilbraham before launching here with Lawrence Butler in 2019. Top Tip – “the focaccia and yeast butter is a revelation”.
12. Three Horseshoes British, Modern restaurant in Madingley High St - CB23
2019 Review: With its fortunes revived under the Huntsbridge Group of late, this “lovely old thatched building with sunny conservatory” joined the local, ever-growing Cambscuisine empire in January 2018; fans say it’s “back in business”, turning out “interesting and well-prepared” food.
13. Fancett's French restaurant in Cambridge 96a Mill Road - CB1
“A brilliant new restaurant in Cambridge” – Holly & Dan Fancett upped sticks from North Street in Burnham Market to launch this outlying yearling on Mill Road in late 2021. “The food from the small but perfectly formed menu gets better each time”, according to fans. It’s not a case of bewildering tasting menus with dazzling small plates, but very yummy, deftly realised bistro fare at un-scary prices and “wonderful” service.
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