Best Pubs and Restaurants to Eat in Cambridge
11th July 2016
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If you are visiting Cambridge over the summer, take a look at our recommended places to eat.  We have tried to keep it varied to suit a range of budgets and tastes.  

There might be places that are not on this list which you may find when meandering down the wonderful side streets of this old city.  If this is the case and you think you have found an amazing place people should know about, please get in touch with us and tell us about it.

Midsummer House

Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HA
01223 369299

Daniel Clifford, French style cuisine, two Michelin Stars and five AA Rosettes to its name.  It is renowned as one of the finest restaurants in Cambridge and one for a very special occasion as you will need a good budget to dine there.  Located next to the river Cam.

Efes Restaurant

80 King St, Cambridge CB1
01223 500005

Not every great restaurant has to have AA Rosettes of stars and this is no exception.  Traditional lively Turkish restaurant on King Street is great if you fancy something a little Mediterranean.


72 Regent Street
01223 956875 

Fast becoming the best traditional Chinese restaurant in Cambridge.  This restaurant has some fine original Chinese art all around and boasts some real traditional meals including the hotpot and their specialty of dumplings.  Very friendly and relaxed place to visit.  If you want to try real Chinese food, then I can recommend eating here.

The Tram Depot Pub

Dover Street, CB1 1DY
01223 324553 

Good selection of traditional style pub food and drink.  Regularly have specials on which is always a good sign and reasonably priced for the quality.  Nice interior with live music.

Pint Shop

10 Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PN
01223 352293

Not only a pub selling lots of different local real ales, but situated at the back is a modern restaurant selling a variety of food including a number of char-grilled meat dishes. 

Five Guys

Unit G4, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Rd, Cambridge CB1 7DY
01223 211130

A burger restaurant not too far from the train station in the popular Cambridge Leisure Park.  Prices are not cheap, but portions are decent enough.  Music can be on the loud side at times, but it is a Hamburger Restaurant after all!

The Mill

14 Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RX
01223 311829

Overlooking the Cam and on Mill Lane, situated just off Trumpington Street, is this traditional style pub selling hearty food with cask ales and craft beer.  Nice website that shows you inside this charming pub.  CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015! 

The Pickerel

30 Magdalene St, Cambridge CB3 0AF
01223 355068

Just down from Bridge Street and close to the river and start of the historical centre, this is a small but traditional old pub. Nicely painted on the outside, it resembles something you might see at an old seaside resort.  Taylor Walker pub.

Devonshire Arms

1B Devonshire Rd, Cambridge CB1 2BH
01223 316610

Located just off Mill Road, this is a pub with a simple menu of burgers and grilled dishes.  Usually the best places to eat are the places with the small menus!  Pub serves real ales and has a woodburner for those cold nights.  Serves beer from a local brewery, the Milton Brewery.

Kingston Arms

33 Kingston St, Cambridge CB1 2NU
01223 319414

Another independent pub located off Mill Road selling lots of real ales and locally sourced food.  It also has a beer garden.  It has won awards such as 'Best Cheap Eats', 'Best Sunday Lunch' and 'Best Place to Drink' in East Anglia (Cambridge Blue).

The Geldart

1 Ainsworth St, Cambridge CB1 2PF
01223 314264

Traditional style pub situated a little out from the centre of the city, but worth a visit if you can find it.  It is not too far from the large Asda superstore and the Anglia Ruskin University.  Regular live music and some innovative food selections served on 'hot rocks', makes this place an enjoyable experience.  It also boasts a food hygiene rating of 5!

Bread & Meat

4 Bene't StreetCambridge CB2 3QNEngland
07918 083057

Great place for lunch or dinner.  Just off King's Parade en route to the Corn Exchange.  Roast meat sandwiches are their specialties. Nice short menu means food should come quick and fresh and delicious!

Cotto Restaurant

183 East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1BG
01223 302010

Modern up market restaurant, selling some very impressively looking meals.  Situated near to Anglia Ruskin University, they sell 3 course set menus.  They are currently #1 on Trip Advisor.  Great for that special occasion and the higher budget.


73 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8EG
01223 300583

Could this be the best Indian restaurant in Cambridge.  On the edge of the centre on Newmarket Road, behind the Grafton shopping centre and close to the large roundabout. This is fine Indian gourmet cuisine so expect a slightly different menu and experience to your usual Indian restaurant, although most of your favourite dishes are still available.

Cafe Rouge

24-26 Bridge St, Cambridge CB2 1UJ
01223 364961

More of a restaurant than a cafe, although the name suggests otherwise!  You can visit for both food and drink and it is one of the few chain restaurants that has made it onto our list.  The staff are very friendly and the food and drink is good too.  For recommendation have a look on their website before you visit as they usually have a good offer or two!

Other recommendations include

Best Cafes in Cambridge to try over the summer


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