Best Restaurants in Cambridge

Places to eat in Cambridge this Spring

Eating out in Cambridge Highlights

Cambridge tables are quite popular regardless of what time of day or meals it is. And what’s more eating out is a lovely way to spend some quality time with some friends or family, so it might be worth planning where you want to go in advance. Being a busy city, Cambridge has plenty of choices when it comes to restaurants, bars and cafes, so, the obvious question which comes to mind is, where exactly would you find the perfect place for you?

We, at the Traditional Punting Company, have created a list that combines great atmosphere and tasty food, as well as taking into consideration the cost. As locals, we have shared some of our favourite ‘mouth-watering’ meals in town, so you can enjoy a lovely meal out when visiting Cambridge.

Brunch in Cambridge?

Expresso Library, East Rd

This elegant and bicycle decorated coffee shop has the best granola yogurt in town. Expresso Library offers an array of delicious options for breakfast, brunch and lunch everyday until 5pm. This place is great for workers wanting some food before or during work, as well as tourists who are coming into Cambridge in the morning via the train station, it is the perfect stop on route to the ‘town’ centre.

Price: mid-range prices

Menu: Expresso Library serves a breakfast menu between 7:30am to 12pm, as well as a brunch menu available until 3pm. From the breakfast menu, the ‘Power Granola’ is just the tastiest option. As from the brunch menu you could opt for their bottomless brunch for only £25 per person.

Stir, Chesterton Rd

Morning delight comes to mind when you think of Stir Cafe and Bakery. From oven baked bread, to home-made adorned cakes, to even sweet tooth snack bites, this cozy neighbourhood cafe has it all. Besides, it’s just out of the town centre location, which makes this place an ideal spot for your bigger gatherings.

Price: low to mid-range prices

Menu: Their menu is suitable for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters. Furthermore, they highlight the allergens on their menu which makes it so much easier when it comes to ordering. Their breakfast menu is focused on delicious brunch boards as well as breakfast bowls. Being one of the fewest places in town to serve their famous Açai Bowl.

The Old Bicycle Shop, Regent St

Known for being the oldest bicycle shop in the country, The Old Bicycle Shop is where you can have some of the finest meals accompanied with local ales or any of their hand-selected wine options.

Price: low to mid-range prices

Menu: The highlight of this menu goes to their diverse range of vegetarian and vegan options. This is definitely a place we recommend for those looking for some diversity as a vegan (the brunch menu offers seven different meal options for vegans!). If you are an egg lover then this is also the place for you with five different egg dishes from Eggs Darwin to Eggs Florentine.

Lunch in Cambridge?

Stem + Glory, King St

This unique vegan cafe and restaurant is a real delight to our city. Focused on plant based meals, Stem and Glory looks forward to welcoming everyone into a greener and more conscious way of life.

Price: low to mid-range prices, with the avarage price of £9 per meal and £7 for smaller plates.

Menu: Even though all the options on the menu are delicious, living in a slightly colder climate, we think that their hot plates win the show. They serve mouth-watering ‘Lasagna and Burger’, and even some of our meat-eating staff members would recommend this. It is a great option for those who are intrigued with the ‘plant-based’ way of life.

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The Punter, Pound Hill

One of Cambridge’s favourite, The Punter, is particularly popular with locals who want to catch up with their friends over some drinks in their sunny courtyard. But it is also a place where you can get some amazing pub food all year round.

Price: mid-range prices.

Menu: Their Seasonal menu is great for locals looking for different options throughout the year. Their tasty dishes are never the same. Furthermore, it is perfect for those wanting to taste British food with seasonal produce.

The Senate, St Mary’s Passage

The Senate has an amazing view over one of the most important buildings of the University of Cambridge, the Senate House. In this fantastic restaurant, you will be able to enjoy an irresistible Mediterranean menu throughout the day.

Price: higher end of mid-range prices.

Menu: This is where you could have an extravagant 3 course meal for your lunch. Or if you are wanting more of a social get together, why not enjoy their beautiful sharing boards, whilst sipping on a glass of wine or two.

Dinner in Cambridge?

Restaurant 22, Chesterton Rd

Restaurant 22 has a sophisticate atmosphere that serves a fantastic range of high-level cuisine. This is one of our favourite places to eat in Cambridge if we want to dine somewhere for a special occasion. What’s more they often serve the same menu over lunch time for a smaller charge.

Price: high-range prices.

Menu: Their current menu is only available inside the restaurant, when looking online you will notice that the menus are just samples, to give you some idea of what you might received inside. This being said, the menu changes very frequently due to the produce available in a specific season.

The Pint Shop, Peas Hill

Inspired by 1830s British beer houses, The Pint Shop is where you can find a vast array of beers and a large range of gins served at the same bar. The restaurant is known for its overnight pork belly and ox pie, as well as good old fashioned bar snacks. Located in Cambridges city centre its a great place to eat and drink the night away.

Price: mid-range prices.

Menu: Lot’s of british traditional pub food, as well as some vegan and vegetarian options. Although the highlight goes to their drinks menu, where you wouldn’t have trouble to find a drink to pair with your meal.

The Tiffin Truck, Regent St

Looking for a spicy international meal? Then, The Tiffin Truck, is exactly what you’re looking for. This authentic restaurant is where you can find the best Indian street food in a welcoming and colourful atmosphere. As a relatively new addition to Cambridge’s food scene this gem has proved extremely popular.

Price: mid-range prices.

Menu: Serving Indian craft beers and cocktails. The highlight of this menu goes to their ‘Thalis’ served with papadum, pickle, unlimited rice, unlimited roti, dal, cocktail samosa and rasam.

Hope you enjoy our top recommendations of places to eat in Cambridge.

Posted on March 11th, 2020, by the Traditional Punting Company