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Best Places to Eat in Cambridge - From Fine Dining Restaurants to Riverside Pubs

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Cambridge's colleges attract students, academics, and vacationers from all over the world. As a result, the city's eating and drinking scene has an international flavor. Alongside traditional pubs serving hearty plates of fish and chips and shepherd's pie, you'll find Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Turkish eateries all over the city centre and beyond. There are plenty of riverside eating places along the Cam, too.

Typical dishes


Cambridge's chefs take pride in locally sourced produce such as asparagus, pork, and beef. Signature Cambridge sausages should be part of any full English breakfast. Eel from the Fens is a traditional favorite.

Fine-dining restaurants


A handful of sophisticated restaurants stand out in Cambridge. For a special treat, locals favor Alimentum. About a mile south of the centre, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves an inventive Slow Food menu featuring dishes such as asparagus with duck egg, wild garlic, and morel. Finding it hard to choose? Opt for the multi-course tasting menu. By the River Cam, Midsummer House rings the changes on English tradition with dishes such as roast sole in hazelnut purée with velouté of broccoli and confit lemon. Tasting menus with 5, 7, or 10 courses include vegetarian options.


  • Alimentum, 152-154 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PB; Tel: +44 1223 413400; Website: Alimentum

  • Midsummer House, Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HB; Tel: +44 1223 369299; Website: Midsummer House


Pubs by the River Cam


There are plenty of pubs along the River Cam where you can enjoy a pint, a pie, and a plate of fish and chips while watching life on the river. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been known to patronize The Fort St George, an oh-so-traditional inn complete with thatched roof, oak beams, and inglenook fireplaces. Menu staples here include seafood and pulled pork slider boards. At The Anchor, near Queens' College, you'll find craft ales and dishes such as slow-cooked spiced shoulder of lamb and apple-braised ham hock.


  • The Fort St George, Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HA; Tel: +44 1223 354327; Website: The Fort St George

  • The Anchor, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EL; Tel: +44 1233 353554; Website: The Anchor


Cafés and bistros


Cambridge is the quintessential university city - and since student life is café life, it has plenty of spots serving every kind of caffeinated beverage. If you're in the mood for something stronger, most cafés have liquor licenses, too. Conveniently near the Fitzwilliam Museum, Fitzbillies is renowned for its sticky buns and home-baked breads and turns into a full-service restaurant in the evening. Black Cat Café, a little way outside the city centre down Mill Road, is an Antipodean enclave serving Kiwi and Aussie-style cakes, savory dishes, and coffees.


  • Fitzbillies, 52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG; Tel: +44 1223 357228; Website: Fitzbillies

  • Black Cat Café, 2 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AH; Tel: +44 1223 248972; Website: Black Cat Café


Italian restaurants


Cambridge has a large Italian community, and you don't have to look far to find family-run trattorias serving authentic regional dishes. Di Luca Cucina & Bar offers an imaginative take on tradition, with dishes such as slow-roasted pork with risotto as well as standards like seafood linguine. Near Magdalene College, La Margherita bakes its own pizzas, dishes up favorites like spaghetti bolognese and lasagna, and offers an irresistible range of homemade desserts.


  • De Luca Cantina, 83 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AW; Tel: +44 1223 356666; Website: De Luca Cantina

  • La Margherita, 15 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB2 0AF; Tel: +44 1223 315232; Website: La Margherita