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The Vaults

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14A Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB, England
+44 1223 506090
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of...
The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of Central Cambridge. After 15 years in the same place, the venue was bough in 2014 by two young entrepreneurs from London, who since then have set about updating the venue, and a turning it around. It has been redecorated throughout, and now features warm lighting, comfy sofas, and even backgammon tables and ping pong. The Vaults has always been famous for it's cocktails, and nothing has changed here. The menu is short and focused, but the skilled bar tenders are more than happy to make you anything you can't see, or even create you a custom creation. Alongside the cocktails are the beers, wines and ciders. There are 8 different types of beers on offer, which often change, but always include a variety of pale ales, lagers and even a few wheat beers. The food now comes in the form of Gourmet Hot Dogs. The team offer up such creations as The Umami (Smoked Sausage, Tomato Salsa, Olive Oil & Garlic Chives) and the Fat Cat (Frankfurter, Diced Gherkins, Blow Torched Cheese on Ciabatta), all of which have been named after the different venues from around the world that have inspired them. Sides such as Sweet Potato Fries, or Skinny Rosemary Chips tie it all together. Open from 5pm on Weekdays and 12 noon on the Weekends, it's a great place to take the weight of your feet, try something new, and meet friends. There are also a few rooms available for private hire, perfect for events and birthday parties.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Visit during happy hour

Two for £8 cocktails during happy hour? What's not to love? My favourite was the Porn Star martini - a fruity martini cocktail with a shot of prosecco on the side.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Alexandra904
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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English first
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Two for £8 cocktails during happy hour? What's not to love? My favourite was the Porn Star martini - a fruity martini cocktail with a shot of prosecco on the side.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Visited here for a few drinks on a Friday night. Wasn't too busy, but there weren't many tables, staff quickly directed us to some empty tables hidden away around a corner. Cocktails were buy one get one free and staff advised us to order them before 9pm as deal finished then, which was really good as we then ordered all... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Saturday shopping trip stumbled upon this watering hole. Reminded me of the cavern club in liverpool. Very chatty welcoming aussie barman welcomed us in and could teach the baroosh staff a thing or two. Venue in it itself a joy. Ping pong and football table foc. Quirky decor. Various snug booths scattered around. A labyrinth of enjoyment all topped off... More 

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Leo B, Owner at The Vaults, responded to this review

Hey - so please to hear you liked it! We've put in soooo much work in the last few months, so it's amazing to hear that people are liking the changes. Getting compared to the mighty Cavern Club is high praise indeed! Thanks for coming. p.s Your barman was Oli. He was super stoked to get a mention! More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

2 cocktails for £8 made by a friendly barman, I recommend the dark and stormy! Food sounds good, but I would like to go back and try it as it sounds delicous and looks very reasonably priced. Nice atmosphere, and nice drinks.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Booked and paid deposit for a works christmas function well in advance. Had a phone call on the day cancelling due to the kitchen flooding. The kitchen had flooded on the Monday and we weren't told until the thursday. They did refund the deposit and we managed to get a reasonable compensation payment. Very disappointing.

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Leo B, Owner at The Vaults, responded to this review

Yes, again, we're very sorry about this. Believe it or not we weren't told about these issues until about 5 minutes before we called you. Changing all the feedback procedures is one of the many things that is different about the Vaults now... As I'm sure you can see, we had a lot of problems in out first week! Hopefully... More 

st.neots
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Xmas works party.. Where do we begin.. I suppose the starters would be a good idea!! I ordered lime and tuna ceviche, what turned up was a plate of florentine lettuce, with tinned tuna and a wedge of lime... Not the best of starts but I waited with baited breath for my sirloin of beef, goose fat potatoes, all the... More 

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Leo B, Owner at The Vaults, responded to this review

The night you're referring too was certainly a low point of our entire professional careers! Having bought The Vaults just 5 days before, we were standing back to try and observe how it was all running. The answer to that question became very clear, very quickly. We're so sorry about the shocking service that night. Suffice to say that everyone,... More 

Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We chose this restaurant for our team Christmas Dinner as the menu looked to offer a good choice to cover all tastes and some of our group had been in the past and it had been good. Well, I have to tell you, it isn't good now! Firstly, it was cold, both in the bar and then also when we... More 

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Leo B, Owner at The Vaults, responded to this review

Again, like the customer who posted above, you visited on what we all refer to as the 'worst night in the history of the Vaults'. There isn't much more we can do than apologise. The night was shocking. Not much more could have gone wrong. The only positive is that we were able to very quickly identify all the things... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 14A Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 506090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 22
  • Cuisine: Hot Dogs

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions

Description

The New Vaults is a snack and cocktail bar nestled under the streets of Central Cambridge. After 15 years in the same place, the venue was bough in 2014 by two young entrepreneurs from London, who since then have set about updating the venue, and a turning it around. It has been redecorated throughout, and now features warm lighting, comfy sofas, and even backgammon tables and ping pong. The Vaults has always been famous for it's cocktails, and nothing has changed here. The menu is short and focused, but the skilled bar tenders are more than happy to make you anything you can't see, or even create you a custom creation. Alongside the cocktails are the beers, wines and ciders. There are 8 different types of beers on offer, which often change, but always include a variety of pale ales, lagers and even a few wheat beers. The food now comes in the form of Gourmet Hot Dogs. The team offer up such creations as The Umami (Smoked Sausage, Tomato Salsa, Olive Oil & Garlic Chives) and the Fat Cat (Frankfurter, Diced Gherkins, Blow Torched Cheese on Ciabatta), all of which have been named after the different venues from around the world that have inspired them. Sides such as Sweet Potato Fries, or Skinny Rosemary Chips tie it all together. Open from 5pm on Weekdays and 12 noon on the Weekends, it's a great place to take the weight of your feet, try something new, and meet friends. There are also a few rooms available for private hire, perfect for events and birthday parties.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?