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"Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

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"Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

We are coming for 10 days in the end of March. What restaurants are "musts" and do we need to make reservations in advance?

Thanks for any information!

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1. Re: "Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

you said in and around - will yo uhave a car for getting about? (more of a liability in cambridge itself - the town is very compact)

stacks of places to eat in cambridge itself, but some you might want to consider 'around'

3 horseshoes at madingley 9near the anerican cemetrey) quintessential english thatched pub - great food and beer - go at lunch town and book in advance

another great pub for food is the chequers at fowlmere

ely is a nice town with a greaat cathedral - easily reached by car or train - eat at the old fire engine for genuine 'english' food

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Midsummer House on Midsummer Common is he best restaurant in town. Go for lunch - its a bargain.

They have a website.

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For me, Fitzbillies is the best bakery in town - and there is a restaurant next to it as well.


I've never actually tried the restaurant, but their mince pies which we had over Xmas were really 'melt in the mouth'! Yuuummm! :) (and my other half loves the chelsea buns, though I find them too sweet for me as I have less of a sweet tooth)

(P.s: It's not a really 'posh' place, but you like a spot of afternoon tea, then it's perfect.)

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4. Re: "Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

Midsummer House is the classic best place - not cheap, and booking essential - 2 Michelin stars

Restaurant 22 on Chesterton Rd is also pretty good and you'll have to book this too

Try this place for ideas, but take the reviews with a pinch of salt - they think everything's great


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5. Re: "Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

A few ones:

Bruno's Brasserie on Mill Road - mentioned in the Michelin Guide. Very good food - not as innovative as Midsummer Common, but not as expensive either.

If you want good quality fresh fish and shellfish, Loch Fyne is a very upmarket British chain and it's in a beautiful setting, what was The Little Rose restaurant, opposite the Fitzwilliam museum.

The Varsity is the oldest restaurant in Cambridge - odd mixture of Greek dishes and British restaurant staples from the 1970s which somehow works very well

The Peking Restaurant on Burleigh Street is by far the best Chinese restaurant in the region

And if you don't have a Chelsea Bun from Fitzbillies you haven't been to Cambridge!

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6. Re: "Must" dinners in and around Cambridge

Thank you everyone! I will be making reservations!!

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If you are out and about, and especially if you are visiting Newmarket, then The Star at Lidgate is a definite 'must'. It's a lovely old pub in a pretty village - specialising in wonderful Spanish food! I've had a quick look and can't find a website, but a quick google will give you lots of info. It also serves the local beer (Greene King) which again you must try - especially the Abbot Ale.

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