I enjoyed a charming meal at newly refurbished pub The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester with my friend Tracy last week. Having been closed for some time the new owners (Chestnut Inns) have retained the feel of a traditional pub whilst creating a restaurant which is the epitome of classic chic. The cuisine is English and the ‘cheffy’ menu features pub classics with a contemporary edge. In a great location at the heart of this pretty village, and close to Cambridge The Rupert Brooke is well placed as a destination restaurant. It’s sister establishment The Packhorse Inn, near Newmarket, already has an excellent reputation and is on my ‘wish list’ of places to visit, so I arrived with high expectations.
So what did I like about The Rupert Brooke? The warm welcome, the ambiance and decor set the tone for what I anticipated was going to be a good dining experience. The service is first class, and we were both impressed by the staffs obvious engagement with the place and it’s ethos. Friendly and informed they were attentive without being intrusive, and customer service here is clearly given a high priority.
The food is bistro style, and features attractively presented, smart, vibrant dishes of a high quality, which are reasonably priced. Tracy was very taken with the idea of hiring the private dining room upstairs which has access to the roof terrace. We ended the night with excellent coffee in the comfortable, soft seating area adjacent to the bar. The bill came to £34 a head for three courses with drinks, which we both felt compared extremely well to Cambridge city centre prices.
The poet Rupert Brooke (1887- 1915) lived in The Old Vicarage in Grantchester, which will forever be synonymous with his First World War poem of the same name which ends…..
Stands the clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?
The Rupert Brooke
2 The Broadway
Tel: 01223 841873
127 Cherry Hinton Road
Tel: 01223 211041