The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester, Cambs November 2015

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From the outside the new conservatory dining room gives The Rupert Brooke a neutral first impression by night…….
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But the interior is classic chic, and warm and welcoming with it’s wooden beams and oak flooring, open plan kitchen, and with a few quirky touches like vintage books on display
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A nice glass of red, my favourite Estrella lager on draught, and a very attractive chunky glass decanter of water soon graced our table
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Truffle popcorn, tomato bread and butter arrived with compliments of the chef, and was a nice touch
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To start we shared Tempura king prawns with mango salsa and …….
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Cheese and onion croquettes with piccalilli. Both were delicious appetisers and good value at only £3 each
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Tracy chose Duck breast, and duck leg samosa, with red cabbage puree, sprout petals, fois gras yoghurt, and dauphinoise potatoes for her main course, which she described as perfect
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My main course was Slow braised belly of pork, ham hock sausage, smoked pork fillet, with mash, hazelnut ketchup, baby gem lettuce and poached plum which was rich and tasty, but I found the smoked dish pervaded the other elements somewhat
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We couldn’t resist a pudding so I chose Coffee parfait, coffee reduction, mocha butter with spiced crumb and praline ice cream. Needless to say I scraped this plate clean!
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Tracy decided to try the Lemon Curd with Arlette pastry, meringues and basil which was recommended, and she felt the unusual flavour combination worked surprisingly well
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We chose to sit in a banquette for our meal, which was a very comfortable and attractive seating area. I liked both the privacy and having room to spread out
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There was a photograph of the pub’s namesake First World War poet Rupert Brooke on the wall
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The LED lit etched design glass screen, which was custom made and designed by local company *GO GLASS was an attractive feature in the dining room

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…..

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And is there honey still for tea?

The Rupert Brooke    

2 The Broadway

Grantchester

Cambs

CB3 9NQ

Tel: 01223 841873

http://www.therupertbrooke.com

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*Go Glass    

127 Cherry Hinton Road

Cambridge

CB1 7BS

Tel:  01223 211041

http://www.go-glass.co.uk

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