Where’s the best place for Sunday lunch? (In Cambridge)

The question I am most often asked is ‘where’s the best place for ‘…. Sunday lunch, Afternoon Tea, Fine Dining, Oriental cuisine, Fish and Chips or simply good pub grub etc.

When people know I write a food blog about eating out in Cambridge I am frequently asked to make recommendations, so I have come up with a ‘BEST PLACE FOR‘ list of my favourite places, which I have tried and tested. Everyone has their own favourites of course, so this is just my personal opinion.

I was tempted to list my Top Ten but I had more than ten places to eat and drink which I’m happy to recommend, so they are in no particular order. All of my suggestions are in Cambridge, except one, which is too exceptional to exclude!

Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo is the best place for authentic Italian food. Located in Bottisham, only 6 miles from Cambridge it’s advisable to book months ahead for this hugely popular restaurant, which is always very highly rated on every Top Ten listing.

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Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo in Bottisham, Cambs is the best place for Italian fine dining

Elegant, modern restaurant with exposed brickwork, serving homemade pasta with fish and meat dishes. Totally charming, with exceptional food and service.
Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo
85 High Street
Bottisham
Cambridge CB25 9BA 
Phone: 01223 811434
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Fitzbillies on Trumpington Street, Cambridge is the best place for Afternoon Tea

Fitzbillies – home of the famous Chelsea Bun and a Cambridge institution is the best place for Afternoon Tea, and there is no need to book.

Old-school bakery and cafe serving traditional pastries with artisan coffee and East Anglian fare. Great place to take visitors.

Fitzbillies

51 – 52 Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RG  

Phone: 01223 352500

   

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Navadhanya on Newmarket Road, Cambridge is the best place for Indian fine dining. Booking is essential for this high end Indian restaurant.

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Navadhanya on Newmarket Road, Cambridge is best for fine dining Indian cuisine
Refined restaurant with dark wood furniture and tiled floors, serving gourmet Indian cuisine. Try chef’s 7 course taster menu at £39.99 per person for a special occasion.
Navadhanya
73 Newmarket Road
Cambridge CB5 8EG
Phone: 01223 300583
 
The Oak Bistro on Lensfield Road is the best place for dining in a relaxed yet sophisticated bistro setting.
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The Oak Bistro located on Lensfield Road, Cambridge is the best place for dining in a classic bistro setting

Innovative British and continental meals served in a smart dining room and a walled garden. Booking ahead is essential at this hugely successful eatery.

The Oak Bistro 
 6 Lensfield Road
 Cambridge CB2 1EG
 Phone: 01223 323361
                                                                                     

The Clarendon Arms on Clarendon Street in Cambridge is the best place for a Sunday roast dinner. Highly popular so book in advance for Sunday lunch to avoid disappointment, but they do have two sittings.

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The Clarendon Arms on Clarendon Street, Cambridge is the best place for a Sunday roast dinner
A Cambridge public house since 1812, with a good selection of real ales, ‘The Clarrie’ serves bistro-style food in a traditional pub setting.  A friendly local and a firm favourite of mine.
 The Clarendon Arms
 35-36 Clarendon Street
 Cambridge CB1 1JX

Phone: 01223 778272

 

Cau, the Argentinian restaurant on Bene’t Street, Cambridge is the one of the most popular places for Steak, I can also recommend ‘Rockers’on Mill Road as they source their meat from a local butcher, and their chips are excellent.

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Cau on Bene’t Street, Cambridge is one of the best places for steak lovers, although it is a chain
This contemporary Buenos Aires-style restaurant is extremely stylish with cloud murals, and booths for intimate dining. Booking is advisable.
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Cau
15 Bene’t Street
Cambridge CB2 3QN
Phone: 01223 357000
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Images from Rocker’s Steak House located on Mill Road, Cambridge

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Rocker’s Steak House
52 Mill road
Cambridge
CB1 2AS
tel: 01223300052 
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The Golden Curry Tandoori Restaurant on Mill Road, Cambridge is the best curry house in the area, and it never disappoints us. This place is always busy so it’s advisable to make a reservation.
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The long-established Golden Curry is located on Mill Road, Cambridge

The Golden Curry Tandoori Restaurant is a classic curry house serving traditional Indian and Bangladeshi meat, seafood and vegetable dishes. The service is exceptional, and it’s a family favourite when in need of ‘comfort food’.

The Golden Curry

111-113 Mill Road

Cambridge CB1 2AZ

Phone: 01223 329432 

 

Alimentum restaurant located on Hills Road, Cambridge is the best place for affordable Michelin star fine dining

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Alimentum on Hills Road, Cambridge is the best for affordable Michelin fine dining
Gourmet continental restaurant renowned for its slow cooking ethos and chef Mark Poynton’s tasting menu. Highly recommended for special occasion dining. Booking is essential.
Alimentum
152-154 Hills Road
Cambridge CB2 8PB

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Thirsty is a funky indie drinks shop and bar located on Chesterton Road, Cambridge, and the best place to find upmarket street food kitchens.

For a quirky and different night out try Thirsty in liaison with the best street food trucks in the area, which are parked outside on different nights. Wines, craft beer/cider, spirits, and coffee are also available. Note: It’s good to know that it’s possible to book for parties of six or more, as this place gets packed!

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Thirsty the indie Wine Shop on Chesterton Road, Cambridge is the best place for a drink accompanied by excellent street food.

Thirsty

46 Chesterton Road
Cambridge CB4 1EN
Phone: 01223 464436
 

The Sea Tree on Mill Road, Cambridge is the best place for fish and chips and much, much more…..

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The Sea Tree is located on Mill Road, Cambridge and well worth seeking out for the best fish and chips to eat in or take out

The Sea Tree is an alternative fish bar offering a menu of traditional fish and chips alongside alternatives such as grilled mackerel, calamari and fish stew to eat in or takeaway.

The Sea Tree

13/14 The Broadway

Mill Road

Cambridge, CB1 3AH

Phone: 01223 414349

The other question I am most frequently asked is to recommend interesting pubs in Cambridge. There are so many to choose from but my personal favourites are The Free Press,  The Elm Tree, and The Cambridge Blue for drinks, and The Earl of Beaconsfield for live music.

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The Elm Tree in Orchard Street has an extensive menu of Belgian beers
The Elm Tree is snug and eclectic local serving Real ales, Belgian beers and artisan ciders in a friendly candlelit pub with a terrace.
The Elm Tree
 16A Orchard Street
 Cambridge CB1 1JT
 Phone: 01223 502632
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The Cambridge Blue in Gwydir Street, Cambridge is a popular real ale house serving traditional pub grub at reasonable prices

The Cambridge Blue is a Free House and Real Ale Paradise where visitors are given a warm welcome.

The Cambridge Blue

85-87 Gwydir Street

Cambridge CB1 2LG

Phone: 01223 471680

 

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The Free Press is a dimly-lit, century-old pub with a fireplace and an intimate walled garden, serving fine cask ales and wine with locally sourced British cuisine. Quirky, interesting and well worth a visit.
The Free Press
7 Prospect Row
Cambridge CB1 1DU
Phone: 01223 368337

 

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The Earl of Beaconsfield located on Mill Road, Cambridge is a great place for free live music
The Earl of Beaconsfield is a community pub serving guest beers and pizza, plus bar billiards, and a beer garden with live music on several evenings every week. We love it!acoustic jam
The Earl of Beaconsfield
133 Mill Road
Cambridge CB1 3AA
Phone: 01223 410703

 

 

 

 

 

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