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.
Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo in Bottisham, Cambs is the best place for Italian fine dining
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.
51 – 52 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1RG
Phone: 01223 352500
Navadhanya on Newmarket Road, Cambridge is the best place for Indian fine dining. Booking is essential for this high end Indian restaurant.
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 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.
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.
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
Alimentum restaurant located on Hills Road, Cambridge is the best place for affordable Michelin star fine dining
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!
Thirsty the indie Wine Shop on Chesterton Road, Cambridge is the best place for a drink accompanied by excellent street food.
The Sea Tree on Mill Road, Cambridge is the best place for fish and chips and much, much more…..
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
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.
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