Varsity Restaurant, Cambridge – an elegant makeover and tasty food

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 Varsity Restuarant has a great central location on St Andrew’s Street in Cambridge

Under new ownership, this stylish independent has had an elegant makeover and we’d heard that both the food and service were excellent. Since it’s re-opening last year Varsity has become very popular and it frequently features in any ‘Top Five’ list of the best Cambridge restaurants. Steve and I have been waiting for a suitably special occasion to dine there, so this week we booked a table for our anniversary dinner and we weren’t disappointed,  – in fact unusually I found nothing to grumble about!

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We started our meal with the most appetising warm bread, truffle butter and succulent Gordal olives. In fact, the olives were so delicious I had to order some more!
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We drank exceptional bottled beer and lager, and a glass of Prosecco to toast our anniversary. It was good to see 500ml bottled drinks on the menu at a reasonable cost in the absence of draught beer.

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Varsity has three distinct dining areas and we were seated in one of the upper rooms. This is a cool and contemporary refurbishment of Cambridge’s oldest restaurant.

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For his main course Steve enjoyed a 8oz rib-eye steak with chestnut mushroom ragu, hasselback potato, and mushroom ketchup with a side of tenderstem broccoli, with chilli and sesame. He particularly relished the potato drizzled with truffle butter for added oomph!

For my main course I chose Roasted chicken supreme, wild mushroom and leek truffle tagliatelle, with port sauce. This chicken dish was incredibly rich and tasty, and unfortunately I had no room for a dessert.

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Steve chose to end his meal with the Cheese Board which came with a selection of his favourite crackers, with homemade chutney, fruit, celery, and a glass of port.

The staff are friendly and attentive, the ambience is intimate, and although the restaurant was almost full I observed that it wasn’t noisy or loud. Prices are a little on the high side, but I would recommend dining at Varsity for a special occasion lunch or dinner, and I noticed that people on adjacent tables were celebrating a birthday and an anniversary too. You will enjoy imaginative, Modern British comfort food at it’s very best served in generous portions. We paid £86 for our meal with drinks.


Great news for local foodies – Varsity opened a new sister restaurant called Trinity on 8th April, and I can’t wait to try it!


35 St Andrews Street



Tel: 01223 356060


15 Trinity Street



Tel: 01223 322130


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