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Cambridgeshire has a diverse restaurant scene and here are some of the best places to eat. Fitzbillies, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020 is famous for its sticky Chelsea buns – they’re so popular that they’re available by mail order. Around the corner, you’ll find Espresso Lane, a tiny yet hugely popular coffee stop, while Trockel, Ulmann & Freunde is another hidden gem.
You’ll be rather spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out in Cambridge in the evening. The Corn Exchange is fast becoming the food quarter of the city. As well as a number of good chain eateries including Honest Burgers, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Zizzi and Vietnamese street food Pho, there’s some great independents, too. Steak and Honour started out as a burger van, but now has premises next to the Corn Exchange.
In Ely, The Old Fire Engine House, just west of the cathedral, offers a cosy dining experience with a traditional British farmhouse menu. 68 Market Street is a new addition to the town, which celebrates all things seasonal and regional while delivering delicious plates of food. The Willow Tree in Bourn is an eclectic ‘boudoir’ restaurant, with a vibrant and diverse seasonal menu.
51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG
Fitzbillies is the city’s most historic restaurant, sensitively restored and updated, now serves dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with a contemporary menu inspired by the seasons and ingredients from local, East Anglian producers. By day Fitzbillies are open for breakfast, coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, brunch at weekends and of course their famous Chelsea Buns. A trip to Cambridge isn’t complete without a visit. Visit website
33 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UW
In one of the most iconic and picturesque corners of Cambridge, lies a unique culinary dining experience at Galleria. The River Cam offers the perfect backdrop to an unparalleled culinary trip through delicious dishes, desserts and cocktails. The restaurant’s aim is to serve the highest-quality food, in a unique and carefully-curated environment whilst providing customer-focused customer service and a friendly atmosphere. So, whether you’re a committed gastronome, a fledgling foodie or somewhere in between, head to this eatery and prepare to have your palate pleased. Visit website
34 Peterborough Road, Peterborough PE5 7AX
The Chubby Castor offers the ultimate civilised dining in the stunning Fitzwilliam Arms Grade 2-listed building, comprising stone, thatch and dormer windows, which convey all the charm and character of its 17th-century style. In addition, four dining rooms are available for private functions, which can accommodate 4-18 guests. Visit website
Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB4 1HA
Midsummer House – boasting two Michelin stars – on Midsummer Common is led by head chef Daniel Clifford, known for his classical French technique and innovative dishes. In 1998 Daniel Clifford bought it and since then, following two devastating floods in 1999 and 2000 which ruined the cellar and ground floor, the building has been upgraded and refurbished to the highest of standards possible. The larger kitchen is now world class. The cellar has been extended too and has almost 1,000 different wines, plus there is an additional bakery. The main house hosts 15 tables and the open plan conservatory has three parts. Visit website
231 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1AS
Polish cuisine has grown in popularity within the UK over the past couple of years. If you’re looking to see what all the fuss is about and broaden your tastes, Polonia should be your first port of call. Try some of the more adventurous textures and flavours on the gustatory spectrum with an appetiser of żurek – sour rye soup with boiled egg and sausage. Mains such as beef with smoked bacon and sour cucumber are sure to stimulate the palate and make sure you order a tasty accompanying side too, such as the sauerkraut salad or beetroot with horseradish. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Bryony Caldwell/Wouter Meijering/Unsplash; Fitzbillies; Galleria Restaurant