Dining in Cambridge? Try these places!

Imagine it: you’ve just arrived in the beautifully historic city of Cambridge, and after hauling your luggage to your lodgings, you want to explore! After strolling around and admiring the brick buildings, beautiful parks, and the private shops, your stomach rumbles, signalling that it is time for you to eat. With a restaurant on every corner, it is hard to know what the best choice is. After being in Cambridge for two weeks, I have decided to share some of my favorite places to eat, and why.

The Regal

The Regal

This pub is very well named, with regal staircases and spacious ceilings that make you feel like you are in a a fancy, expensive restaurant. Besides the atmosphere, this establishment serves some fantastic food— and at some great deals! From veggie burgers to fish ‘n’ chips, not only is there a wide selection of delicious food but the tempting meal deals often include a beverage in the price. That is a plus all on its own in a city that often makes you pay for extras that many Americans are accustomed to. My personal favorite at The Regal is the chicken burger— a fresh, juicy sandwich battered in buttermilk.

The Hopbine

Classic Fish'n'chips from The Hopbine
Classic Fish ‘n’ chips from The Hopbine

This small-yet-satisfying pub can serve up some awesome dishes, and with some great deals, too. Their classic fish ‘n’ chips is quite appetizing, but I have to say their burgers are a much more tantalizing option. The savory entree served with a side of chips (french fries) or salad is sure to leave you satisfied.

The Orchard Tea Gardens

Tea with friends.
Tea with friends.

This tea garden is actually about 40 minutes outside of Cambridge, but the journey is definitely worth it. This establishment resides in the beautiful village of Grantchester, and whether you come on foot or by bus, Grantchester’s natural beauty will take your breath away. Contrary to popular (that is, my) belief, The Orchard is not as fancy as a traditional tea room. Rather, you stand in line and select your food— there are scones, sandwiches, cakes, and of course, tea— and then take your tray to a picnic table to eat. There are plenty of trees to supply shade, and the outdoor setting is a definite reason to pop in on this tea garden. Not to mention that from the scones to the smoked-salmon-and-cream-cheese sandwiches, the food is scrumptious!

Jamie’s Italian


This sit-down restaurant is on my list for several reasons. As their website so eloquently puts it, “Based in a beautiful grade II listed building, with a magnificent domed ceiling and pillars that span the whole height of the room, Jamie’s Italian Cambridge is the perfect setting to enjoy an Italian feast in style.” The building is known as “The Old Library”, and architectural features are definitely reminiscent of an historic past. Not to mention, the food is some of the best I’ve had in Cambridge. Perfectly seasoned garlic bread, not-too-heavy ravioli, and a mouth watering selection of desserts make this restaurant a definite contender for my favorite restaurant. If you ever visit Cambridge, you might want to try it— if you can handle the steep prices.

The Eagle

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Last on my list is The Eagle. This historic pub, est. 1667, is a definite must during a stay in Cambridge. Why? Well, “In 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announce that they have determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes,” (History.com, 2009). And where did Watson and Crick announce this groundbreaking discovery? At a pub right across the street from King’s College, that’s where! This pub’s history also includes a wall where military members used to dine and signed their names. It even has its own ghost story! Fascinating history aside, this pub’s food is spot on. Whether you want a good ole’ cheeseburger or some classic fish ‘n’ chips, you’re sure to leave this pub feeling good.

For more information on Watson and Crick’s discovery,  visit the link below!


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