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Eating & Drinking


As you would expect, Cambridge has a wide range of places to eat. Here is a selection of places that we like to visit - but of course this is only our opinion and there's an eclectic mix of places listed below so do check out their web sites before you book to make sure they're what you are looking for.

5-10 minutes' walk from Sayle House

The Old Spring

Our nearest pub (just a 5 minute walk) with a great atmosphere The Old Spring is buzzing with locals pretty much every night of the week. Good pub food, great beers & wine, and you'll need to book especially on Friday and Saturday nights.

Midsummer House

For an unforgettable night out, try Midsummer House. Head chef Daniel Clifford has won two Michelin stars since he took over this restaurant more than a decade ago. Delivering cuisine with a modern focus underpinned by classical French technique, Midsummer House is the only Michelin two star restaurant in East Anglia, yet is only a 10 minute walk from Sayle House. Booking in advance is essential.

Other Great Choices

    The Old Bicycle Shop

    At the southern end of the city centre, The Old Bicycle Shop is a favourite of ours. It has a relaxed atmosphere, with good food and some great beers. As the name hints this was the site of the oldest bicycle shop in Cambridge and there are plenty of nods to its old existence in the decor and design.

    The Oak Bistro

    This is a relaxed but elegant bistro serving great English food. It's a few doors down from the Old Bicycle Shop, just opposite the Catholic Church on the corner of Lensfield Road and Regents Street.

    The Oak Bistro

    Pint Shop

    Pint Shop


    Just a few minutes from the historical city centre, Cotto is run by Hans Schweitzer who was responsible for opening Midsummer House Restaurant back in the eighties. His international career in fine cuisine has now brought him back to Cambridge. The restaurant has recently moved from its own site and is now relocated to the Gonville Hotel opposite Parkers Piece.


    Cau table bookings

    Cau Menu

    Cambridge Chop House

    Opposite Kings College chapel located on Kings Parade

    Cambridge Chop House

    Cambridge Chop House menu

    River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

    A little further along the river is The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill. Overlooking Magdalene College it is situated by the bustling Quayside area at the northern tip of the historical city centre. The River Bar serves a range of cocktails, and as you would expect the core menu is based around 28 day aged steaks. For non meat lovers there are also fish and vegetarian options. The restaurant is located in a 19th century bonded warehouse which provides an atmospheric ambiance, overlooking the river Cam.

    Cote Restaurant

    French style

    Cote Restaurant

    Loch Fyne

    Fish restaurant

    Loch Fyne

    Loch Fyne menu


    For a relaxed evening meal with contemporary British cooking there is d'Arry's on King Street.

    The Punter

    Another great pub to try is The Punter on the west side of Cambridge and just a 15-20 minute walk from Sayle House.


    Bill's is a lively, Bohemian style cafe/restaurant - also good for evening meals and brunch at the weekend.

    Sala Thong

    Sala Thong offers a taste of the Far East with wonderful Thai cuisine. Just a few minutes walk from the city centre and a short taxi ride from Sayle House.

    Further afield

    Bottisham - Il Piccolo Mondo

    Authentic Italian cuisine

    Il Piccolo Mondo

    Little Wilbraham - The Hole in the Wall

    Country pub and restaurant

    The Hole in the Wall

    Fordham, near Newmarket - The White Pheasant

    Country bar and restaurant

    The White Pheasant


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