Famous for its historic university city and the stunning River Cam that runs through it, where you can take in famous landmarks from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge punt, there are countless reasons to check out the charming and characterful county of Cambridgeshire this summer.
Whether you’re visiting one of the county’s many fascinating museums, beautiful parks and gardens, or imposing historic buildings like Ely Cathedral, you’ll no doubt be on the lookout for some fantastic restaurants and pubs to stop off at during your visit. Fortunately for you, Cambridgeshire is home to a whole host of incredible dining destinations you need to check out. From world-class fine dining restaurants where you can enjoy nine-course tasting menus to inviting and traditional pubs that serve up all your favourite comforting pub classics, read our list below of 7 of our favourite places to dine in Cambridgeshire.
For a more comprehensive collection of the best places to eat out in Cambridgeshire, be sure to pick up your FREE copy of our recently released Cambridgeshire Food & Drink Guide here or read a digital copy of the guide here.
Having spent two decades working in some of the country’s finest restaurants, local chef Lee Clarke brings a wealth of experience along with his signature style and flavour combinations to his very own restaurant, Prévost. Opened two years ago and set in Peterborough’s Historic Priestgate, the chic Prévost has quickly made a name for itself amongst foodies across the region who regularly flock to Prévost to enjoy colourful and seasonal dishes in a spacious and welcoming environment.
Watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen as you tuck into an impressive nine-course tasting menu that never fails to impress. Featuring incredible dishes like pork belly with sweetcorn and burnt onion, Guinea fowl with truffle and asparagus, and grilled monkfish with lentils, fennel and smoked apple, every course is well executed and bursting with flavour. Vegetarians and vegans are also well catered to, with alternative options across all their menus including their three-course set lunch menu and five-course option.
Boasting a fresh and contemporary bar and restaurant that always delights its lucky diners with its tempting seasonal menus and extensive drinks list, The Moorings at the Crown Lodge Hotel will charm you with its warm, modern style and attention to detail. If you’re craving traditional dishes or healthier options, the standard of cuisine at The Moorings is second to none, reflecting the seasons and utilising local produce wherever possible. Enjoy a simple lunch or a three-course feast that caters to your guests’ personal and dietary requirements, or perhaps indulge in a to-die-for afternoon tea comprised of a tempting range of traditional treats like freshly baked scones and perfect pastries, all beautifully displayed on stands.
From intimate and romantic dinners to corporate events, private functions, and board meetings, The Moorings at the Crown Lodge Hotel is a truly versatile venue and one of the rare gems in the region.
Having earned a reputation amongst foodies across the county for serving some of the finest seafood around, The George & Dragon in Elsworth is a true culinary destination in Cambridgeshire. Conveniently located just nine miles from Cambridge and close to Huntingdon, owners Paul and Karen and their team work exceptionally hard to always provide customers with a fresh and regularly changing menu that keeps them coming back for more and more.
With its attractive and inviting exterior adorned with hanging baskets and planters just exploding with colour and its interior which gives off a rustic, olde-worlde atmosphere complete with wooden beams and traditional décor, along with a roaring wood burner, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to spend hours and hours. Their beer garden is also a real suntrap and makes the ideal place to relax and enjoy a meal with mates as you work on your tan.
Sourcing fish from Lowestoft fish merchant J T Cole, their fish specials board changes weekly to keep up with the seasons and includes the likes of moules marinières and native lobster during the summer months.
Charmingly hidden away in the middle of a working farm in Huntingdon, drive through this characterful venue and past all the farm animals and you’ll discover the grand and welcoming restaurant that is Johnson’s of Old Hurst. Journeying through this modest farm won’t prepare you for the beautiful and tastefully decorated restaurant that awaits you. As soon as you step through the restaurant’s large double doors, your breath will be taken away, and not just because of the large and imposing lion statue that welcomes each and every guest in the dining area.
When we visited the restaurant, we started our meal with their deep-fried Brie, which was covered in a delightfully crisp and light batter that gave it a satisfying crunch. We then moved onto the main of venison, with meat sourced directly from the farm outside. Beautifully presented and cooked to medium-rare perfection, the dish was accompanied by rich gravy and delectably creamy Dauphinoise potatoes. After an indulgent dessert, make sure to leave some time to visit the animals in the farm – especially the farm’s resident crocodiles.
Recently refurbished and now better than ever, The Millstone, set in the popular village of Barnack on the doorstep of the Hills & Holes National Nature Reserve, is a true hidden gem, known for its exemplary new menu and hidden courtyard outside, the perfect spot for sitting with a pint and soaking up the sun in summer.
With its well-stocked bar that boasts a plethora of spirits along with a great selection of fine wine, lager, cider and ale, sit in one of the pub’s many seating areas and peruse the fantastic selection of meals available. Whether you fancy some classic pub grub or you want to choose from an enticing selection of nibbles, starters, and main courses, you’ll be well catered to here. The menu’s dishes include the likes of duck egg served atop asparagus and Parma ham, their famous Millstone burger, and shortcrust beef and ale pie. The Millstone also invites diners to enjoy two 8oz rump steaks and a bottle of wine as part of their popular steak night, and on Mondays, there is a curry club with a help-yourself curry bar.
When we visited The White Horse Inn in Barton, we were impressed by the fine food, wide selection of local beer, and welcoming atmosphere of this stylishly decorated pub. Having only owned this establishment for a few years, the current owner has spared no expense in bringing a quality dining experience to this pub, and we’re sure you’ll be just as delighted with the food on offer as we were.
We began with a selection of starters which included local bread baked in Cambridge that day, large garlic butter shrimp, and hummus and cucumber on toasted sourdough bread. For our mains, we chose monkfish and shrimp and chicken and chorizo. Both dishes were served on skewers hanging from a hook above the plate and were complemented by a side of batatas a murro: crushed new potatoes seasoned with garlic. The fish was perfectly flaky and full of flavour while the chicken was juicy and just bursting with the richness of the marinade. The presentation of the dishes was also perfectly delightful; just as much a treat for the eyes as it was for the tastebubs.
With its recently refurbished interiors and exceptional food menu, if you’ve never visited this Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant before, there’s never been a better time than now. Situated in the charming village of Bourn, step into Lalbagh and you’ll instantly be won over by the quirky and stylish decoration complete with scenic Indian vistas adorning the walls. Take a seat in the dining room where comfortable white tablecloths and leather chairs create a serene environment and let the food do the talking.
With a menu that offers an extensive selection of authentic Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, enjoy freshly prepared food using the finest traditional ingredients such as the bagoon chop – aubergine marinated and pan-fried in mild spices and served with tamarind sauce. Other tempting offerings include their signature Lalbagh rhubarb sea bass – pan-fried fillet of sea bass tempered with garlic and served with spiced rhubarb puree – and their winning Aurangaba, a mild curry cooked with paneer, yoghurt, pistachio and cream. If you’re struggling to choose between the extensive selection of dishes available, their seven-course taster menu priced at £36.95 will leave you in no doubt as to the outstanding quality of the food here. After all, there’s a reason the restaurant was named Restaurant of the Year at the English Curry Awards 2018 and Cambridge Food & Drink Awards’ Takeaway of the Year 2016.