Exploring Cambridge > Eating in CambridgeIf you don't want to make your own breakfast, there are two options close at hand. At the end of our road, Stir offers good coffee and a range of pastries and brunch options. And the Tishka café provides traditional cooked English breakfasts, as well as excellent snacks and meals during the day.
For lunch or dinner, we are fortunate to be a five minute stroll from the best restaurant in Cambridge, and possibly the best in the East of England. If you want a meal to remember, Midsummer House, which has been awarded two Michelin stars, is sure to provide it.
Restaurant 22, which is about 10 minutes walk from us, is also recommended. It provides good cooking at more reasonable prices. But they only have a limited number of tables, so it’s advisable to book well in advance.
Restaurant 22 is just one of many places to eat in the Mitcham’s Corner area. Good pub food is provided at the Old Spring. Chinese food is available at Colala, Indian at Dawaat. And the Thirsty drinks shop and bar has a different street food van parked outside every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. You can buy your food at the van and take it into the shop to eat at their communal tables, along with a glass (or bottle) of something interesting.
Also at the end of our road, the Polonia Club (open to non-members) offers traditional Polish cooking in a homely atmosphere. It's very popular with those in the know, so again, booking is recommended.
A bit further away, the Pizza Express in Jesus Lane is as reliable as the rest of the chain and has possibly the most interesting location of any Cambridge restaurant. It occupies the former library of the Pitt Club, an exclusive club for male university students; you can also eat in an attractive conservatory area and there is a comfortable piano bar. La Mimosa Italian restaurant has an attractive position by the river, though it gets very busy on evenings when it is warm enough to eat outside.
There is a wide range of restaurants in the Bridge Street area. In the centre of town, the Chop House on King's Parade serves good quality British food and has a very reasonable pre-theatre menu, if you are going to a show at the Arts Theatre round the corner. Also on King's Parade, the Rainbow Cafe is Cambridge's only completely vegetarian restaurant.
If the weather is good, a very pleasant way to spend a day is to walk (or punt) to Grantchester through Grantchester Meadows and to take morning coffee, lunch or - especially - afternoon tea at the Orchard Tea Gardens.
But if you are exhausted after a hard day's sightseeing there is one further option: buy a tasty microwaveable meal at Marks and Spencer in the Market Square, and bring it home to eat in your Art House dining room!