Food & Drink
Cambridge Riverside pubs
The Mill, is a great staple overlooking the River Cam and lush green fields. The area is called The Mill Pond and it's a great place to watch the punts go by. Next door is The Anchor. Across the fields and past the cattle sits The Granta, which has a terrace overlooking moored boats and weeping willows, also worth a visit.
Or do riverside drinking like the locals. Walk to the other side of town, via the famous Kings Parade, to the Cambridge Wine Merchant (a posh off-licence) and dangle your feet into the river with a sundowner in hand.
Cambridge Notable Pubs
Of course, Cambridge has all the chain bars found in every city, but it also has characterful pubs steeped in history, such as The Eagle, famous for being the very place where, in 1953, Crick and Watson made one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th century, the structure of DNA, winning them a Nobel prize. The pub is also famous for its graffiti-covered ceiling by RAF and American airmen from World War II, who drank here between air strikes. They used candles and petrol lighters to burn their names, squadron numbers and other miscellaneous doodles, covering almost every inch of the now-crowded ceiling. A very short stumble away is The Pint Shop, a more modern 'industrial-chic' pub serving excellent beers, bar snacks and meals - a strong recommend. The other side of town is Mill Road, the most cosmopolitan street in Cambridge, peppered with world food stores and eateries. Down its quaint residential side streets lie some of the best pubs in Cambridge that are untouched by tourists, check out The Cambridge Blue, and The Kingston Arms and the trendy 196 cocktail bar. Or for posh central roof top cocktails visit six.
HHot Numbers on Gwydir Street (just off Mill Road) has great wine and locally roasted coffee to sip alongside local jazz musicians playing live each Friday. Or if you are wanting something a touch more grungy check out the Portland arms.
Overlooking Cambridge's famous Round Church is The Orator, which offers a good quality menu, in a bright modern interior. Or for something authentic, check out Bedouin Restaurant on Mill Road for an excellent North African experience. They serve up healthy portions of grilled meats and incredible tagines. If you're after a fine dining experience, check out Midsummer House, the only restaurant in the east of England to be awarded 2 Michelin stars. The Pint Shop mentioned above offer delicious hearty dishes too.
Cambridge Cheap Eats
If you are after a good juicy burger you will not find better than the infamous Steak&Honour, they carry a cult status in Cambridge and even the London press rave about them. For a life changing baguette visit Bread & Meat. Or if you fancy something eastern check out the humble Zhonghua Traditional Snacks, offering up the best gyozas in town.
Local Riverside Pubs
The riverside pubs are in driving distance unless you fancy a 45 minute walk to the The Bridge in the neighbouring village of Waterbeach. A 10 minute drive away is The Plough in Fen Ditton or if you are after somewhere tucked away check out Five Miles From Anywhere, the name says it all.
In the local village of Lode is The Shed offering up fresh pints and good grub. Further afield is The Hole In The Wall in Little Wilbraham which serves delicious gastro pub food in a rustic setting. In neighbouring Great Wilbraham is another fantastic rustic pub call The Carpenters Arms, that's been serving the locals for 250 years.
In Bottisham, the village just down the road is an Indian restaurant and takeaway called Classic Spice that serves up a nice bhuna, Next door is a Chinese takeaway too, Burwell Kebab Van holds a legendary status amongst locals, there's not many kebab joints where you'll find pomegranate seeds on your kebab salad.