The Old Bicycle Shop Cambridge
Situated on Regent Street is The Old Bicycle Club, named after an iconic bicycle shop – Howes Cycles – which had been open for 173 years and claimed to be the oldest bicycle shop in the country. Apparently Charles Darwin even bought a bike from Howes Cycle!
The Old Bicycle Shop has retained the ‘bicycle’ theme with saddles and handlebars designed as wall art and take a look around for different bicycle parts as ornaments!
Open daily for brunch lunch and dinner, I visited on a Saturday evening where there was a buzzing atmosphere. The Old Bicycle Shop is best described as a gastropub where people can visit for drinks and eat at the dining area behind the bar.
So kicking off with the cocktails, we loved how they were bicycle themed names! We had the Village Bicycle: absolut vanilla vodka and passionfruit and pineapple juice (like a pornstar martini), Beat The Bonk: Absolut Vodka, Kahlua, Espresso & Sugar, Third Wheel: Brockmans Gin, Strawberry and Hibicus Tea and Le Velo Rose: Absolut Vodka, Chambord and Pineapple Juice. All really beautifully presented and tasty!
The menu is different from usual which I really liked and was very accommodating for vegetarians and vegans. Sadly the herb and chestnut sausage roll sold by the inch on the nibbles menu had run out but there was so much more we wanted anyway. To start we opted for The Tandem Platter: miso sweet potato, onion bhaji, sweet chilli aubergine, chickpea pancakes, bbq cauliflower and butterbean and pepper hummus. I am more of a meat eater but I absolutely rated this veggie platter – the onion bhaji’s were quite spicy and just delicious and the hummus with the chickpea pancakes were fantastic.
For the main event we loved the starters so had a Seatrout and Crab Chowder, potatoes, sweetcorn and sourdough and a Burnt Goat’s Cheese and wild mushroom orzo salad which was more than enough for a main dish. We absolutely couldn’t leave without trying the Posh Kebab – toasted pitta and pomegranate seeds with bbq chicken and chorizo, ginger and coriander slaw which was absolutely gorgeous and so filling! Lastly, we had the Sirloin Steak, triple cooked chips and Bearnaise which was a great cut of steak and really flavorsome.
I would definitely recommend a visit to The Bicycle Shop – great service, relaxed atmosphere and some really fantastic cocktails and food. I also love their photo – Life is like riding a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving.
The Copper Kettle Cambridge
Lovely café situated opposite King’s College Chapel serving a day time cafe menu with Mediterranean influences.
It was packed out when we arrived so is clearly a popular café to visit for lunch. We had the A La Turca Platter: Baguette served with a selection of white cheese, cheddar cheese, olives tomatoes, boiled egg wedges, Ham Egg and Chips (always a solid choice) ad the Traditional Breakfast where they changed my eggs for halloumi without any bother, which was so nice of them.
They also have an alcohol licence and serve beers and wines. Lovely for a daytime tipple.
Harriets Café Tea Rooms Cambridge
Gorgoeus tea rooms in the heart of Cambrudge – similarly to The Cooper Kettle, always quite busy.
Choose from all day breakfast dishes, traditional lunch dishes of Jacket potato, toasted sandwiches and lots more or a delicious Afternoon tea, which are all reasonably priced.
Cote Brassiere Cambridge
One of the best chain restaurants is Cote Brassiere, serving delicious French cuisine close to St John’s College.
Look out for their set menus for a bargain. We loved the chicken liver parfait!
Cambridge Chop House
Situated right by King’s College is the Cambridge Chop House serving traditional British food and some really amazing steaks.
Check out the set lunch menu Monday-Friday where 2 courses are only £15.