I wrote about the new branch of the Cambridge Chop house opening on Northampton Street near the back entrance to St John’s College. It is now open, called St John’s Chop House, and I dined there on its opening night. First the décor – a big change from Prezzo, in that everything is cool and subdued with white walls and dark furniture. There’s a real bar area, and then several rooms both on the ground floor and upstairs. It is noticeably larger than its sister on King’s Parade. Indeed, I believe it can seat over 100 diners altogether.
It does a very similar menu and wine list, so I was on familiar territory. I began with the herring roes on toast (photo), which were delicious, soft and salty. My dining companion chose the seared wood pigeon, lentil and endive salad with mustard sauce, reporting it to be excellent.
I went on to enjoy a sirloin steak, juicy and brimming with taste, while my companion went for their suet pudding of the night, steak and kidney, and described it as first class. With the food we drank their Australian William’s Well shiraz (13.5 percent), a beautifully fruity and robust wine, perfect for what we ate.
The St John’s Chop House is a welcome addition to the area, and a huge bonus for Cambridge’s restaurant scene.