Category: Location

Duck at the Varsity in Cambridge

The Varsity restaurant is the Cambridge twin of Trinity restaurant, and it came first. I began with chicken liver paté with walnut bread and shallot jam, and went on to pan-fried duck breast with pommes croquettes, parsnip and roasted red chicory. The duck serving was huge, thick and nicely...

Tapas at All Bar One – Victoria Street

All Bar One in Victoria Street offer a good selection of “small dishes” – i.e. tapas.  This time I ordered Iberico ham croquettes, chorizo and halloumi skewers, and fried calamari. It was quite a varied selection, but a filling one. I chose a Sandbox Chenin blanc to accompany it....

Vintage Cava is better than a cheap Champagne

Many of us like fizzy wines, especially Champagne. I rather think the best value is vintage cava from Spain. It must be vintage cava, and a good one is superior to most Proseccos and to budget-price Champagnes. Perfect with seafood due to its biscuity notes , or with a...

Savoy in style

It was quite a meal at the Savoy. First came lobster bisque, though I tasted one of the Dorset snails a companion ordered. Then came beef Wellington, medium rare with Vichy carrots. The piece de résistance was the crepe suzette. First butter and squeezed oranges, then Grand Marnier and...

Oh dear, d’Arry’s – Cambridge

I went to d’Arry’s in Cambridge in October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my Cambridge MPhil. Its a restaurant that we used to frequent regularly, until the service got so slow we had to leave one evening without evening (the gap between the starter and main courses was...

Fish, Chips and Pies at the revamped Architect in Cambridge

The Architect pub in Cambridge has been taken over by the owners of the award-winning Blue Lion of Hardwick and given a complete make-over. It’s now a gastro pub specializing in fresh fish and homemade pies. Everything is fresh every day. I started with a sharing board featuring popcorn...