Local Guide

At Cambridge Bespoke Apartments we want you to enjoy every part of your stay.

Whether you are here for a short break or staying for a year we know that it’s what you see, do and eat that makes your stay extra special. Below is a curated list of places to eat, drink and visit based on our own adventures and the recommendations of our guests.

The Mill
Pub & Restaurant

The Mill (14 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX, www.themillpubcambridge.com 01223 311829) is a traditional English pub selling local brewed beer and serves pub classic food with a twist. The pub features an LP where guests can choose LP records and place on the record player.

It is located by the river's edge next to the punter's favourite hirer, Scudamore, and beside the green where the public picnic on hot days watching punters

The Eagle Pub
Pub & Restaurant

The Eagle Pub, since 1667, (Bene’t street, CB2 3QN - +44 (0)1223 505 020 www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk) has been pouring pints in gratitude for it’s patrons’ achievements.  From Watson and Crick, the regulars who discovered DNA and celebrated that phenomenon here, to the hundreds of WW2 RAF pilots who left behind a wall of messages in the hope they were never forgotten.  

The Fort St George
Pub & Restaurant

The Fort St George is located on Midsummer Meadow (CB4 1HA www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk +44 (0)1223 354 327) and is the oldest pub on the River Cam, with timber framed building dating back to the 16th century. The unusual name of the pub, commonly abbreviated to just ‘Fort’ reflects a supposed resemblance to the East India Company’s Fort St George at Madras (now Chennai) in India.

Fitzbillies Café and Shops

Fitzbillies Café and Shops are located in Trumpington Street and Bridge Street (www.fitzbillies.com). It was founded in 1920 by Ernest and Arthur Mason, using their ‘demob’ money from the first world war. It quickly became the cake-shop of choice for the university and townsfolk with its popular Chelsea Buns. Shop here for the popular cakes, brownies, butter shortbread and macarons.

Cambridge Gin Distillery

Cambridge Gin Distillery was founded by William and Lucy Lowe wanting to create gins that captured the taste of the English Seasons using botanicals grown in and around their home (Distillery & Showroom 20 High Street, CB3 9NF +44 (0)1223 751 146 www.cambridgedistillery.co.uk)

The Green Man
Pub & Restaurant

The Green Man in Grantchester, 59 High Street, CB3 9NF, (+44 (0) 1223 844 903) is a great old rustic village pub, with log fires in the winter, serving great food and drinks. It has a garden area, great for alfresco dining and drinking. Grantchester was home to Rupert Brookes one of our most famous First World War poets who wrote “The Old Vicarage Grantchester”.

The Red Lion
Pub & Restaurant

The Red Lion at 33 High Street, Grantchester CB3 9NF, (+44 (0)1223 840121) is a large country pub, with a log fire in the winter, serving a British menu with good wine and Real Ales. There is a landscaped garden - lovely on sunny days for alfresco dining. It is set very close to the river meadows of Grantchester, made famous by Pink Floyd in their 4th album Ummagumma.

The Cambridge Chop House

The Cambridge Chop House at 1 King’s Parade CB2 1SJ specializes in interesting meat cuts and chops, with meat aged for at least 28 days. The also have fresh fish specials and hearty vegetarian food. Their wine list is focused on the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France and their British Real Ale is served straight from the cask. For reservations: +44 (0) 1223 359 506

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Cambridge Arts Theatre is located at 6 St Edward’s Passage CB2 3PJ. For What’s On and booking tickets go to +44(0) 1223 503 333 and www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

The Corn Exchange
Live Music

The Corn Exchange is a concert venue located at 2 Wheeler Street, CB2 3QB (+44 (0) 1223 357 851) and for the seasonal events visit their website www.cambridgelive.org.uk

King’s College
College & Chapel

King’s College is amazingly located at the water’s edge. The Chapel and garden are open to the public and we recommend you go to www.kings.cam.ac.uk for opening times and charges.

Scudamore Punting Stations

There are three Scudamore Punting Stations. One at Mill Lane, Quayside and Boatyard.  For more information of opening hours and to view locations: www.scudamores.com

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million beautiful works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

The Museum is on Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB and has regular exhibitions with tickets available on-line at tickets@museums.cam.ac.uk and +44 (0)1223 333 230

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford CB22 4QR played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history – serving as a base for many of the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots during the Second World War. Outside and inside every hangar and exhibition there are hundreds of large aircraft, vehicles, boats and more to walk around and see inside them on a visit. Visit the web-site to find out more information www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Cambridge Museum of Technology (The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, CB5 8LD +44 (0) 1223 500 652 www.museumoftechnology.com

Cambridge is famous for its university, historic buildings and high-tech companies. Its industrial history has been overlooked and little remains of the former industrial landscape. The Museum tells this hidden history. 

Based in the city’s historic sewage pumping station the Museum helps people to explore, enjoy, and learn about their industrial heritage by celebrating the achievements of local industries and the people who worked in them.

The Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History is at Rene Court, Coldhams Road, CB1 3EW (www.computinghistory.org.uk +44 (0) 1223 214 446) and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. The Centre is a pioneering educational charity that was established to tell the story of the Information Age through exploring the historical, social and cultural impact of developments in personal computing. It maintains a long-term collection of objects to tell this story and exploits them through education and events programmes.

Cambridge American Cemetery
Cemetery and memorial site

The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial site of 30.5 acres was donated by the University of Cambridge and contains the remains of 3,811 of America’s war dead. On the Walls of the Missing 5,127 names are recorded and rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified – most died in the Battle of the Atlantic or in the strategic air bombardment of northwest Europe. (www.abmc.gov).

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden holds a collection of over 8,000 plant species from all over the world to facilitate teaching and research. The garden is located at the junction of 1 Brookside and Trumington Road (CB2 1JE) and for opening times: www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  

The Glassworks Health Club at The Varsity Hotel

The Varsity Hotel is in the centre of Cambridge, Thompson’s Lane, CB5 8AQ and features not only the iconic bar, restaurant on the roof top with views of the city but also The Glassworks, Elemis Spa & Gym, with Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and Beauty Treatments. View the facilities and Relax at www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk and make reservations +44 (0) 1223 306 030