Step back in time at the picturesque tea rooms of Grantchester, a place now entrenched in Cambridge folklore. There are few finer ways to spend an afternoon than punting up the River Cam to enjoy afternoon tea and scones underneath the fruit trees here. The list of former visitors here reads like a historical who's who of English high society, and there may even have been a poem written about it ...
The Rainbow Cafe is my favourite vegetarian restaurant of all - and I make it my mission to check out as many as possible across the globe! It is Cambridge's only fully vegetarian restaurant and I never visit Cambridge without stopping in. As a vegan myself, I find it has a vast array of choices that cater for me (clearly marked on the menu) as well as lacto-ovo-vegetarians. The menu has an eclectic feel with cuisines from across the globe you don't usually find on other vegetarian menus. My favourite thing about the restaurant is its daily specials dessert board - spoiled for choice with a range of desserts made freshly on the premises that day, including at least one vegan cheesecake (the best I have ever had!) The staff are always friendly and there is even free organic baby food for little ones.
9a King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ
It is situated down a little passageway opposite the gates to King's College but there is a sign pointing it out so it shouldn't be too hard to find
the website has a little map as well as the menu
Google map: bit.ly/hq6qUs
This is a hidden gem, tucked away down steps accessed via an alleyway off King's Parade, opposite the main gate to King's College. It's a vegetarian establishment but if you're not veggie, don't let that deter you. The place is small but very pleasant inside and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The food was fantastic, really tasty with a very varied choice, not cheap but not overpriced either, and worth every penny. The beetroot chocolate cake was to die for (and I don't particularly like beetroot.) If I didn't live five hours drive away I'd certainly go again just for that. Well worthy of a recommendation.
9a Kings Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ
Telephone: 01223 321551
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