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Anyone got any hints/tips/recommendations for Cambridge?
are off Mill Road. For a good cheap lunch try the little Chinese place on
Norfolk Street, bit of a hidden gem. In terms of things to visit that aren't food and drink related I would imagine the colleges/university stuff, although I've never really done that.
Probably not that helpful really.
thats great cheers.
Don't waste your time
are great (and free)
The museums of archaeology and anthropology and earth sciences are meant to be good too, but I still haven't been to either of them.
off Mill Road.
The cheese shop near St John's college.
Lots of nice places to sit/walk if it's a sunny day - down by the river etc.
- The Devonshire Arms
- The Salisbury Arms
- The Free Press
- The Alexandra Arms (now owned by The Free Press)
- The Elm Tree
- The Moon (?) (now owned by the people who own the Cambridge Blue)
- The Flying Pig
^^ this could form the basis of a pretty decent pub crawl - all within a square mile, roughly
I have a lot of love for the Free Press and the Cambridge Blue. In the centre(ish), the Mill and the Pickerel might be your best bet, the Maypole does good beer too, and the Champion of the Thames is nice.
Fitzwilliam is a great museum that punches well above it's weight, easily worth an hour of two of your time. In terms of colleges, I don't know which charge/how much (cos I'm a member for life, yo), but the nicest to look at are Trinity, St John's, and King's, (all along the same road) especially King's Chapel, which costs about £5 but is pretty spectacular.
In terms of places to eat, there are the usual chain places, not a huge amount of great local places, though La Margarita on Magdalene Bridge Road is a nice Italian, and Dojos is a good noodle place. On a nice day, best thing is to buy a picnic and eat it on the Backs (the college gardens that run along the river) or by the Mill Pond. Definitely go to Fitzbillies and get a Chelsea bun. Don't go to any Indian restaurants, they will be full of college drinking societies on swaps.
Buy a book in Heffers, poke around the market, on a good day obviously punting is fun but will cost you (and don't bother with the tours). Watch out for cyclists.
Just saunter into whatever college you fancy looking around like you own the place and save yourself a few quid on entry.
If the weather's not awful then a walk along the backs is nice. And the river from Magdalene Bridge along Jesus Green then back across it into town.
I like The Hopbine, personally, but it's nowhere near any of those other recommendations.
Japas and Teriyaki are both good for sushi/other Japanese food.
Alimentum is not actually that pricey for a Michelin star place, either.
but for how much longer??
I'd say until the heat death of the sun.
Hakka for Chinese. Chophouses or River Bar Grill for steak.
Shite tourist trap.
If a bit gourmet burger/English gin/I wish this was London, but I haven't been yet.
Craft beer comes to the Fens! Who would've thought it.
But actually I've only heard glowing reviews from friends who've been.
Some decent beers (they were doing Dark Star last time I was there), food is shitty standard pub grub though.
But eight times busier than anywhere else. Not worth it.
Whether standing or sitting, and whichever part I go to, I always seem to end up getting trapped behind braying bastards every time I've been there.
Drinking "Black Velvet" (Guinness and Strongbow) and singing Thin Lizzy karaoke.
The clientele has shifted from Guinness drinking, Thin Lizzy singing oiks to... Glaswegian, Guinness drinking serial pub quiz winners.
I didn't know any of them. What is that song about?
Seems a bit Yewtree.
hasn't been mentioned already. Kettle's Yard is worth a poke. Also the Eagle is terrible.
There are some good free things connected to the Uni, like the Fitzwilliam, Zoology museum and the Polar Institute.
Punting to Grantchester is really nice in the summer.