Last weekend I spent the weekend in Cambridge thanks to TravelodgeTravelodge. The town is not far from my home, but it is a great enough distance away to make it feel like you are escaping standard life for a little while – and the picturesque area is truly one of the most relaxing places I have visited in the UK.
We arrived on Friday afternoon, checking in at 3pm with the friendly Travelodge staff and were soon on our way out for a drink or two – or three. Whilst the Travelodge that we stayed in was called Cambridge Central it was actually about a 20 minute walk from the centre of town which was really pleasant as the weather was nice, but if it is a little colder or you are wearing heels then a taxi is about £8 in to the town – which I think it really quite affordable.
Our first stop on Friday was the rooftop terrace bar at the Varsity Hotel. High above the rooftops of Cambridge you get fantastic views of the riverside, schools and the general area. I cannot explain how peaceful it was being high above the town – the perfect location to share a bottle of bubbles or two! The service was absolutely impeccable and I was generally really impressed with the venue. I will note that its opening times are weather dependant so best get down there before summer officially ends!
After this we stopped at a few more places, including the All Bar One around the corner where we shared yet more bubbles and had a few of their tapas dishes. At 5 dishes for £25 I thought this was a fair price and the food itself was really nice. The patatas bravas were especially good and I could eat more than one plateful of those all by myself!
Next was a visit to a local gin bar, the Pint Shop on Peas Hill, and it was fantastic. An old fashioned style building, they have a range of gins that you just would never get anywhere else. With so many to choose from it is a bit of a dilemma as to which you should choose but the blackberry and raspberry infused one was particularly good! A definite must visit if you are in the area.
On Saturday we awoke bright and early (ish) and after brunch at Five Guys (my first visit – and boy was I impressed!) we headed off in to Cambridge.
As it was a Saturday the area was busy but not ridiculously so, although working in London all week I think I am quite used to places being busy now! We strolled around the market, down by the river and round a few of the shops and it was really lovely. Finished by – naturally – a drink in a nearby local pub.
That night we were booked in to Alimentum which is a Michelin star restaurant just outside the city centre – I will cover it in more detail on a separate post but it was absolutely fantastic. Each meal was more delicious than the last and the service was fantastic too. At just £56 for their A la Carte menu too I thought it was reasonably priced and definitely worth a trip if you are local or planning on visiting the area.
Sadly on the Sunday we had to head home but on our way back we stopped at a quaint little village just outside the city centre called Grantchester. Here there are several little thatched cottages, tiny lanes and several well appointed pubs. We ended up at the Red Lion and had an absolutely fantastic roast – the Yorkshire puddings were approximately the size of my head to give a comparison! At £15 they were a fair price for the portion size and the pub itself was really lovely, with a huge garden and decking area.0