With Cambridge enjoying a weekend of warm weather, there’s no better time to venture out for a bit of al fresco dining.
Our city isn’t exactly short of great outdoor spaces to enjoy a bite to eat, and there’s no better place to enjoy the sunshine than right here.
But if you’re not sure where to go, don’t worry – whether you’re looking to enjoy a big evening meal or a quick snack and a cocktail after a stroll around in the sun, we’ve got you covered.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the best al fresco dining options in Cambridge at the moment. If you think we’ve missed somewhere worth shouting about let us know by emailing Cambnewsdesk@cambridge-news.com.
Fantastic food and even better views, this independent café bar is a must for anyone in the city on a sunny day.
Café Foy was created by Cambridge born siblings Matt and Sophie who both have a love for good food, good wine and good conversation by the River Cam. What more could you want?
Serving great coffee, epic toasties, awesome soups, small plates and cocktails until late there is something for everyone at this lovely little spot.
Where to find it: 2 Quayside, Cambridge CB5 8AB
How to book: 01223 366100
If you are strolling round the city for a spot of shopping then this one is hard to miss.
Located in the beautiful setting of Petty Cury, Stazione is a relaxed Italian and Mediterranean Cambridge restaurant serving up some of the best food around.
The restaurant’s appeal lies not only in its seasonal country cooking but also in the ability to sit and watch the world go by as you dine.
Where to find it: 1 Market Hill, 39-41 Petty Cury, Cambridge CB2 3NJ
How to book: 01223 352607
The Cambridge Chop House
The Cambridge Chop House sits in the heart of Cambridge, just 50 yards from King’s College Chapel and a similar distance from Cambridge Arts Theatre.
With a location like this there really is no better place to take in the University in all its glory while sipping on a glass of wine in the sunshine.
The food is traditional British, no nonsense and keenly presented. Specialising in interesting cuts and chops of meat it is a haven for the meat lover. However, great steaks are not the only option, with regularly changing fresh fish specials and hearty vegetarian food, there is enough choice to satisfy all tastes.
Where to find it: 1 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ
How to book: 01223 359506
Family favourite choice Bill’s is next on the list. This is another location in the centre of the city who have quite literally opened up their restaurant in order to allow outdoor diners.
Situated in the picturesque setting of Green Street the restaurant has a completely open front dining experience which means you can sit inside and still get a gentle breeze or if you’re lucky you will grab one of their outdoor spots on the cobbles.
There is something for everyone to enjoy as the menu is vast with healthy, indulgent and seasonal food.
Where to find it: 34-35 Green St, Cambridge CB2 3JX
How to book: 020 45126639
Red Lion, Grantchester
Arguably one of the best beer gardens in Cambridge, this quintessential British pub is a must visit when in and around the city.
This beautiful thatched roof pub is just a stone’s throw away from Grantchester Meadows and a peaceful 20-minute stroll along the river Cam and the city centre. It is the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat after an afternoon stroll.
You don’t have to leave the dogs at home either as they encourage you to bring your four-legged friends along with you.
Where to find it: 33 High St, Grantchester, Cambridge CB3 9NF
How to book: 01223 840121
The Old Bicycle Shop
Settle down and enjoy the sheltered sun in this beautiful courtyard, or just grab a pint, or a cocktail, and watch the world go by.
Nestled into the hustle and bustle of Regent Street we have our next popular choice when it comes to outdoor eating in the city, The Old Bicycle Shop.
The bar and restaurant is a solid choice when it comes to both drinks and food with its quirky interior designed to celebrate the heritage of the original shop. The Old Bicycle shop is open all day for brunch, lunch and dinner, so why not give them a call and make a booking.
Where to find it: 104 Regent Street, Cambridge, CB2 1DP
How to book: 01223 859909
Varsity Hotel and SIX
The most iconic rooftop location in Cambridge.
For how beautiful our skyline is Cambridge is really lacking in rooftop terraces but we are lucky in that we have this stunning one to make up for it.
The Varsity Hotel on Thompsons Lane is home to this incredibly stylish rooftop terrace, a famous Cambridge landmark and a must visit when you come to the city.
The drinks list is full of choices with knock out cocktails on offer all year round and you can also graba spot to eat on weekends as they offer a BBQ menu on the terrace.
If you go down one more floor you will also find SIX another dining option for you and the family to enjoy.
Located on the top floor beneath roof top bar and Garden of The Varsity Hotel with breathtaking 360° views across the Cambridge skyline. This relaxed Brasserie has an extensive menu full of delicious food.
Where to find it: Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
How to book: 01223 306030
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A lovely pub in an amazing location right next to the river which is an ideal spot for a meal with all the family.
The Boathouse is just a short walk from Cambridge city centre and has one of the best riverside locations in Cambridge so you can’t go wrong.
The relaxed riverside resto-pub is well-known for its fine people-watching and live weekend entertainment so there really is no reason not to book.
Where to find it: 14 Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3AX
How to book: 01223 460905
Make way for the Parker’s Taverns’ new al fresco dining option on Parker’s Piece.
Parker’s on the Piece will be a new terrace for Parker’s Tavern that will offer ‘a delicious selection of light bites, homemade sourdough pizzas, and refreshingly whimsical mocktails.’
The new outdoor dining space with chef Tristan Welch at the helm is sure to be a big success, especially when during the sunnier days in Cambridge so booking is advised.
They are also donating £1 to Jimmy’s Night Shelter for every Rubbish Cooks pizza sold.
Where to find it: 52-42 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AD
How to book: 01223 606266