The medieval city of Cambridge is the perfect destination to pass the time on a lazy summer’s day. Take a paddling trip by strolling through the winding cobbled streets, exploring the colleges of world-renowned universities, and gliding down the waters of the River Cam.
But no such outing is complete without a regular visit to some of the eclectic bars and pubs of the city of Cambridge. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best bars for you to enjoy a delicious tipple, soak up the views and soak up the rare atmosphere of one of the most beautiful cities in the UK.
Dating back to the 16th century, the Grade 11 listed building is believed to be the oldest surviving tavern in Cambridge, and in 1953, when two scientists, Francis Crick and James Watson, announced in the tavern that they had discovered the double helix structure of DNA, the Eagles Tavern was hailed as the birthplace of the secret of life. There is a plaque commemorating the achievements of these two famous diners. Don’t forget to visit the RAF BAR and gaze at the ceiling plastered with graffiti of WW11-era airmen. Like many pubs in Cambridge, the Eagles is considered haunted. It is said that a barmaid lost her life when she could not open a window in a fire that broke out in the upper part of the building more than 300 years ago. The window has been open ever since, and some employees have reflected that they feel suffocated if the window is closed again.
Earl of Beaconsfield.
The unassuming pub, nestled in a corner of the avant-garde Mill Road, has become a thriving music venue, with live musicians from across the country playing every Thursday night. In particular, it has long been a favorite of traditional Irish music lovers. The pub offers a range of beers, wines and ciders, and if you’re hungry, a choice of stone-baked pizzas.The Earl of Beaconsfield pub has a strong community feel, with an exchange library and billiards room. The Sunshine Beer Garden provides the perfect excuse to soak up the sunshine with a refreshing glass of beer. On quieter evenings, it’s the ideal place to chat by candlelight after a stroll through the quaint delicatessens, vintage clothing stores and international food outlets of Mill Road.
If you’re feeling hungry and a little adventurous, this backstreet pub in Cambridge is worth a walk outside the city centre. Here, you’ll find something different from the usual pub fare, such as The Geldart’s signature meat dish “Hot Rock”. The featured main meal is heated to a high temperature on a granite cube and placed on your dining room table. The menu options range from chicken and pork to more exotic options like crocodiles, kangaroos, ostriches and zebras. The tavern is full of beer, wine and spirits and hosts regular live concerts. It also hosts exhibitions by local artists, creating a quirky, bohemian vibe that has made The Geldart a favorite among the cultured and hipsters as well as the staunch carnivores.
With its unique décor and its own microbrewery, this stylish restaurant is quickly becoming a highlight among the city’s thriving pubs. As you’d expect, there’s an impressive selection of cask-conditioned beers to satisfy even the most discerning taste buds, including three of their own. The menu is full of English small plates, as well as shared platters. Notable dishes include Scotch eggs, pig cheeks and goat cheese toast, and shepherd’s pie rolls. Be sure to come early on a sunny day and grab a coveted table on the small outdoor patio.
Located near Market Square, under the cobblestones of the high-rise Rose Crescent, this Mediterranean-inspired speakeasy serves delicious and affordable cocktails and tapas. Try the mixed seafood rice and mussels soup, served with a delicious mai rice. After sunset, the cafe becomes a nightlife hotspot with live music and DJ sets, and Neon Moon’s monthly cabaret of quirky performers and award winners has become a Thursday night fixture.Bar Raza also offers a range of cocktail-making workshops.
The landmark pub, named after a temperance campaign newspaper that only appeared in one issue, has been a Cambridge pub icon for over a century. The interior of the Free Press is decorated with local pictures, historic newspapers, and print boxes filled with knickknacks. In the winter, you can take shelter in a cozy nook with a roaring fire, while in the summer, the yard is idyllic to escape the crowded downtown. The food at the restaurant is freshly prepared with local ingredients. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu, but popular staples include hand-me-downs and hand-me-downs.
Located in the city centre, the Mitre is a traditional English pub with a history dating back to 1754. Located on the original site of two former hotels (Blackmoor’s Head and The Cock and Magpie), this pub has recently been refurbished with a sleek and modern interior. As well as offering an impressive range of cask ales, The Mitre is also a popular destination for gin lovers in Cambridge, with a wealth of modern and aromatic tipples. The menu is full of classic pub fare, and it’s famous for its fish and chips, and The Mitre offers colouring pages and crayons to keep the little ones from mucking around, so the adults can enjoy a sumptuous meal while sipping a sultry drink.