Varsity is Cambridge’s oldest restaurant, situated in a listed building on St Andrew’s Street in the heart of the city. It’s got some serious history behind it, too. This is where Rajiv Gandhi – future Prime Minister of India – met Sonia, his wife-to-be, who would also go on to become one of India’s most important modern politicians. They met at Varsity in the Sixties when Sonia was a waitress in the restaurant.
Varsity sources seasonal and locally sourced ingredients where possible and the restaurant’s mission is to deliver a great fresh plate of food, served by friendly, knowledgeable staff in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In this it succeeds admirably.
There is an excellent-value Lunch and Pre-Theatre Menu offering one course for £10, two for £15 and three for £19. On our last visit we enjoyed a very tasty dish of jerk chicken supreme, kidney bean and bulgur wheat with charred sweetcorn and plantain purée.
Varsity has a newer sister restaurant called Trinity, which is unsurprisingly located in Trinity Street and operates on a similar theme.
Both Varsity and Trinity are super little restaurants – highly recommended.
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor
Photos: Varsity Facebook page