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Varsity Restaurant

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

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35 St Andrew's St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR
01223 356060

Customer review for Varsity Restaurant

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  1. Avatar Moira says:

    The Varsity Restaurant opposite Emmanuel College is one of the finest dinning experiences in Cambridge.

    The varied food menus are always fresh, beautifully cooked and presented. It has great ambience and the staff are welcoming and knowledgeable about wines.

    The Varsity both tastes and looks good. It always delights.


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