In the build-up to this year’s Boat Race, let’s take a look at some of the indulgent activities you can do in one of England’s most famous towns.
If you’re looking to get away and bask in some wonderful country views, there are few places as beautiful and as interactive as the River Cam; the main river that runs through the heart of Cambridge. You can unwind on the river and sample the atmosphere and culture that gives the city its unique tranquillity. Along the river is the University which you can also visit, although you have to pay if you don’t know anyone who’s connected to it, such as a student or staff member.
After a relaxing trip down the river, the two restaurants that are worth recommending are Cau, one of only a few in England and Midsummer House, a two Michelin Star French Restaurant. The former is an Argentinian restaurant bringing the flavours of Buenos Aires in the form of steaks, burgers and cornflake ice cream sundaes! The latter is built beside the banks of the aforementioned River Cam and is spearheaded by award-winning chef Daniel Clifford. This Victorian villa, extended via a conservatory, wholeheartedly sticks to producing the finest cuisine whilst using the finest produce. All of this comes together to create what is arguably, the best restaurant in Cambridge.
The rooftop bar of The Varsity offers some of the greatest views of Cambridge (photo credit: Trip Advisor)
Cambridge has more than just picturesque scenery and eclectic restaurants, it’s brimming with perfect weekend activities, particularly one that is seen to be an English tradition; clay shooting. Clubs such as the Cambridge Gun Club offer sessions to experience and beginner shooters alike offering tuition from experienced staff to competitors. Visitors can either hire a gun or if so inclined and if they have a necessary licence, purchase one there as well. If clay shooting isn’t’ really your cup of tea, checking in at The Varsity Spa and Boutique Hotel could be a relaxing alternative. With a mere 44 rooms, The Varsity submerges each guest in a cultural heritage of Cambridge yet is designed in a quintessential, contemporary English design.
Cambridge has all of this and a lot more to offer and if you’re looking to get away for the weekend, we’re sure that you’ll find something that’ll suit your taste in this historically important and achingly beautiful city. Next week, we’ll do a similar coverage of Oxford, so be sure to check that out!