Dining Room at The Tamburlaine Hotel

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3.9
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39 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
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Tamburlaine’s bustling Bar and Restaurant draws a crowd from early morning until the early hours. A dramatic carved marble bar takes centre stage in the large, elegant Brasserie-style dining room with its accents of soft leather, gleaming brass and salvaged timber. Menus are constantly changing but food is always simple, seasonal, locally sourced and prepared to the exacting standards of our Head Chef. Fine wines, chilled champagne and craft beers are always in season. As are Tamburlaine’s legendary cocktails, prepared by our resident mixologist. The genteel grandeur of Garden Room with its own luxuriant terrace makes it the venue for discreet meetings and quiet conversations. Lush planting, ornate Victorian wallpaper and gorgeous silk velvet sofas set the scene for light lunches, sharing plates and traditional afternoon tea. Guests looking for quiet time to work or relax tend to gather in The Library.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, British
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Hours of Operation
Sun – Thu 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
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Phone number
01223 792888
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
David Ellams
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at the Tamburlaine is very good. We were there for the food festival and it was great. The portion were good, service was quick and the staff were friendly. When I am back in Cambridge I will be going back to eat at the Tamburlaine.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We came with a voucher from Love Cambridge restaurant week, we were met by your lovely maitre de who took our coats, and topped our water up all evening, meal was very good, nice atmosphere, not too noisy, a lovely evening had myself and 3 friends , thank you all, hope to come again soon

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food! Service was a little slow, especially when the restaurants filled up a bit more. Had to wait a long time for our drinks

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EC
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you for a lovely lunch, glad we came at a quieter time.
Lovely to practice some french, while enjoying the delicious food.

A word to the wise, parking around the hotel is challenging - recommend on-street parking (RingGo App). We parked at the station at it cost £12.70! as it's restricted to whole-day parking only!
The parking cost nearly as much as a 3-course lunch menu!
(not the fault of the hotel - but very annoying).

I would recommend it - not explored other parts of the hotel, be good to know if there's some kind of rooftop view or terrace.

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AT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal and the pea soup was particularly delicious. Must add that we were dining on special offer - 3 courses for £15 during Cambridge Restaurant Week. Excellent!

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Z
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The dining room itself and the staff were all lovely. Unfortunately for a set menu for two people, the service was really slow - we ended up having two courses of the three as nothing particularly took our fancy from the dessert menu, and this took two hours. Luckily we enjoy each other's company! The food was ok and presented really well. I can see that everything was done with good intentions, I just think there is room for improvement - for example we chose to have a cocktail after dinner and the bar was being sprayed with cleaning fluid while we drank our £14 cocktails, so the air smelt and tasted like bleach, which took away from the experience somewhat. Maybe cleaning could be restricted to the end of the evening, or a different cleaning fluid could be used? My dirty knife was dropped on me when my starter was taken away, I think this was really because of the spacing of the tables rather than fault of the server - we were in a corner which was hard for the servers to get to. Perhaps a table could be removed for more space for service? We asked for a refill of our waters, but were forgotten. Perhaps a jug on the table would be a good solution? The 'discretionary' 12.5% tip is on the bill and is typed into the card machine without asking, so you feel awkward to amend it. I think this should be discretionary, as it would be in other restaurants, especially for a table of two.

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K
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately the service doesn’t live up to the price. Although the food was excellent. Just don’t order the carrot cake - a few crumbs on a plate!

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AW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening meal and very attentive without being intrusive

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L
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Not crowded and easy to get a table at the last minute but there are clear reasons for that

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P
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed the atmosphere, food was good and well presented. Staff work hard and make you feel welcome.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

The menu has changed from the one published on your site. 4 main meals not available on menu at 830pm. All the food was delivered either before first drinks or without sides. The team tried to support but got it horribly wrong.

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DM
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Menu was exceptional, was a great first experience, I think this restaurant has potential to be something special with a little more marketing.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

If you’re up for a fancy date night or a family gathering the tambourine is your choice. Very clean and nice and even though servers are a bit inexperienced but they’re lovely.
Highly recommended

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SH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Love the feel of the restaurant, very comfortable.

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A
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good! However the service was slow but good.

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SE
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely night. Food delicious, creative and very well priced.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

A most disappointing experience. I made a reservation but needn't have bothered as the restaurant was nearly empty. Service was mixed; our waitress was forgetful (no spoon for soup, no spoon for salad dressing ...) but was not unpleasant. A waiter towards the very end of lunch was friendly, personable and helpful. The food was uniformly awful - tasteless soup accompanied by stale bread; a salad which suggested lettuce from a packet that had been refrigerated at a very cold temperature for more than a day. The atmosphere was non-existent. The manager responded graciously to mine and my friend's unhappiness over our feedback but the hotel - from unseated lobby and absence of staff to greet one upon entry to terrible restaurant - needs to reconfigure itself asap if it is to get the footfall that such a location should, by rights, be able to attract.

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AC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. We had a lovely night celebrating a 50th birthday. Thank you to the staff for making it such a wonderful evening.

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OT
Munich
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were excellent, but it was quite cold in the restaurant.

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CC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing although would have been nice to have more selection from the lunch menu. Restaurant lacked atmosphere, perhaps would be better in the evening. Staff very friendly.

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LB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our meal at the Tamburlaine. The service and food were both very good. We felt the dining room might benefit from a little more subdued / mood lighting

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i
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service - both good, were not matched by ambiance. The space is way too large and far too 'well lit' for dinner. The music was also loud and intrusive - AND inappropriate, (dance & disco????) for a quiet Saturday night evening meal. Far better as a brunch venue….

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E
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiting staff were wonderful and the food was really nice. Very calm, quiet atmosphere and we didn’t have to wait long at all for the food

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h
London
35 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was very quiet the night we were there. The service was attentive but the food was disappointing for a hotel of this quality. The starters were good, the bread rather dry and the fish pie tasty but with an emphasis on runny mashed potato.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We had booked dinner in the restaurant for 9:00 pm. The food was very good (i had the duck to start followed by the fish pie) however the service was terrible. The water we had ordered never arrived so we went to the bar to ask for it again. Our entree plates were not cleared away for over half an hour so eventually we had to go up to the bar to ask for a dessert menu and was told the kitchen had already closed ten minutes earlier! The restaurant manager was apologetic (even trying to see if the chef was still around to make us dessert!) and she dealt with our complaints in a professional and courteous manner. Unfortunately we didn’t catch her name but her customer service was very good. As an apology for the inconvenience she took the bottle of wine we ordered with our meal off the bill.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very stylish hotel and felt very suited to the occasion. Staff were great, very polite and attentive. There wasn't many diners so atmosphere was a little flat but actually we have privacy to talk and could hear each other which is an improvement on other hotels in Cambridge. Food was nice and very good value for money.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The entire experience was ruined by an appalling lack of service from very inexperienced/junior waiting staff. Firstly the waitress wanted to take our order as soon as we sat down, we asked if she could wait a few minutes so she paced around our table, stood uncomfortably close to our table listening to our conversation and generally spoiled this lunch from the start. When we did beckon her over to take our order she then went to depart without having asked us for drinks. We said we would like to order champagne by the glass, she said this was not possible, we pointed to the menu to indicate that it was. When the food arrived we were not asked if we wanted any condiments so a couple of minutes later we asked for some condiments, twice. Eventually we got up, walked to the waitress and asked again.
The restaurant was completely empty at lunchtime so the ambience was lacking. However, the food was generally good.
What this restaurant is really lacking is experienced staff that want to give their customers a brilliant experience and service. It’s a shame, because the restaurant itself is lovely and the food is pretty good too.

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c
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was quite good, unfortunately the coffee tasted like dishwater and was of the same consistency. Great location and lovely room, and the food is decent, fresh and creative. The kitchen closes early which poses a problem for late arrivals at the hotel.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never got to eat here as when we arrived we were told there was a private function on - such a shames as my friends had travelled for 2 hours to meet me

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SM
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Really disappointing food and service and no atmosphere. For a high star hotel the food was very basic. Something drastic need some to change for me to return to this hotel.

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1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not the biggest choice on the menu although everything we had was tasty and at great value. Lots of staff so as expected, service was very attentive with good timing between courses. Spaciously laid out seating so one is not overhearing the next table conversion.
I would say the place is suitable for all occasions.

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OG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ce n'est pas facile de trouver un restaurant à la dernière minute à Cambridge un samedi soir : nous avons été donc bien contents de trouver une table au Tamburlaine. L'accueil a été très courtois et nous avons aimé la déco de l'hôtel et du restaurant. C'est vrai qu'il n'y a pas beaucoup d'ambiance, mais au moins le restaurant est calme et très élégant. Le service a été prompt et aimable et les plats proposés étaient suffisamment variés pour que chacun de nous trois y trouve son bonheur. Nous avons pris des cocktails qui étaient très bons et nous avons également appréciés nos plats (risottos et burgers). Bref, une bonne adresse loin de la foule et du bruit des pubs !

It's quite a challenge to find a table on a saturday night in Cambridge, so we were glad we could book a table here. We were greeted in a very friendly manner by the concierge of the hotel who took our coats. As others have mentionned before, the restaurant lacks a bit of ambience, but we didn't mind and found it pleasant and elegant. The service was quick and polite and the there was enough choice for the three of us to find a good meal.
We had cocktails which were very nice and the food was very good too... so, what else ?

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KH
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having a fab time with friends over a few cocktails earlier this month, I brought my mum along for some lunch. We loved the warm welcome from the doorman, Tim. The dessert menu is something else (we ordered pumpkin pie with doughnuts, and 'chestnut odyssey' - not sure of it's real name, but that was what it was!) We look forward to returning together for lunches and also just for coffee and to try the rest of the dessert menu on a lazy afternoon.

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

The staff were great, very polite and attentive. We felt a little disappointed that the restaurant, apart from us was completely empty for the whole 2hrs we were there, so Lacking in atmosphere.
It was great to see a wide variety of salads on the menu, but found them on the expensive side. Considering we were the only customers, and at the very start of lunch service, there were already 2 items not available from the menu...two that we chose!!
The food was very tasty and I would return again, may even try their afternoon tea!

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JP
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and wonderful service. The decor takes you back to a kind of 1960’s cool vibe.
Looking forward to going back.
Whoever is on deserts deserves a special mention as they were the next level.

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J
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

New, nicely deigned restaurant and hotel. Food choice was fairly limited but good quality with very attentive staff. Very quiet during Saturday lunch so a little lacking in atmosphere but perhaps that was just a matter of timing. Good selection of gins at the bar.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They didn’t have our booking even though it was on open table, so suggest booking via phone. Took ages to get served-we were told by our seater that our server had great knowledge of all the food-not so. There was a chateau briand special and both the seater and server told us it came with garlic purée. We ordered a side of chips. Turns out it’s mashed potato with garlic. Generally the service was a bit slow and haphazard and there’s no car parking either-however, the food was delicious and that’s the most important thing for me

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g
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Tricky one this; the hotel restaurant has lots of potential and great art deco inspired style with friendly staff but (and through no fault of their own) the service (undoubtedly due to poor training) was intermittent. We had to ask for things that should have been noticed, drinks, cutlery etc. The system was down so all sorts of things were not working causing the staff even more problems. As a customer I don't need to know about all the problems. On a Saturday night at 8pm, the place was deserted which for a place in amongst all the new apartments was odd - it should have been buzzing. There was a new chef in the kitchen, we had to send food back - the rare steak was so uncooked even the person who'd ordered theirs blue wouldn't touch it and the red wine sauce was pitiful, scallops were overcooked. Other things were a delight - crispy onion strips were addictive. For the money we paid £115 for 2 courses with drinks, we would not hurry back. Interestingly, the hotel opened just over a year ago and is already on its second management group. The staff did everything to rectify the issues and we were gifted our glasses of wine to make up for it but it wasn't really enough. It was terribly overpriced for what we got. I lay the faults squarely at the management's feet.

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AS
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

..lovely clean Modern restaurant food choice ok pork chop lovely 😊 had to wait a very long time for main course was offered a free drink but would have rather had my food on time ,mackerel starter was not good but they changed it without a problem,our waitress Daisy was very good

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