The Architect

4.2
75 reviews
£25 and under
British

Top tags:

Casual
The Architect is Cambridge’s first dedicated Fish and Chip and Pie and Mash bar.

We offer these traditional British favourites on a design your own menu to give these much loved British classics a modern twist (should you choose to) or just stick with the classic combinations that have been enjoyed for generations.

To compliment our food we have a wide range of real ales craft beers and over
20+ gins to choose from.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 75 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Fast delivery to the table. Small portion of fish. Soft beer batter coating. Bland. Chips over cooked. More batter on thinly sliced onion rings. Tartare sauce had no flavour. Disappointing meal. Plate of brown.

DD
DollyDelicious
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic Sunday lunch at the Architect. Good and plentiful food, the roast beef was delicious. The do a great selection of vegetarian & vegan food too.

MK
MKKL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First trip meal out after lockdown. Staff were attentive. Great ambience for catching up with friends.

AC
ACHA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly servers and really good food at an amazing price.

SI
SammyIrishEssexCoWexford
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gourmet food at pub prices.
Really excellent.
I would definitely revisit.

B
Bracco
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The best fish and chips place in Cambridge! I love the possibility I can personalized my fish and chips. The place is very nice as well

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sophiea
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere, service got a little slow towards the end of our meal but it was very busy.

LL
LiubaL
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lively buzzing place with a great pub menu. Fish was perfectly battered and cooked. Quite busy and loud on a Friday night. Very friendly staff.

BG
BenG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Unfortunately, upon arrival, the initial greeting was less than warm where the staff seemed begrudged to accommodate us, even though we had booked in advance. We were welcomed with a comment on face masks rather than a hello or a polite reminder.

Once seated, the service was quite slow, the pub was quite loud and the chicken and leek pie was dry. Not really great value for money and the pub doesn't quite have the same atmosphere and welcoming attitude as the website suggests.

We enjoyed the pudding though.

B
Brownie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food good choice and options have been here before

MB
MikeB
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant evening - would have no hesitation in recommending

JW
JohnW
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food tasted good, fresh & well cooked. We went on a 25% off day so excellent value.
Staff were friendly and their Covid safety procedures were the best I have come across
Which gave me confidence to return.
P.S. The sticky toffee pudding is to dye for!

JJ
JakeJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Well executed menu with great sides and lots of choice. Atmosphere was good all things considered.

JH
JohnH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The laid back atmosphere, the genuine welcome, the varied and relaxing background music, excellent menu with some interesting quirks on familiar dishes- we loved our visit to The Architect. Will definitely be back, it’s the perfect place for a chilled out lunch date.

AA
AndrewA
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, good selection of drinks with excellent service.

RC
RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was ok. I’ve had roasts there before that we’re much better. The service is always lovely and generally the food is good.

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fionah
London
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always

SC
SueC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A bit noisy on arrival, with current restrictions it would be helpful to have a greeter as people arrive, some people had to hang around uncertain of what to do: I.e allowed in or not.
One waitress was spending a bit too much time chatting to one group (her friends?) to the slight neglect of checking on other customer needs.
Food excellent, drinks good but no Tankeray gin 😢😢
Overall, good exoerience

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Esaad
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best fish and chips in Cambridge, always friendly staff.

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Agnes
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried their Vegan fish and chips which exceeded my expectations in a very positive way. Really good value for the money. Will be back.

OW
OmaraW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, lovely food and helpful staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked online had never been before. Very nice place. Great gin menu which pleased my friend and I very much. Also very good prices as you would expect in a university town. We all had fish and chips cooked various ways. Desserts weren’t amazing and they only had whole milk so I had to have black coffee but would return if we visited Cambridge again. Very reasonable meal as they were also doing the Eat Out deal.

PW
PhilipW
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

A little bit gimmicky. Can’t beet our local chippy, eating out of the box, looking out to sea.

DD
DollyDelicious
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to the Architect for our anniversary. We wanted somewhere we hadn’t been before & it didn’t disappoint. The food was fantastic - I loved the concept of choosing how you like your fish battered or buttered & choosing the accompaniments.
We loved the black pudding scotch egg & the deep fried Brie for starters.
We both had fish & it was cooked to perfection. We wanted the rice pudding donuts but they weren’t available so we shared a sticky toffee pudding which was delicious.
The staff were fantastic; they explained the menu and were just generally delightful. Next time we return we’ll have to try the pies!!

SS
StaceyS
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went here on Friday night. Busy but not overcrowded with table ready straight away. Great menu and wines. Ordered a scotch egg (really good) to start followed by haddock in beer batter, chips and onion rings. My friend ordered battered cod, chips and mushy peas. In both cases the fish tasted of absolutely nothing! Nicely cooked but batter was very pale and tasteless and the fish was so disappointing. The rest was great although the portion of peas was tiny. Friendly service and ok prices but wish I had ordered a pie!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed

CS
CarolineS
Norfolk
14 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a very casual bar restaurant, mostly frequented by students. The food is really nice, and the service is friendly. I would recommend it for a casual evening out.
Toilets are freezing!!

SC
StevenC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We don't live in Cambridge but pop in from time to time for gigs, cinema, culture, etc and being that we had a Cinema booking at the Arts PictureHouse, we wanted to eat beforehand. Usually we eat more locally to the cinema, but I'd read The Architect was great for fish &chips and pie & mash and it was very much worth the 15 minute walk out of town to enjoy the great food, excellent service (with fun banter if you want it) and good selection of beers and gins.
We'll be going again and I recommend it highly.

EC
EatCambridgeReviews
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a good experience.
Food took slightly longer than expected, slightly over 1hr.

When it came was tasty, would have liked more sprouts as the side.

NT
NicolaT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow for food (more than 90 minutes to bring out mains) and very noisy.

GF
GFfoodsearcher
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What's not to like about gluten free fish n chips and an apple and rhubarb crumble!

AA
AnneA
Berlin
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very energetic pub with a very good supply of food

SR
SarahR
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We visited The Architect after a visit to Kettles Yard. On the up side, we finished KY early and our table was reserved which was great. Two staff on, seemingly super busy even though its not a big place. Confusion over who was serving drinks and who was changing a barrel meant we had to ask several times for our drinks. We waited over 45 minutes for our lunch (and yes we had ordered an oven baked haddock and a pie, both of which we completely understand takes longer) but it was all rather tasteless and dry. A V small pot of gravy came with the pie. I spoke to the waiter and he said we could have asked for more which seems fair. No loud music which is a plus. Lots of games around which made it family friendly. I'm sure it has lots of positives, just wasn't wowed.

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KEPPERS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The number of combinations of mains and sides here was fantastic - a lot of options for vegetarians and vegans, despite being pitched to me as a fish and chips place - and the service was excellent. Staff knew the best dishes (go for the jalepeno ketchup! Its incredible) and were friendly and attentive. My only complaint would be a lack of fresh vegetables. I think the only fresh veg on the menu was minted peas. I'm not kidding myself that a fully fried meal is going to be healthy, but it would be good to offset some of the crunchy, greasy loveliness with fresh peas, beans, carrots, broccoli... I'm still going to eat there again though!

AF
AnushanF
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, plenty of both veggie and non-veggie options. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Will definitely go again!

CM
CherylM
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Build your own menu.
Quiet a noisy pub but adds to the vibe and you can still talk without shouting.
Excellent customer service and drinks brought to the table. Would visit again

SB
SarahB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A good place to meet friends...great to be able to mix and match, suits all tastes and appetites.

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Snickers
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great meal here at the weekend. The food was fantastic, large and very tasty portions. Everyone in the party was happy. Our dog was made very welcome too, and the staff were happy to give him strokes and also bring him water. Only issue we had was that service was a little slow, but the quality of the food more than made up for this.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The staff were fantastic. Friendly, helpful and charming.

The food unfortunately was just, alright. Nothing specifically wrong with it, just very forgettable.

Also the place also had one of my bete noire - sticky tables.

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Veronica
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was soooo delicious and the pies were amazing! Anyone coming to Cambridge, definitely pop in!!!

FAQs

The Architect offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01223 563779.

The Architect is rated 4.2 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.