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The Folio Bar & Kitchen, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

The Folio Bar & Kitchen

3.9
3.9
155 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British
The Folio Bar & Kitchen rewrites the food and drink script for the storied city of Cambridge. Follow as our creative chefs compose home-cooked classics full of clever twists and inspiring turns, including mouth-watering Dish. Featuring plant-based experiments and favourite drinks given a wonderfully-crafted modern rethink. Be captivated in our relaxed dining and drinking spaces where we blend the historic with the contemporary to ensure your time with us is filled with indulgence and inspiration.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Vegetarian / Vegan, Home cooking
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:30–15:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:45
  • Phone number
    01223 949477
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Claudiu Taban
  • Private party facilities
    Our event spaces provide the ultimate backdrop for a refined gathering. From intimate weddings, private parties to workplace meetups, The Fellows House is a unique events venue with lots to offer. We strive to provide you with utmost comfort, therefore now we offer food catering for your events from our in-house restaurant The Folio Bar & Kitchen.
  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Parking Details
    Hourly Rate: 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays: £2.00 / hour (except between 10:00am - 14:00: £2.00 flat rate). Complimentary 3 hour car park when spending over £30.00 (T&Cs apply).
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Cambridge Half Marathon Lunch

    3 Mar 2024 only
    The Folio Bar & Kitchen will be open for lunch on the day of the Cambridge Half Marathon! Come & join us for lunch with many dishes and delights to tantalise your tastebuds.
    Cambridge Half Marathon Lunch photo
  • Mother's Day Carvery Lunch

    £40.00 per person

    10 Mar 2024 only
    Treat the mother's on their special day! Join us at The Folio Bar & Kitchen for a Carvery Lunch just for Mother's Day! Book a table via this experience, write the Mother's name in the booking notes and we will arrange a delightful treat on us!
    Mother's Day Carvery Lunch photo
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

    £35.00 per person

    10 Mar 2024 only
    Celebrate Mother's Day at the Folio Bar and Kitchen. We have crafted this exclusive edition of the Afternoon Tea for this year's Mother's Day. Book with us and gift your Mum with a Tastiest surprise!
    Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea photo

What 155 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

155 Reviews
  1. JulieB

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately the food was not up to standard, the lasagne was extremely dry and inedible, the plant burger was too much like meat. However, on a good note the hotel was lovely, clean and had a great quiet atmosphere. The staff were really helpful. Perhaps the snacks are better there.

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  2. juliette

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Menu was very small with half of the dishes missing Not worth it Service really bad We walked out

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  3. EvaP

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner went there for the Valentines dinner and it was such an incredible experience! Each of the courses were amazing,and had a lovely time thanks to the attentive waiters who made the dinner so sweet and the pool table after a few glasses of wine was so much fun. I would say the waiters deserve way more service charge after all the hard work they were doing! Definitely recommend the experience for future couples to enjoy it as much as we did :)

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  4. LindaL

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It was horrendous, especially the service. Of the 8 course, I can say I was genuinely happy with 4. Some were badly cooked, some were bland, and in general portions we were served were sensibly smaller and worse than the ones on other tables. The service was poor, they need to make serious improvements. We have been offered several apologies, but no sign of improvement. At least they charged us only £1 for service. We fleft the restaurant exhausted. Won't recommend.

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  5. StephanieF

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly atmosphere, lovely staff, great with children

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  6. ElizabethC

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious tofish and chips Good fast service Nice ambience in the buzzy restaurant

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  7. IonaS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, lovely staff. Delicious food! Quite pricey but worth it for the service.

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  8. locals

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely staff and nice surroundings. Struggling to believe the food reviews as it seemed really basic yet expensive. Chicken wings starter were covered in breadcrums and very dry. Scallops must of been frozen as they were rubbery. Massive large industrial packed chips and £32.00 lamb chops had two tiny chops around half an inch thick. That said my wife's Ribeye was decent and those serving made it a nice night out aside from basic food.

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  9. JackieO

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We attended for a late New Year’s Eve lunch, we were the only diners but the food quality was very good. The menu was varied and everything we had was nicely presented and tasty. Service was good and although the staff were busy setting up for the evening, they were attentive. Would certainly eat there again.

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  10. Peter

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a pleasant unhurried drink in the bar before having a very tasty meal. The service was good throughout. A very good evening. Thank you

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  11. Matilda

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of 4 friends. The service was very friendly and the food very high quality. The menu has a range of plant based options which was excellent to see and the two of us who closed the vegan dishes were not disappointed.

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  12. PeterL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly, the restaurant had none of our first order of wine, only one bottle of our second and this was overly warm. When we ordered, we were, some time after ordering, told that one of our three starters was not available. We also had people walking though the restaurant with takeaway pizza and, it seemed, from the hotel gym. Also, within a short distance if our table was a pool table with the accompanying noises both from balls and players.

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  13. AngelaM

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I wish I’d know this restaurant is actually in a hotel. Quite disappointed when the taxi dropped us off. Felt like we were eating in the lobby. Food was good and nice to have a pool table for the children but in a random part of town and just not what we were hoping for.

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  14. DerekM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Slightly over priced ,relaxing atmosphere service and staff very good

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food in a great setting. Lovely service

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  16. StuartS

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was appalling, especially as the restaurant was not even half full on a Saturday night. Staff were not attentive and were just standing around chatting to each other, it took over 20 minutes to ask if we wanted a drink and then longer for them to bring it out leaving the wine on the side to get warm. We were not asked if we were happy with the food or if everything was ok. Food was mediocre tasted like it came out of a jar - would not have put the price tag on the food we had. Would not recommend to anyone and will never be coming back.

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  17. AndrewG

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    very pleasant place - the waiters friendly but did not always listen. Food good but not special. A nice place to have a meal away from home but perhaps not for the special occasion we were planning. The environment was bright and functional

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience was excellent! Staff very accommodating. Food was very good, cocktails were excellent. Very positive experience

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  19. GM88

    Cambridge

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor service, inattentive waiting staff who brought the wrong drinks, forgot things that had been requested, and had to be prompted to bring parts of the meal they'd forgotten. Service also very slow despite restaurant being quiet. Vegan roast was brought with Yorkshire puddings made with milk. We didn't stay for final course as it was taking far too long. Shame because we had good meals here a year or two ago when it first opened.

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  20. Hampton

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Ordered pork cutlet and fish and chips. Fish and chips were good and cooked well. However the meal took 45 mind to arrive with no starters in a restaurant with very few diners . The pork cutlet was over cooked and very dry . I couldn’t be bothered to tell the waiter as it was now 10pm and had been waiting too long as it was. I did let him know when he cleared the plates and asked for the bill which then had a discretionary service charged which I asked him to remove.Temperature I the restaurant was chilly with too much a/c . Waiters not very attentive .

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  21. Aimie

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything about this place was perfect! The food was spectacular, cooked beautifully. The service was fast and all the staff were very friendly. The interior of the restaurant was stunning. Our overall experience was so good we decided to go back the next day for lunch.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the most outstanding evening we booked for my birthday this week. The food was incredible, all the staff was genuinely happy, smiley and friendly they looked so polished and presentable in there outfits! Massive shoutout to Megan singing the music was the best touch. We then went and played some pool and had some drinks we was meant to go into Cambridge city centre to keep going to bars but we had such a beautiful atmosphere we spent the entire evening there. I have now made another booking to bring my mum and grandmother. The parking is brilliant, location and the whole space but what stands out is the staff hats off! Been in the industry myself before and that ran so smoothly everyone knew there positions. Top place in Cambridge for us ❤️

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  23. Lucy

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive staff, lovely food and all topped off with live music when we visited

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  24. MotherI

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A delicious meal on a Sunday evening before the bank holiday. Restaurant was not particularly busy and the service we received was friendly and efficient. Well-prepared and nicely presented food. The lighting was a bit too bright for the place to have much atmosphere, we felt, but the hotel lobby area and restaurant design were modern and sleek. Would recommend.

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  25. ChristineM

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely elegant surroundings, super helpful staff and great tasting food. Really enjoyed relaxing in the lounge too and on-site parking was great.

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  26. JevonE

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant looks nice and nice ambiance. Service was a bit slow though.

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  27. RuthR

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the mains arrived 10 minutes after all the others Stale bread on another of the mains Not expected of a Hilton restaurant

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  28. ChristineC

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    It took a long time to have the food arrived. The staff forgot to give us bread we ordered. The bill was wrongly calculated where we were overcharged. Food was alright but not particularly impressive and so didn’t worth that price. The ambience is very nice though.

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  29. LuisS

    Greece

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really amazing and the staff so friendly. Definitely I will back again.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We found an absolute gem Everything from the decor,service,food and the whole ambiance was outstanding. We will definitely be going back more frequently

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  31. BirthdayGirl

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great evening. Our waitress was slightly bonkers but gave us such a laugh. Food was fantastic. It's very open plan so there is no 'quiet' area. However, it was fine as it was not too busy.

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  32. Camretro

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Clean, fresh and modern ambient, helpful service, tasty food, comfortable seats, free parking, what else would you ask for? Very impressed and happy to know a place like this exists in Cambridge.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 March 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great and beautufully presented. The waitstaff was fabulous and so kind. Loved eating here!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced. The quality of the meat is not great and the chips are frozen. The service is also slow and not very welcoming.

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  35. AngelaW

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First, the good things - our waiter was great, friendly and efficient. The food was better than we've had at the Folio Bar and Kitchen before (I had trout with fennel, artichoke and a ragout of white beans and chorizo - delicious!). Prices are somewhat high. Now to the bar, where the two guys serving couldn't have been less interested. The first one ignored me completely (there was no-one else waiting to be served) then, when the second one appeared and started to serve me (with a glare rather than a smile), the first one woke up and asked me if I was being served The boy serving me then had to ask me again what I'd ordered...I wasn't even asking for something difficult - just G and Ts. Hopefully they were just having a bad day!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was seriously bad

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was very slow. Staff were about, but seemed confused about what tables they were responsible for. We had four different waiters serve us. Drinks orders had to be taken twice, and a basic St Clements drink could not be made. No bread side roll offered and had to be asked for. Coffee order has to be sent back, as the second coffee was either tea, or used coffee beans. Decaf was requested, but on getting home neither of us where suffering the symptoms of having caffeine. Not very good when you want to go to sleep. I wish I had not left a tip now.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice meal, lovely decor in restaurant area.Needs better signage to location of actual restaurant. Expensive but good quality food. Was a slight delay in some food coming out with the rest of the meals.

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  39. Peacock

    Cambridge

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A nice place to eat although a little on the quiet side, maybe as it is tucked outside of the city centre. Location - within the The Fellows House Hotel, with basement parking (very convenient) Ambience - Lovely cosy bar area, a surprising cross between traditional leather sofa / fires and shiny new. I liked it, seems like a good place to have a lounging drink. The restaurant was bright and airy with lovely tones of sage green and chocolate. Only downside was how quiet it was - I don't like noisy restaurants as I like to be able to talk to people, but only a few tables were full so felt empty. Which is shame. Food - very nice, and good value. Overall - I will eat here again, good for a quiet business meeting or a low key gathering of friends.

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  40. MatthewW

    Mobile

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Basically you're eating out in an overpriced, average standard hotel restaurant. I feel there are only people there as the hotel is out of town slightly so guests have limited choice, otherwise the place would be deserted. Food wasn't bad but nothing special, in particular the desserts were very average, but everything was hugely overpriced. Service was non existent, it took. 20 mins just to pay the bill. I'd not return and really wouldn't recommend.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Folio Bar & Kitchen is rated 3.9 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Folio Bar & Kitchen

33 Milton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 1UZ

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:30–15:00 Dinner Daily 18:00–21:45
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, Vegetarian / Vegan, Home cooking
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Hourly Rate: 7 days a week, including Bank Holidays: £2.00 / hour (except between 10:00am - 14:00: £2.00 flat rate). Complimentary 3 hour car park when spending over £30.00 (T&Cs apply).
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Claudiu Taban
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01223 949477
  • Private party facilities
    Our event spaces provide the ultimate backdrop for a refined gathering. From intimate weddings, private parties to workplace meetups, The Fellows House is a unique events venue with lots to offer. We strive to provide you with utmost comfort, therefore now we offer food catering for your events from our in-house restaurant The Folio Bar & Kitchen.
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