The Rupert Brooke

3.9
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441 reviews
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£25 and under
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Revitalised and reopened in October 2014, The Rupert Brooke is now a stylish pub and restaurant to be found in the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester, nestled alongside the river Cam, just a couple of miles from the centre of Cambridge. Grantchester is a popular haunt for students and tourists of the university city as they can walk along the "Grantchester Grind", the river path that runs from Cambridge alongside the Grantchester meadows or even arrive by punt. The pub is named after the English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets, who at one time lived at the Old Vicarage and immortalised the residence in a poem written in 1912 in Berlin.

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What 441 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.7
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AK
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attentive staff, good food at a reasonable cost. What more could you want.

EW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Bit disappointed, portion sizes were a bit mean. Mushroom risotto was not hot and had not been seasoned. Dessert was good

OT
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service love how we can take our time over the meal and not fueled rushed. Food was very good and the Christmas decorations are amazing

T
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was very surprised to find out that they had run out of the only steak on the menu at 7.45 on a Saturday night!!
We had a bottle of prosecco in a cooler on our table so there was not much room. So we put the 4 unused glasses on the edge of the table thinking someone would remove them, but no not even when they brought out our starter!!!

CL
London
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round.

j
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but could have been hotter and more of it. Staff as always attentive and pleasant. Atmosphere nice already Xmas ready

TS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal. I would have liked more choice on the menu.

The staff were very attentive and friendly

ST
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Bizarrely, they elected to char grill the toast and also char grill the roast chicken. The roast potatoes were shocking and the Yorkshire puddings the texture of crisps. I had a strong urge to go to the kitchen and give the chef a lesson in roasties and Yorkshires. The staff were nice though

C
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Restaurant was really quiet and stayed that way - staff were indifferent and service poor - food was underseasoned and I choose the fish which was soggy with butter and I couldn’t eat it - we have been here before a year ago and would now not go back again - so disappointed as it was my daughter’s birthday and was looking forward to a lovely meal -

K
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good meal in a friendly atmosphere. Service was very very good and staff were very friendly.

CS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food with good service. Will happily return.

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Tiny portion size (goats cheese tart - pathetic) / staff keener on talking to each other/ off hand welcome / poor

JC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant location and fantastic staff - they even held our table as one of our party was lost! Would definitely go again and make sure it’s a sunny day and to for a walk along Grantchester Meadows

T
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good pub + food served in a comfortable atmosphere
Ideal for lunch time

DE
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

went for sunday lunch for daughters 30th birthday service was very good even had a candle on the pudding for her.food was very good couldnt fault it would go again and recommend to others

CG
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing restaurant just outside of Cambridge. The food was excellent and the service very friendly. Will definitely go back!

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always

AP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We sat in the conservatory which was light and spacious. Food was nice although it had a fair amount of salt in the fish cakes. The service was good and overall we had a good time.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The starters were very good, but the main courses were very poor in comparison. One of our party ordered a salad which contained Jerusalem artichokes, when it turned up they were actually globe artichokes and we weren’t informed of this beforehand. They are two completely different flavours and grow differently as well, people do know the difference between the two types.

The pork steak was over cooked and tough to eat and although the burgers were ok, they were also over cooked and dry.

Also one of our drinks orders was completely forgotten about and to compound our disappointing experience, we were then charged for 4 coffees when we didn’t actually order any.

We have been in the past and sadly our experience this time matched the recent disappointing reviews I have seen, the food was generally poor and it was service with no smile. I certainly wouldn’t go back.

PC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Poor acoustics in conservatory so can be very noisy. Request a table elsewhere.

V
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

After being seated we realised that the noise levels from the party on next table was unacceptable. However, the lovely staff moved us to a quieter part of the restaurant. This was much better even though another large party with several children arrived a bit later. Might have been due to great behaved children and/or better acoustics in that area. Loved the decor there as well. Great chairs. Food overall was good but we were disappointed that potatoes and vegetables were extra. My sea bream was nice but would have been better with the addition of some citrus or other acidic dressing which would have cut through the oily dressing/cooking oil. Great service that couldn’t be faulted from attentive waiting staff/front of house.

WT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very disappointing Menu offered not same as on website, vegetarian options very limited, poor quality food and expensive.

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal, good service. All out of the trio of choc moose which was devastating

PE
London
87 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My second visit in a week and enjoyed it as always with great food , wonderful service and good drink selection and very good place to have a quiet business discussion

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had read some recent bad reviews, but needn’t have worried. Food, service and setting all good. Would go again when in the area.

PE
London
87 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have visited this restaurant on many occasions both as a couple as well as business lunches and dinner and always enjoyed the quality of the food and most importantly the level of service which has always been helpful and efficient

DS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Rupert Brooke has a good reputation so my comments are intended to help rather than complain.
We were a party of 5 adults who were seated in the conservatory on a Sunday afternoon for lunch to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary. The 2 main issues we noticed were:

(i) we had asked for a quiet table but the conservatory was very noisy especially because of 1 table comprising 2 women and 2 noisy children aged about 5- 7 years. The children were screaming and banging the table. The house staff did not talk to the two women or offer another place/table outside.
(ii) the meal portions were very large except for the salmon. The 2 selected items of (a) chicken breast came with a huge Yorkshire pudding and a large portion of other things and (b) the tomato and vegetable tart was again of a very large size.

Finally we thought the prices of the food and wine was good value

s
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Distracted and rather forgetful waiter, and rather bland food that on one case had to be sent back as it didn't have all its ingredients as specified on the menu. Not sure we got value for money this time.

J
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The biggest disappointment was not having the pasta menu available as it doesn't specify on your website that this is only available for dinner. This was the reason we booked in the first place. The person who sat us and gave us our menus told us that the pasta menu was no longer offered. Our waitress the said it was only offered for dinner...
Very disappointing, either way your website should be updated.

l
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Perfect location for a lovely lunch. Portion sizes are amazing - even a little daunting. Good selection on the menu of lighter bites as well as full meals.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A bit disappointed with no beef burger choice (just wild boar or veggie burger); but the steak, the baby chicken was all good. Desserts were much better with respect to presentation and size though a bit pricy (£8).
The ambience is really nice and our table were well attended. We will definitely go again and try their Sunday roast.

M
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Upmarket good decoration great ambience in a great location easy to park. Friendly service, good menu choices. Without saying, a treat more than a regular eating place from a price point of view.

PH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good menu choice, excellent service and lovely peaceful surroundings.

Food was excellently cooked and presented.

My only criticism was the dessert- the pastry case was very hard and required spoon and chisel!

PJ
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal very much, ambience ideal . Bit pricy but then the food was very good. Will definitely be dining again.

C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We sat in a rather dark corner of the restaurant and the food was not as good as we had hoped. To serve risotto and a fish dish without any vegetables or salad was a little underwhelming!

LH
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I liked how the tables were well spaced out. The waitresses were very good, friendly and efficient. Good range of food and wine. Great place to meet friends

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Poor, slow service. No one in charge of very young and inexperienced staff.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Comfortable venue. Have been here for two birthday lunches now. Food was consistently good and nicely presented. One vegetarian option for Sunday lunch. Young, possibly new, staff - polite and helpful, seemed a bit uncertain about details of food on the menu. Overall consistently ok.

B
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very friendly service . Nice venue and location. Food was okay but not more than that . The fish and chips was a decent size but was tepid when it arrive.

AS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience, we turned up early & the staff made sure we were able to have food earlier than planned.
We had starter & main courses, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Would definitely recommend.