The Rupert Brooke

3.9
403 reviews
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  • Sunday Lunch
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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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B
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

FP
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food and service, staff very attentive and didn’t have to wait long between courses. Only let down was that we were sat in the conservatory area where there were 2 dogs, one was barking throughout and the other was quite odorous and when your having a nice meal with your family for your birthday that’s not great. Also it would have been nice to be asked as to whether we minded being with dogs as my daughter is not great with them. I would go back but only if they could sit me in the main restaurant area.

AN
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We booked the Rupert Brooke on Sunday July 21st for a birthday celebration having previously had a great experience here. However on this occasion we were very disappointed. The service was very poor and the waiting staff had little sense of how the tables were doing. We waited 45 minutes for our food having had 1 drink we took from the bar before sitting and despite the wait for our food we were never offered another drink and was difficult to attract attention of the waitresses

Whilst waiting we had the unfortunate and actually unpleasant opportunity to witness poor hygiene and serving technique of the cooks in the open service kitchen ie picking up food items including slices of meat and fully handling Yorkshire puddings and squashing them down in the plate then constantly wiping forehead and surface and then hands with the same tea towel that completely put us off eating anyway and when it finally came none of us felt we could eat it and left the table with 4 plates untouched

My sister complained to the manager who at first did not seem interested or in fact in control at all with what was happening around him and in fact felt it was normal and expected for the cooks to use their fingers- without gloves and not wearing hair protection- what is wrong with using tongues/forks/spoons? He finally came over to us to apologise and offered to waiver 1 round of drinks. Also conscious of the long wait and that we had not had food he offered us bar snacks which although actually insulting I for one did not wish to eat anything alternatively that had likely been manhandled also. Sadly I do not think any of us will be returning and it completely spoiled the birthday

YH
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing and rather expensive. There are better places around at this level. Wouldn’t return.

SA
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Would highly recommend. We will be coming back soon.

GR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

You used to use fresh vegetables and good pork. You do not now. And you seriously ask for a review?

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend has had a pretty rough year so far having lost both her parents within 4 months of each other. I took her out for dinner to give her some respite. She managed to laugh a little and welcomed the change of scenery. The food was good although they had run out of our first choices but there was still enough on the menu to tempt us. We thought the service was excellent and were not rushed to make up our minds, the staff were attentive but not intrusive.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really nice restaurant inside with great service and lovely food at a reasonable price

A
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service slower than last time we went but overall not at all bad

JR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and good meal out with the family !

MM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been to the Rupert Brooke on several occasions during the last 12 months and were looking forward to our visit on Saturday. The menu had recently changed and was not what I had seen online prior to booking. The vegetarian choice seemed quite limited and, in the case of the dish on the main menu, seemed a little pricy at £15 for a tomato flan. I had the vegetarian burger which was a little bland, it needed more seasoning and/or some sort of dressing to go with the burger. The other meals were absolutely fine and we all enjoyed our desserts.

SP
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Rupert Brooke for our anniversary meal. Iv been a few times & wanted my husband to try it. He absolutely loved it & we will definitely be going back.
It has such a lovely atmosphere & the staff are all so polite.
The food was delicious.
Can’t wait to return.

MS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Had great expectations as these guys are in the Michelin Guide with a plate: not sure how they got that? Had the Fish and chips, fish wet and soggy, chips greasy. Not good.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Avoid this place. It took 15 minutes to get a drink at the table even though we were quite happy to get them at the bar upon arrival. Our food request took another 15 minutes and starters took even longer to arrive.
One of our fish meals was rancid. Upon complaining we were told it was fresh that morning and we just got a bad one! Later we were told it was a different type of fish!
Whilst a replacement meal was offered our group felt ill and decided to leave. Only the price of the fish dish and a round of drinks were deducted from the meal. Free arrival drinks at our next visit were offered- a total insult.
A real shame and it will be a long time before we return.

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A very smart and comfortable restaurant and pub making it an excellent place to relax for food or drink.
The food was very tasty but portions a bit small and having to pay extra for the vegetables makes a noticable difference to the value of the meal.
A really nice place to visit with good quality food so will certainly visit again.

IH
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Ambience was good, eating on terrace was very pleasant. Starters were very disappointing.

PE
London
82 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have visited the Rupert Brooke on several occasions and always found it a very enjoyable experience with the food always a very high standard and the service is excellent . The choices on all three courses was imaginative and good value. We shall be returning .

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, nice staff, very nice food not a lot more you could ask for.

PP
Angus
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal at The Rupert Brooke - quality food, efficient and friendly service and big portion sizes. We will be back.

CM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. plenty of parking. Entrance to bar airy and welcoming. Great decor and furnishing. Tables not over close .attentive service .
A great food choice beautifully cooked and presented food.

H
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance. Food quite expensive and limited choices, particularly if you are a vegan/vegetarian. Menu is about to be changed and expanded apparently.

SL
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Went to The Rupert Brooke exactly 2 years ago for a birthday meal, it was so good we kept meaning to go back. Finally managed to go again for the same occasion, however, the food was awful, nothing like we had remembered and certainly not worthy of the £145 bill :(

KA
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, more generous that some of the others in the group. Starter of salmon mousse would have been better with some kind of toast/cracker which would have been better. Too close to side door which was irritating with children in and out as the door banged shut. Would not stop me going again, fathers day all said and done!

KM
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fathers Day lunch

C
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really lovely Sunday lunch - lots of food and very yummy. Only downside was the limited lactose free dessert options for my friend. Other than that, definitely recommend!

d
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Dined here on a Thursday. It was very quiet so little atmosphere. Sat by glass wall as rest of restaurant dark. Not what you want on a summer evening but view was of tbe car park. Thought food ecpensive for what you got and a very restricgive menu.

JJ
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a very nice Sunday lunch with a couple of friends. There were plenty of vegetables and a huge Yorkshire pudding to go with the beef which was nicely cooked, neither too rare nor too well done. The orange and cumin pannacotta was delicious.

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went on a lovely sunny day and got a table on the balcony. I booked the table at 12:15 on Sunday so there was 2 tables free upon arrival on the balcony. After 12:45 it was all full on the balcony.

As it was Sunday lunch they don't have the full menu which was a slight problem for my girlfriend who is vegetarian. There was only 1 main dish for her to have.

Overall the place is clean, food is lovely and I would recommend it to anyone. The price was relatively high however I would go there again,

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Poor menu for vegetarians - very little choice. Waitress mixed up our order twice. Food tasted good though

SP
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely loved the Rupert Brooke. Can’t wait to book again. Would definitely recommend.

A
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We were late arriving but this was not a problem for the restaurant. Food was good except the desserts did not include any thing other than a cheese selection for the older man who does not eat creamy desserts. Perhaps an apple pie or crumble could be added. Otherwise it is our favoured place to entertain guests. Staff lovely and service good

CT
Bedfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time I have been and I look forward to my next visit which, hopefully, will be soon

HW
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice Sunday roast and delicious dessert in the conservatory.

B
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Once my favorite restaurant. Good bar and friendly staff. Quality of food deteriorating. Portions ridiculously small and nothing special. Please replace management or chief so it can again be like it was a vibrant and fun place to go to. Thank you.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I came here for my mum’s birthday. It was Thursday and the restaurant was quite empty but the didn’t even tried to make us feel comfortable.

I added a note on my reservation for a candle to be added on our desert and called on the day to confirm that this would be done. They forgot the candle and we couldn’t celebrate.

They start closing the restaurant, make all kinds of noises cleaning the coffee machine at 9pm and were on the back of the restaurant acting like we weren’t here.

For this level of restaurant I would expect a different quality of service. I wouldn’t recommend coming here and won’t come back.

P
London
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very welcoming experience. Locally sourced gin and fizz. Polite and pleasant staff and exceptionally tasty well presented food.

KN
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were very good. Our small well behaved dog was welcome and the table we were given was spot on for the occasion. It is quite a long time since we last had a meal at the Rupert Brooke but we will be back soon.

PE
London
82 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had visited recently and was good to be back for a business lunch and was very busy but service was up to the usual high standard in terms of friendliness and efficiency. Quality of food was great and was an excellent place to meet for business as well as meeting friends and anniversaries. We will of course be back

ED
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere and very good food.
The tables are well set to give privacy which contributes to the feel of the place.

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