The Rupert Brooke

4.1
618 reviews
£25 and under
British
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 618 People Are Saying
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AndreaP
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good. Conservatory lovely but a little bright and lacked cosy/festive feel for Xmas Eve dining. Food lovely. Service good but could have highlighted cocktails/soup of the day etc and been just a little more attentive but polite and friendly. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and a lovely setting for Christmas - we had a fantastic family meal. Congratulations to the team at The Rupert Brooke for making such an effort to keep trading safely under very challenging circumstances.

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Shirley
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We booked a table outside as we were not allowed to eat in due to COVID rules. Unfortunately it was a very cold and wet night and although the two flaming heaters add to the ambiance they were too far away to provide any warmth. We all had the burgers which arrived promptly and were delicious. Service was outstanding and waitress kindly took my phone and put it on charge. The outdoor canopied area is very pretty and a few overhead halogen heaters would have made a pleasant evening perfect

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

I love the Rupert Brooke and often dine here. However during the current global pandemic, it would be reassuring to know you can dine in safety. Sadly, this is not a priority of the seating plan at the Rupert Brooke. We were sat like sardines. Not enough social distancing providing. Dine own risk! I felt unsafe.

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AllisonR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food is always lovely but not a lot of it . We also were disappointed be told shortly after we arrived at 6.15 that we only had the table until 8pm.

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vipBroadway
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I haven’t been for a while because past experiences a bit mixed ( never bad ) and was pleasantly surprised - it was better than in the past and happy to go again

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viphuwj
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service despite the current circumstances.

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MirelaM
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have arranged for my daughter to meet her friends for a Christmas lunch in the Winter Garden, very cosy setting, beautiful ambiance, with lights, flames and heaters, food was good and service excellent. We liked it so much that we returned next day for lunch, this time indoor with family. And we are planning to come back 😊

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RachelR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

lovely Sunday lunch despite Covid restrictions. Friendly staff and nice food.

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vipPETERJ
London
95 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was lovely to be back at one of our favourite restaurants after the second lockdown.
The staff are really just terrific in terms of being very welcoming and friendly despite the restrictions and let us hope that the restaurant gets the support it truly deserves

The food was up to the usual high quality and very inventive.

We will be back asap with great joy

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stefi
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We had Sunday roasts (one beef and one turkey) and they were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, great vegan choices and the service was great - super friendly!

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Casper
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We sat outside, which was really special. The Rupert Brooke has gone to great lengths to enable outdoor eating in these winter months - heaters, sheepskins, fairy lights, temporary covers etc. The staff were really friendly. A big thank you!

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HelenS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It was a very cold day and my feet were freezing which sort of spoilt the visit unfortunately - not sure what you can do about this though! Can the room with the doors fully opening to outside be used (not sure on "rules" as outside space? lower level heaters? Blankets?

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SallyS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We all really enjoyed. It was a new experience this time of year !

Ive actually booked another visit !

Thank you

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, delicious food. Very gourmet. Particularly liked the modern style prawn cocktail.

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CelineSharpe
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Once again, a superb dinner and experience at our usual place the Rupert Brooke. I wasn't expecting a Christmas dinner but opted for these options, and it was one of the best roast turkey, vegs and trimmings that I've had. Slight disappointment on the pudding - brandy snap wasn't all that snappy and couldn't be cut, which we mentioned to our waiter and the Chef admitted there was something wrong indeed with it. Half the cost of the dessert was taken off the final bill, as I did enjoy the rest of the pudding elements. We really appreciated this gesture - as always, the Chestnut Group always listen to feedback and rectify any issues, which is why we keep returning. We're visiting one of their other venues on 19th December - the Northgate in Bury St Edmunds, and cannot wait for our Chef's Table experience!

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Penguin
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, well-presented food from an interesting menu. Staff provided good, attentive, service with a smile. We ate at lunchtime in their conservatory which was nice and bright.

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AmyS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ok starter, lovely main (beef roast). Friendly and polite staff.

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AlisonT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super staff, very good food. Lovely. I would definitely recommend.

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SharonP
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday roast. Best Yorkshire puds I’ve ever tasted.
Service fab and food beautiful. Will definitely return.

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Fortune1
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First visit to this restaurant. We were looking for somewhere to eat that had lots of space between tables, had good COVID policies in place and also had good food and service, we were not disappointed. Arrived a few minutes late for our slot but the lady greeting us wasn't phased by this. Service was swift , friendly and efficient. The three of us chose the same dish so can't really comment on the food. The rice/ fish dish we had was fresh and tasty, maybe slightly under seasoned but that's an individual preference.

Although 45 mins drive from where we live it's the kind of place I'd happily go to again as it's a restaurant that's confident in what it does and delivers a good quality experience.

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Jude
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food, service was a little slow at times but we didn't mind as we wanted time to chat.

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Penguin
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food with a variety of choices on the menu. Good, attentive and welcoming service.

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HannahP
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for Sunday lunch. Dog friendly, great service and food, also felt very Covid safe and clean.

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JamesS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overpriced for the quality of the food. Service below par

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Grandma
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable meal, well presented and good service.

The only negative was no paper in the loo!- presumably due to not having been serviced that day. Therefore only stars.

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AlastairM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to celebrate a 30th birthday and had a superb experience. Great on all levels! Thank you!

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EnaVMilton
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at the RB is top drawer. The service was fantastic and the food was exceptional. Can’t wait to go back, next week I hope.

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IanW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All round fine experience, helpful staff and good food in very nice surroundings.

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PaulaW
Cambridge
15 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the Rupert Brooke a couple of weeks ago. This was the first time for a very long time. So pleased we did. We then booked a Sunday lunch there last week. Absolutely fab. Everything was perfect.

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AmeliaG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, staff were friendly and welcoming. Would highly recommend!

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HarrietC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for such a lovely day and treating my friend to a free dessert for her 30th. Very kind of you

HP
HelenP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very enjoyable lunch, service very good, food very nice. Didn’t feel rushed, would recommend.

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alij
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with two girlfriends. I had sirloin steak which was cooked to preferred taste and Very tasty, friends had pork tenderloin and lamb which they both enjoyed. Service was very good. They didn’t add a service charge automatically so we added this tip after.

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PaulaW
Cambridge
15 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been here for quite a while. It has been refurbed now so decided to try it again. So glad we did as it was fabulous. Great food, service and ambience. Going back next weekend.

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VicM
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

A disappointing meal. I ordered a special of Black ink risotto with seabass fillet, clams and mussels at £17.

When it arrived the risotto was overcooked (mushy and tasteless) and the sea bass fillet was tiny. Not a full fillet but no more than a quarter. the dish was finished with 3 mussels and 2 clams. When the waiter asked how it was, I gave honest feedback. The reply was "I'll pass it on" I left most of the risotto, and left hungry. On clearing the table, nothing further was said, and I wasn't offered an alternative. Shan't go there again. In these difficult times a restaurant such as this really needs to try harder.

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Jane
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really lovely meal. The Rupert Brooke went out of their way to make our small celebration of my daughter's 21st birthday really special. They even made brownies specially for her birthday cake! Cant thank them enough. Will definitely be back soon. The risotto was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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The Rupert Brooke is rated 4.1 stars by 618 OpenTable diners.

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