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“Another excellent meal at the Cambridge Chop House”

The Cambridge Chop House
Ranked #18 of 690 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$19 - US$36
Cuisines: European, British, Soups
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Located in the heart of Cambridge, opposite Kings College Chapel, The Cambridge Chop House is a traditional British bar and restaurant that has been popular with locals and visitors from further afield since it opened in 2007. Split over two levels, the ground floor boasts views of Kings College Chapel while the basement is an intimate, atmospheric cellar split into four rooms. The menu offers British classics made from locally sourced ingredients and the two course set lunch and pre-theatre menu is excellent value for money. Popular dishes include Mutton Barnsley chops; whole sea bass with wholegrain mustard sauce; and daily changing sausages made on site. The hearty portions are best served with local ales straight from the cask or wine from an extensive list.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Another excellent meal at the Cambridge Chop House”
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

We have been to the Cambridge Chop House 4 or 5 times now. On all occasions, the meals have been excellent and very tasty. Most of the tables are downstairs in the basement but I think you can reserve one of the tables on the ground floor that overlooks Kings Chaple. The basement is light and airy though, you can't even tell you are underground! Excellent restaurant, would definitely recommend.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Suzanne H
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“Superlative steaks”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Usually we rely on TripAdvisor ratings, but in this case our guide for a walking tour of Cambridge recommended the Chop House. The food is British (in the good sense!). Our steaks were marvelous -- tender, textured, and flavorsome -- and cooked exactly as ordered. Their cider is excellent, and went well with the food. Our starter salads were less exciting, but overall we had a good dining experience.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Mixed feelings”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I had been here before buy hubby had not. I recall liking the steaks and we were at a lecture nearby so thought we would go for it. We had a nice table in the basement and were greeted by very friendly staff. While the steaks and wine were very good, we were quite disappointed with the following: our bread never arrived, coleslaw is wet and on the same plate as the meat (meaning it ruins the flavour of the steak - I scooped my off and used the napkin to wipe off excess liquid), salad dressing is on the salad and there is a lot of it, and side order of carrots were not carrots at all - it was a combination of turnips and beetroot as well. Overall an okay meal - but will not be returning anytime soon. I am not that excited about their new offshoot (Smokeworks) if this is what their standards have been reduced to.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank foodie_wanderlust
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MaxFreeman, Owner at The Cambridge Chop House, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Dear jmhcktt,
Thank you for your review. We do appreciate all feedback whether positive or negative. With regards to the coleslaw we will continue to serve it on the plate however we have readdressed the preparation of the coleslaw to make sure it is not too wet. Your carrots you received were in fact what are known as heritage carrots, this means they are the original colour for carrots, and I agree with you,they can easily be mistaken for beetroots & turnips but I can assure you they are carrots.
I sincerely hope you do try us again and I can assure you that our new SmokeWorks venture will strive for the highest possible standards, the same as all our restaurants do.
Max Freeman
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“Good Winter Nosh”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

An excellent Winters menu with great views of Kings College and a wonderful ale offering. Some of the best English dishes available in Cambridge.

Visited February 2014
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“Another viewpoint”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We arrived early, the restaurant was almost empty yet we were met with a scowl as we did not have a reservation, it was midweek.

By British standards perhaps the food is perceived as a value, I would disagree, it is somewhat overpriced. The restaurant is bright and clean so I would give them points there.

It was vegetarian week/festival when we were in Cambridge and the restaurant was participating but they did not have much to offer to for a vegan, they basically just substituted cheese in place of meat, really didn't understand the difference between a meat eater and a non meat eater.

While the food was average I would not go back, bottom line I expected more based on the reviews, at least a friendly reception.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank sdlanza
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