Review of 'The Cambridge Chop Shop'

The Cambridge Chop Shop is a welcome new addition to the Cambridge restaurant scene. Ideally located opposite Kings College on Kings Parade it replaces a somewhat overpriced and underwhelming “No. 1 Kings Parade Bar & Restaurant”. A rather basic ground floor belies the fantastic interior presented in the former wine cellars in the basement. The basement is typically booked out quickly so be sure to book to get a seat there otherwise you will be stuck with one of the few tables upstairs. Not that seating is of prime concern – The food is.

A fantastic assortment of traditional British food is presented to the diner on the menus – All cooked and presented to perfection. The “pudding” of the day is literally that – A traditional British savoury pudding such as steak and kidney. Also on offer is a daily flavour of sausages and mash. Both are excellent and presented simply on a plate with large but not excessive portions. The pudding is cooked to perfection with not a large amount of pastry that is actually quite light (but can be a bit like a separate sheet). The desserts are fantastic with another fine assortment of British specialties done very well – Treacle Pudding and Sticky Toffee being commonplace.

Traditional British food done very well. Prices are reasonable with mains between £10 and £15, starters about £6 or £7. Service is very efficient with the staff also very helpful and pleasant. Booking is advisable.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2008-04-14

Cuisine: American/British

Address: 1 Kings Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ

Location: Cambridge (England)



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Telephone: 01223 359506